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Traditional Judaism and modern technology: Jewish Orthodox community seeks to engage youth


Members from the modern Jewish Orthodox community from across the West Coast have gathered in Los Angeles to figure out a way to adapt traditional Judaism to the new millennium. They’re focusing especially on young people who are heavily influenced by social media and technology.

Orthodox Jewish Businessman Jacob Ostreicher Escapes Bolivia


The partially-burned body of a Brooklyn real estate developer was discovered in a dumpster in Great Neck, Long Island this week, a day after police said he was kidnapped in Brooklyn. Nassau.

The New York Police Department released surveillance videos allegedly depicting two men forcing Menachem Stark into a Dodge Caravan in Brooklyn on Jan. 2. Th.

Oscar-winning actor and activist Sean Penn has added yet another string to his bow: prison breaker Penn released a statement on Tuesday to say he was with a .

New York (CNN) — Police have a suspect in custody in connection with the gruesome discovery of human remains in a refrigerator and a trash bin Wednesday mor

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138908791088... Chile’s Jewish community hurt by soccer club shirt
Chilean Jewish community demands apology and asks the country’s soccer association to ban shirts produced by the Palestino soccer club, which feature a map showing all of Israel as Palestinian land • Chile’s Palestinian Federation supports the shirt. hetz_eng
138909377477... Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Talmud set to go up for auction
Kedem Auction House in Jerusalem estimates buyers will pay up to $50,000 for the prominent rabbi’s unique Talmud set, the first to be printed in its entirety in Germany after the Holocaust.
138908841330... Israel to name visitor center after Canadian PM
JNF’s Hula Nature Reserve visitor center to be named after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in recognition of his ongoing support of Israel • Funds for the center collected at Canadian event • Harper to visit Israel soon.
138909158481... Business owners: Israelis unwilling to do the dirty work
While illegal African migrants employed as cleaners and kitchen staff strike, few Israelis are willing to take on unattractive service jobs • Bar owner: Every Israeli wants to be a manager right away; even young people are unwilling to do these jobs.
138909241480... Pipe bomb thrown at Rachel’s Tomb wounds Israeli man
Number of security-related incidents at the Bethlehem tomb rises over the past year, with Palestinians hurling rocks and bombs there almost every day • Meanwhile, a Bedouin man is indicted for having driven the Bat Yam bus bomber to central Israel.

France Moves to Cancel Anti-Semitic Comedian’s TourArutz Sheva

The comedian has prompted outrage with his anti-Jewish comments, one of his latest being quips about gas chambers, and anti-racism protests have 
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Bukharian Jewish Businessmen from NY Visit ShomronArutz Sheva

Bukharian Jewish businessmen visit the factories of the Shomron in wake of  Israel warned that it might shun the key EU Horizons 2020 research 
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Harrowing Testimony: Arab Mob Abducts, Beats Israeli CiviliansArutz Sheva

Dozens of Jews abducted, tied up and beaten senseless.  The AFP newsagency confirmed that at least 13 Jewish men were held against their will 
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Jewish Political News & UpdatesJP Updates

“The National Council of Young Israel condemns The New York Post in the strongest terms possible for its incomprehensible decision to publish an 
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Attorney General Attempts to Stop Release of ‘Jewish Terrorist’Arutz Sheva

Yehuda Weinstein files petition against release of Ofer Gamliel, member of the ‘Bay Ayin Cell’, who was granted parole last week. By Tova Dvorin.
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German editorial rejecting Israel as Jewish state causes uproarJerusalem Post

Israel’s demand to be a Jewish state is not compatible “with a modern state” and  the main German Jewish newspaper, Jüdische Allgemeine Zeitung.
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Most dangerous temps in decades push across US
The coldest, most dangerous blast of polar air in decades gripped the Midwest and pushed toward the East and South on Monday, closing schools and day care centers, grounding flights and forcing people to pull their hoods and scarves tight to protect exposed skin from nearly instant frostbite(full story)Mandel JCC closed Jan. 7
The Mandel JCC, located at 26001 S. Woodland Road in Beachwood, is closed today, Jan. 7, due to a weather-related power outage. (full story)Twinsburg college student gets the call – she’s a marrow match
Twinsburg resident Alison Roskoph has a strong desire to help others. So when it came to aiding others by registering to be part of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, she immediately signed up. (full story)

Freshman’s kippa makes hoops history
According to the Big Ten News Network, Aaron Liberman was the first player to wear a kippa in Big Ten Conference history. (full story)

Today’s Best Bet
Camp Gan Israel of Beachwood snow day camp, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Friendship Circle, 27900 Gates Mills, Pepper Pike. $35. 216-402-8853.

