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Simchas Beis Gorlitz Nasad Skver Flatbush, in Borough Park

16.10.2013

24Jewish Video Clip of the day, Simchas Beis Gorlitz Nasad Skver Flatbush, in Borough Park and  HaMenagnim Orchestra 

Megillas Lester Official Trailer

17.02.2014

Megillas Lester is a full length animated feature film depicting the fictional story of Doniel Lesterovitch (“Lester”); a boy whose imagination turns the Purim story upside down. Suddenly finding himself at the feast of King Achashverosh, Lester is ordered to summon queen Vashti to the party…and he inadvertently convinces her to go! With Vashti alive and well, Esther never needs to come to the palace – and that leaves nobody to save the Jews from evil Haman! Follow Lester’s hilarious and thrilling adventure as he tries to set his version of the Purim story back on track…

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Beri Weber Belz

16.02.2014

Acoustic Style with Moishey Schwartz on Guitar

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חתונה תולדות אהרן ט”ו בשבט תשע”ב

13.02.2012

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חתונה תולדות אהרן ט”ו בשבט תשע”ב

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valentinexy February 14th marks Valentine’s Day, and though not a Jewish holiday, it appears the young and in love celebrate in the Jewish State as well. Jennifer KaidenAmerican Tourist in Israel: “I celebrate Valentine’s Day because celebrating love is important and it doesn’t matter where you are around the world, it’s important for everyone.”  Yuval Sela, Flower Shop Salesman: “Every year we sell on Valentine’s Day, it’s a big day for business, people like roses, like colors. It’s a love day, people like celebration, to go out. First they buy flowers, and then the rest.” Netta Kaiden, American Tourist in Israel: “I think it’s very nice to express your love to someone you love every day, but if you have a special day, even better.” Saint Valentine’s Day is of Christian origin. And in the Hebrew calendar there is another day celebrated by couples called ‘Tu Beav’. Oren Migdal, Chabad representative: “I think it’s very sad that Jews who have traditions of thousands of years and have their own holidays imitate the non-Jews and take their holidays”. Udi Kobi, Tel Aviv Resident: “People don’t know really what is to be a jew, what is Christianity. They don’t know. So they celebrate what they think is good. I don’t judge them, but it is confusion.” Netta Kaiden, American Tourist in Israel: “If they don’t lose their connection to their heritage, I don’t think there’s a problem, you can celebrate.” Jennifer KaidenAmerican Tourist in Israel: “It’s like eating different foods from all over the world.” Yossef Faibish, Bat Ayin Resident: “It’s a Christian holiday. I don’t know exactly what it means, but I know that if people are happy, it makes them happy and they celebrate together, that’s a good thing. So why not.” As in many other countries, many Tel Avivian restaurants, shops and boutiques offer special discounts on products and gifts in honor of the festive day. And though not everyone understands or agrees with the meaning of the holiday or where the tradition stems from, most people we spoke to here in Israel, always like a reason to celebrate. Yuval Sela, Flower Shop Salesman: “I celebrate anything I can celebrate. A party is a party, Valentine’s Day and other days, whichever.” Tamar Golan, Tel Aviv Resident: “If you want to celebrate love, just celebrate. For me, this is life, to enjoy life.” Oren Migdal, Chabad representative : Most of the Jews who celebrate this day, it isn’t because of religious reasons. It’s because they want to dance and party. We have our religion and thank God, we are happy about it.” And so, a Tel Avivian Valentine’s Day takes off, even here, in the Jewish State. Sivan Raviv, JN1, Tel Aviv  Part 2  

A Jewish Star

Defenders of the Negev: Ultra-Orthodox Jews in the IDF

12.02.2014

Soldiers in a new IDF company, called “Defenders of the Negev”, maintain an observant Jewish lifestyle as they work to protect the State of Israel. Their service reflects an important goal of the IDF: to help Ultra-Orthodox Jews integrate into the army.

