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Chabad of the Main Line Gala Video

 21.01.2014

Chabad of the Main Line 8th Annual Gala Video. Go to ChabadMainLine.org

Waterbury Yeshiva Dinner 2013

 13.05.2013

Produced by Moshe Bree
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Benzaquen & Ohana Honorees – RASG Hebrew Academy

23.12.2013

Gefilte Fish: Iconic Jewish Food

 16.01.2014

Jack Lebewohl of 2nd Ave Deli speaks about how non-Jews have come to love gefilte fish.

Excerpted from Gefilte Talk, presented by the Center for Jewish History on September 6, 2012.

Full program available here: http://www.cjh.org/videoarchive/09062.

And the winner is….

 20.01.2014

See Rabbi Dovid Asher pull the winning ticket for the Yeshiva of Virginia’s trip for two to Israel during KBI’s Jewish food festival at the Weinstein JCC.

 Igor Shteyrenberg, Miami Jewish Film Festival

Screen International (blog) – The Miami Jewish Film Festival was first organised in 1998 by the initiative of  MJFF promotes itself as a destination event, encouraging visitors and ..
Temple Beth El to host evening of Jewish storytelling, poetry, music
Press & Sun-Bulletin
Celebrating 16 years of original stories, traditional tales, folk and contemporary poetry, and dynamic live music from around the world – Temple Beth El will host its Annual Evening of Jewish Storytelling, Poetry and Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. This 
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Simon Schama tells a new ‘Story of the Jews
USA TODAY
Indeed, says Schama, the Jewish embrace of music and vitality in their religious services is one of the things that offended medieval Christians, who were used to praying in silence. “Silence, this will surprise you not, isn’t really a Jewish concept 
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Receiving the Torah Again 4x per Week – Local Jewish News

Local Jewish News (afeinstein) – (Hakhel.info) The monumental occasion of Har Sinai is relived in Shul four times a week at Kriyas HaTorah. How so? The Mishna Berurah (Shulchan 

The Yeshiva World Court Backs Talmid Torah Umbrella 

Yeshiva World News (Y.W. Editor) – yeshiva In a very important decision, the Jerusalem District Court has ruled in favor of the Central Association of Talmidei Torah, supporting the latter’s 
A Point Above, a Point Below

Chabad.org – Let us embrace in these mitzvahs, commune in this Torah, and in them we will be one.” But He is an infinite, unknowable G‑d. If we cannot know Him, .

Rabbi Pinto: The Allegations Make no Sense

Arutz Sheva – G-d commanded us in His Torah that bribes given to a judge will distort the truth and cause the opposite of justice. It is inconceivable that I would 

 

