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Hanukkah: A Time to Fight – Lori Almost Live

Jewish history teaches that there are times we need to stand up and fight.

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Lori Palatnik is a writer and Jewish educator who has appeared on television … Zev, just finished serving as a sharpshooter in the IDF. Her …

מרכז פליאה – מורשת יהודי בוכרה בכפר ורדים

שרה הייל, מנהלת מרכז פליאה למורשת יהודי בוכרה.
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Kislev 2, 5774 · November 5, 2013
Editor’s Note:
Is your favorite season the bright, sunny days of the summer? Or is it the glorious colorful scenes of the fall?Growing up with cold Canadian winters, we longed for the summer months and somewhat dreaded the inevitable onset of the winter. And yet there was something cozy about cuddling indoors as the wind howled during those harsh, snowy nights.This week we read about the matriarchs, Rachel and Leah. Based on the mystics’ descriptions, I like to compare Rachel’s life to the exhilarating season of the summer. Her life and deeds were “beautiful and shapely” both inside and outside. Her sunny, charismatic personality was adored by Jacob and by whomever she met.

On the other hand, Leah, whose name means “weary,” was originally destined to marry (and rectify) Esau. She resembles the wearying journey of the winter season, when beauty is more hidden and needs to be unearthed.

This week on Sunday and Monday, we celebrated Rosh Chodesh Kislev . Kislev is the month that has the longest, darkest nights, heralding the cold winter. Also this month, we celebrate Chanukah and the victory of light over darkness.

We can enjoy the tender warmth indoors even more when the freezing wind rages outside; and within the heavy, penetrating darkness, light shines brightest and we can learn how to appreciate our strengths better.

Wishing you an energizing month in which we can brighten the darkness of our world with the glowing lights of warmth, love, humility and happiness.

Chana Weisberg,

TJW Editor

P.S. If you were to compare your life to a season, which one would it most resemble? How?

This Week’s Features

by Zehava Deer
LEARNING CENTER:

Kislev is best known for the holiday of Chanukah and the New Year of Chassidism.

Concealment and Revelation

Through our surrender to the darkness we can reveal and manifest the greatness of who we are.

By Shimona Tzukernik
Watch Watch (8:41)

. . . but why he had to marry also Leah

Leah’s soul stemmed from the world of thought; Rachel’s, from the world of speech. Leah was introspective, a master of meditation. Rachel was a communicator, charismatic and appealing.

By Rochel Holzkenner

Parshat Vayeitzei

What is the mystery of the spiritual qualities represented by these two sisters? What was the secret cosmic schism that would span centuries of history?

By Chana Weisberg

Rachel, wife of Rabbi Akiva

Although he was then a 40-year-old ignorant shepherd, she intuited that if given the opportunity, he could become a great scholar.

By Eli Raksin
MAGAZINE:

Today, we value aggressiveness, extroversion, and charisma. And yet, humility is the trait most prized by G-d.

By Sara Chana Radcliffe

I was young, naive and immature, and she seemed, well, foreign. You know the ways of mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law. Too many phone calls, and it’s an invasion of privacy; not enough, and you say she doesn’t care . . .

By Elana Mizrahi
By Miriam Szokovski
SMILE:
A programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.

עוד לא ספרתי 40 יום וכבר נחתו עלי ישועות

THE 40 DAYS WERENT YET OVER BUT THE YESHOUS ALREADY BEGUN

רחל אמנו מחקה המחלה מהגרון

רחל אמנו “מחקה” לו את הסרטן מהגרון

המחלקה היא מחלקה סופנית החולים סביבו מתחלפים והולכים. גידול שמתפשט בצורה שכזו, במקום כה רגיש, הורג בתוך מספר ימים. היא ידעה היטב את מצבה של בעלה,וכשהמשפחה כבר הספידה וחשבה על היום שאחרי היא שמעה על “מוסדות קבר רחל” התרומה שלה טפטפה אל שקית העירוי שלו, השיגה את התרופות האיומות, ומיגרה את הסרטן במהירות מדהימה. שלושה חודשים לאחר מכן תוצאות הסי טי היו נקיות לחלוטין

RACHEL IMENU “ERASED” THE CANCER IN HIS THROAT

He is in the ward from whichmost people never come back. A tumor that grows this quick in such a sensitive place kills within a few days. The eulogies were already being prepared- and then she heard of the Kever Rochel Foundation. Her donation dripped into his IV tube and beat all the medicines. Three months later the CT scans came back completely clear

10:57 MINUTES- What did a NON-jewish WOMAN do, that merited O

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“מתחילות מבראשית” – שיעורי הרבנית ימימה מזרחי

שיעור תורה לנשים פרשת תולדות – הרבנית נורית גלייזר

השיעור של רבנית נורית גלייזר מבוסס על ליקוטי תורה של אדמו”ר הזקן, בעל התניא ושולחן ערוך. לימוד של ליקוטי תורה, אמר הרבי, זה סגולה נפלאה לפרנסה וכדאי מאוד לנסות. בהצלחה!
פרשת תולדות

Emet and Sheker: Helping our Children Differentiate

Available on naaleh.com at:http://www.naaleh.com/viewclass/2310/…

In this shiur (Torah class) on chinuch, Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller
guides parents and educators on how to imbue the value of honesty and
the recognition of falsehood in children of all ages.  This Torah class is available online in streaming video and for download in mp3 and ipod video formats.