MORE: http://www.idfblog.com/ http://twitter.com/idfspokesperson/ http://www.facebook.com/idfonline/

Rambam Trailer. JewishHistoryDotOrg

20.04.2009

http://JewishHistory.org

PHYSICIAN – PHILOSOPHER – CODIFIER – COMMENTATOR – SPIRITUAL LEADER Rambam, Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, was born in Cordova Spain, early in the 12th century. Facing the terror of the fanatic Muslim Almohads, he and his family fled Cordova. For seven years they lived in the mountains and caves of Spain. During that time, his remarkable Torah and Talmudic knowledge increased. His love of Torah combined with his avid study of healing and natural medicine, the sciences, mathematics, astronomy – as well as the works of the classical philosophers, began to shape the destiny of his life. The legacy he left behind is astounding. He wrote Perush Ha-Mishnayot – his commentary on the Mishnah, which included the Thirteen Principles of Faith, before he was 30. He also penned Mishna Torah – over 14 volumes of the laws of the Torah. Amongst his numerous works he wrote and defined Sefer Ha-Mitzvot and the 613 mitzvahs – and The Guide to the Perplaxed – as spiritual and philosophical treatise. Rambam was a holistic healer of body and soul. In an age of ignorance, he was a shining light of compassion and commitment toward his fellow human beings.

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benyamin Steinberg singing R. Shlomo Carlebach’s Bneh Betcha בנה ביתך

15.11.2009

בנימין שטיינברג שר את ‘בנה ביתך’ בלחן של שלמה קרליבך בקומזיץ שהתקיים ב-17/10/2009 בנתניה

benyamin Steinberg singing rare “Achat-Sha’alti” at the 14th Carlebach concert

23.11.2008

Binyamin Steinberg performs rare Shlomo Carlebach song at the 14th yahrzeit concert in Jerusalem

benyamin Steinberg singing “Keter-Yachad” at the 14th Carlebach concert

 23.11.2008

Binyamin Steinberg at Shlomo Carlebach 14th yahrzeit in Jerusalem

PURIM Section Jewish Torah Insights Channel shiurim Daf Yomi and Purim, : 24JEWISH ALERTS

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L’influence du passé vers le futur par le Rav Dov Roth-Lumbroso

 11.11.2011

L’influence du passé vers le futur à travers les textes de la Torah par le Rav Dov Roth-Lumbroso.
Quelques révélations sur l’avenir …
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Le monde futur par le Rav Dov Lumbroso Roth – Partie 1

Le monde futur par le Rav Dov Lumbroso Roth – Partie 2

…הרב יוסף מזרחי | מסילת ישרים רמח”ל | חלק

כתר הצניעות לקט מוזיקלי מפי הרב יצחק כהן שליט”א חזק! Rabbi Yitzchak Cohen

17.02.2014

מלא מלא הרצאות מידי יום כל הרבנים!

הצטרפו לערוץ צפו תהנו ושתפו!

Rabbi Dovid Feinstein

SUKKAH Daf

27.01.2014

Daf Yomi Megillah Talmud Rabbi Weisblum דף יומי מגילה ‘ הרב משה ויסבלום

Daf Yomi Talmud Succah  Gemarrah Succot Rabbi Weisblum דף יומי תלמוד גמרא סוכה

פורים חלק א – הרב יוסף שני שליט”א

 13.02.2014

פורים – חלק ב – הרב יוסף שני שליט”א

 13.02.2014

הרב פינטו – רבי שלמה פינטו שליט”א – תפילה שיוצאת בלב שלם

09.02.2014

הרב יאשיהו פינטו http://www.rabbi-pinto.org
הרב יאשיהו פינטו, נצר לשושלת רבני מרוקו, פינטו ואבוחצירא.
הרב פינטו משמש כנשיא קהילת שובה ישראל
שמונה מעל 20,000 חברים, ב 23 מרכזים רוחניים ברחבי העולם.