Court Backs Talmid Torah Umbrella Organization
Yeshiva World News
In a very important decision, the Jerusalem District Court has ruled in favor of the Central Association of Talmidei Torah, supporting the latter’s right to run, supervise and represent talmidei Torah and not compelling it to limit its position to 
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Refuah Coaches, Helping People in the Torah Community Be More Effective
Yeshiva World News
By extracting the kosher aspects of psychology and coaching and translating them back into a Torah idiom, the Refuah Institute teaches skills that are extremely effective and that do not contradict the values of Torah Jewry. The Secret of Refuah’s Success.
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Rabbi R. AppleKabbalah and Other Torah Q & A
Arutz Sheva
He is now retired and lives in Jerusalem, where he publishes OzTorah, a weekly email list and website with Torah insights from an Australian perspective. ▻ More from this writer. Q. Are you in favour of Kabbalah? A. Kabbalah (literally “tradition”) is 
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Students from Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah in Clark learn about recycling and 
NJ.com
Chemist and environmental activist Dr. Mike Miller of Westfield led a workshop on recycling and composting for the students of Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah of Clark. The program, sponsored by the temple’s Men’s Cub, took place on Sunday, Jan. 19, as part
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Is a Love of Blazing Saddles, Brisket and the Frozen Soundtrack Enough to 
Huffington Post
The torah portion this week is from the book of Exodus 18:1 to 20:23… And it’s called “Yitro.” “Yitro” is the Hebrew name of Moses’ father-in-law. For anyone who might not remember, when Moses was an infant, Egypt’s Pharaoh ordered the death of all 
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Atlanta Rabbi to Speak Locally
WTXL ABC 27
TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) – Atlanta rabbi, Sholom Lewis is visiting the area to speak at synagogue Shomrei Torah on January 24th and 25th. Rabbi Lewis is scheduled to speak on interpreting religious rules in modern society. In 2009 he successfully sued 
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EXCLUSIVE: New Yiddish campaign aimed at encouraging hassidim to make 
Jerusalem Post
“But Israel would be a more welcoming place for such Jews if, instead of embarking on a social engineering program to try to change the Israeli haredi way of life, it recommitted itself to supporting the full-time Torah-study that helps protect all its 
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“Careers” – Parshas Mishpatim
The Jewish Voice
This week’s Torah portion, Parshat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-25:18), provides us with an occasion to reflect upon one highly valued career, serving on a court of law as a judge. Our parsha begins with the verse, “These are the rules that you shall set 
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Do Jewish Children’s Books Have a Problem With Gender?
Tablet Magazine
The lives of the women in these award-winning books revolved around raising children, keeping house, and quietly performing Jewish rituals, particularly Sabbath mitzvot (lighting candles and baking challah) within the confines of the home. Jewish women 
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For College Students Who Keep Kosher, More Campuses Offer More Options
Tablet Magazine
 colleges, but this is really something that American universities across the country are really putting considerable time and resources into,” said Hart Levine, director of Heart to Heart, a grassroots organization that supports Jewish religious 
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Heritage: A third way for Jews
Haaretz
JewishDiscoveries.com, a site that features an online video travelogue with a lively perspective on Jewish life around the world, and a compelling reminder of the vibrancy of Jewish communal life throughout the ages. Browsing through the videos on 
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Mrs. Keny Deren, Pioneering Jewish Educator, 83
Lubavitch.com
There in Pittsburgh, the Posners would play an active role in transforming Jewish life in the city, a role that Keny herself would ultimately continue. Already as a teenager, Keny began serving as a teacher in her parents school, seeing it’s ultimate 
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Fire Damages Historic Synagogue
The Jewish Week
Today, Grodno’s Great Choral Synagogue, one of the oldest in the former Soviet Union and the contemporary center of Jewish life in the industrial city in the western part of the country, is rebuilding itself again. A recent electrical fire in the three 
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BOOK BOUND: ‘The Wanting’ unites One Book, One Jewish Community
Montgomery Newspapers
“Each year we have challenged our community to focus on Jewish life from different perspectives. Our seventh selection, ‘The Wanting’ by Michael Lavigne continues this tradition. From the initial terrorist attack in Tel Aviv through the end of the 
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Shalom, Sweden: A Jewish Culture Guide
Shalom Life
By royal decree, all Jews that wished to reside in Sweden where required to convert to Christianity. Many converts continued practicing Judaism in secret, yet because of these restrictions, a Jewish community wasn’t established until the late 18th century.
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Is a Love of Blazing Saddles, Brisket and the Frozen Soundtrack Enough to 
Huffington Post
For anyone who might not remember, when Moses was an infant, Egypt’s Pharaoh ordered the death of all Jewish babies for fear that they would rise up against him. To save his life, Moses’ mother hid him… and he was eventually found and adopted by the 
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Simon Schama tells a new ‘Story of the Jews
USA TODAY
“Anti-Semitism is not going away in Europe, something we don’t always realize in the United States. It’s becoming truly toxic, which is one of the reasons I wanted to make this series.” “There’s a genuine life to the Jewish tradition, to which I hope 
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Down with the ‘Land Swap’ Idea!!!!
The Jewish Press (blog)
Instead of trying to bargain with the Arab terrorists, we should be educating ourselves and our children of the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel. The other night at the Event in which we Celebrated 36 Years of Renewed Jewish Life in Shiloh, the 
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Hungary Jews Mull Boycott of Holocaust Events
Jewish Daily Forward
Hitler Ally: A statue of wartime collaborator Miklas Horthy has angered Hungarian Jews— along with other failings as the government plans for the 70th anniversary of a Nazi-led deportation campaign.
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Hungary Jews slam ‘whitewashing’ of Holocaust in memorial year
GlobalPost
Jewish leaders in Hungary threatened Tuesday to boycott official Holocaust memorialevents this year claiming the government was whitewashing the country’s role in the deportations of Jews to Nazi camps. Last year the government announced a series of 
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Hungary Jewish Group Threatens to Spurn Holocaust Commemoration
Businessweek
Hungary’s biggest Jewish group is considering a boycott of government-sponsoredevents commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust to protest what it says are steps aimed at whitewashing the country’s past. Budapest-based Mazsihisz wants the 
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Hungarian Jews threaten boycott of gov’t Holocaust commemorations
Jerusalem Post
The Jewish community of Hungary has threatened to boycott all events associated with their government’s yearlong commemoration of the Holocaust. Related: Survey: 29% of European Jews considered emigrating due to anti-Semitism · Hungary: Survey on 
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Anti-Semitic violence frightens Ukrainian Jews amid Maidan protests
JNS.org
Due to the ongoing protests, which began over Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to freeze plans to join a free trade agreement with the European Union, some Ukrainian-Jewish leaders canceled events out of fear that Jews may be targeted.
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— Richard Rodriguez, in the afterword to “Fast Forward”
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
Don’t miss any of the latest news and events! Get the Jewish Journal in your inbox. Serving a community of 600,000, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles is the largest Jewish weekly outside New York City. Our award-winning paper reaches over 
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BOOK BOUND: ‘The Wanting’ unites One Book, One Jewish Community
Montgomery Newspapers
Attendees of any background will surely be intrigued by the well-written work and inspired by speaking with Lavigne at the accompanying OBOJC author event. “My understanding is that the Philadelphia One Book is the largest and most renownedJewish 
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Watch: Drake and his bar mitzvah on SNL
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
Watch: Drake and his bar mitzvah on SNL. Jewish rapper, Drake, explains what his bar mitzvah was like with a Jewish mother and black father. SNL,.  Don’t miss any of the latest news and events! Get the Jewish Journal in your inbox. Jewish Journal.
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President Peres’ work meeting with Prime Minister Harper of Canada

21.01.2014

The President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, conducted a work meeting with morning with the Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Stephen Harper, who is on an official visit to Israel. At the beginning of the meeting President Peres and Prime Minister Harper delivered statements to the press. During the meeting they discussed strengthening the strategic relations between Israel and Canada as well as the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. President Peres welcomed Prime Minister Harper and said, “You are a dear friend, there are few who speaker in a such a way. You have come at an important moment not only for Israel but for the Middle East as a whole. We are at a critical time, your visit and in the Palestinian Authority will help us progress towards peace. Israel and the world is united around the two state solution solution. There is no doubt that the process is hard and require tough decisions to be made but a peace agreement at this moment in time will push Israel and the entire region forward and will bring stability for years to come. The alternative to peace is dangerous.”

Prime Minister Harper thanked President Peres for his words and said that Israel and Canada are similar in terms of being multicultural but that while Israel has little land and a rich history, Canada has a lot of land but less history. Prime Minister Harper echoed the president’s sentiment that the future must be based on knowledge economies and added that Israel is the best example of using high-tech to secure the future.

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Knesset producing film to fight anti-circumcision laws

Jerusalem Post – On Monday, MK Nachman Shai (Labor) will represent Israel in the PACE Committee on Social  “It’s a Boy is very bad for the Jewish tradition.  Despite news reports, she said, “there will not be a discussion at this meeting on the 

History in Pictures: Extinct Jewish Communities-Egypt, Syria

Arutz Sheva – YouReportSend us News & updates  A series of vintage pictures on the Jews of the Middle East.  Cairo: In 1948, the Cairo Jewish community numbered an estimated 55,000.  Some, too, left on their own accord, feeling that there was a brighter future for them as Jews in countries like Israel, America 

Former Canadian Minister ‘Shocked’ by Visit to Temple Mount

Arutz Sheva – “He could not understand how the Israeli government could do this toJews.” Rabin told Arutz Sheva that Day is scheduled to meet Prime Minister 

Auschwitz Museum Launches Education Programs in Farsi, Arabic

Arutz Sheva –  views,” museum spokesman Pawel Sawicki told the news agency. More than 100,000 others, including non-Jewish Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners ..

