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Yerushalayim Shel Zahav – Ofra Haza

 

09.03.2010

Yerushalayim Shel Zahav (Jerusalem Of Gold) (ירושלים של זהב) – Ofra Haza at Pa’amoney Hayovel (Jubilee Bells), the national celebration commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel; Hebrew University Stadium, Jerusalem, Israel; Thursday, April 30, 1998. (Short version)…..

Yerushalayim Shel Zahav (Jerusalem Of Gold) (ירושלים של זהב) is a popular Israeli song written by Naomi Shemer in 1967. The original song described the Jewish people’s 2000-year longing to return to Jerusalem; Shemer added a final verse after the Six-Day War to celebrate Jerusalem’s unification under Israeli control.
Naomi Shemer wrote the original song for the Israeli Music Festival on May 15, 1967, the night after Israel’s nineteenth Independence Day. At that time, the Old City was under Jordanian rule; Jews had been barred from entering, and many holy sites had been desecrated. Only three weeks after the song was published, the Six-Day War broke out. The song was the battle cry and morale booster of the Israeli troops. Shemer even sang it for them before the war and festival, making them among the first in the world to hear it. On June 7, the Israel Defense Forces captured the eastern part of Jerusalem and the Old City from the Jordanians. When Shemer heard the paratroopers singing “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav” at the Western Wall, she wrote a final verse, reversing the phrases of lamentation found in the second verse. The line about shofars sounding from the Temple Mount is a reference to an event that actually took place on June 7.

Mazal Tov, Osnat Bernstein! You are a Jewish Educator Award Winner

18.10.2013

Hebrew Teacher Osnat Bernstein struggles to find words in any language as she’s overcome with emotion at winning a 2013 Jewish Educator Award. Presented by BJE Executive Director Dr. Gil Graff and Milken Family Foundation Executive Vice President Richard Sandler in front of a schoolwide assembly at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School, the lesson the students took away was that it’s important to honor the people who make a difference in their community, and teachers are chief among them.
Learn all about Osnat Bernstein and see the photos athttp://jewisheducatorawards.org/jea.t…

Benny Ferdman “Stunned” at Winning $15,000 Jewish Educator Award

 18.10.2013

“I try to inspire students with a sense of identity, a sense of connection…” says Benny Ferdman of New Community Jewish High School after receiving his Award. Judging by the wild cheers of the student body as the Award was presented by BJE Executive Director Dr. Gil Graff and Milken Family Foundation Executive Vice President Richard Sandler, Benny is indeed inspiring them on a daily basis.
Learn all about Benny Ferdman and see the photos athttp://jewisheducatorawards.org/jea.t…

Oliver in Katja Jopps documentary “Begegnungen / Encounters” – Berlin’s Jewish / Jüdischen Museum

16.12.2013

Abschlussfilm von Katja Jopp. Länge 11 Min. 6. Juni 2004 – (c)2004 Katja Jopp.
In her graduation [documentary] project as a film cutter/editor, my friend Katja Jopp brings together an Israeli, a cosmopolitan and a German to talk about what “Jewish” can mean. The cosmopolitan refers to me…
There’s a bloopers, making of at the very end, beginning at min.5:30
It’s to laugh for – but you gotta know German to understand it.

אוריאל אלביליה_יוצר כל מבשר תשלח

30.11.2013

אוריאל אלביליה_יוצר כל מבשר תשלח
מתוך האלבום “לב טהור”

Jewish Panhandlers Caught On Video Stealing From Wedding Guests In Crown Heights Ballroom

16.12.2013

A couple of beggars, who are known to frequent synagogues and events in the Crown Heights area, were captured on video surveillance rummaging through the pockets of dozens of coats at a wedding in the ballroom Razag. The two made off with a wallet, a scarf and a coat.

The incident was discovered when a wedding guest retrieved his coat and discovered that his wallet, which he accidentally left in his coat pocket was gone.

Realizing that was robbed, the guest asked to review the buildings security cameras.

The victim also noticed a charge on his credit card at a food store, which located just around the corner from the wedding hall. The victim quickly canceled the credit card and called police to file a police report.

While reviewing the video cameras, the two suspects were quickly discovered.

Two white males were seen entering the wedding hall and going through the coat pockets hanging in a room.

The two spent more than two minutes going through the coat pockets.