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הרב יאשיהו פינטו שמחת פורים

25.01.2014

הידברות-הרב יונה מצגר-פורים בשנה מעוברת

01.01.2013

פורים בשנה מעוברת
הרב יונה מצגר בפינה מיוחדת לחג פורים

הרבי מליובאוויטש: ההכנות לחג הפורים

13.02.2014

בהתוועדות פורים קטן תשמ”ו עורר הרבי מליובאוויטש מלך המשיח, אודות ההכנות הנדרשות שלושים יום קודם חג הפורים.

הרב עובדיה יוסף שליט”א Porim 2 המשך הלכות פורים התשע”ד

12.02.2014

יום רביעי יב’ אדר א’ התשע”ד http://borokhov.kodesh.tv

הרב זמיר כהן- הלכות תענית אסתר וחג פורים

10.01.2013

לעילוי נשמת: שבתאי ארמא בן דינה
לעילוי נשמת: חנניה לוי בן יקוט
לעילוי נשמת: יקוט פחימה בת מסעודה
לעילוי נשמת: יעקב פחימה בן זהרה

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פרשת ויקהל – התקהלות בטהרה – בחבלי משיח – פורים – -הרב אלישע

וישליצקי – ערוץ מאיר – פרשת שבוע – שיעורי תורה – יהדות

03.03.2013

טיפ: הרשמו לערוץ שלנו ותקבלו עדכון על כל סרט חדש שנעלה!
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חג פורים הרב יוסף בן פורת חובה לצפות מרתק ביותר!!!

11.06.2011

שלום חברים! כל מי שיכול בבקשה ממכם כל סרט טוב שאתם רואים ממה שאני העלתי או אחרים כמובן רק סרטי יהדות תלחצו על אהבתי וגם תגובה טובה או תודה וכמה זה חיזק אותכם זה מאוד חשוב לי ונותן כח להמשיך להעלות סרטים ליוטיוב תודה לכולם! שלום חברים! כל מי שיכול בבקשה ממכם כל סרט טוב שאתם רואים ממה שאני העלתי או אחרים כמובן רק סרטי יהדות תלחצו על אהבתי וגם תגובה טובה או תודה וכמה זה חיזק אותכם זה מאוד חשוב לי ונותן כח להמשיך להעלות סרטים ליוטיוב תודה לכולם! מעוניינים לשמוע עצות מקצועיות בחינוך ילדים?http://www.DifferentEducation.org.ilhttp://www.DifferentEducation.org.il הקליקו לעצות מקצועיות בחינוךילדים

הרב עובדיה יוסף שליט”א Purim מהלכות פורים התשע”ד

05.02.2014
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הרב מרדכי שריקי שליט”א ברדיו מנטה

05.02.2014
הרב מרדכי שריקי שליט”א ראש מוסדות” בית יוסף ” מתארח ברדיו מנטה בנו וממשיך דרכו של האדמו’ר ” המלומד בניסים” הרב יוסף שריקי זכר צדיק וקדוש לברכה .

הרב זמיר כהן – סוד האותיות ושם האדם חלק

29.08.2013
להרצאות נוספות כנסו לאתר הידברות – http://www.hidabroot.org/. ערוץ הידברות משודר באפיק 97 ב-Yes ו-Hot. לפניות הציבור: 073-2221222

WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT: You can build something indestructible that lasts.

20.09.2012

Rav Noach Weinberg on The Six Constant Mitzvos: Mitzvah

02.04.2011

Video from http://jewishpathways.com/
Jewish Pathways is for people who want to take the next step in their Torah learning. Jewish Pathways courses are built around essential learning components like videos lectures, readings, slide shows and quizzes. Whether in areas of Jewish law or Jewish thought, Pathways will give you the confidence to handle all kinds of situations and issues that may come up.