Peres: PA Recognition of Jewish State ‘Unnecessary’
Arutz Sheva
President Shimon Peres has reportedly come out against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s demands that the Palestinian Authority (PA) recognize Israel as a Jewishstate. “The stubbornness of the Prime Minister is unnecessary and liable to make the 
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Do Jewish Children’s Books Have a Problem With Gender?
Tablet Magazine
We found that these books, when taken together, promote the image of the domesticJewish woman—and no other. The lives of the women in these award-winning books revolved around raising children, keeping house, and quietly performing Jewish rituals, 
See all stories on this topic »For College Students Who Keep Kosher, More Campuses Offer More Options
Tablet Magazine
 colleges, but this is really something that American universities across the country are really putting considerable time and resources into,” said Hart Levine, director of Heart to Heart, a grassroots organization that supports Jewish religious 
See all stories on this topic »Heritage: A third way for Jews
Haaretz
JewishDiscoveries.com, a site that features an online video travelogue with a lively perspective on Jewish life around the world, and a compelling reminder of the vibrancy of Jewish communal life throughout the ages. Browsing through the videos on 
See all stories on this topic »Mrs. Keny Deren, Pioneering Jewish Educator, 83
Lubavitch.com
There in Pittsburgh, the Posners would play an active role in transforming Jewish life in the city, a role that Keny herself would ultimately continue. Already as a teenager, Keny began serving as a teacher in her parents school, seeing it’s ultimate 
See all stories on this topic »Fire Damages Historic Synagogue
The Jewish Week
Today, Grodno’s Great Choral Synagogue, one of the oldest in the former Soviet Union and the contemporary center of Jewish life in the industrial city in the western part of the country, is rebuilding itself again. A recent electrical fire in the three 
See all stories on this topic »BOOK BOUND: ‘The Wanting’ unites One Book, One Jewish Community
Montgomery Newspapers
“Each year we have challenged our community to focus on Jewish life from different perspectives. Our seventh selection, ‘The Wanting’ by Michael Lavigne continues this tradition. From the initial terrorist attack in Tel Aviv through the end of the 
See all stories on this topic »Shalom, Sweden: A Jewish Culture Guide
Shalom Life
By royal decree, all Jews that wished to reside in Sweden where required to convert to Christianity. Many converts continued practicing Judaism in secret, yet because of these restrictions, a Jewish community wasn’t established until the late 18th century.
See all stories on this topic »Is a Love of Blazing Saddles, Brisket and the Frozen Soundtrack Enough to 
Huffington Post
For anyone who might not remember, when Moses was an infant, Egypt’s Pharaoh ordered the death of all Jewish babies for fear that they would rise up against him. To save his life, Moses’ mother hid him… and he was eventually found and adopted by the 
See all stories on this topic »Simon Schama tells a new ‘Story of the Jews
USA TODAY
“Anti-Semitism is not going away in Europe, something we don’t always realize in the United States. It’s becoming truly toxic, which is one of the reasons I wanted to make this series.” “There’s a genuine life to the Jewish tradition, to which I hope 
See all stories on this topic »Loretta Weinberg, the Jewish Grandma Who’s Making Chris Christie’s Life 
Jewish Daily Forward
And now, from her post as the Majority Leader in New Jersey’s State Senate, the self-described “feisty Jewish grandmother” from Teaneck is leading the senate’s high-profile investigation of the bridge scandal swirling around the administration of her 
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Chinese dance troupe set to dazzle State Theatre
Cleveland Jewish News
Shen Yun Performing Arts, a New York-based arts and entertainment company, brings its show to the State Theatre, 1501 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland’s PlayhouseSquare Feb. 1 and 2. The Saturday show is at 7 p.m., the Sunday show at 2 p.m. Tickets are $50 to 
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Hathaway Brown college prep event Jan. 28
Cleveland Jewish News
Your Teen for Parents Magazine and Hathaway Brown will present “The College Event: To-Do Lists for High School” from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Hathaway Brown School, 19600 North Park Blvd. in Shaker Heights. The event will include a parent 
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Iranian Jew offers view into ‘Persian mind’ Feb. 8
Cleveland Jewish News
Isaac Yomtovian, an Iranian-born Jew and author, will present “Iran: A Glimpse into the Persian Mind” at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8 at Beth El-The Heights Synagogue, 3246 Desota Ave. in Cleveland Heights. Yomtovian will speak about his upbringing in 
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Rocks celebrate 60th wedding anniversary
Cleveland Jewish News
Carole and Alvin Rock of Beachwood and Boca Raton, Fla., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Jan. 5, 2014. Their family planned a wonderful weekend with dinner at Johnny V’s in Las Olas, a photo shoot and a Champagne brunch. Their children 
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Pianist Siegel to perform ‘romantic’ Chopin concert
Cleveland Jewish News
Internationally renowned pianist Jeffrey Siegel will perform “The Romantic Music of Chopin” at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26 at Cleveland State University’s Waetjen Auditorium, 2001 Euclid Ave. in downtown Cleveland. The concert will include “Polonaise in A 
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Meredith Kinsell
Cleveland Jewish News
Meredith Kinsell will become a bat mitzvah on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 25 at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood. She is the daughter of Lauren and Scott Kinsell. Meredith is a student at Solon Middle School. For her mitzvah project, Meredith 
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Zachary Chylla
Cleveland Jewish News
Zachary Chylla will become a bar mitzvah on Saturday evening, Jan. 25 at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood. Zach is the son of Heidi and Loren Chylla of Beachwood, and the brother of Mallory. His grandparents are Judy Chylla of Mayfield 
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Chelm-Brock
Cleveland Jewish News
Renee and Kerry Chelm of Pepper Pike and Bonnie Blane and Michael Baskin of Solon announce the engagement of their daughter, Jayna Chelm to Dr. David Brock, son of David and Sherry Brock of Rixeyville, Va. Ms. Chelm is the granddaughter of 
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Bronstein-Osky
Cleveland Jewish News
Vicki Bronstein of Copley and Joel Bronstein of Gates Mills proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Nicole Bronstein to Bradley Michael Osky, son of Lawrence and Nancy Osky of Cincinnati. Ashley is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs.
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Emily Glazer
Cleveland Jewish News
Emily Glazer will become a bat mitzvah Saturday morning, Jan. 25 at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood. Emily is the daughter of Diane and Ron Glazer. She is a student at Brady Middle School. Emily volunteers at Geauga County Rescue Village and 
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Sharon, Israel and Jewish wry
Logan Daily News
When Ariel Sharon died on Saturday, the obituaries emphasized his strength as a military commander and political leader, recalling his brilliant counterattack across Suez to surround the Egyptian armies when Israel’s very existence hung in the balance 
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Rabbi fund-raising to open first synagogue
New York Daily News
By Simone Weichselbaum / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. Tuesday, January 21, 2014, Rabbi Herschel Hartz is trying to raise $150,000 in hopes of opening Inwood’s first synagogue, kvetching that Jewish-heavy Washington Heights attracts all the holy action.
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The actress has signed on to be the face of the company and will star in their 
Daily Mail
The Forward, one of the best-known Jewish daily newspapers in the United States, slammed the company, saying that it ‘does exploit the commercial benefits of (the factory’s) location, essentially profiting from occupation’. Specifically, rental rates 
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With quake fears looming, Israel races to protect ancient sites
With Israel situated in one of the world’s earthquake-prone areas, officials are taking action to protect the Holy Land’s most important ancient treasures so they don’t come tumbling down. (full story)Soccer player Anelka charged for anti-Semitic gesture
West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka was charged by the English Football Association on Tuesday for performing a racially aggravated gesture considered to be anti-Semitic while celebrating a Premier League goal. (full story)Report: Secret Vatican archives on Pius not ready to be opened
Should Pope Francis decide to open the secret Vatican archives regarding the World War II pontificate of Pope Pius XII, it could still take another year and a half before the thousands of documents in question are fully cataloged. (full story)

