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The Count’s Number of the Day: Shmoneh

The Count counts to the number eight on his organ.

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This Day in Jewish History / The man who translated the US Haaretz

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To Lead a Jewish Life: Education for Living Part 1

This program investigates the mechanisms Judaism has used for generations to disseminate knowledge and forge a solid connection to one’s heritage. Featuring a Solomon Schechter day school, and Camp Ramah Darom in Georgia, plus commentary from Jewish educational leaders. Produced in 2005 Coproduced with Catman & Mary.

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Jewish Education for every Jewish child can save the world

Mordechai gathered thousands of Jewish children to study Torah and pray to G-d to save the Jews from annihilation. Only when the innocent voices of the children ascended On High, did the Almighty annul the decree and replace it with the opposite — boundless joy.
It is imperative to intensify all efforts for the Education Campaign, and to reach every single Jewish boy and girl. It is our responsibility to alert every Jewish mother and father — who themselves are the innocent victims of lack of Jewish education — that it is essential for a Jewish child to grow up with his Jewish heritage.
This does not require a total shift of the parents’ thinking. In recent years, most people have realized that money does not give life meaning. They need to simply be educated about things they never heard from their own parents: That a Jew has, and needs, his own heritage. We are assued that “Words that come from the heart, will enter the heart” and have the proper impact.

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Silent Music: Teaching Our Deaf Children
Kislev 9, 5774 · November 12, 2013

Many mothers of special-needs children have learned that happiness is a choice, that they can “create” joy in their homes. When life hands these extraordinary women seemingly insurmountable challenges, they focus on the positive. By stressing what they and their children can do, rather than dwelling on limitations, they succeed in building vibrant, loving homes. That’s the case with Khana Globman, a mother and grandmother living in Philadelphia.

Khana already had three hearing children when she gave birth to a deaf son, Mordekhai. “There was absolutely no deafness in our families on both sides—we’d never even met any deaf people.” After Mordechai, Khana

Khana already had three hearing children when she gave birth to a deaf son

had twin boys who were also deaf. Khana next had a hearing son, followed by her youngest son, Yossi, who was profoundly deaf, then a hearing daughter.

“My son Mordekhai took it very hard,” Khana recalls of Yossi’s birth. “He cried and cried, ‘Why did G‑d give us another deaf child?’ I said to him, ‘Where else should this baby should have gone? We already know sign language; we’re ready for him!’”

Whereas other mothers might have seen only negative, Khana remembers those years as full of positives. “Babies can learn sign language much more quickly than they can learn to speak. This is a gift that G‑d has given them—using their hands more quickly.” By the time Yossi was born, Khana’s entire family could sign, and he was much less frustrated than his older siblings had been.

She enrolled her children in a school for the deaf near their house. “The first time I went to the school for the deaf, it was very frightening to me. Kids made guttural sounds. I thought, Is this going to be my kids, not talking?” She soon got used to the atmosphere, though, and encouraged her children to speak as well as sign.

After some anti-Semitic teasing in their local deaf school, Khana enrolled her children in a Jewish boys’ school. Mordekhai went first; Khana and her husband had to convince the school’s principal that their son could be mainstreamed. Two years later the twins enrolled in the Jewish school, and three years after that, Yossi joined them. Their district could provide a sign-language interpreter for English language subjects, but no interpreters for Hebrew could be found. So, Khana took the matter into her own hands—literally. For years she went to school each day with her sons and acted as their shadow in class.

Khana took the matter into her own hands—literally

“I had to take Talmud,” Khana remembers, “which went totally over my head. It was definitely a challenge for me, and it was hard for them to have their mother in the classroom. But they were grateful. My youngest daughter was two when I started interpreting, so I brought her with; she played with the preschool kids while I worked.”

Khana says she’s lucky. Throughout her life, she explains, she seems to have been given precisely the tools she needs to meet her challenges. When she was in her 20s, for instance, Khana completed an M.A. in English, then went on for a Ph.D. She was studying in Israel at the time, however, and soon decided it was absurd to study English in a Hebrew program. She stopped her doctoral studies and took a job teaching English as a Second Language, which she felt was a more practical option in a foreign country. Years later, she was able to use these teaching skills to help her sons. “It was such a siyata d’Shemaya,” Khana says, using the Jewish expression for “a blessing from the heavens.”

Another “tool” Khana was given was getting involved with the Philadelphia branch of P’TACH, Parents for Torah for All Children, which helps provide educational resources for children with special needs. Khana originally got involved because a neighbor’s child had learning challenges, and Khana wanted to help.

But Khana soon found that there were very few resources for deaf children in her local Jewish community. A visit to New York for a deaf families’ weekend convinced her she needed to create her own resources back home in Philadelphia. “The first time we went [to a weekend for the deaf], Mordekhai saw an older man with a yarmulke and hearing aids, and he went and pointed. Then he came back to me—he saw it was normal, that there were people who looked like him.” Khana eventually became president of P’TACH and expanded its activities to aid a wide range of children, providing resources for special needs children’s schools.