As the two left the ballroom the room, they are seen asking a man for some charity. The man happily obliged and gave them a dollar

HILLELKAPS – Review of Lipa’s “Dus Pintele” – Jewish Music ReportHillelKAPS

This review is a new personal record for me: 3 reviews in one week! (Make sure to check my reviews on the new Shloime Gertner and Shalsheles 
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From North African to South America: Celebrating Argentina’s Moroccan Jewish community

06.12.2013

The ACILBA association, which represents the Moroccan-Jewish community in Argentina, is organizing an entire month of festivities. The idea is to present their mixed culture and the history of the migration of the Jews from Northern Africa to Latin America.

From Sephardic Traditional to Modern Serbian/Yugoslav Literature, Dr Krinka Vidakovic Petrov

28.11.2013

Lecture by Dr. Krinka Vidakovic-Petrov, of The Institute for Literature and Arts: From Sephardic Traditional to Modern Serbian/Yugoslav Literature.

The lecture was given during the literary conference Around the Point: The Languages, Literature and Cultures of Jews, held by BIU’s Department of Literature of the Jewish People in December 2012.

Department of Literature of the Jewish People: http://hebrew-literature.biu.ac.il/en

Bar Ilan University: http://www1.biu.ac.il/indexE.php

Baruch Haba / Cuando el Rey Progetto DAVKA Giornata della Memoria Shoah Memorial Day

09.12.2013

Baruch Haba (Psalm 150) Italian Jewish music
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Progetto DAVKA. Jewish Music Musica Ebraica Musique Juif Musica Judia

03.12.2013

Progetto DAVKA. – where Jewish music and tradition become modernity

Viaggi illustrati nella musica e cultura ebraica. Italiana, Sefardita, Chassidica, Israeliana.
Illustrated tours in the Jewish music and culture. Italian, Sephardic, Hassidic, Israeli

Info & Bookings: Maurizio Di Veroli (+39) 335 6336271 Email: maurizio,diveroli@telecomitalia.it website: http://davkaproject.tk

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On a mission to preserve Jewish monuments in MalaThe Hindu

They are out to conserve the Jewish synagogue and cemetery, the only remaining structures representing the rich Jewish culture in Mala, which they 
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WEEKLY STORY: Worse Than Poverty

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Worse Than Poverty
Tevet 14, 5774 · December 17, 2013

Reb Moshe looked around his barren house, but his search was in vain, for there was nothing of value left to pawn. His formerly elegant surroundings were bereft of their fine furniture, crystal chandeliers and French tapestries.

His formerly elegant surroundings were bereft . . .

It was almost impossible to believe, but Reb Moshe and his family were now paupers. Even their fine tailored clothing had been sold, and each remained with only one suit of clothes. Reb Moshe and his family took one last look at their beloved house, then turned to go out the door for the last time. The only possession they took was a small bundle of personal items of no special monetary value. They stood on their front steps with no particular place to go.

Reb Moshe was a follower of the great chassidic leader Rabbi Yitzchak Meir of Gur, and so he went to the rebbe for advice. Although he was now penniless, Reb Moshe still had a plan in mind. In a distant country he had very wealthy relatives who would certainly help him out of his difficult straits. They would surely lend him enough money to begin his business again.

When Reb Moshe entered the rebbe’s room, he poured out his broken heart, and then offered his solution. “I will travel to my relatives and ask them to help me. With a loan, which I will certainly be able to repay, I will be able to start my business again and save my family from this unbearable situation.”

But, to his great surprise, the rebbe shook his head “no.” Reb Moshe thought that perhaps the rebbe didn’t agree with the idea of his traveling, so he suggested an alternate plan: “Maybe I should just write to them and explain my situation. After all, they are close relatives, and they are easily able to send me enough money to get started.” But the rebbe shook his head again, “No, I am not in agreement with that suggestion.”

There was nothing to do but leave, and Reb Moshe departed with a heavy heart. He had no idea where to find his salvation. Still, he took his rebbe’s advice to heart and sought any kind of work to sustain his family, all to no avail.

Even bread was a luxury he could not afford.

At his wits’ end, Reb Moshe returned to Gur, hoping the rebbe would perhaps see things differently. But, no, the rebbe still didn’t countenance approaching the wealthy relatives. Now, things had become even more difficult. Even bread was a luxury he could not afford. His wife berated him, saying, “How can you watch your own flesh and blood suffer? Go to your relatives and get help for us!”

The man traveled to Gur one more time and stood before the rebbe, pleading, but the rebbe answered him, “I cannot change my opinion, regardless of how you ask and what you say.”