Un Rabbin et sa famille nous font partager leur quotidien.

Le Rabbin Silberstein, sa femme et leurs 6 enfants nous invitent chez eux. Caméra88.René Ferron producteur.

L’égalité entre les sexes ? Ou la différance entre les sexes ? Femme et Judaïsme

Il y a une quarantaine d’années, le Mouvement de la Libération de la Femme prônait l’égalité des sexes dans leur place, leur rôle, leur liberté d’expression. Mais le fait qu’un homme ne doit pas accorder moins de considération à une personne parce qu’elle est une femme ne les rend pas tous deux pour autant similaires. Leurs différences sont réelles. En connaissant mieux l’origine et le but de ces différences, elles s’inscrivent et se réalisent dans la nature comme une évidence. A un point tel qu’une étude approfondie révèle le caractère masculin-féminin de la création tout entière.

Une vieille femme juive lampes bougies de Chabbat

Shabbat candles (Hebrew: נרות שבת‎) are candles lit on Friday nights, 18 minutes before sunset, to usher in the Jewish Sabbath Lighting Shabbat candles is a rabbinically mandated law. Candlelighting is traditionally done by the woman of the household, but in the absence of a woman, it may be done by man. After lighting the candles, the woman waves her hands over them, covers her eyes, and recites a blessing.
The requirement to light Shabbat candles is of rabbinic origin. It is traditional to light two candles, but in some homes an additional candle is lit for each child. The lighting of Shabbat candles has a dual purpose: To “honor Shabbat” (כבוד שבת) and create shalom bayit or domestic tranquility (שלום בית).
In Yiddish, lighting the candles is known as “licht bentschen” or “licht tsinden.

mon enfant frequente un(e) non juif(ve) par le Rav Dynovisz.flv

question réponse : quelle attitude adopter si mon enfant frequente un(e) non juif(ve) voire Dieu preserve s’y lie par un mariage mixte par le Rav Dynovisz

feminsm and jewish orthodox women – with english sub titles

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Cheshvan 27, 5774 · October 31, 2013
My Friend’s Tightrope Walk Escapade
I have a friend who carefully orchestrates her children’s lives. Her oldest daughters are now grown and, following their mother’s lead, have made friends with the “right” connections, have gone to the “right” schools and have been involved in all the “right” activities. Both have grown into smart and responsible individuals—albeit sometimes lacking a certain confidence in their own life choices.My friend’s youngest daughter is still in her tumultuous teen years. Unlike her sisters, she has a more independent streak and doesn’t appreciate her mother’s constant involvement.Raising children is like tightrope walking. How much freedom and how much direction? How much do we insist and how much do we trust? Are we steering them gently or meddling too much?This week’s Torah portion, Toldot, describes the birth of Jacob and Esau, who couldn’t be more different from one another. Jacob personified piety, while Esau was an individual challenged by an inborn evil inclination. But Esau was never meant to become Jacob; rather, his mission was to overcome his temptation despite his strong propensity for evil.As explained in Educating our Children, “our job is not to mold our children into a replica of our ideal. It is to enable them to use their tendencies, talents and, yes, deficiencies, to their maximum.”This week we feature Hear Me Out, the inspiring story of how a mother of a deaf child helped him achieve his unique potential. We also featureHarmony, a short video produced by Tzohar seminary students exploring how beauty is a harmonious balancing act, blending together a multitude of colors.Whether in learning to believe in ourselves, or in seeking to eradicate our own negative thoughts, we all seek beauty in our lives. Perhaps, as the Harmony video proclaims, our success lies in focusing on incorporating “all of the notes of the song, all the colors of the rainbow”—the highs and the lows, the control and the trust, the giving in and the sticking to our principles—into one harmonious whole.Sure, it sounds overwhelming. But as our Frazzled to Focus coach assures us, “it’s not about finishing all the work, but about doing our part.”How do you create harmony and beauty in your life?Chana Weisberg,
Editor, TJW
This Week’s Features

By Yvette Miller
LEARNING CENTER:

Parshat Toldot

By Rochel Holzkenner

Reflections on Beauty

A film by Tzohar Seminary student Chavie Resnick exploring themes of Chassidus, art and identity.

Watch Watch (3:23)

Parshat Toldot

Some of us thrive as a result of a challenging environment—our struggles refine our characters and make us even greater people. And sometimes, no matter what we do, we cannot seem to rise above the circumstances of our birth . . .

By Stacey Goldman

A Taste of Text—Toldot

A child shouldn’t be expected to be a miniature replica of his parent. Individual character traits need to be honed and channeled.

By Chana Weisberg
Watch Watch (23:32)

Queen Salome Alexandra

Have you ever hosted a dinner party, only to have your plans go awry? Well, you’re not alone. Learn about a Jewish queen’s creative solution that saved the party.

By Eli Raksin
MAGAZINE:

Anyone else out there have a “to-do” list longer than the circumference of their home?

By Rivka Caroline

With Pecan Crunch Topping

It’s that time of year again… the blogosphere has erupted with fall-inspired dishes, with a heavy propensity towards pumpkin. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin brownies, pumpkin milkshake, pumpkin bread, pumpkin everything!