New visa allows ‘X Factor’ winner to work in Israel as singer
Rose Fostanes, the Filipina caregiver who won Israel’s “X Factor,” will be allowed to work in Israel as a performer. (full story)


Today’s Best Bet
Women of Fairmount Temple lunch and program with Violet Spevack, noon-2 p.m., Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, 23737 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood. Lunch is $7 members, $10 nonmembers, program is free. Reservations requested. 216-464-1330.

This Day in History
1913: At the request of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 156 women from 52 congregations around the country met in Cincinnati, Ohio to create the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (NFTS). While local women’s groups had been formed in individual synagogues in the 1890s, the NFTS was the first national body to bring these groups together. (read more)

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Museum und Forschungsinstitut“
Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger
Der designierte Projektleiter Thomas Otten sprach am Montag über das Projekt Archäologische Zone und Jüdisches Museum. Er erklärte, das Projekt bestehe aus zwei Teilen, die zusammengeführt werden müssen: Ausgrabungen und Museumsbau.
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Arik Brauers neue Haggada im Jüdischen Museum Wien
Kleine Zeitung
Die Einführung übernahm daher Danielle Spera, Direktorin des Jüdisches Museums: “Bei Brauers Technik Tempera auf Karton kommt das Leuchten des Feiertags Pessach besonders gut heraus. Dieses Leuchten kann man sehr deutlich spüren, es hat eine 
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“Bibel-Geschichten als große Inspiration”
Kurier
Arik Brauer Ausstellung im Jüdischen Museum Haggad… Die neue Brauer-Haggada mit Szenen biblischer Ereignisse – Foto: Arik Brauer „Bei Brauers Technik – Tempera auf Karton – kommt das Leuchten des Feiertags Pessach besonders gut heraus“, sagt 
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Menschlich gesehen: Museumsmacher
Hamburger Abendblatt
2008 wechselte er zur Stiftung Jüdisches Museum Berlin. Von Notz, 1973 in Mölln im Kreis Herzogtum Lauenburg geboren und in Frankfurt am Main aufgewachsen, hat an das dortige historische Museum frühe positive Kindheitserinnerungen. Auf dem 
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Jüdisches Museum: Ungesäuertes für den Exodus
DiePresse.com
Die 24 Szenen in Tempera auf Karton werden ab heute im Jüdischen Museumausgestellt, die Bilder sind diesmal leuchtender, heller, kräftiger als das erste Mal, allerdings nicht nur in manchen Einzelmotiven erstaunlich ähnlich, sondern auch stilistisch 
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Brauer illustriert Haggada für Jüdisches Museum

ORF.at – Der Maler Arik Brauer hat eine Haggada – die Erzählung des Auszugs der Juden aus Ägypten – für das Jüdische Museum bebildert.
Neuer Geschäftsführender Direktor für Jüdisches Museum

T-Online – Der Jurist Martin Michaelis (41) wird neuer Geschäftsführender Direktor des Jüdischen Museums Berlin. Er folgt auf Börries von Notz, der die Leitung ..
Jüdisches Leben an der Saar bis 1945

St. Ingberter Anzeiger – Mittwoch, 22. Januar 2014. Um 19.30 Uhr findet heute im Kulturhaus, Annastr. 30, ein Vortrag über das jüdische Leben an der Saar statt. Referent ist 
Deutschland zahlt Amsterdamer Juden Entschädigung für 