Finally, Reb Moshe could no longer restrain himself; he wrote a lengthy letter to his relatives. As he expected, he soon received a reply from them, with a generous sum of money to help him get back on his feet. Little by little he rebuilt his business connections. He bought new merchandise, he leased a new property, and his life began to resemble his former life of prosperity.

But just when he thought things were on an even keel, Reb Moshe fell ill. What began as a simple cold progressed to the point that he was bedridden, and the doctors pronounced his situation very dangerous. His one desire was to travel to Gur. But that was impossible: he was too weak to be moved. Instead he dispatched a close friend to go to the rebbe and speak for him.

The friend was ushered into the rebbe’s study, where he informed the rebbe of Reb Moshe’s precarious state. The rebbe was very pensive, and then spoke.

“Sometimes a person will find himself in a situation which he feels is unbearable. He may be ill, he may lose his fortune, any of the hundreds of calamities large or small that afflict the human race. But know that everything G‑d does is ultimately only for his good. Every soul must have its correction in this world to enable it to proceed to its higher level in the World of Truth. And so, even when things seem bad to the eyes of man, they are contrived Above only for his benefit.

. . . poverty is sometimes substituted for death by the heavenly court.

“There are times when, for a particular reason, the heavenly court decrees a sentence of death upon someone. But when an advocate intervenes on his behalf, the heavenly court is moved to lighten its verdict and to make the tikkun/correction to the person’s soul in another way, through a different type of atonement. Since ‘a pauper is considered [in some respects] as one who is dead’ (see Rashi to Exodus 4:19 and Genesis 29:11), poverty is sometimes substituted for death by the heavenly court.

“This is what happened to Reb Moshe. When he came to me for advice as to whether to accept help from his relatives, I could not agree, for I felt that it was notbashert [in tune with his destiny] for him to do so. When he asked me repeatedly for my agreement, I kept refusing, for my inner vision told me that he should not accept this help. But in the end, he was unable to restrain himself from accepting the money from his relatives. When he cast off from himself the burden of poverty, he removed from himself the substitute sentence, and his vital force was cut off.”

The friend left Gur quickly, hoping to return to Reb Moshe while the rebbe’s words could still be of help. But when he arrived home, his friend had departed from this world.


Adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles from the rendition in www.lchaimweekly.org (#406).

Biographical note:
Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Rothenberg/Alter (1789–23 Adar 1866) of Gur was the successor to Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk and the founder of the Gur dynasty. He was popularly known as the Chiddushei HaRim, the title of his classic work of Torah analysis and interpretation. His charisma and concern for the masses resulted in Gerrer chassidut having a very large following.

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COMMENT: Being Aware of the Pair That We Wear

 

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Being Aware of the Pair That We Wear
Tevet 14, 5774 · December 17, 2013

Do you like to wear shoes?

Shoes are worn on our lowest extremities. They should therefore be furthermost removed from our minds.

Moreover, we essentially tread and step all over our shoes.

Yet most people own more than one pair of shoes. For many women, it may even be more than a few pairs. Our feet require all kinds of protection for different situations.

Is wearing shoes in a holy location degrading, yet not degrading everywhere else?

And then there is the decorative factor. We wear shoes for different occasions and for different times, and we find ourselves marking those occasions through our clothing, including our shoes.

When arriving back home, though, many prefer not to walk around with those same shoes they may have been happy to display out in public. Shoes tend to make many feel restricted or confined.

Interestingly, according to Jewish law and tradition, it is preferable that a person walk around with some separation between the foot and the ground. Even someone who is required by Jewish law not to wear leather shoes—such as a mourner, heaven forbid—should still wear a pair of socks, slippers, or something similar. The importance of wearing shoes is best recorded in the Talmud (Shabbat 129a): “One should always sell even the beams of his house (if necessary) to buy shoes for his feet.” It is degrading, explain the commentaries, for a person to walk barefoot in public.

It was not so, however, when one was present in the Holy Temple in ancient Jerusalem. Everyone present was required to remove their shoes. A place of such holiness obligated its visitors to display their reverence by removing shoes.

So, what is it? Is wearing shoes in a holy location degrading, yet not degrading everywhere else?

The solution lies in an interesting detail of Moses’ dialogue with the Almighty during his famous encounter at the burning bush on Mount Sinai. Before anything was discussed, Moses was commanded, “Take your shoes off your feet, because the place upon which you stand is holy ground” (Exodus 3:5).

A similar biblical incident occurs in Joshua 5:15. An angel visits Joshua, and instructs him to remove his shoes since the ground is holy.

Clearly, when the ground is considered holy, wearing shoes is a sign of disrespect. In all other circumstances, however, going barefoot is a sign of disrespect.