This Day in History
1843: The first Jewish service was held at the Wellington Hebrew Congregation in Wellington, New Zealand under the leadership of Abraham Hort. There had been Jewish people in New Zealand from the beginnings of European settlement in the north. Jewish traders from England, including John Montefiore, Joel Polack and David Nathan, were active starting in the 1830s. Jews were on the first ships to arrive in Wellington. A Jewish community was founded in 1843 with the arrival from London of Abraham Hort after he and his family arrived aboard the Prince of Wales.

138908565579...Report: Snowden has more US-Israel secrets to expose
Glenn Greenwald, the British journalist who first broke the story of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks, says Snowden has more stories to tell about Israel and the Middle East.

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The Three Tenors Featuring Cantor Moshe Schulhof


The Three Tenors, Miller, Schulhof, Lemmer, and Gildar, live in concert, March 10, 2013 from Anshe Sholom in New Rochelle, NY.

Song List:

1) Yiboneh Hamikdash
2) Lefichach
3) Ad Heino
4) Mamele
5) Vhi She’omdo
6) Tal
7) Lo Teda Milchama
8) Avinu Malkeinu Galei
9) Yerushalayim Shel Zahav
10) Return Again
11) Chad Gadya
12) Pesach Medley
13) Papirosen
14) O Sole Mio

Shwekey Kolot Now Available! – Jewish Music ReportJewish Music Reporter

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The Jewish Monkeys: Whatever people say they are, that’s what they Haaretz (blog)

Until now, they have performed their contemporary Jewish music live once every two years, got together for three-hour rehearsal sessions twice a 
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Ramot Talmid Torah Targeted in Hate Attack – Yeshiva World NewsY.W. Editor

Ramot Talmid Torah Targeted in Hate Attack. (Tuesday, January 7th, 2014). a Many of the students of the Torani Ramot School in the Ramot area of 
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Aaron Liberman Wears Yarmulke, Makes Big Ten HistoryShalom Life

The 6-foot-ten, 215-pound Liberman, a freshman for Northwestern University after walking on from Valley Torah High School in Los Angeles, made 
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Clark temple to host Lunch & Learn program Jan. 25Suburban News

Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah of Clark will host a Lunch & Learn program on Saturday, Jan. 25 at noon, following the morning Sabbath services.
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Judaism: Weekly Tanya Class: Chapter 4, Class 4Arutz Sheva

(22As for those who willfully sin and rebel against the Torah sages: How do they receive their spiritual nurture and life? Spiritual life and nurture flow 
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A Brooklyn museum has every biblical animal – but no money to The State

Rabbi Shaul Shimon Deutsch poses for a portrait with some of the predatory animals in his Living Torah Museum. DAVID GIBSON/RELIGION NEWS 
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Community NotepadPacifica Tribune

Coastside Jewish Community is honored to host the Contemporary Jewish Museum-commissionedTorah, scribed by Julie Seltzer, one of the few 
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One Direction Pop Star Is Finding JudaismArutz Sheva

Celebrity Harry Styles is learning Hebrew to read from the Torah; interest started from good friend, now prays and tries to eat kosher. By Ari Yashar.
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The Angst Over Annihilating AmalekThe Jewish Week

This week’s Torah reading, Beshalach, describes the glorious Jewish march from Egyptian slavery to freedom. When the Jewish people emerge 
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The Talmud Pays Little Attention to What Jews Believe, Yet Asks Tablet Magazine

Much of the Talmud, I’ve discovered in the year and a half since I began reading Daf Yomi, can be understood as a choreography of Jewish life.
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The Wit & Wisdom of Jewish Pick-Up LinesShalom Life

Shalom Life had the chance to talk with Gidon, one of five religious Jewishguys running Jewish Pick-Up lines, about the Facebook page, where they 
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Shalom, Finland: A Jewish Culture GuideShalom Life

And we’re off, to anywhere and everywhere, as we say ‘Shalom’ every week to different global travel destination. World cities, provincial towns, and 
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Chilean Soccer Jerseys Offensive to Jewish CommunityShalom Life