Jewish Torah Insights Purim: Pride and Power

Available on naaleh.com at: http://www.naaleh.com/viewclass/2457/single/ In this Torah shiur (class) on Purim, Mrs. Shira Smiles …

Jewish Torah Insights: Purim

Available on naaleh.com at: http://www.naaleh.com/viewclass/2455/single/ In this shiur (Torah class) on chinuch, Mrs. Shira Smiles, Rebbetzin …

Purim: A Time to Speak, A Time to be Silent

Available on naaleh.com at: http://www.naaleh.com/viewclass/2458/single/ In this Torah shiur (class) on Purim, Mrs. Shoshi

Tiferet Shiur on Purim by Mrs. Haber

21.02.2013
Mrs.Sara Leah Haber provides a deeper insight into the concept of simcha. May the proper understanding of simcha bring all of us to the ideal level of Purim celebration! Purim Samayach!

Jewish Recipes : 24JEWISH Alerts Section jewish Recipes for PURIM Please Ask the Rabbi about Kashrut

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Jewish Food Kasha Kasha Recipes Kupecheskaya Russian Jewish

17.02.2014  Ask the Rabbi about Kashrut

I have been taking requests for about six months now and doing mostly Asian and Italian cuisines as they are my fave cuisines. The fact is that I LOVE all food and that is why I cook. Last week one of my subbers made a request that I cook some Jewish food. To tell the truth I was stumped by the request because I have never cooked Jewish food. I mean I have eaten matzo ball soup and I make and eat chopped liver and I have eaten at Jewish deli’s but I have never made Jewish food/cuisine. So I did some research and I came up with a traditional Jewish comfort food called Kasha! This week I am going to make the Russian Jewish version of this traditional Jewish comfort food. It is usually called Kasha Varnishkes but in Russian it’s called “Kupecheskaya.” It is a version of Kasha made with onions, garlic, mushrooms and bowtie pasta with the addition of scrambled or crumbled hard boiled eggs. I will be using scrambled eggs as they soak up the flavors of this dish quite well. You can find the exact recipe for this dish on my blog @ http://www.richardblainesezcooking.co

Hamantashen for Hunger 2014

02.02.2014

To order Hamantashen from CBS USY, please go to:
http://www.tinyurl.com/hamantashenfor…

Questions or Comments:
Matt Rissien, Congregation Beth Shalom Youth Director: MRissien@BethShalomNB.Org

Izzy’s Traditional Jewish Recipes

 08.03.2007

Izzy originally from Poland, is an amazing person who spent from age 18 to 24 in German concentration camps doing slave labor, including Auschwitz. Never having had more then a 7th grade education he was liberated in 1945 with nothing more then the clothes he was given, yet he stayed in Germany and became a millionaire there while still in his thirties. In 1964 he came to the US and continued doing business here. Now at 85 he is retired doing the snowbird thing and doing his favorite thing, cooking. Everybody who has tasted his food raves about it, and everyone who knows him thinks he is a real character.
Just for a taste here are his Potato Latkes
available at http://www.simonsezproduction.com and Ebay
This is a 2 volumes, 2 discs DVD of Auschwitz survivor Izzy cooking up a storm in his kitchen. Watch him make Gefilte Fish, Chicken Soup, Lockschen Kugel, Potato Kugel, Potato Latkes, Horse Raddish, Brisket & Veal, Chicken Dish, Matze Brei and Butter Crumb Cake. Everything you need for the holidays. I’ve eaten this food and words can’t describe it. Don’t buy gefilte fish out of a jar make it from scratch, and you’ve never had chicken soup like this before. No wonder Izzy has so much energy at 85. He’s quite a character and fun to watch. This is truly food from the good old days and you can watch it being made. How easy is that to follow?

Now more recipes added: Izzy’s Cookies and Baking Dough, Apple Cake, Goulash, and Cucumber Salad. (The Goulash is my favorite) and really simple to make.

Oznei Haman 01

16.02.2014

מיכאלה ותמי אופות אוזני המן ללא גלוטן

25.02.2012

למצוא אוזני המן ברשתות ובמאפיות זאת לא בעיה, אבל מה עושים חולי הצליאק שלהם מגוון פחות רחב? פניתי למי שנחשבת לגורו של האפייה ללא גלוטן, מחברת הספר “אפייה ללא גלוטן”, תמי בן דוד שלה גם בלוג קולינרי בתפוז שבו היא מעלה את המתכונים שמותאמים לצרכים המיוחדים גם לה

http://www.mymichaela.com/index.php/c…

Chicken Soup cooked by Jewish Bubbie Ruth Zimmer on Loving Spoonfuls

18.05.2009

Winnipeg Jewish Bubbie Ruth Zimmer shows David Gale how to make classic chicken soup. From the pilot of Loving Episode.