A separation is necessary as a reminder to constantly be detached from “earthliness”

And the difference is in essence the ground, the earth upon which we tread. Shoes provide a separation between a human being and the earth. Spiritually, a separation is necessary as a reminder to constantly be detached from “earthliness.”

Our head, the seat of our intellect and our nerve center, remains high above the ground. As humans, our heads do not face the ground either, unlike most animals.

The lower extremities, on the other hand, are naturally close to the earth. Our lower dimensions may be dangerously close to the earth and its earthliness message. Shoes, or similar forms of separation, are therefore placed upon the lowest part of ourselves, maintaining a constant source of awareness of the danger lurking below: earthliness.

When in a holy environment, however, there is no need to separate between mankind and earth. It is in fact required that a person go barefoot, so as not to create any barrier or separation from something holy.

The wearing of shoes also plays a role in the exodus from Egypt. The Jewish people were then required to be ready to leave, including having “shoes on your feet” (Exodus 12:11). Similarly, in the messianic prophecy it is stated that the Almighty “will cause people to cross over (the Euphrates River) in shoes” (Isaiah 11:15).

In both exoduses—from Egypt and from the current state of exile—the idea of separation is emphasized. The exodus from Egypt and the freedom provided to us were for the purpose of traveling to Sinai and receiving the Ten Commandments and the Torah (Exodus 3:12). The Almighty told Moses to remove his shoes, for this place, Mount Sinai, was a holy location. It was the focus, the purpose, of the exodus from Egypt. It was as though the Almighty was saying: Until all of you return here, keep those shoes on. Keep yourselves separated from worldliness and earthliness while your mind is on the goal: the Torah.

Similarly, as the world becomes that much closer to the time of the final redemption, heralded by the messianic revelation, the best way for us to prepare is by reminding ourselves about that separation from earthliness, focusing instead on the Torah and its mandate.

May we very soon experience the time when we can “kick off our shoes” in order to experience the ultimate holiness. May it be speedily in our days.

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VOICES: Being Bankrupt

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Being Bankrupt
Tevet 13, 5774 · December 16, 2013
The struggle and the lesson
By Anonymous

I have a confession to make. Several years ago, when I went bankrupt, I was too embarrassed to tell you my story. But, in retrospect, I went through a process of repair and rectification. I am certainly more apt to face the times ahead, so let me share my experience.

I am a single mother of three children. As long as the children were small, I could navigate the boat with a certain measure of control. But once they became adolescents, it became increasingly difficult to handle my finances. The expenses grew exponentially with increasing costs for schools, extracurricular activities, and rental and housing expenses. The children needed better clothing, ate more heartily, and suddenly needed things that were prohibitively expensive, such as encyclopedias, computers, school field trips and more.

The expenses grew exponentially

I had money in my savings account. But then, without warning, I lost my source of livelihood. That savings was quickly depleted. I had no choice: in order to pay for my expenses, I needed to put all my purchases on my credit card. I even started buying food with postdated checks.

I spent my time looking for an alternative, and probably had more than fifty job interviews. My mistake was that I had high expectations and high expenses, so when employers didn’t turn me down, I turned them down—thinking I could find something with better hours, more pay.

I went into overdraft with my bank. Then the checks started to bounce. I cannot even count the number of complaints filed against me, the number of times bill collectors seized my furniture, electrical appliances, and numerous other of our possessions. It spiraled so fast, and was ugly and painful. I shiver when I think about it.

The immediate fires were put out first, but every time I smothered one, another had been lit elsewhere. I kept waiting to see the “end of the rainbow” with the next job interview, the next lottery ticket, the next I don’t know what. Eventually I was evicted from my home, and my car was also seized.

I was alone, and feeling like a failure

During these times, my primary concern was trying to protect my children. I told them that it would all be okay. But it wasn’t. I felt like I didn’t belong amongst the people who had once been close to me. I did not join them on outings; I did not invite them over. I was annoyed by their conversations about travel plans, vacations, renovations, and the other ways they were spending their money.

I was alone, nowhere near family, and feeling like a real failure.

We were able to move into a really tiny apartment. I ended up accepting a low-paying job, and tried to scrape by with my expenses. But I also had major debt which had skyrocketed with interest. On top of all of this, I had lawyer fees to deal with.

Today I lead a much simpler life. I buy food at the outdoor market. I do not own a car, and travel by bus. I no longer have the possibility of overdraft, and I pay for every purchase in cash. I would not take a loan unless my or any of my children’s lives depended on it, not even from well-meaning friends.