02elf Düsseldorfer Abendblatt – Mehr als 1.000 Menschen haben sich für die Auszahlung einer Entschädigung von Deutschland gemeldet, weil sie während des Holocaust als 
Sara-Ruth Schumann erhielt Großes Stadtsiegel
Jüdische Allgemeine
Schumann führte die jüdische Gemeinde, die sie selbst mit wieder aufgebaut hatte, bis Dezember 2012 mehr als 20 Jahre lang, »Mit der Verpflichtung der ersten Rabbinerin in Deutschland Bea Wyler hat sie wichtige Impulse für das jüdische Leben in 
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Wissen über Juden in Jena erweitert
Thüringer Allgemeine
Im Zusammenhang mit dem Gedenktag ist schließlich zu erwähnen, dass seit längerer Zeit eine Arbeitsgruppe um Constanze Mann, der Leiterin des Stadtarchivs gezielt das jüdische Leben in Jena erforscht und das in der ganzen Breite vom Mittelalter bis 
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Der Tag, an dem Twiggy Garcia Tony Blair verhaften wollte

derStandard.at – Als kürzlich Israels Ex-Premier Ariel Sharon starb, durfte der Nahost-Beauftragte bei den Trauerfeiern sprechen. Der Friedensprozess, den der frühere 
München: München: Jüdische Erben fordern Gemälde zurück
RP ONLINE
München. Nachfahren eines jüdischen Bankiers wollen ein Bild aus der Alten Pinakothek in München zurück. Dessen Erben fordern den Angaben der Bayerischen Staatsgemäldesammlungen zufolge die Herausgabe des “Zitronenscheibchens” des 
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Jüdische Soldaten als ungeliebte Patrioten
Schwäbische Zeitung
Bei der Ausstellungseröffnung im Offiziersheim (von links): OB Ivo Gönner, Generalleutnant Richard Roßmanith, Befehlshaber des Multinationalen Kommandos Operative Führung in Ulm, und Shneur Trebnik, Rabbiner der jüdischen Gemeinde. (Foto: nuz).
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Jüdische Geschichte sichtbar machen
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Pesach Project

 08.01.2007

What is the Pesach Project?

Since 1997, North American communities have partnered with different Hillels throughout the Former Soviet Union (FSU), sending delegations of students and young leaders to join in the Hillel Pesach Project. Israeli communities joined them in 2000. The mixed teams of students travel around the region, to shtetls and community centers, large cities and small villages, in order to conduct Pesach sedarim, visit the elderly, serve warm meals, and spread the joy of Pesach and tradition to Jews of all ages. For North American and Israeli students, the project provides insight into their own cultural heritage, forges a bond with the Jews of the FSU and international Jewry, and allows them to experience the beauty of Pesach in a new, inspiring light

What are the Goals of the Pesach Project?

– To support the revival of Jewish identity and culture in the FSU, through the celebration of Pesach, and the mitzvoth of Gemilut Chasadim (Acts of Loving Kindness)

-To foster people-to-people connections with Jews from the FSU, North America and Israel.

-To enhance Jewish leadership skills among young people from North America, Europe, and the FSU.

– To expose North American and Israeli students and young leaders to the rich cultural heritage of Jewish life in the FSU, and allow them to explore their own personal Jewish history.

To find out more about this incredible partnership Contact Scott Brockman at The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
Scott.Brockman@JewishPalmBeach.org

ISRAEL ONE 2009

06.01.2007

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Explore Kabbalah in the mystical mountain top city of Tzfat
Stroll the ancient streets of Jerusalem
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Helen Thomas rentre chez elle… VOSTFR

10.06.2010

Après soixante ans passés à tenir tête à dix présidents, Helen Thomas, la doyenne des correspondants de presse à la Maison-Blanche est forcée de ‘prendre sa retraite’… Elle perd son poste prestigieux pour avoir dit clairement tout le mal qu’elle pense de l’État hébreu. Quand on est « la journaliste la plus connue des États-Unis », comme l’écrit Antoine Char, « on a forcément de l’influence… ». La presse, quatrième pouvoir, ce n’est nullement une expression infondée…

C’est le journaliste et rabbin David Nesenoff qui avait filmé la journaliste tenant ces propos ahurissants . Or, depuis que la vidéo a été postée il a reçu par son site à ce jour plus de 25.000 messages haineux… le menaçant lui et sa famille…Messages antisémites, négationistes et antisionistes édifiant qui sont désormais postés sur son site web.

Désavouée par la Maison Blanche, Helen Thomas a reçu entre autre le soutien du Hezbollah, c’est dire….

REPORTAGE : Rav OVADIA YOSSEF זצוק”ל

 24.09.2013

C’est avec une profonde douleur que nous avons appris le décès (ג’ מרחשוון תשע”ד 7/10/13) de ce grand Maître d’Israël, géant en Torah et décisionnaire de la Génération :

Maran Rabbi OVADIA YOSSEF זצוק”ל

Ordonné Rav à 20 ans,
Av Beit Din d’Egypte,
Grand-Rabbin de Tel Aviv
Prix Israël de Littérature,
Fondateur du Parti Shass et des Institutions El Hama’ayan,
Auteur d’une dizaine d’ouvrages, plusieurs œuvres encyclopédiques,
Rishon Letsion et Grand-Rabbin séfarade d’Israël
Il était le leader spirituel de tout le peuple juif

Les obsèques de Maran זצוק”ל ont eu lieu lundi soir 7/10/13 à Jérusalem. Ce sont les plus grandes funérailles qu’Israël est connues, avec un cortège de plus d’un million de personnes (15% du pays !) qui ont raccompagné leur Maître jusqu’à sa dernière demeure au cimetière de Sanhédria.
ת.נ.צ.ב.ה
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Reportage sur le Décisionnaire de la Génération, Grand-Rabbin d’Israël (Richon Letsion), Maître incontesté de la Torah, le Gaon Rav OVADIA YOSSEF, זצוק”ל.

Hesped de notre maître Rav Ovadia Yossef : histoires méconnues (par Rav Yossef Ayache)

12.11.2013

PARENTING: How Do I Get My Children to Appreciate Their heritage?

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How Do I Get My Children to Appreciate Their heritage?
Shevat 20, 5774 · January 21, 2014

Question:

How do I get my kids to have a greater love of G‑d and belief in Him? And, do you have any suggestions how to make Shabbat more special for them?

Answer:

This is something that parents have struggled with for thousands of years, so don’t feel it’s something unique to you or your children.

Often when we have something truly valuable, we take it for granted. And when children grow up with advantages—whether they are material or spiritual—those advantages lose value as they are taken for granted. We seem to yearn for and desire what we don’t have, even while being immune to the intrinsic value of what we do possess.