By Miriam Szokovski

How can I get rid of them?

I’m always finding fault with myself, others, and everything in my life. This makes me feel tense, defensive and unhappy. But I find it hard to stop. What can I do?

By Rosally Saltsman

The Jewish Woman

The Prestige of the Jewish Woman

The strength and importance of a Jewish woman

The Jewish Woman: Their Strength is Jewish Survival

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Cheshvan 19, 5774 · October 23, 2013
What Does Living in the Moment Mean?
As I read through this week’s selections, I had a hard time figuring out what to highlight in my editor’s note. Each article, essay and piece of advice was better than the next!And that’s when it hit me that this dilemma is so appropriate for this week, when we read the Torah portion of Chayei Sarah, about Sarah’s death after 127 years.Rashi comments that each of Sarah’s years was so full and consistently perfect, achieving at every moment exactly what she needed, so that no stage of her life could be said to be better than the next.And that’s when it also occurred to me that this really is the underlying message of each of the consistently great articles this week. No matter what stage in life we find ourselves, we need to fill each of our moments with meaning and purpose.. . . Whether we are caught in some waiting room, whiling away the minutes, impatiently awaiting our turn.. . . Or we’re experiencing a different kind of waiting, hoping that our silent, longed-for prayers will finally be answered through our latest infertility treatment.. . . Or if we’re sharing the precious last moments of a life’s journey with abeloved mother, as she inhales her last breaths of life.Our matriarch Sarah was physically and spiritually a beautiful woman. She encapsulated the concept of modesty, and this is what made each moment of her life so full. As Samantha Barnett writes, “modesty gives us a guideline for how to access the unlimited beauty within us. It further challenges others to come and experience the depth of that beauty.”Wishing you a beautiful week in which you live in the moment.Each and every one of them.Chana Weisberg,
Editor, TJW
This Week’s Features

By Miriam Karp
LEARNING CENTER:

The true meaning of modesty

As a child, I insisted on wearing dresses and the color pink. I guess I was born a feminist, in the nonpolitical sense. I celebrated my girlhood and was proud of it.

By Samantha Barnett

“These were the years of the life of Sarah”

The “if only” attitude claims that if only we had some essentially missing quality, then our lives would be infinitely enhanced.

By Chana Weisberg

Have you ever driven 60 miles to meet a friend, only to have that friend—who lives two miles away—arrive 10 to 15 minutes late?

By Sara Tzafona

A Lesson in Giving: Parshat Chayei Sarah

Surrounded by a group of able-bodied men, Eliezer did not appear as a helpless, weary chap begging for a drink. And Rebecca was a young woman of nobility, not a poor servant girl accustomed to lugging water from wells . . .

By Esther Vilenkin

Yalta, the wife of Rav Nachman

There are few women named in the Talmud. One is Yalta.

By Eli Raksin
MAGAZINE:

Why the tension? Why the silence? Why the embarrassment when I see someone I know at the doctor’s office? Why?

by Zehava Deer

Thanksgiving meet Chanukah

By Miriam Szokovski

I would have thought that the teasing child is to blame for causing upset to the other youngster. Am I wrong?

By Sara Chana Radcliffe
Marriage is one of the leading causes of divorce.

Shekinah

“FORGET ABOUT THE STEREOTYPES. SHEKINAH IS A VISUALLY BEAUTIFUL LOOK INTO THE REALITY OF HASIDIC WOMEN.”

— MAURIE ALIOFF, FILM CRITIC AND SCREENWRITER

A FILM THAT WILL SHATTER ALL YOUR PRECONCEPTIONS

“A RARE GLIMPSE INTO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF HASIDIC WOMEN, KABBALAH AND JEWISH TRADITION. SHEKINAH STANDS IN A LEAGUE OF ITS OWN.”

— RABBI YISROEL BERNATH

Shekinah-Press-Kit

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Cheshvan 11, 5774 · October 15, 2013
Editor’s Note:
Do you commemorate the yahrtzeit (date of passing) of a parent or grandparent, a relative or close friend? A yahrtzeit is a meaningful day when we remember the special qualities of the person who has departed.But how many of us commemorate the yahrtzeit of a great-great-great grandparent?This Tuesday, the 11th of Cheshvan, marks the date of the passing of our matriarch Rachel. Interestingly, of all our patriarchs and matriarchs, hers is the only date that is still noted, centuries later. I believe this is because her life personifies her ongoing historic role as the quintessential mother sacrificing for her children.Rachel died during childbirth, giving her own life for her child. She was buried on a deserted roadside, so that her descendants could pass by her gravesite as they were exiled from their land and pour out their hearts asking her to beg G‑d for mercy.With her boundless wellspring of love, Rachel sacrificed for her children in her life and in her death. And, G‑d promises, it is to her voice that He will ultimately listen as He redeems us from our exile.This week, in honor of Rachel, we pay tribute to motherhood, the laughter and joythe tearsthe moments of silencethe mother’s ability to transmit Jewish identity, and her boldness and fearlessness.Whether or not you are a biological mother, we can all “mother” someone with love and compassion, as exemplified so heroically by Mama Rochel.Wishing you a nurturing week.Chana Weisberg,
Editor, TJW

Parshat Vayeira

Why couldn’t G‑d have chosen an organ common to both women and men to brand our Jewish identity?