Now, a new soccer jersey for Chile’s Palestino soccer club has offended the country’s Jewish community, inciting a rift between them and the country’s 
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Local Tu B’Shevat programsJewish News of Greater Phoenix

S.U.S.H.I. Round 2:7:30 p.m., Chabad of the East Valley Jewish Women’s Circle at the Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life. Discover the Seven 
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Lives Dedicated to ServiceThe Jewish Week

These early influences played out in each woman’s life, ultimately leading to their being honored for their respective roles at the Westchester Jewish 
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Man pleads not guilty in chain reaction crashAlbany Times Union

 and other charges stemming from a chain reaction crash last year that killed the retired director of Princeton University’s Center for Jewish Life.
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Talking end of life with next of kinThe Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.

Maybe it is thinking about the New Year that brings up the subject. Or maybe because the holiday season is a time when families come together and 
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Multi-millionaire who murdered his wife jailed for lifeJewish Chronicle

Jewish property tycoon Robert Ekaireb was jailed for life today for the murder of his pregnant wife. Mr Ekaireb, 39, was recommended to serve a 
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Jewish Fraternity Becomes Full Member of Conference of PresidentsJewish Daily Forward

The Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi has become a member of the  Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life is an adjunct member of the 
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Exploring Jewish Morocco: local enthusiast Youness Abeddour launches Fes Jewish history tours


Youness Abeddour is a young Moroccan from Fes with a passion for preserving the Jewish history of his city. JN1 has come to Morocco to speak to Youness about his new project to start the first local tours dedicated exclusively to an educated look at the rich and vibrant history of Jewish life in Fes.

The History of the Jewish Community of Marrakech


Marrakech is a vibrant city with a famous history as a centre of commerce and as an imperial city but less is known of the long history of it’s Jewish community which is why JN1 came to Marrakech to speak to the president of the Jewish community, Jacky Kadoch.

Marriage equality in Jewish communities – a panel discussion at Limmud Conference 2013


Same-sex marriage won major victories this year in both the UK and USA. How has it affected Jewish communities? What happens when rabbis and their congregants disagree? An interdenominational panel of leading rabbis consider this and other issues: with Laura Janner-Klausner, Zvi Solomons and David Wolpe, chaired by Benjamin Crowne.

ADL official to speak on role of Jewish community at Randolph’s Wicked Local- Randolph

Anti-Defamation League Regional Director Robert Trestan will address the role of the Jewish Community in the Civil Rights Movement at Randolph’s 
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MK: Transfer Jewish Gush Etzion Community to PAArutz Sheva

Member of Knesset Issawi Farij (Meretz) called, Tuesday, on those leading Israel’s negotiations with the Palestinian Authority to transfer Nokdim in the 
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Judea and Samaria communities won’t be evacuated in peace deal

( Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a Likud party faction meeting on Monday that there would be no evacuation of Jewish 
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Birthright to a Jewish educationJerusalem Post

According to the recent Pew Research Center study, assimilation is rampant. The Jewish community is bleeding way too heavily for Birthright to make 
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The Jewish Press » » Arabs Find Refuge in Jewish Community in Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency

Kerry promises Israel the US will make sure Israelis are safe with a Palestinian Authority state, but who will protect the Arabs from themselves?
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Jüdische Tänze


Jüdische Tänze



Als Juden bezeichnet man sowohl die Angehörigen des jüdischen Volkes als auch der jüdischen Religion. Unter dem „jüdischen Volk” werden sowohl das historische Volk der Israeliten als auch dem jüdischen Selbstverständnis gemäß alle Juden verstanden, die nach der Tora von den Erzvätern Abraham, Isaak und Jakob abstammen. Deren Verheißungsgeschichte hat nach dem ersten Buch Mose alle Völker segnenden, sie einbeziehenden Charakter: Wer von einer jüdischen Mutter geboren ist, gilt im Talmud daher ebenso als Jude wie jemand, der zu diesem Glauben übergetreten ist, unabhängig von seiner Herkunft. Das deutsche Wort „Jude” kommt vom hebräischen. Laut den jüdischen Religionsvorschriften, gilt eine Person dann als jüdisch, wenn sie eine jüdische Mutter hat, unabhängig davon, ob, oder wie sehr sie die jüdischen Glaubensvorschriften befolgt oder nicht. Dabei ist es Bedingung, dass die Mutter bei der Empfängnis Jüdin nach der Halacha sein muss. Außerdem gilt als Jude, wer formell die Konversion zum Judentum (Gijur genannt) vollzogen hat. Einfacher Glaube an die jüdische Religion reicht nicht aus. Heute gibt es etwa 13,3 Millionen Juden auf der Welt, das sind rund 0,2 % der Weltbevölkerung.