I’ll share a short anecdote with you: For many years, while my children were young, I’d spend my summers in a small community of friends and neighbors out of the city. Every Friday I’d give out little trinkets to the little girls—plastic bracelets or necklaces, stick-on earrings, that kind of stuff—to make their Shabbat beautiful. Among the little girls was one whose parents were in the precious jewelry business, and one summer she appeared with beautiful little diamonds in her ears. Imagine our chuckles when this little girl went crying to her mother that she wanted to discard her diamond earrings because she wanted to get the plastic, glittery stick-ons!

I often think of this little girl . . . we are so often in that place. We have diamonds in our possession, but we’re attracted to the glitter of the plastic.

So, how do we make our children recognize the diamonds we give them at birth? It’s an ongoing, and sometimes not easy, task.

(First, let me point out that there is a great deal of literature on this subject, how to make Judaism exciting and fun. There are also websites that children can visit towards this end—start here.)

But at home, the most important thing is modeling. Modeling for our children our own attachment to, and reverence for, the Torah. They see your love for it, they see how you live by its rules, they see your pleasure, and sometimes even frustration—that’s okay, too. They hear phrases like “thank G‑d,” “with G‑d’s help” and “G‑d willing.” They hear you dialogue with G‑d—like, “I don’t understand why this is happening, G‑d, but You’re the ruler.” Along those lines . . .

When you create enhancement for a mitzvah . . . getting a really nice mezuzahcase in order to be able to say to your child: a mezuzah is holy, so I want to put it in something really beautiful. Or, when preparing Shabbat, they hear you saying out loud, “Ah, beautiful holy Shabbat—I hope this soup comes out really delicious.” I’m sure you get my drift.

And then, stories. All kinds of stories, depending on the ages of children.

Realize that none of the above can be expected to suddenly create within the child love for and belief in G‑d—it is a process. And ultimately, the goal is not to have G‑d-fearing children, but to raise a child who’s been inundated with your own feelings and actions, and who will grow up to look back on a childhood where this was a pleasurable part of his growing up: a child who will grow up to be a G‑d-fearing adult.

With regards to Shabbat, what helps a great deal is the “special” stuff of Shabbat: nice clothes and, especially, good food. For children—and adults too!—this makes Shabbat special. If they’re not old enough to appreciate “nice” clothes, find nevertheless some special item of clothing that they love, and designate it for Shabbat. Do that as well with food: get some treats, and they are called “Shabbat treats”; books that they love that are read solely on Shabbat; toys and activities that they enjoy which are marked “Special for Shabbat.” Just like your candlesticks and kiddush cup, the children have their “Shabbat Only” items. Make them desirable and attractive.

Of course, the above could get costly. Keep in mind that all of our financial sustenance is predetermined by G‑d at the start of every year. And we’re taught that the expenditures for Shabbat and Jewish holidays—nice clothes, delicious and plentiful food, etc.—is not included in the accounting of what we’ll earn. That means that whether we spend more or less, it will not impact our final earnings. It’s a nice thought to consider while in Toys-R-Us seeking those special Shabbat toys . . .

See also How do we add a special ambiance to our Shabbat meals?

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How to love while acknowledging flaws


How to love while acknowledging flaws

Posted: 15 Jan 2014 03:43 PM PST

Torah+scrollsI’ve been thinking lately about how to love something while acknowledging its flaws. A few years ago I read a thought-provoking speech by Wendy Doniger which touches on this. Here’s an excerpt. (She’s talking here about hermeneutics, which means “a way of reading” or “a way of interpreting.”)

We need to balance what literary critics call a hermeneutics of suspicion — a method of reading that ferrets out submerged agendas — with a hermeneutics of retrieval or even of reconciliation (to borrow a term from the literature on the aftermath of genocidal wars in Africa and elsewhere). And this must include some sort of reconciliation to our own shameful American agendas, our own relationship with slavery and with the destruction of the native Americans, not to mention our present imperialism. And then we can begin to read our own classics differently, with what the philosopher and theologian Paul Ricoeur called a second naiveté: where, in our first naiveté, we did not notice the racism, and in our subsequent hypercritical reading we couldn’t see anything else, in our second naiveté we can see how good some writers are despite the inhumanity of their underlying worldviews. If their works really are great literature, they will survive this new reading.

— Wendy Doniger, “Thinking More Critically About Thinking Too Critically”

I first read Doniger’s address in a rabbinic school class called Moadim l’Simcha (“Seasons of Rejoicing”), a two-semester cycle of deep immersion in Hasidic texts. We aimed to explore and unpack some of the tradition’s many teachings about the festival cycle. It was an amazing course, not least because the Hasidic texts themselves were amazing and rich and I return to them often.

And I also return often to this idea of Doniger’s. It’s a useful lens for reading Hasidic material, because that material is inevitably a product of the times and culture which produced it. In its presumptions about gender roles and about the inherent spiritual superiority of our own people, that literature can be problematic to a modern, cosmopolitan, feminist sensibility. What do we do with that, we who strive to be modern, cosmopolitan, feminist and who also yearn for the spiritual sustenance which those texts often contain?

That’s where Doniger’s idea of a hermeneutics — which is to say, a mode of interpretation, or a way of reading — of reconciliation comes in. We do ourselves no favors, and we do our tradition a disservice, when we blind ourselves to what’s problematic. But we also do ourselves and our tradition a disservice when we take only the step of recognizing what’s problematic, and fail to take the next step of balancing and reconciling what’s problematic with what’s beautiful, meaningful, and useful in the text at hand.

Maybe I’m revealing myself here as the Hegelian thinker my undergraduate education taught me to be. I’m always less interested in thesis and antithesis than in synthesis, the third step which bridges and transcends the binary. This thing is beautiful — no, it’s problematic — no, it’s both at once, and having acknowledged that, now I can interact with it in a different way. Indeed, maybe it’s interesting and rich and thought-provoking precisely because it is both beautiful and problematic. Maybe I can learn something about it, and about myself, through engaging both with its beauty and with its problematic aspects.

UrlAlmost anything worth engaging with is both beautiful and problematic. Most great literature, for instance. Doniger cites some fine examples, among them Rudyard Kipling, who was notably racist and imperialist and yet wrote some extraordinary work. Heidegger wrote tremendous philosophy and was also a Nazi. Ezra Pound wrote great poetry and was also an anti-Semite. And so on. I don’t want to deny what’s problematic — in Kipling’s work, in Heidegger’s, in Pound’s. But I think there’s value in unearthing what we can still benefit from, what we can still love, even in a work that’s flawed. It’s a different kind of love, once you’ve gone through the process of realizing that the thing you loved isn’t perfect but is still worth your time.