By Rochel Holzkenner

At various junctures in our lives, we may face the difficult decision of doing what we know is best, or conforming to what others expect. How do you choose?

By Chana Weisberg

Not only did Rachel keep silent during the wedding of her sister, but even during all those years when she was barren and Leah bore child after child, Rachel never said a word to her.

By Elana Mizrahi

Even when we are deprived of a nurturing mother, we are never deprived of Rachel, who always stands vigil, adoring us unconditionally, then and now—to this very day . . .

By Simon Jacobson

Spending too much time at work trying to make an extra buck? Wondering what the key to G‑d’s blessings is? The Talmud has an interesting formula.

By Eli Raksin
MAGAZINE:

Day-to-day life does require a sizeable amount of decisions to be made. And understandably, there is a fair amount of stress attached to these decisions. Follow these tips to minimize decision-making anxiety.

By Rivka Caroline

Make your own candy – it’s less complicated than you might think!

By Miriam Szokovski

As we cuddle and kiss, feed and bathe, dress and educate, G‑d wants us to always keep in mind the importance of our task and the importance of raising our children with joy.

By Elana Mizrahi
It’s not the fall that kills you; it’s the sudden stop at the end.
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Cheshvan 4, 5774 · October 8, 2013
Editor’s Note:
Difficult people. Difficult situations. Difficult life circumstances.Do you ever feel like the difficulties of your life are overwhelming, robbing you of your sense of serenity?In this week’s Torah’s portion, Lech Lecha, Abraham and Sara are told to leave the comforts of their homeland and birthplace–and all that they hold dear to them–and travel to a foreign land where they encounter terrible turmoil.Using Abraham’s and Sara’s example, Finding G-d During Tough Timesprovides a context on how to get through spiritual and psychological challenges.In Sensitivity, our popular Infertility Blogger, Zehava Deer pokes hilarious fun at the ill-mannered people she often meets, and, in her characteristic way, finds an illuminating lesson even from those obnoxious encounters.In Moody, Miserable and Mean, best-selling author, Sara Chana Radcliffe, helps us deal with someone who is all the above—even if that person happens to be our own child!But what touched me most this week was being privileged to meet Jackie Silver through her article What are your (Dis)Abilities?. Jackie is a very courageous young woman, who despite her debilitating disability refuses to let her challenges control her but consistently chooses to focus instead on her many abilities!And finally, this week we also launch a brand new column called The Court of Jewish Life which will present a whole assortment of social, monetary and ethical dilemmas, through the perspective of Jewish Law. In keeping with this week’s theme of difficult people and situations, one distraught new home owner wants to know, Can My Neighbor Prevent Me from Building My Dream Home? Find out what the Court of Jewish Law decides.So, as much as we wish it, challenges just don’t usually just disappear.How do you deal with the challenges of your life? Please share with us.Wishing you a challenge-free week.Or, at the very least, a fresh perspective in dealing with yours.Chana WeisbergEditor,TJW
This Week’s Features

By Chana Weisberg
LEARNING CENTER:

Do I stop my project because of my neighbor’s complaint, or can I finally have my dreamed-of privacy?

By Yehuda Shurpin

“Say you are my sister”

Even when we are experiencing our personal famines, our relationship with G‑d is still present and accessible.

By Chana Weisberg

Parshat Lech Lecha

Each Jew must look at him- or herself and ask the question, “Who am I? What do I believe?” For we are not intended to be robots; we must do, but we also must know and understand . . .

By Sara Esther Crispe

Beruriah’s reaction to the death of her sons

Her two sons died suddenly on Shabbat, but she hid the fact from her husband until she found a way to comfort him.

By Eli Raksin
MAGAZINE:

I have found that throughout my experience with infertility thus far, I can divide the people I come in contact with into several categories.

by Zehava Deer

I have gone cross-country skiing, kayaking and rowing. I have even been interviewed on television. I have done all these things . . . and I have a physical disability.

By Jackie Silver

I feel terrible saying this, but the best time of year for us is summer, when Mendy goes to sleepaway camp. We all can finally breathe!

Answered by Sara Chana Radcliffe

Kitchen disasters – they happen to all of us!

By Miriam Szokovski










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Tishrei 19, 5774 · September 23, 2013
Can Mars and Venus Ever Unite?
Men and Women.Husbands and Wives.Brothers and Sisters.What do we want from one another? Are we hopelessly stranded on different planets drowning in the waters of strife and miscommunication? Can we ever find the life draft that will bring us peace and reconciliation?This Shabbat, backing on to the holiday of Sukkot, we begin a new yearly cycle of Torah readings, starting with the portion of Bereishit, which recounts the creation of our world.And wouldn’t you know, on the very same day that the first man and woman were created, merely hours after life has been breathed into their nostrils, the world experiences The First Big Fight.Nor is it merely a small skirmish, but the whole works, full of denial, recriminations, blame, counter-charges and more blame. His fault. Her fault. The snake’s fault.But hidden too within the lines of the story are the keys to finding the understanding and harmony that both men and women seek.What are a husband’s greatest complaints against his wife? What are a wife’s greatest complaints against her husband? And what are the underlying, but albeit different needs of each?Got 3 minutes? Then click here for some insight.Just make sure to share with us your comments.Wishing you a most joyous and harmonious Sukkot and Simchat Torah.Chana WeisbergEditor, TJW
This Week’s Features

By Rochel Holzkenner
LEARNING CENTER:

The simplicity of Hoshana Rabbah

The tree gives no fruit and the leaves give off no fragrance. Yet it is precisely in that “blandness” of being that we recognize the presence of something beyond…

By Shimona Tzukernik

The traditional triangular pieces of dough filled with ground meat or chicken, similar to dumplings.