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Das Jüdische Museum Berlin zeigt Fotos des aus Dresden Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten

USA: Der Zerfall des amerikanischen JudentumsDIE WELT

In Nordamerika löst sich die jüdische Gemeinschaft zunehmend auf: Die Mehrheit heiratet Nichtjuden, die Religiosität schwindet. Nur die Orthodoxen 
Diese Zahlen zeigen, was mit Juden in einer Gesellschaft passiert, die längst alle Mauern eingerissen hat, mit denen sie sich früher gegen die als 
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Holocaust art: “EVERYONE’S ZAYDE” (Elie Wiesel’s zayde ~ grandpa) by Akiva Kenny Segan ©


Viewer’s note: The footage focuses around 15 seconds into the film).
Note: The wing from the bee-eater (bird from Kazakhstan that migrates over Israel & Palestine) is seen on viewer’s left; that’s Dodye Feig’s right shoulder in the drawing).
Filmed Feb. 14, 2013, artist Akiva Kenny Segan talks about ‘Under the Wings of G-d’ art series drawing 33 (done in 1997) depicting the murdered maternal grandfather of Holocaust survivor, teacher, author & Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel.
The portrait of Feig was based on a photo of Feig seen in Elie Wiesel’s autobiography “All Rivers Run to the Sea.”
Segan is best known world-wide as the creator of the “Under the Wings of G-d” Holocaust, the “Sight-seeing with Dignity” human rights art series and other Shoah (Holocaust) themed artworks.
The wings were drawn at the Univ. of Washington’s Burke Museum of Natural History.
The drawing was last exhibited at the Hillel Center, Univ. of Wash., Seattle, March – May 2013.
Art, film © A.K. Segan

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Prayer: Service of the Heart – Why we pray to G-d – Torah  – Chabad

Rabbi Yehuda Leib Schapiro, a noted Talmudic scholar, is the dean of the Yeshiva Gedola Rabbinical College of Greater Miami, the rabbi of 

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95 year old gets called up to the Torah Jan 2 2014.

New Torah for Chabad N Williamsburg Brooklyn – YouTube01:01

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Chabad Gan Izzy Ilford Winter Day Camp 2013 – YouTube02:48

Over 30 children enjoyed a Winter Day Camp packed with fun. Run from theChabad Centre in Ilford, directed by Rabbi Odom & Henny Brandman of 

Chabad Rabbis Study session – YouTube01:26:11

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Chabad Buckhurst Hill – Epping New Road – A tour! – YouTube02:03

In September 2013, the Chabad Lubavitch Centre of Buckhurst Hill moved into new premises at 107 Epping New Road. A frantic two weeks of 

Chabad rabbi responds to “Tiger Mom”… Part 3 — Jewish  – YouTube07:17

Rabbi Nochum Kurinsky runs Chabad @ The Beaches ( in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (greater Jacksonville). He is interviewed 

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Rabbi Nochum Kurinsky runs Chabad @ The Beaches ( in currently cold-but-not-as-cold Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (greater 

The Talmudisation of the world 2 Chabad Lubavitch – YouTube10:40

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A Twofold Blessing – Program 488 – Living Torah – Chabad

I mention you at the resting place of my father-in-law, the Rebbe, and he gives you his blessing.”

Feeling the Connection – Program 488 – Living Torah – Chabad

After having made numerous trips to New York to see the Rebbe, Rabbi Avrohom Michoel Halpern, the rabbi of Givat Tzarfatit in Jerusalem, tells the 

Rambam: Tumat Ochalin, Chapter 3 – Rambam – Rabbi  – Chabad

About this Class Rabbi Gordon studies one chapter a day from Maimonides’ classic legal work of Mishneh Torah. The original Hebrew text is read and 

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Neither famine nor War – Program 487 – Living Torah – Chabad

The Rebbe concludes the yearly study cycle of Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah in his home on President Street, Brooklyn.