Kosher Cooking

 28.08.2010

Jeff and Tara show you how to cook chicken cacciatore–Kosher style.

Jewish Cuisine 2/3

 19.07.2012

Delicious slow cooked food, warm bread and the famous gefilte fish — the Jewish cuisine is the ultimate comfort food. Learn how to make these mostly Ashkenazi recipes such as the classic Chicken Soup, Gefilte Fish, Cholent, Borscht and the famous Orange and Almond Cake.

Happy Cooking!

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Jewish Cuisine 3/3

 19.07.2012

Jewish Recipe for Shabbat by IsraeliTov : Hamin moroccan style

How to Make Basic Potato Knish Filling and Kasha Potato Filling

26.07.2013 Leah Cooks Kosher

Follow Leah as she prepares the filling for her Knishes

How to make Ultra Fabulous Batter – Fried Chicken

12.12.2012

Frying chicken Kosher-style without the greasy mess. Watch Seattle’s top Kosher caterer, Leah Jaffee, make the most mouth-watering fried chicken you’ve ever tasted.

Everyday Kosher Cooking

15.10.2013

Everyday Kosher Cooking presents Chaia Frishman (of Fruit Platters & More)

Kosher Honey Chicken Recipe

 25.01.2010

http://joyofkosher.com/recipe/honey-c… | Jamie Geller from JoyofKosher.com shows you how to make her delicious Kosher Honey Chicken recipe. This easy to make Kosher recipe is perfect for holidays or an elegant dinner party. Jamie Geller is the author of the critically-acclaimed cookbook, “Quick and Kosher: Recipes from the Bride Who Knew Nothing” (Feldheim Publishers, 2007)

For all your kosher food needs, please shop http://www.kosher.com


Beignets- juifs de sefrou-marocain Sfinj

ספינג’-מרוקאים+מתכון

 01.12.2010

הספינג’ של- yaffa banouz -bente sefrou marocmoreshet

Sfenje Moroccan doughnuts / سفنج مغربي Beignets marocains
מתכון: – 1, ק”ג קמח / שתי כפות שמרים יבשים / כפית סוכר / כף ערק / כפית מלח / שתי כפות שמן / כ-3-כוסות מים פושרים +,

אופן הכנה: – את הקמח , השמרים , הסוכר , מאחדים ולשים ביחד לבצק דליל , אוספים את הבזק לגומה אחת בעזרת השמן והמלח ועוד שתי כפות מים ,
לתת לבצק לנוח ולטפוח עד שהוא מכפיל את נפחו כ-שעה לערך , לגלות אותו וללוש שוב , לאחר כ-1/2 שעה אפשר להתחיל במלכת הטיגון, שאת ההליך רואים בשרטון !!!!!

חג חנוכה שמח !!!!!

צולם ע”י –yaffa banouz -054-5913698
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OHEL MALKA – Pourim 5771

29.03.2011

L’association a distribué 275 repas pour le Michté de Pourim 5771.
Un repas comprenant : Pains, riz, Pommes de Terres, viandes, Schnitzel, Salades, friandises et jouets pour les enfants.

איך להכין כדורי שוקולד טבעיים שילדים אוהבים

05.06.2011

Our Mother’s Recipes – Noodle Kugel

 08.02.2014

Get the recipe for The Best Ever Classic Jewish Noodle Kugel at See how to.

This is the second video in the Our Mothers Recipe series with Dorene Sager and Armin Feldman. They are demonstrating their mother’s recipe for noodle kuge.

Jamie and friends make an easy classic Kosher Spinach Noodle Kugel, the ultimate in Jewish food. Get the recipe here

Watch more Happy Hanukkah videos: People of any faith can prepare this fanta.