By Chanie Goldman

The sin of the Tree of Knowledge is one of the most perplexing episodes in the Torah. Insight into the story sheds light on woman’s unique qualities and role in the process of redemption

By Chana Weisberg

Spiritual Development: Lesson 6

What makes you to feel joyful? Try these exercises.

By Nomi Freeman
Watch Watch (15:31)

The role of a helpmate

Metaphorically, a man brings the raw and coarse materials home. The woman has the power to transform those materials into a finished product, thereby elevating and refining the man’s contribution.

By Eli Raksin
MAGAZINE:

G‑d is there, always, and He hears your pain. But G‑d also put us in this world craving the company, advice, sympathy and approval of other human beings. Bottling emotions, suffocating them, is unnatural. So, don’t do it. Please.

by Zehava Deer

Meat and rice, rolled up in cabbage and cooked in a decadent sauce – a Simchat Torah classic. With step-by-step photo instructions.

By Miriam Szokovski

Of course it’s important for children to have confidence and self-esteem, but there’s a rub: what if the parent lacks it? What if the parent is insecure?

By Sara Chana Radcliffe

Five on Five—Bereishit

Women are complaining to their husbands that they feel taken for granted. Men are complaining to their wives that they are constantly being criticized. The first passages of Genesis teach us how to overcome these common relationship problems.

By Chana Weisberg
Watch Watch (3:04)
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My Wife Completes the Process
Tishrei 18, 5774 · September 22, 2013
The Role of a Helpmate

When G-d saw that Adam was alone, He said, “I will make him a helpmate.” And then He created Eve. Have you ever wondered what exactly the role of a “helpmate” is? Well, the sages of the Talmud debated this, too.

Rabbi Yosi, a fourth generation Talmudic sage, once met Elijah the prophet. He inquired about the phrase and asked, “In what way does a wife help her husband?” Elijah answered, “When a man brings home wheat, does he chew and swallow the wheat kernels raw? When he brings home flax, does he wear the unprocessed flax? Of course not! Rather, his wife performs the many tasks necessary to process the raw materials into a finished product.”

Metaphorically, a man brings the raw and coarse materials home. The woman has the power to transform those materials into a finished product; thereby elevating and refining the man’s contribution.

G-d gave women mastery of life’s details. A man may formulate a grand plan that appears destined to succeed; a woman knows how to practically carry out that plan. (Tractate Yevamot 63a).

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Kislev 8, 5774 · November 11, 2013
by Zehava Deer

“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”—Dr. Seuss

It was about a year after I had gotten married, and I was hopelessly desperate to get pregnant. I looked around me at all the friends who already had children or were pregnant, and I felt despondent. I know it sounds dramatic, but I felt I could not handle the pain. I was certain I would sink into depression if I would not receive my personal redemption soon.

Around that time I was invited to dinner by one of my sisters-in-law, a mom to several adorable kids. After sitting at the dinner table for a few hours, our topic turned to me—specifically, to the fact that I wasn’t pregnant yet. She reassured me that I should just relax, enjoy my time with my husband, and in

I could not handle the pain

general not be stressed about it. 

Then she told me that she, too, felt pressure every single day.

“Pressure? Pressure from who? Pressure for what?” I asked.

“From people around me. I walk in the street and feel inadequate. There is always something new out there to try, always something someone has that I don’t.”

I was bewildered. It was quite a frightening thought. I understood that societal norms push people to shape their lives in a certain way and in a certain timeframe. For example, in the community I live in, you are prepared to date and marry at quite a young age, and then to start a family shortly thereafter. However, when does it stop? I always believed that at some point you break free of what society expects of you, to live your life as you please. But apparently, this is not a given. Some people never stop reaching for more. Does the pressure ever stop?

Are we living in one long rat race?

It was a sobering thought. I got engaged at what society deemed an appropriate age, got married four months later, and then—and then what? Nope, pregnancy did not follow shortly thereafter. Others were sprinting ahead, while I was lagging behind.

That conversation forced me to dig deep into myself, reflect on what I thought was pain, and realize it was something different that I was experiencing.

We are brought into this confusing, fascinating, infuriating world for such a short amount of time, and it’s our mission to accomplish what we can for the several decades we are allotted. It’s like children released in a field strewn with candy, told they can keep any candy they find. The children run, desperate to find more and more and more candy. One is not enough, and neither is ten—because, look, one child has 20 already! Even if they are tired, even if they couldn’t possibly eat all that candy, they run, desperately seeking more.