Tending G-d’s Garden – Chabad

The last discourse that Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn, the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, published before his passing commences with the verse 

How to Inspire a Generation – Program 487 – Living Torah – Chabad

Upon accepting his first pulpit, Rabbi Sholom Ber Gordon consulted Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, on how to bring 

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By Yossi Zweig. The amazing 8th Day group we have all grown to love over the last few years is back with an all new album! “Hooleh!” is by far the 

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ReadinessPosted: 07 Jan 2014 06:58 AM PST

The first creative act of the new year: I find an empty manila folder, uncap a blue pen with a thick nib, and inscribe the tab with “POEMS 2014.”

It’s the first poetry-related creative act, anyway. I wrote a d’var Torah last week, beginning 2014 not with poetry but with prose.

That’s not surprising. I can’t remember a year when I began writing new poems as soon as the calendar page had turned. Poetry doesn’t require the kind of temporal spaciousness needed for writing a novel; it’s something I can work on in fits and starts, an hour here, an afternoon there. But it does require emotional and spiritual spaciousness. And that’s usually in short supply around the start of January.

Since late November, I’ve juggled Thanksgiving, our son’s birthday, Chanukah, a family simcha on the other side of the state, a visit to my family in Texas, Christmas, school break, winter storms, New Year’s, and more houseguests than I can count. Also synagogue work in all of its usual forms. There’s been a lot of wonderful! But precious little normalcy: the usual flow of weekdays and Shabbat, workdays and childcare, meditation and prayer.

Poetry — my poetry, anyway — requires emotional and spiritual breathing room.

January seventh. The old year is really and truly behind us. 2014 stretches ahead. And now my POEMS 2014 folder waits to receive the first slim draft.

I won’t write a poem today. I probably won’t write a poem this week. But my desk is tidied. The holiday wrapping paper which had taken up temporary residence on the floor has been cleared away. I’ve re-hung the poems and my Bennington diploma on the newly-repainted wall of my study. When I stop typing, all I can hear is quiet. These are first steps.

Many years ago, when I worked for the artist Jenny Holzer, I typed up the following quote on a piece of brown paper and hung it over my desk:

I do not write every day, I read every day, think every day, work in the garden every day, and recognize in nature the same slow complicity. The same inevitability. The moment will arrive, always it does, it can be predicted but it cannot be demanded. I do not think of this as inspiration. I think of it as readiness. A writer lives in a constant state of readiness. (– Jeanette Winterson)

Readiness. One breath after the next. Breathing in; breathing out. Right here; right now. The manila folder of my year is open. Receptive. Ready.

The Talmud Pays Little Attention to What Jews Believe, Yet Asks Tablet Magazine

Much of the Talmud, I’ve discovered in the year and a half since I began reading Daf Yomi, can be understood as a choreography of Jewish life.
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COMMENT: The Objective Is War
The Objective Is War
Shevat 6, 5774 · January 7, 2014

When Pharaoh let the people go, G‑d did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, for it was near, [and] G‑d said, ‘Lest the people reconsider when they see war, and return to Egypt’”

Exodus 13:17

Going from Egypt, the quickest route to Canaan runs through Philistine territory. But at all costs, G‑d did not want the Jews to face the prospect of war with this potential enemy. G‑d therefore directed the Jews to travel a roundabout longer route to their desired destination. This pattern of sparing the Jews the rigors of natural battle continued for some time. When the Egyptians pursued them through the desert, Moses instructed them not to fear: “G‑d will battle for you, and you shall remain silent.” Shortly thereafter, when the Amalekites attacked the Jews, a contingent of Jews was dispatched to defend the nation, but their victory was entirely supernatural: “When Moses would raise his hand, Israel would prevail” (Exodus 17:11). Despite the difficulty of slavery, the Jews in Egypt had developed a certain comfort zone—the prototypical battered person syndrome—and any battle could have potentially triggered a mass return to their point of origin.

Desert life was nice, but until they battled the elements in Canaan, the Jews had proved nothing

The Jews had forty years to prepare themselves for the great war which they would inevitably need to fight once they entered the land of Canaan. This war would be a completely natural military conquest (with the exception of the fall of Jericho), which would require gumption and military acumen. Only then would the Jews truly prove their courage and resolve.

All the above is true in a spiritual sense, too. The fledgling nation which left Egypt was in its spiritual infancy, and a return to the bankrupt values of the depraved Egyptian lifestyle was a real risk. However, leading a spiritual life while surrounded by a world which revolves around the pursuit of money and materialism is a real challenge. The Zohar says, “Bread by the tip of the sword is consumed.” Maintaining spiritual integrity and purity in a society with antithetical values is indeed a battle.