Life continued to be full of challenges. Two of her deaf children thrived, marrying and having children,

Life continued to be full of challenges

while two are still struggling to find their way. Worse still, Khana’s oldest son was involved in a serious bus accident when he was nineteen, and he sustained severe traumatic brain injury.

“I was told he’d never walk again, never talk, never see, never hear,” Khana says. “But thank G‑d.” What is there to be grateful for in such a tragedy? Khana is clear: his prognosis wasn’t quite as bad as the doctors first feared. “He’s still here,” Khana says. “Everybody is important, everybody has value. And he’s a functioning human being.” For that, she is profoundly thankful.

Today, Khana still works with special-needs children and serves as president of P’TACH. And she still sees everything that has happened to her and her children as a blessing. “G‑d gave me this challenge. He could have given me many other kinds of children. But this was something we could work with! I’ve grown tremendously as a result.”

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Oral historian Pamela Brown Lavitt interviewed Ruth Frankel on August 7 and August 15, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive “Weaving Women’s Words” project.#

Hebrew school teacher Ruth Frankel dedicated her life to Jewish education and the welfare of the Jewish people. Born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1916, she grew up in a close modern Orthodox home, attending Hebrew school from kindergarten until high school. Together with her sister, Lisbeth, Ruth emigrated to the U.S. in June 1938. Despite all their endeavors, Ruth and Lisbeth were unsuccessful in rescuing their parents, who had remained behind and eventually perished in Auschwitz. Ruthâs future husband, Joseph Frankel, apprehended during Kristallnacht, spent four months in Buchenwald before reaching England and then immigrating to the U.S. in 1940. Joseph and Ruth married that same year and in 1943, Joseph was inducted into the U.S. Army. After the war, the Frankels and their daughter moved to Seattle where Joseph was instrumental in starting a Religious School at Herzl Ner Tamid, a Conservative synagogue, serving as its principal and cantor. Ruth became active in the synagogue Sisterhood, voluntarily kept all school records, and taught second and third grade for 30 years in Seattle public schools. The Frankels regularly invited students for Shabbat at their home, part of Ruthâs âtotal devotion toâ and âtotal immersion in Judaism.â She died on October 6, 2012 at the age of 96.

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Oral historian Pamela Brown Lavitt interviewed Ruth Frankel on August 7 and August 15, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive “Weaving Women’s Words” project.

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Ruth Frankel photo: Credit Joan Roth. Joan Roth’s website

In the early 2000s, the Jewish Women’s Archive conducted oral history interviews with 30 Jewish women living in Baltimore and another 30 in Seattle. Born in the early decades of the 20th century, these women lived through decades of political, social, and economic upheaval, as well as dramatic changes in expectations and opportunities for women. Doctors and lawyers, teachers and saleswomen, judges and social workers, homemakers and community volunteers, the narrators represent a wide range of backgrounds, affiliations, and experiences of American Jewish women. To find out more and to see the online exhibits based on this project, visit Jewish Women’s Archive/baltimore and Jewish Women’s Archive/seattle

The complete audio recordings and transcripts of the interviews are available on the Internet Archive.

This project was made possible in part by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Brenda Brown Lipitz Rever Foundation, and the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, Inc. In Baltimore, the project was a collaboration with the Jewish Museum of Maryland; in Seattle, with the Museum of History and Industry.

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Keywords: HolocaustImmigrationEducationModern Orthodox

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“Nothing in those stories rang true to me,” teacher Mitch Silverberg told Young. “I have never witnessed any of that here at Pine Bush and I’ve been here 29 years.”

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Tanya Lessons

Tanya history background in the philosophy of the Baal Shem Tov and the starting of the chassidut movement. A view of the various Chabad Rebbes.
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Today’s Tanya Lesson
Kuntres Acharon, middle of Essay 4

אך להבין איך האתרוג, שהוא מרפ״ח שלא נבררו עדיין

But let us understand how an etrog, which derives from the 288 sparks that have not yet been purified,

Since this physical fruit derives its life-force from kelipat nogah, it contains some element of the 288 sparks of Tohu which have not yet been elevated to Divinity.

וכן קלף התפילין

and so too the parchment scroll of the tefillin, upon which the Torah passages are inscribed,

ימשיך אור בכלים דזו״ן דאצילות, שכבר נבררו ונתקנו על ידי שם מ״ה, להיות בחינת אלקות

can elicit light into the vessels of Zu”n of Atzilut, that have already been purified and rectified through the [purifying] Name Ma’h, so that they are a state of G‑dliness.

הנה המשל לזה היא הזריעה והנטיעה

The analogy for this is the process of sowing and planting.