Have

Others were sprinting ahead, while I was lagging behind

our lives been reduced to a rat race? Why are we always running, running, running? Always racing, scrambling, snatching? We should be slowing down, taking a second look at what we do have. Those silly children in the field don’t even get to eat their candy, so busy are they collecting more and more. We need to relax, take the time to unwrap our candy, eat it, savor it. 

From that moment, I vowed not to continue the rat race. I would savor my life. I would take what I was given and enjoy it, and if I got more, I would praise G‑d for His kindness.

And I have. Oh, I have.

In the beginning, it wasn’t easy. It’s tough to kick a habit. Especially one that has been cultivated since I was born. But since I’ve made the effort to get out of the rat race, my life has gotten so much easier. I can honestly say I am in a much better place right now than I was a few years back. I’ve reached an inner peace that comes with being my own person, running my own program. I can also proudly say that I love my life, thank G‑d. Do I want a child? Of course I do. But I know now more than ever that it is because I want it, not because it is expected of me.

The Kotzker Rebbe once said, “If I am I because I am I, and you are you because you are you, then I am I and you are you. But if I am I because you are you, and you are you because I am I, then I am not I and you are not you.”

I think that’s a brilliant line.

So, be yourself. And be happy.

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Kislev 8, 5774 · November 11, 2013

Some people just don’t appreciategematria.

In our synagogue I try to find something to say during the pauses in the Torah reading every Shabbat. We’re fairly eclectic in our tastes, and you might find us flitting between an ethical teaching, a play on words, a chassidic interpretation, or a piece of numerology during the break between one reading to the next.

Many of our regulars question my occasional use of gematria or other types of numerology.

Every Hebrew letter has a numerical value. Aleph = 1, bet = 2, etc., and adding up the letters gives you the unique numerical value, or gematria, of each word and phrase. Comparing and contrasting the relative value of different words and phrases often affords surprising insight

We’re fairly eclectic in our tastes

into the text and allows us to correlate seemingly unconnected Torah topics.

I admit it does sometimes seem somewhat random. One congregant of mine frequently observes, often after I’ve just introduced a particularly obscure piece of numerology, that you can read whatever you wish into numbers, and if you try hard enough you could probably find a tenuous connection between most topics.

He’s right, in a way. These methods are described as parparaot la-chochmah, the condiments of wisdom. They’re not the main meal of Judaism, just the seasoning that gives Judaism its taste. Torah is G‑dly and infinite, and all wisdom is contained within her words. You’d never decide a law on the basis of gematria; but, used properly, they can help give a new and deeper appreciation and understanding of the text.

Take one of the most famous examples of word and number play in the Torah. As Jacob leaves his father-in-law’s house on his journey back to Israel, he sends a message to his brother, Esau. Im Lavan garti, I have lived with Laban.

Rashi pointed out that the gematria of garti is 613, which is also the number of commandments in the Torah, and thus interprets Jacob’s message to be saying, “Throughout the years that I lived with the evil Laban, I kept the 613 commandments.”

But would my friend be convinced? So the word garti equals 613; it’s surely not the only word in the Torah with that value. Where do you get mitzvahs from “I have dwelled”? Why would Rashi assume that Jacob is doing more than just describing his living arrangements for the last 20 years, and is rather making a metaphysical point about his commitment to the commandments?

Gematria is more than random wordplay. Legitimate tools of Torah interpretation treat the text as a living document: an interplay of content and context, with each letter, word and phrase redolent

I never fit in with the wicked people

with meaning. In our example, the correlation betweengarti and mitzvah observance is deeper than just adding up the letters; rather, the context leads to the conclusion.

The word garti, from the root ger, “stranger” or “convert,” is unusual. Had Jacob just wished to say “I lived with Laban,” there are other, seemingly more appropriate verbs that he could have used. Garti has connotations of “I was a stranger”; I was different, I never fit in with the wicked people because I lived and acted differently than they. Jacob was saying, “The whole time I was away from home, I stayed true to the lessons that I learned in my parents’ home.”

It was in this context that the rabbis observed that there is also numeric support for this supposition. “I was able to keep the 613 mitzvot, even in Lavan’s house, because I remained a stranger to their way of life.”

Wherever a Jew is, no matter how far from home he may have traveled, he can always maintain his connection to the words and letters of Torah by appreciating the value of each letter and word of G‑dliness and seeking out the underlying purpose of each phrase and phase of life.

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From As Far Away As China And Australia Traveled Throngs Of Jews To Honor And Remember Late Spiritual Leader
They came from all over the world to remember a religious leader.

On Wednesday night tens of thousands of Jews made a spiritual journey to Queens.

They made the trip to mark the 15th anniversary of the death Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

The observance started at sundown and before it is over massive crowds will enter the holy place to be inspired by the memory of a spiritual leader they respected like no other.

Faithful and patient, the masses journeyed to Cambria Heights from near and far, inspired by the holiness of the final resting place of their rebbe.

“It’s inspirational. It’s dynamic. You feel the energy of the rebbe there and it just feels amazing,” said Esti Duchman of Miami Beach, Fla.
The wait times lasted up to four hours as groups of 80 filed in to a small space to feel close to the late Schneerson.Once inside each visitor received two minutes to pray and ponder. Some read and then shred notes for God’s blessing at the rebbe’s headstone.