Eventually, as others found out about my situation, I learned who my real friends are. And also discovered who really didn’t care. There were those who, in spite of my desperate situation, continued talking about their next trip abroad, which hall to pick for their son’s bar mitzvah, and the prices of installing a parquet floor.

But whoever was a real friend remained a friend to date. And how I wish I could have recognized how much I needed them, and given them the opportunity to be there for me so much sooner than I did. How I wish I had been willing to face my situation early on, before it got out of control. I kept hoping it would somehow get better on its own, but what I really needed to do was take responsibility for fixing it alongside taking the help that other people wanted to offer.

I wished I had faced my situation early on

I have learned that living simply is not demeaning. In fact, it’s very much in vogue. Today it’s cool to buy second-hand things to protect the environment, to save bath water and reuse it to water the plants, to use fluorescent light bulbs to cut electric bills, to repair appliances rather than throw them away, to plant herbs on the balcony. With my creativity and artistic skills, I have made works of art from pieces of furniture that others threw away. I can make gourmet vegetarian food out of the simplest, wholesome products.

But the biggest perk, a true gift from Above, is to see that my children have grown into responsible, independent and hardworking individuals who are always ready to lend a hand to those less fortunate. When my life was going well, other people’s troubles seemed surreal. But now I can approach people in distress and be able to empathize with them. I don’t wait for them to ask, as I know how hard and humiliating it can be. And finally, I am no longer embarrassed that I have been broke, nor do I feel it is anything to be embarrassed about. Rather, I now see it as a gift I was given: to discover what is really important and what truly has value, and to discover the inner strength and abilities that I have that otherwise might never have been revealed.

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The Spielberg Jewish Film Archive – The Jews of Kuba

24.03.2010

Name: The Jews of Kuba
Year: 1990s
Duration: 00:04:00
Language: English

Abstract: Jerusalem On-line’s Michael Greenspan visits the Jewish community in Kuba, Azerbaijan.

The Spielberg Jewish Film Archive –
The 500 films, selected for the virtual cinema, reflect the vast scope of documentary material collected in the Spielberg Archive. The films range from 1911 to the present and include home movies, short films and full length features.

שם: יהודי קובה באזרבייג’אן
שנה: 1990s
אורך: 00:04:00
שפה: אנגלית

תקציר: כתב המגזין ג’רוזלם אונליין, מייקל גרינספן, מבקר בקהילת יהודי קובה שבאזרבייג’אן.

ארכיון הסרטים היהודיים על שם סטיבן שפילברג –
חמש מאות הסרטים שנבחרו עבור הקולנוע הווירטואלי משקפים את ההיקף הנרחב של החומר התיעודי בארכיון שפילברג. באתר ישנם סרטים משנת 1911 ועד ימינו אלה ביתיים, קצרים ובאורך מלא.

כל הזכויות שמורות לארכיון הסרטים היהודיים על שם סטיבן שפילברג ולאוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים 2010; דף הבית; http://www.spielbergfilmarchive.org.il

Bnei Levi Boys Choir – Azerbaijan

 14.10.2010

Azerbaijan is one of the few Muslim countries which allows the Jewish Community to live in peace. The local Chabad rabbi produced this music video as a way of expressing the community’s gratitude to the government officials for being allowed to live in peace.

Jewish Azerbaijan

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Jewish Azerbaijan: Muslim-majority nation boasts thriving Jewish community and world’s last shtetl

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Baku has undergone a radical upgrade in recent years, as befitting the self-confident capital of energy rich Azerbaijan. To discover the real Azerbaijan, you must leave the petro-dollar glamour of Baku behind and head for the hills, where the world’s last surviving Jewish shtetl stands as testament to a local tradition of religious tolerance which has few parallels across the Muslim world.

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Deutsch-jüdische Spurensuche: Israel | Kultur 21

20.01.2013

In unserer neuen Serie gehen wir auf Spurensuche rund um den Globus. Kultur.21-Reporter trafen deutsch-jüdische Auswanderer und ihre Nachkommen auf der ganzen Welt. Ihre Geschichten präsentieren wir nun in einer elfteiligen Serie. Diese Woche sind wir in Israel, Sehnsuchtsort und Fluchtpunkt für viele Juden aus Deutschland.
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Jüdische Kulturtage Berlin 2013. Zay gezunt

14.12.2013

Performance at Jüdische Kulturtage zu Berlin 2013.