שהגרעין מעורר כח הצומח שבארץ

The seed stimulates the power of growth within the soil,

שהוא דבר ה׳: תדשא הארץ כו׳ עץ פרי כו׳

which is G‑d’s command,1 “Let the earth sprout forth … fruit trees…”

The actual growth is not from the seed but from the power of growth (as explained above in Epistle XX). The seed merely serves as an “arousal from below,” stimulating the particular aspect of the power of growth that finds expression within it. After the seed decomposes, this particular power becomes incorporated within the universal power of growth that is found in the ground.

It then stimulates the power of growth within the earth to produce the same sort of fruit tree as the seed that was implanted. The essence of the power of growth is the Divine decree, “Let the earth sprout forth…,” which is the ultimate source of all vegetative growth.

The G‑d-given ability of the seed to rouse the power of growth acts:

על ידי העלאת מין נוקבין לשרשו

through the elevation of mayin nukvin to its source.

The seed, whose source is within the power of growth, serves as an “arousal from below,” from the recipient below to the benefactor. Although the seed that is planted can in no way compare to the power of growth, it can nevertheless arouse this power, for this is its source.

ככה מעוררים הקלף והאתרוג עד רום המעלות, שהוא שם ס״ג שלפני השבירה

In this manner the parchment of the tefillin and the etrog of the “Four Species” arouse unto the loftiest of levels; this is the Name Sa’g which precedes (and transcends) the shattering of the vessels,

שהוא מהות ועצמות אורות שבאדם קדמון

and which is the very essence of the lights of Adam Kadmon,

As explained above, Adam Kadmon is the first visage and thought of the infinite light as it encompasses all of creation. Here is to be found the essence of the visage and not merely a radiation. Thus, the Divine Name Sa’g relates to the essence of the illuminations of Adam Kadmon.

ולא הארה בעלמא, כמו שם מ״ה שממצחו

and not merely a reflection, as is the Name Ma’h which issues from the “forehead”.

All this is accomplished through the actual performance of the commandments of thetefillin and the etrog.

וכן בלימוד ועיון הלכותיהן

Similarly the study and careful examination of their laws, the laws regulating these mitzvot,

מעורר בחינת חב״ד שבעשר ספירות דכלים דזו״ן

arouses the Chochmah-Binah-Daat of the Ten Sefirot of the vessels ofZu”n,

ועד רום המעלות, גם כן בחינת חב״ד שבס״ג דפנימיות אדם קדמון, היוצא דרך העיניים כו׳

and so upward to the greatest heights, including Chochmah-Binah-Daatof Sa’g of the inner dimension of Adam Kadmon issuing through the “eyes” [of Adam Kadmon].

“Eyes”, signifying sight, denote an inner and essential level of Divinity, unlike the external aspect denoted by “forehead”.

In summary, practical mitzvot performed with physical objects arouse their source unto the loftiest of levels, unto the Divine Name Sa’g, the level that transcends the “breaking of the vessels.” This is also true with regard to studying the laws of thesemitzvot; study likewise effects an elevation to this lofty level, for the study of a mitzvahis likened to its actual performance.

What, however, happens when one studies the laws of prohibitory commands? One cannot say that this study too is regarded “as if he performed them.” Particularly so, with regard to those instances that do not occur in practice at all. For with regard to those that can occur, we at least say that2 “if one remains passive and does not transgress, he is rewarded as if he had performed a positive command.” However, when the relevant opportunity does not occur at all, this obviously does not apply. Yet despite all this, it was stated above that one should study the laws to an even greater extent than one studies the order of Hishtalshelut, even though a study of the latter leads to a love and fear of G‑d!

The Alter Rebbe now addresses this issue, explaining that there is a certain aspect of Torah study that is common to both positive and negative commandments: Simply studying a subject, even if it has no practical application, binds the individual to Supernal Wisdom, inasmuch as this is the source from which all the detailed laws emanate.

וכל הנ״ל

All the foregoing, i.e., as to how through observing the practical mitzvot and studying their laws one attains to the Divine Name Sa’g that transcends the “breaking of the vessels,”

הוא במצות עשה, אבל לא בלימוד פרטי הלכות איסורי לא תעשה לכאורה

concerns positive commandments, but not, it would seem, the study of particulars of the prohibitions,

ובפרט בדלא שכיחי כלל

particularly those that do not occur in practice at all, for in these cases we cannot even state that “if one remains passive and does not transgress, he is rewarded as if he had performed a positive command,”

כמו פרטי הלכות פיגול, וכהאי גוונא

for example the detailed laws of pigul and the like, which presently have no practical application.

Why should these laws too be studied extensively, and in fact even more than one studies the order of Hishtalshelut, which can rouse one to a love and awe of G‑d?

FOOTNOTES
1. Bereishit 1:11.
2. Kiddushin 39b.
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