“We believe this rabbi is special in our generation. He is the greatest one,” said Henry Klein of Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Remembered as scholarly and visionary, Schneerson led the Chabad Lubavitch movement for more than 40 years, leaving behind an international network of rabbinical emissaries in 74 countries.

And here you find proof of the global reach of the rebbe’s work. Many of these visitors traveled long distances to be here, some from as far away as China and Australia.
“More and more people are inspired by his life and what he has taught,” said Rabbi Motti Seligson of chabad.com.
“His message continues to resonate because it is a living message, a message of reaching out to all Jews, all people,” said Yosef Kantor of Bangkok, Thailand.
Organizers said this custom is growing every year, making it necessary for greater security and extra food and lodging for everyone coming in from out of town

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During a talk in 3 Shevat, 5752 (January 8, 1992, the Rebbe suddenly began to tell of an incident with his father-in-law, the Rebbe Rayatz, and a question his doctor asked about the Rebbe’s health.

This talk shocked and concerned the Rebbe’s Chasidim. Six weeks later, when the Rebbe suffered a stroke, they understood.

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Power Books
Kislev 8, 5774 · November 11, 2013

In 1856, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (known as the Tzemach Tzedek) sent his son (and eventual successor) Rabbi Shmuel Schneersohn to St. Petersburg on matters of communal concern.

The night before Rabbi Shmuel left, his father said to him, “In 1843, when I was summoned to the rabbinical conference in St. Petersburg, I went to pray at my mother’s grave in Liozna. She told me that due to her self-sacrifice for her father and for Chassidism, she was granted entry to the heavenly palace of the Baal Shem Tov. She asked the Baal Shem Tov to pray for me, and to provide something to help me withstand the enemies of Chassidism.

The sons of the Patriarch Jacob were not harmed by the Canaanites, because “the dread of G‑d was upon the cities around them . . .”

“The Baal Shem Tov answered her: ‘Your son knows by heart the Five Books of Moses, Psalms, andTanya (a primary chassidic text). We learn from the Torah that the sons of the Patriarch Jacob were not harmed by the Canaanites, because “the dread [in Hebrew, chitat] of G‑d was upon the cities around them” (Genesis 35:5). The three consonants of the word chitat are the first letters of the Hebrew names of the three books: Five Books of Moses—in Hebrew,Chumash; Psalms—in Hebrew, Tehillim; and Tanya. One who is thoroughly acquainted with every letter in them is granted the spiritual strength to shatter any obstacles that could prevent the revelation of holiness.’

“Therefore,” the rebbe instructed his son Rabbi Shmuel, “wherever you may be, whether in government buildings or with government ministers, recite a chapter each from the Five Books of Moses, Psalms, and Tanya.”

. . . all the plans of our opponents collapsed, and Torah-true Judaism triumphed

Many years later, when Rabbi Shmuel recounted this experience to his son (and eventual successor), Rabbi Sholom DovBer, he added: “It was a wonderful prescription. With the first three chapters of the Five Books of Moses, three psalms from the Book of Psalms, and three chapters of Tanya, all the plans of our opponents collapsed, and Torah-true Judaism triumphed.”

Surely it is worthwhile to follow the Baal Shem Tov’s heavenly advice and study Chitat—a section of the Five Books of Moses, Psalms, and Tanya—every day.


Adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles from Sippurei Chassidim by Rabbi S. Y. Zevin, and supplemented from other oral sources.

Copyright 2003 by R. Yerachmiel Tilles, Ascent of Safed. All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this work or portions thereof, in any form, unless with permission, in writing, from Ascent of Safed.

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“Today’s Day”
Sunday Kislev 8 5704
Torah lessons: Chumash: Vayishlach, first parsha with Rashi.
Tehillim: 44-48.
Tanya: We must understand (p. 611)…and the like. (p. 613).

Man should ponder thoughtfully how great are the kindnesses of the Creator: Such a puny insignificant being, Man, can bring great delight to the “Greatest of all great”‘ of Whom it is written, “There is no delving into His greatness.”1 Man ought therefore always be inspired, and perform his avoda with an eager heart and spirit.

FOOTNOTES
1. Tehillim 145:3.
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The Gift to the Yetzer Hara

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Kislev 8, 5774 · November 11, 2013
Today’s Tanya Lesson
Kuntres Acharon, middle of Essay 4

The Alter Rebbe will now point out the superior quality inherent in the very service of action-related mitzvot in comparison to intellectually-generated love and awe. For the direction of the latter form of divine service is merely elevation (haalaah), which causes a corresponding “elevation of the lights” above. The ultimate intent of creation is fulfilled not by this, but by the practical commandments, for their function is the drawing down (hamshachah) of Divinity to a state of revelation in this world below.

ובר מן כן דין

Besides all the above,1 i.e., all the above-mentioned ways in which the action-relatedmitzvot are superior to intellectually-aroused love and fear, there is yet another superior quality to the practical mitzvot:

אפילו בנשמה דאצילות, אף שהיא מכלים דאצילות

Even in the case of a soul of Atzilut, though it derives from the vessels ofAtzilut,

וכן בנפש רוח, מכלים דיצירה עשיה

and equally in the case of Nefesh-Ruach which derive from the vessels ofYetzirah-Asiyah,2

הנה רחימו אולי צריך לומר: דחילו ורחימו שכליים שלהם מעוררים גם כן בכלים דיצירה עשיה בחינת העלאה ממטה למעלה, באתערותא דלתתא

their intellectual love [3this should possibly read: “fear and love”], which themselves are a mode of elevation, also arouse in the vessels ofYetzirah-Asiyah a state of upward elevation, through an arousal initiated from below.