Alan Bern accordion, arranger
Svetlana Kundish – vocals
Tehila Nini Goldstein – vocals
Sasha Lurje -vocals
Simone Drescher – cello
Mark Kovnatskiy – violin
Michael Winograd – clarinet
Patrick Farrell – accordion
Benjy Fox-Rosen – bass
Jascha Nemtsov – piano

Camera: Alexey Rozov

מגדלור – יהודית רביץ

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מילים: דן אלמגור
לחן: משה וילנסקי

שרה לראשונה שושנה דמארי בחגיגות העשור למדינה, 1958

בוצע בתכנית “זר כלניות למשה וילנסקי” בתאטרון צוותא, תל אביב

Senator John McCain der Beliebigkeit bei der Wahl der Partner Stimme Russlands

STIMME RUSSLANDS Jüdische Organisationen in den USA sind über das Verhalten des US-Senators John McCain empört. Grund für diese Kritik 
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Öffnungszeiten der MuseenBerliner Woche

Kreuzberg. Das Jüdische Museum, Lindenstraße 9-14, ist, außer am 24. Dezember, auch über Weihnachten und Neujahr an allen Tagen von 10 bis 
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Konflikt in Jüdischer Gemeinde: 1900 Unterschriften für NeuwahlBerliner Morgenpost

Berlin – Die umstrittene Führung der Jüdischen Gemeinde in Berlin hat einen schweren Dämpfer erhalten. Die Opposition legte am Montag etwas 
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Aktenstudium gegen das VergessenDIE WELT

Schon bald erhielt er den Auftrag, die Bestände der ehemaligen jüdischenGemeinden in Hamburg, Altona und Wandsbek auszuwerten.
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Select Section Jewish History : 24JEWISH ALERTS Kristallnacht – A Documentary

Kristallnacht – A Documentary Part 1 of 5

07.09.2011

Here is good documentary from the History Channel on Reichskristallnacht, the night of broken glass. On November 9–10 November 1938, all across Germany Jewish businesses were ransacked, synagogues burned down, Jews sent to concentration camps and murdered. It was the first big anti-Semitic event in Germany before the war started. Here the events leading up to it are chroncled as well. The most hard-hitting quote is when it is said that this marked the end of German Jewry. Very depressing…

Aventura author presents book on Jewish pioneers’ struggles in BrazilMiamiHerald.com

Aventura author Ann Helen Wainer gave a history lesson on the relationship between Jews and Brazilians as she presented her new book at the 
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Haver Offers Courses in Ethics and HistoryBoulder Jewish News

Dramas of Jewish Living Throughout the Ages (History): 9/3/14 –2/11/15. What are the lessons ofJewish history — from the earliest wanderings of 
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On a mission to preserve Jewish monuments in MalaThe Hindu

“Mala has been recorded in history as an important Jewish settlement.Historical evidence indicate the presence of Jews in Mala for more than 1,000 
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Do Jewish Photographers See the World Through a Different Lens?Jewish Daily Forward

that was no problem for Kozloff, who organized the Jewish Museum’s  in Jewish photography,” says Joël Cahen, the director of the Jewish Historical 
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Canada turned away Jewish refugeesTheChronicleHerald.ca

It was 1939 and 907 Jewish refugees aboard the German transatlantic liner St. Louis  “It’s the job of a museum not to censor history,” said McNabb.
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Gallery owner: Every piece of Judaica has a storyChicago Tribune

Feldman, a second-generation antiques dealer with degrees in art history and archaeology, served as director of the Spertus Institute for Jewish 
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Annex the Land Before the “End of Jewish History” » the Jerusalem Jerusalem Connection

By GIULIO MEOTTI, ARUTZ 7—. The fate of Jewish life in Judea and Samaria is the most important single defining issue for the future of the Jewish 
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Holocaust survivors socialize, rememberSun-Sentinel

“These intergenerational events celebrate life and the continuation of theJewish people despite efforts to annihilate them in the Holocaust.”.
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Select Section This Day, In Jewish History : 24JEWISH ALERTS Judaism and Mental Health

Judaism and Mental Health

12.12.2013

Documentary video created Andi Feldman for Dr. Gary P. Zola’s History 403 class at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio.