At least until they had developed strength, proper ammunition and spiritual defenses, G‑d saw the need to spare the Jews the vicissitudes of spiritual war—a war which could have prompted them to return to their old habits and lifestyle.

To this end He surrounded the Jews with clouds of glory, and fed them manna, quail, and water from the Well of Miriam. No careers and no worries. With miracles abounding and all their needs met, they were in effect training themselves for the spiritual mother of all battles which awaited them in Canaan, pitting a nation’s spiritual resolve against the real world’s tendency to consume those who enter her domain.

Desert life was nice, but until they battled the elements in Canaan, the Jews had proved nothing.

Something to think about next time you feel the struggles of life starting to get you down . . .

Incidentally, the first purely natural war which the Jews fought was against the nation of Midian. The word Midian shares the same root as the Hebrew wordmadon, which means “quarrels.” This name is very apropos for a nation which picked a fight with the Jews who had absolutely no designs of ever harming them or conquering their land.

There are many battles we are meant to wage, but the very first one we must fight is baseless hatred and mindless bickering. Only after this battle has been successfully concluded, and we constitute a united front, can we focus our energies on doing battle with all the other insidious forces, and hope to enter the Promised Land.

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Rabbi Naftali Silberberg is a writer, editor, and director of the curriculum department at the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. Rabbi Silberberg resides in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife Chaya Mushka and their three children.

Who Am I?
Shevat 6, 5774 · January 7, 2014
Conflicting emotions of a baalat teshuvah

Most people who know me call me Jen. I am 34 years old. I am a mother, a daughter, a wife, a sister. I am an educator by profession. And I am an observant Jewish woman. Although I choose to continue using my English name as opposed to my Jewish name, I adhere to the modest dress of knee-length skirts and long-sleeved, high-necked shirts; I cover all of my hair, as is customary for married women; and I pray to G‑d every morning. I keep a strictly kosher diet, and I try to adhere to all of the Jewish laws that are applicable to me as a Jewish woman.

However, I grew up as a secular Jewish person from a traditional home. I attended synagogue three times a year on the High

I never anticipated covering all of my hair

Holidays, was lenient with my kosher diet, and was most comfortable in pants and T-shirts. I never anticipated covering all of my hair as a married woman, nor did I expect that a siddur (prayerbook) would be one of my most prized possessions. So, how did I get from there to here?

At the age of 24, I met my husband. He was an observant Jewish man; he kept Shabbat and consumed only kosher food. Through our courtship I quickly realized that if he and I could even consider the possibility of marriage, we needed to share the same family values. Therefore, I chose to experiment with an observant Jewish lifestyle for myself. I discovered not just a love, but a passion, for Shabbat, and I overcame the struggles of being strictly kosher. Over time the inconveniences of not always having food at my disposal became easier, as I learned to plan ahead by bringing food with me when necessary. On the whole, I felt inherently good about my choices.

After I gave birth to my eldest son in July 2007, I decided to explore the possibility of hair-covering and modest attire. Since my son would don the customary kippahand tzitzit at the age of three, I decided that if this was important for our son’s Jewish identity, then I wanted to find ways to strengthen mine as well. I began to cover all of my hair with scarves and wigs, and I easily transitioned to wearing only skirts and long-sleeved tops.

All the while, my purpose was to strengthen my relationship with G‑d. And as my passion grew, so did my commitment to prayer. Today, at the age of 34, I find myself lost without saying my daily prayers, I am uncomfortable in clothing too short or revealing, and I feel naked without my headcoverings. As I continue to move further and further away from the very secular community in which I grew up, and inch deeper and deeper into the religious community I choose to be a part of, I feel a sense of solace in my choices. I am used to being an outsider; now I am becoming an insider in a new space.

I have found ways to contribute to my community through various leadership opportunities. I was the youth program director for my synagogue for three years, which allowed me to work with children within my neighborhood. As a summer camp director for a Jewish day camp, I have been able

I have found ways to contribute to my community

to work closely with Jewish children of all backgrounds from all over Toronto. I appreciate the trust parents have given to me to educate their children, regardless of my upbringing.

But I still have a sense of unease about my choices. As a public school teacher and the daughter of secular parents, I still need to be able to function within the secular community. And yet my husband, my children and I also want to live comfortably within the religious community. I am trying so desperately to understand how to coexist within both communities.