The same goes for the science fiction I read as an adolescent. I devoured those books, which opened up amazing new worlds for my imagination to explore! And then in college I came to realize that most of those books aren’t perfect, and might even be actively problematic. (Much of that early SF is sexist in ways I didn’t notice as a kid, but can’t help noticing now; and some of the politics around sexuality and gender expression make me actively wince.) So do I junk those books? Or is there a way to approach those books now with that “hermeneutics of reconciliation,” a way of reading which recognizes the flaws but presupposes that there’s something there worth redeeming?

Or for that matter, the ur-text at the heart of my whole tradition. As a rabbi, and as a Jew, I claim Torah as the story at the heart of my life and practice. There’s one way of reading Torah which focuses on Torah’s beauty, its poetry and ethics and narrative encoding our attempt to express in words an encounter with divinity. There’s another reading which says that Torah’s problematic aspects — patriarchy, xenophobia, condoning of violence against outsiders — annul its good sides. But the third reading, the redemptive reading, the reading through that lens of reconciliation that Doniger talks about: that‘s the reading that interests me most.

This kind of reading takes work. Those of us who love Torah have to be willing to complicate our love of Torah by allowing ourselves to recognize the parts of Torah which are problematic. (For instance, how Torah has been used — I would say mis-used — to justify oppression and violence.) And those who mistrust Torah have to be willing to complicate that mistrust by allowing themselves to recognize the parts of Torah which are transcendent and beautiful. (In many ways that’s the tougher sell. How would I go about convincing someone who feels wounded by Torah that it’s worth engaging with the very text they feel has empowered people to hurt them?) But if we can find our way to this kind of reading, it comes with tremendous rewards.

The Hasidic master known as the Me’or Eynayim (“The Light of the Eyes”) wrote the following:

You struggle and find the light that God has hidden in God’s Torah. After a person has truly worked at such searching, it comes to be called her Torah.

(Okay, he said “his Torah,” not hers, but I’m permitting myself that liberty in translation to make the text feel more like it applies to me.) Sometimes we have to struggle to find the light — but it’s through the struggle that the Torah becomes truly our own. And we have a richer experience of reading, once we’re willing and able to do that work. When we approach the Torah with an understanding that it’s troubling in places, but also with an understanding that there’s light hidden in it for those willing to seek, we open ourselves up to the possibility of experiencing that light more wholly than we would if we pretended that there was nothing about Torah which challenges us.

It’s unfortunate when people fail to notice what’s problematic — or, worse, willfully blind themselves to what’s problematic. (In the Torah, or in the literary canon, or in — anything, really.) But it’s also unfortunate when people fail to notice what’s beautiful, or when people overfocus on what’s broken and miss what is whole. Both of those lenses are always necessary. And even more necessary is the bridge between the two: not either/or, but both/and. Yes, it’s wonderful; yes, it’s flawed; so now that we’re holding that tension, what new fruitfulness becomes possible? What new understandings can we glean now that we’re balancing what’s beautiful with what’s broken, acknowledging both but allowing neither one alone to be the whole story?

The fact that I’m interested in going beyond what’s problematic to find the more nuanced kind of interest on the other side is a sign of a certain kind of privilege. I have the luxury of wanting to find a redemptive reading of Torah, because no one’s ever used Torah against me. I have the luxury of wanting to find a redemptive reading of Kipling, because I’m not directly impacted by the racism and the imperialism which suffuse his work. (And so on.) I understand that some people never move beyond the initial step of seeing the good in something — and others never move beyond the second step of seeing the damage and brokenness in that same thing. But I always aspire toward step three.

The reason I aspire toward step three is that I think there’s something really spiritually valuable in the act of pursuing this hermeneutics of reconciliation. There’s something potentially life-changing about embracing the possibility of finding, or creating, a redemptive way of seeing whatever’s at hand. Torah — literature — even the nation in which I live — all contain the problematic alongside the beautiful. And I think all of these things grow infinitely more interesting and meaningful when we’re willing to acknowledge both their values and their flaws, and to find that new way of reading which doesn’t erase either what’s positive or what’s negative but builds on both.

What would it look like to take this on as an active and intentional spiritual practice — the work of seeking a way of relating (to a person, a work of art, a piece of scripture, a nation) which moves beyond the first flush of unalloyed love, and beyond the second response of unalloyed rejection, to a new way of seeing, which both integrates and transcends the good and the bad?

 

 

COMMENT: The Spirit of the Laws

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The Spirit of the Laws
Shevat 20, 5774 · January 21, 2014
Parshat Mishpatim

It sounds bizarre, but I have found that the more I live my life as an observant Jew, the more I seem to lose my Jewish identity.

When I was growing up in Minnesota, Jews made up less than two percent of the mostly Scandinavian and German population. My dark, curly hair was a constant reminder of my minority status. I never saw this as a negative aspect to my identity. On the contrary, I relished my membership in a global club of Jewish people all over the world.

I relished my membership in a global club of Jewish people

With over 30,000 Jews in the state, I couldn’t possibly know everyone, but I had what I called a “Jewish sense.” We all did. Wherever I was, I shared secret smiles with virtual strangers. We just knew when we were in the presence of another Jew. I didn’t discriminate; I would beam at every person regardless of age, gender, length of skirt, headcovering or lack thereof. Invariably, I would receive a nod and a smile in return. Yes, we are one of the same; we shared a history and a destiny.

When I was accepted to an East Coast university, I couldn’t contain my enthusiasm at the prospect of constantly being surrounded by my people. I would no longer be a minority! I was looking forward to basking in a lovefest of my fellow Jews 24/7.

I arrived on campus unable to believe my eyes. Boys with kippahs! Girls with telltale long jean skirts! The university T-shirt stand even sold Hebrew versions alongside the original! My jaw was beginning to get sore with all the smiling. Until I began to realize—no one was smiling back. They weren’t even looking at me funny; they simply weren’t looking. These kids seemed to be missing that special radar that connects us together as Jews. Or maybe it was that they simply didn’t care. They had enough Jews and Judaism in their life that they didn’t need to go looking for more. They had the luxury of taking their Judaism for granted.