This Day in Jewish History / Jews fleeing Russia found proto-kibbutz Haaretz

(Their contemporaries in Palestine, in contrast, in the Hovevei Zion movement, though not political Zionists, wanted to advance Jewish culture.) 
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This Day in Jewish History / Maker of yogurt for ‘happy digestion’ is Haaretz

This Day in Jewish History / Maker of yogurt for ‘happy digestion’ is born. Daniel Carasso took the Spanish yogurt manufacturer his father founded in 
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24JEWISH ALERTS Select Section Shiurim LESSONS IN TANYA: Tuesday, December 17, 2013; dailychassidus Ayin Beis with Rav Paltiel Monday 13 Tevet 5774

“Get Ready For Light” p:46

16.12.2013

“Get Ready For Light” p:46 AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R’ Paltiel Monday 13 Tevet 5774
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LESSONS IN TANYA: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

 

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Tevet 14, 5774 · December 17, 2013
Today’s Tanya Lesson
Likutei Amarim, end of Chapter 9

והיא הנקראת בכתוב אהבה בתענוגים, להתענג על ה׳ מעין עולם הבא

This [level of love] is what Scripture describes1 as ahavah betaanugim(“a love of delights”); it is the experience of delight in G‑dliness that is a foretaste of the World to Come, since man’s reward in the World to Come consists of delighting in G‑dliness.2

והענג הוא במוח חכמה ושכל המתענג בהשכלת ה׳ וידיעתו, כפי השגת שכלו וחכמתו

This delight is [felt] in the brain containing Chochmah (wisdom) and intelligence, which delights in perceiving and knowing G‑d, commensurate with the capacity of one’s intelligence and wisdom — the greater one’s grasp of G‑dliness, the greater his delight.

והוא בחינת המים וזרע, אור זרוע שבקדושת נפש האלקית

[This delight] is the level of Water and “seed”, i.e., light that is sown in the holiness of the divine soul,

המהפכת לטוב את בחינת המים שבנפש הבהמית, שמהם באו תאות תענוגי עולם הזה מתחלה

which transforms to good the element of Water in the animal soul from which the lust for physical pleasure had previously arisen.

This means that the element of Water in the animal soul, which had previously expressed itself as a desire for physical pleasures, now expresses itself as a love of G‑d, having been transformed by the divine soul’s love of G‑d.

וכמו שכתוב בע׳ חיים, שער נ׳ פרק ג׳, בשם הזהר, שהרע נהפך להיות טוב גמור, כמו יצר טוב ממש, בהסיר הבגדים הצואים ממנו, שהם תענוגי עולם הזה שהוא מלובש בהם

It is similarly written in Etz Chayim, Portal 50, ch. 3, on the authority of the Zohar, that the evil of the animal soul is transformed and becomes perfect good like the good inclination itself, when it is stripped of its “unclean garments,” meaning the mundane pleasures in which it had been clothed.

The yetzer hara (evil inclination) consists of a powerful drive, an appetite for whatever it perceives as good and desirable. This drive is neutral, and may be steered in any direction; however, being clothed in a corporeal body it inclines toward physical pleasures. These lusts become “unclean garments” for the animal soul’s drive.

By steering it away from physical pleasures toward an appreciation of spiritual pleasures, the divine soul strips the yetzer hara of its “unclean garments” and clothes it in “pure garments,” so that it may apply its powerful appetite for pleasures to G‑dly, holy matters.

This, then, is the divine soul’s desire: that it create, by means of its intellectual faculties, a fear and love of G‑d so powerful as to transform the animal soul to good.

וכן שאר כל המדות שבלב, שהן ענפי היראה והאהבה, יהיו לה׳ לבדו

The divine soul further desires that similarly, all other emotions of the heart, which are offshoots of fear and love, be dedicated solely to G‑d.

Thus far, the Alter Rebbe has discussed the divine soul’s desire for dominion over the mind and heart. He now goes on to speak of the other organs of the body.

וכל כח הדבור שבפה והמחשבה שבמוח, יהיו ממולאים מן לבושי המחשבה והדבור של נפש האלקית לבדה

Also, the entire faculty of speech that is in the mouth, and the thought that is in the mind, be filled exclusively with the divine soul’s garments of thought and speech;

שהן מחשבת ה׳ ותורתו, להיות שיחתו כל היום, לא פסיק פומיה מגירסא

namely, thoughts of G‑d and His Torah, in which he would speak all day, “his mouth never ceasing from study.”3

וכח המעשה שבידיו ושאר רמ״ח אבריו יהיה במעשה המצות לבד, שהוא לבוש השלישי של נפש האלקית

And the faculty of action vested in his hands and the rest of his 248 organs — this faculty being the third of the garments of the divine soul — be engaged in the fulfillment of the mitzvot, i.e., that he utilize his ability to act solely in the observance of mitzvot.

In summary: The divine soul desires that its faculties and garments pervade the body, entirely and exclusively.