As I ponder all of this, I ask myself: am I simply moving away from the very secular community I am so attuned to, or am I making a conscious effort to leave? Or am I even leaving it behind to begin with? Is there an element of fear of abandoning the past that contributes to the very essence of who I am and who I want to be? And of course, I must ask myself—can the “here” and “there” be in the same place and exist at the same time, thereby creating a brand-new space? As I become more involved in the observant way of life and the very tenets of my religion, which is ever reshaping my identity, I ask myself—do I have to abandon all of the old me?

What happens to identity when we move from “there” to “here”—from one space to a different space? Where is “here”? Are the “there” and “here” fluid? And when I question this fluidity, I want to understand—are the secular and observant Jewish communities fluid to begin with? Is there a possibility that this “fluidity” I am curious to understand may just be an actual evolution; and if so, as I take on a new identity, am I shedding my old identity? Or, as aspects of the old me and new me come together, am I still the old me with some changes?

I’m using this curiosity as an opportunity for discovery. I’m learning more about myself. I’m discovering how to appreciate my past so as to use it to elevate me spiritually today and in the future. I no longer choose to keep the details of my past hidden.

I am starting to understand that there do not need to be finalities to decisions, and it does not need to be all or nothing. Had I understood this earlier in my life, then maybe I would have been able to make faith-based choices more easily.

I have started to realize that identity is not linear. My spiritual journey thus far has always been based on the pretense that I must know exactly where I am at any given moment. But I am now starting to learn that we may not have all of the answers, and maybe we don’t need them to make decisions. Moreover, our identities always include a small piece of who we once were, as we continue to reshape who we currently are. It is virtually impossible to forget our pasts, and it is extremely difficult to assume that our past experiences will have no bearing over who we will continue to be.

And as I continue to solidify my identity as an observant Jewish woman, embracing the mitzvahs and laws of our religion, I am beginning to understand that I do not need to abandon all of the old me, because it is a part of who I am. In fact, it has helped to foster a love for my religion and culture; it has helped me embrace a more stringent yet rewarding way to live.

Therefore, I am now beginning to have a clearer understanding of how the “there” and “here” coexist, and how it is very possible to be a part of both spaces at the same time. I can use my secular past to help others within the observant Jewish community. I can also remain in tune with my public school students, who are of numerous cultures, ethnicities and faiths. I would like to continue to strengthen my role as an educator, both as a teacher and camp director, so that I can be a stronger teacher of character—one who gives children the tools to learn about themselves and value their own discoveries. I want to teach children to appreciate who they are, irrespective of the thoughts of others.

I also realize that my own children will reach a point where they will begin to make decisions for themselves along their spiritual journeys. As they do that, they will take pieces of their history

It’s okay for my identity to always be evolving

with them, their memories influencing their decisionmaking. I would never want them to forget who they are or where they came from, so why should I?

I always thought that I needed a fixed identity; I never realized that it was okay for my identity to always be evolving. Today I sit at a crossroads about my name, wondering whether or not to go by my Jewish name. I now realize that I will probably remain here for a while. But I know who I am. And at times, even when I am confused, this is also acceptable. It is okay to have moments of confusion. This is also part of who I am. I have also come to realize that although many of the things I choose to do enhance my identity, they do not necessarily dictate who I am. Moreover, I will forever shift back and forth between spaces, at times allowing these spaces to mingle and overlap each other.

As I grow older, I am beginning to understand that I will always be in a state of becoming.

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WEEKLY STORY: A Shabbat on the Battlefield that Saved My Life
A Shabbat on the Battlefield that Saved My Life
Shevat 6, 5774 · January 7, 2014
The battle during the Six Day War

In 1960, I married an Israeli girl and, in 1964, we settled in Israel. I was conscripted to the Israeli army in 1965 and was assigned to the reserve troops.

In May of 1967, the Egyptians amassed troops in the Sinai Desert, close to the Israeli border, and closed the Straits of Tiran to shipping. Israel regarded this as a declaration of war.

While the diplomats were running between Washington, London, Paris and Tel Aviv, the Israeli public was preparing for war, expecting the worst. The Arab leaders were violently inciting their populations with dramatic promises to “push the Jews into the sea.”

In Israel, the army started a general mobilization. First, the pilots and armored corps were called up. Then, more and more reserves were called to duty.