In the meantime I increased in my Jewish observance, got married and started to have children. I still smiled at other Jews, but I noticed that I was smiling only at Jews who looked suspiciously like me—the new religious me. In fact, I had lost my ability to identify other Jews who weren’t wearing the telltale uniform of Orthodox Judaism. I had found the Torah of Israel, but I seemed to have lost my sense of the nation of Israel that had come so easily before I even knew about the commandments.

Last week we read of the ultimate revelation, the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. This was immediately followed by a set of laws concerning the sacrificial altar which was placed in the Temple. The Torah portion of this week moves into civil laws, interpersonal relationships and the foundations for civil society. It seems incongruous to go from sacrificial offerings to civil laws, and this leads to questioning the meaning of this seeming non-sequitur. The commentator Rashi opines that “this tells you to place the Sanhedrin (civil law court) next to the altar.” This is a profound juxtaposition.

When one loves G‑d, it is impossible not to love His creations

According to Maharal’s explanation of Rashi, the altar and the Sanhedrin are deeply dependent on one another. Just as the altar serves as a conduit of peace between heaven and the nation of Israel, civil laws enacted by the Sanhedrin maintain peace below. True peace on earth cannot be attained unless there is first peace between the people and G‑d. If we are united with G‑d, we can be a united nation.

If my greater observance of the mitzvot was actually distancing me from my people, I was clearly missing a key element of the Torah. It was almost a perversion of the Torah to allow observance to interfere with my interpersonal relationships.

Maharal then takes it to an even deeper level: when one loves G‑d, it is impossible not to love His creations. When one hates humanity, it is impossible that he would love the G‑d that created them (Netivot Olam, Netiv Ahavat Re’a 1). If I, G‑d forbid, was looking down on less observant Jews or even ignoring them, I was essentially looking down on and ignoring G‑d!

We cannot consider ourselves a true am Yisrael, nation of Israel, without counting all of our people. The force of Jewish unity is actually more powerful than Torah and mitzvot. At every Passover Seder we tell G‑d that it would have been enough if He had brought us to Mount Sinai without giving us the Torah. How can this be? Because this was the first time since leaving Egypt that the Jewish people experienced true unity. Yes, that would have been enough.

As for my personal journey into my Judaism, something integral was clearly missing. How could I have become so scrupulous in so many commandments of the Torah while not offering my fellow Jews a smile? If I was strengthening my relationship with G‑d, I needed to simultaneously strengthen my relationship with my fellow Jews. What practical steps could I take to regain that sense of Jewish unity I took for granted in Minnesota?

People seem to seek me out for information on something Jewish

I decided to go back to that magic smile of my youth. Simply by embracing humanity with a smile on my face, I have made myself, as an obviously observant Jewish woman, approachable. Several times a day on my daily rounds in the neighborhood, people seem to seek me out for information on something Jewish. From the young woman in the supermarket asking for the ingredients in challah(Oil! I hope you remembered this final ingredient!!) to the visiting Asian convert who needed kosher wine for Shabbat, I have the honor and pleasure of meeting my fellow Jews.

Is it possible to view every encounter with another Jew as an opportunity to strengthen our unity as a people and our closeness with G‑d? This is the challenge: to see beyond the outer shell and into the neshamah, the soul, of our fellow Jews, and truly be a light unto the nations. It all can start with a smile.

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VOICES: Staying on Track

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Staying on Track
Shevat 20, 5774 · January 21, 2014

“Asher Yisrael, come on, sweetheart. Let’s go. The park.”

The distance from my home to the park is about three minutes, but when walking with my toddler, it can easily take at least thirty minutes to get there. We take a step forward. He stops. He looks around. The birds distract him. He chases after them and screams. Every item on the ground is interesting and needs to be picked up, examined, and occasionally tasted, if I’m not quick enough.

“Asher Yisrael, put it down. It’s garbage, sweetheart. Let’s go. Keep walking.”

Getting to the park is always an adventure, and actually I never know how long it could take. For example, if there happens to be a cat in

Getting to the park is always an adventure

the way (and here in Jerusalem, that is definitely a common occurrence), the journey from my home to the park could even take thirty-five minutes. And if by chance we see a dog . . . wow, a dog could mean forty-five minutes, at least. 

This is what toddlers do. They wander and stray from the path, and our job as parents is to get them back on track. We need to gently remind them of the “destination.”


The bills pile up. A child is having a hard time in school this week. We have a leak in our ceiling, and my husband tells me there are problems with work. Life is stressful. There are so many distractions throughout the week, and I’m having a hard time focusing. Remind me again, what am I doing? What are our goals? Where am I going?

Friday arrives. I stand before the Shabbat candles, and I take a deep breath. The phones are disconnected. My computer is put away. My

Remind me again, what am I doing?

children surround me and watch me as I light the candles. Peace descends on my home. The Shabbat Bride enters. The Divine Presence (Shechinah), the feminine manifestation of G‑d, is welcomed with song: “Come, Bride . . . Come, Sabbath Queen.” She does Her job, like a mother, to put me back on track. Life’s distractions try to sway me from arriving at my destination, but She comes every week to remind me where I need to go. 

We sit and eat together as a family. We talk and we sing. I connect to them; they connect to me. I connect to the Shechinah; She connects to me.

My children sing a Shabbat song:

Because I keep Shabbat, G‑d keeps me. It is a sign for eternity between Him and me.

In our daily life, we have obstacles that prevent us or stall us from getting to where we need to be. But each week we receive a gift, Shabbat. Every week Shabbat comes, bringing abundant blessing and clarity. Like a mother, She gently guides us, putting us back on track to help us reach our destination.

Because I keep Shabbat, G‑d keeps me. It is a sign for eternity between Him and me.

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WORLD HOLOCAUST DAY 2014.01.27 VOICE OF THE VICTIMS

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Text HALINA BIRENBAUM VICTIMS MAJDANEK ,AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU
Composition Zbigniew Dobkowsk

Jewish History Lecture I

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