אך נפש הבהמית שמהקליפה, רצונה להפך ממש

But the animal soul derived from kelipah desires the very opposite; it desires that the body be pervaded with its faculties and its thought, speech and action.

לטובת האדם, שיתגבר עליה וינצחנה, כמשל הזונה שבזהר הקדוש

But the animal soul desires this for man’s benefit, in order that he prevail over her and vanquish her, as in the parable of the harlot [related] in the holyZohar.4

The parable: A king desired to test the moral strength of his only son. He had a most charming and clever woman brought before him. Explaining to her the purpose of the test, he ordered her to exert every effort to seduce the crown prince. For the test to be valid, the supposed harlot had to use all her charms and guile, without betraying her mission in the slightest way. Any imperfection on her part would mean disobedience, and the failure of her mission. However, while she uses all her seductive powers, she inwardly desires that the prince should not succumb to them.

So too in our case: The kelipah itself desires that man overcome it and not permit himself to be led astray. The entire stratagem is solely for man’s benefit.

——— ● ———

FOOTNOTES
1. Shir HaShirim 7:7.
2. The Alter Rebbe here distiguishes various degrees of love: ahavah azah(“ardent love”), and ahavah rabbah (“great love”), also called ahavah betaanugim(“delightful love”) – a serene love of fulfillment. The first is likened to a burning flame; the second – to calm waters. These and other levels of love are later discussed at length. See chapters 15, 16, 18, 40, 41, 46, 49.
3. Bava Batra 86a.
4. Zohar II, 163a.
The Tanya of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, elucidated by Rabbi Yosef Wineberg    More articles…  |   RSS Listing of Newest Articles by this Author

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24JEWISH ALERTS Select Section Shiurim Hayom Yom, Today’s Day ,Today’s Mitzvah : TODAY’S DAY”: DAILY MITZVAH (Maimonides): Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Daily Zohar: The Center of the Week

21.06.2013

Daily Zohar Shiur with Rabbi Avraham Gaon
Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Etzion
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TODAY’S DAY”: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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Tevet 14, 5774 · 12/17/2013
“Today’s Day”
Tuesday Tevet 14 5703
Torah lessons: Chumash: Vay’chi, Shlishi with Rashi.
Tehillim: 72-76.
Tanya: This is what is called (p. 37)…in the holy Zohar. (p. 39).

The Shpola Zeideh (“Grandfather of Shpola”), a disciple of the Maggid of Mezritch, was a man of intense fervor, far more than any of his colleagues – the Maggid’s other disciples. When he visited the Alter Rebbe in Liadi in 5569 or 5570 (1809 or 1810) he related that when he was a child of three he saw the Baal Shem Tov. “He placed his holy hand on my heart and ever since I have felt warm.”

A gesture of a tzadik, certainly seeing him and hearing his voice, must make an impression never to be forgotten.

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DAILY MITZVAH (Maimonides): Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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Today’s Mitzvah
Tevet 14, 5774 · December 17, 2013
A daily digest of Maimonides’ classic work “Sefer Hamitzvot”

 

Negative Commandment 310
Allowing a Sorcerer to Live

“You shall not allow a witch to live”—Exodus 22:17.

It is forbidden to allow a sorcerer to live [rather, he must be put to death].

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Positive Commandment 224
Punishment by Flogging

“The judge shall make him lean over and flog him in front of him”—Deuteronomy 25:2.

Transgressors of certain sins are to be punished with flogging.

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Negative Commandment 300
Flogging a Defendant more than He can Bear

“He shall give him forty lashes; he may not exceed”—Deuteronomy 25:2-3.

A judge may not sentence a person (found guilty of an offense that calls for flogging) to be flogged even one lash more than his body can physically bear.

A person who is sentenced to flogging is given 39 lashes. However, no person is flogged until [a doctor] estimates how many lashes the defendant can bear—taking in consideration his age, constitution and physique. If the defendant cannot bear the full 39 lashes, he is given as many as he is capable of receiving—not less, however, than three lashes. [In the event that he is only capable of bearing less than three lashes, he is not flogged at all.]

Included in this prohibition is adding even one lash on the 39 requisite lashes [even for one capable of bearing it].

Also included in this mitzvah is the prohibition against striking a fellow Jew. If we are admonished not to strike a sinner [more than he deserves], how much more so the innocent!

It is even forbidden to raise one’s hand against a fellow, threatening to strike, even if one has no intention of actually hitting. As our Sages say, “One who [just] raises his hands on his fellow is called evil.”

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