The Jewish burial society of Tel Aviv alone dug fifteen thousand graves, ready for civilian casualties. The threat was real

More and more homes were left without parents and siblings. People were frightened, concerned for the future of Israel and their families.

Israel was outnumbered one hundred to one. The Egyptians had German scientists developing missiles and the Russians supplying them with tanks and combat jet planes. The French, who supplied Israel with Mirage fighter planes, declared an embargo on supplies to Israel with the excuse that they do not supply arms to a combat zone.

The Jewish burial society of Tel Aviv alone dug fifteen thousand graves, ready for civilian casualties.

The threat was real.

Shmuel in his uniform on the battlefield

I was called on May 25th to report for duty the following day, Friday, the 26th. My regiment organized themselves by Sunday, where we were moved to a hill, 500 feet from a Jordanian village called Budrus.

Prior to the next Shabbat, the commanding officer, Victor, announced that ten percent of the soldiers could go home for Shabbat, a twenty-four hour leave. We were 130 soldiers and the first permitted to leave were fathers of three children and more. I fell into this category.

Unfortunately, the truck that came to take us back to civilization arrived at 7:00 p.m., twenty-five minutes before Shabbat began. Therefore, I could not go—as doing so would have caused me to desecrate the holy day. The following evening, Saturday night, again, another thirteen soldiers could take leave and I was hoping that this time I would be able to go. But again the truck came at 7:00 p.m., while it was still Shabbat. Once again, I missed out.

Victor, my commanding officer, who was not a religious man, took pity on me and said that since I missed out on my leave because of my religious principles, he would let me go on Sunday night for forty-eight hours. To me, forty-eight hours was an eternity! I impatiently waited for the day to pass.

Prior to the next Shabbat, the commanding officer, Victor, announced that ten percent of the soldiers could go home for Shabbat, a twenty-four hour leave

On Sunday afternoon, we heard on the radio that Iraq sent two armored divisions into Jordan to bolster their army for the forthcoming war with Israel.

A little later, Victor came to announce that all leave was cancelled. Since we were in the center line defending Israel from Jordan, the readiness level was raised to the uppermost limit.

I was terribly disappointed, not so much because of the prospect of the war, but because my leave was cancelled!

I tossed and turned a whole night. On Monday, the 5th of June, at 5:00 a.m. I went to Victor’s tent and begged him to let me go see my family even for a short period of time. Victor told me he would let me go, but only for eight hours. I’d have to be back by 3:00 in the afternoon.

No one knew that the war was to begin in another two hours. Even Victor, a commanding officer, did not know.

Shmuel in his uniform with his wife Chava

I did not wait to argue about the eight hours. I took my rifle, put my prayer shawl in my backpack and ran! I got a lift with a motorcyclist and arrived in Jerusalem at 8:30 a.m., where my wife and children were at the home of my sister-in-law.

One can imagine the reunion with my wife and children!

Soon after, the radio reported that heavy fighting had broken out in the south. So the long-expected war had begun.

But in Jerusalem, people felt safe. Though Jerusalem was then a divided city, with Jordanian-controlled East Jerusalem in close proximity to Israeli West Jerusalem, no one believed Jordan would start hostilities.

But at about 11:00 a.m., the Jordanians started shelling West Jerusalem. We all went down to the air raid shelter, and I was the only soldier in a packed shelter full of women and children.

The truck that came to take us back to civilization arrived twenty-five minutes before Shabbat began

A little later, I called up the town-major to report that I was in Jerusalem and asked what I should do. I was told to return to my unit and, in fact, I should have not been away in the first place… So I had to say goodbye to my family and in midst of Jordanian shelling, made my way to the main road where I waited together with many more soldiers. I got a ride with a police car that dropped me off in Ramla. From there, I had to walk about two hours to join my unit on that hill near Budrus. All along the way, shells were exploding in the distance and also nearby.

I got to my unit at about 5:00 p.m. I tried to look for my foxhole to take cover but could not find it. Something had changed since I left that morning. I found Victor and reported that I returned. He looked at his watch and sternly told me off for being two hours late. I began excusing myself that I got stuck in Jerusalem and so on….

He then turned to me with a smiling face and tears in his eyes, “Now I know that there is a G‑d in heaven! At exactly 3:00 p.m., a shell fell and exploded in your foxhole!”

If I would have taken leave on the previous Friday night, I would not have been away on that Monday! And I would have not been here telling this story…

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