וזהו בחינת הסתלקות לבד, חס ושלום

However, this is a state of departure alone, G‑d forbid.

The effect on the vessels is that they depart upwards and do not fulfill their purpose, just as love and fear that do not descend into expression in mitzvot are also in a state of elevation and departure. When love and fear do descend into mitzvot, they enhance the effect of the mitzvot in drawing down Divine light.

אבל בחינת המשכה מלמעלה למטה, הוא על ידי מצות מעשיות דוקא, להמשיך אור בכלים

But eliciting from above downward is effected only by means of the practical mitzvot, which draw light into the vessels,

ובחיצוניות הכלים דוקא, שחיצוניות העליון יורד למטה, ופנימיות התחתון עולה למעלה

and specifically into the external aspect of the vessels, so that the external aspect of the superior level descends, while the internal aspect of the inferior level rises.

As created beings thus experience an upward-directed longing for the Divine, Divinity descends into this world.

וזהו שכתוב בזהר, פרשת פקודי הנ״ל, דאית סדורא כו׳

This is the intent of the above-quoted Zohar in Parshat Pekudei,4 that “there is an order [of elevation and an order of descent].”

ושתיהן צורך גבוה, העלאה והמשכה

Both are needed for the Divine purpose, i.e., for man’s spiritual service, the elevation and the elicitation,

על ידי העלאת מין נוקבין מס״ג, בבחינת עובדא ומלולא

by the elevation of mayin nukvin from the Divine Name Sa’g that is accomplished (by the elevation of the sparks) by deed and speech.

וזהו תכלית ההשתלשלות, להתגלות אור עליון למטה

This is the ultimate purpose of the downward progression of all the various worlds — that the supernal light be revealed below,

ולא לעלות התחתון למעלה, שזה אינו אלא לפי שעה

and not that the inferior level be elevated, for this [elevation] can only be momentary, until a further descent.

ואף גם זאת, דוקא עליות הכלים לאורות עליונים

And even so, when an elevation is necessary, this involves — not the ascent of the light, for that would be a move toward departure, but — specifically an elevation of the vessels toward the supernal lights.

היא מעלת השבת ויום הכפורים

This is the specific quality of Shabbat and Yom Kippur, at which time there is an “elevation of the worlds” (aliyat haolamot), where the vessels are in a state of elevation towards the supernal lights,

אבל לא עליות והסתלקות האורות, חס ושלום, כמו שכתוב בפרי עץ חיים

but not the elevation and departure of the lights, G‑d forbid, as is written in Pri Etz Chayim.5

ונפש רוח נשמה של האדם, לגבי גופו בעולם הזה, חשיבי כאורות לגבי כלים

The Nefesh-Ruach-Neshamah of man relative to his physical body in This World are considered as lights relative to vessels.

וכן דחילו ורחימו שכליים, לגבי מצות מעשיות

So too are intellectual fear and love, relative to mitzvot of action; they, too, are considered as lights relative to vessels.

ולכן התפלל משה רבנו עליו השלום תפלות כמנין ואתחנן, על קיום מצות מעשיות דוקא

This is why Moses offered [515] prayers equivalent in number to [the Hebrew word] Vaetchanan,6 asking that he be privileged to enter the Holy Land,specifically so that he could fulfill the practical mitzvot.

Only in the Holy Land can the practical mitzvot be fulfilled in their entirety — and the fulfillment of the practical mitzvot is the ultimate purpose of the entire Hishtalshelut, for through them Divinity is drawn down to this nether world.

והוא הדין לדבור גשמי של הלכותיהן

So too as regards the physical utterance of their laws.

For by uttering and studying the laws of the mitzvot with physical speech one also draws down the light below.

FOOTNOTES
1. Note of the Rebbe: “On the forthcoming text see Or HaTorah, Parshat Acharei, p. 549ff.”
2. Note of the Rebbe: “Inspection of the manuscripts of Kuntres Acharon is required, for it appears that the text is incomplete and should read as follows: ‘…and equally in the case of Nefesh-Ruach-Neshamah and the vessels of BeriahYetzirah andAsiyah…in the vessels of BeriahYetzirah and Asiyah, in the state of….’ However,Or HaTorah gives the text as above.”
3. The brackets are in the original text.
4. P. 249a.
5. Shaar HaShabbat, ch. 7 of the Introduction, et al.
6. Devarim 3:23; Devarim Rabbah 11:9.
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Pray it with musicAustralian Jewish News

Visiting the United States, she was the music specialist at a Jewish summer camp in Pennsylvania, and attended the Hava Nashira Jewish musicconference in 
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Sheriff Israel To Be Honored By Jewish SocietyCBS Local

Play an important role in bringing holiday joy to those less fortunate in our  represents law enforcement officers and other officials who are of the Jewish faith.
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