Watch me make noodle kugel and explain how to make it healthier! Here is the recipe for my kugel!

Happy Hanukkah from The Sam Livecast! We’re making a strangely delicious Noodle Kugel dish. It’s egg noodles but sweet. It has cottage cheese but is amazingl.

To view the next video in this series click: This video will show how to mix the ingredients for noodle kugel.

Order it online now! Michael, King and owner of Kosher Kingdom, shares his recipe for sweet noodle .

It’s easy. It’s tasty. It’s a traditional family recipe for the holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Now you can make Noodle Kugel! BTW.recipe uses an .

Jspace Food tells you how to make a savory noodle kugel, the perfect side dish for any meal! Find more recipes, tips and tricks for the Jewish kitchen at htt.

Kosher Deli Restaurant in White Plains New York. Making noodle kugel.

Denison’s Cross-Cultural Community is proud to announce the first annual International Food and Culture Festival! Inherent to one’s migration is the movement.

Get the App from Google Play: ☆ Kitchen Cat ☆ Apple Noodle Kugel Recipe. A recipe from the KC Des.

To view the next video in this series click: This video will show how to bake noodle kugel.

Get the App from Google Play: ☆ Kitchen Cat ☆ Apple Lokshen Noodle Kugel Recipe. A recipe from th.

Our Pineapple Noodle Pudding is a tropical twist on the original Eastern European dish known as kugel. Serve this warm or chilled for brunch or dessert and.

Jodie enjoyed her dinner last night – especially her noodle kugel from Aunt Joan – she had 2 helpings.

it tasted good,, i couldnt finish it all! mirracle noodles 100 g eggwhites 1 apple, chopped sweetener which bakes good cinnamon 0 cal non stick spray for loa.

This Philly Noodle Kugel is a great side dish that compliments any meat, fish, or poultry entrée. Serve either warm or cold. Whether you are traditionally Je.

This easy basic potato kugel recipe is a traditional baked Jewish casserole, served as a side dish. Moist on the inside and crispy golden on the outside it i.

12 oz wide egg noodles, cooked 4 min. 16 oz sour cream, 16 oz farmer’s cheese, 6 eggs, 1/4 c brown sugar, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt, bla.

Many people are unfamiliar with kugels, which are baked puddings associated with Eastern European Jews. They typically feature ingredients such as rice, nood.

I’ve finally got my act together to provide you with my families traditional holiday dish after years of being asked what is it and how do you make it. Enjoy.

| Jamie Geller from Kosher.com shows you how to make her simple and Kosher Cran-Apple Crunch Kug.

Le Nougat

14.02.2013
Voici une recette de pâtisserie orientale, qui est originaire d’Algérie, et que m’a transmise Nelly. Elle fait traditionnellement ce nougat lors de Pourim, une fête juive pendant le mois de février. Rien de compliqué à faire pour peu qu’on fasse bien attention à ne pas faire brûler les dattes sur le feu, et qu’on respect le temps de cuisson.
Ce nougat est un régal, essayez le vous m’en direz des nouvelles !
Merci à Nelly T. pour la recette 🙂

Le Roulé brioché “Crunch”special Pourim du Chef Stéphane Laïk

21.02.2013
Le Chef Stéphane Laïk vous délivres les secrets de son Roulé brioché “Crunch” au chocolat et noisettes caramélisées ;une recette special Pourim

Ingrédients pour 2 roulés.

4 verres de farine blanche tamisée (600 g)
1 cube de levure fraîche
1/2 verre de sucre (100 g)
100 g de beurre mou
2 œufs de taille moyenne
1/2 verre d’huile de tournesol
1 pincée de sel
Zest finement haché d’une orange ou d’un citron
1 cuillère à café d’extrait de vanille Bourbon ou 1 sachet de sucre vanillé

Les oreillettes de Pourim. Cuisson1

23.10.2011
Les oreillettes de Pourim.

Let’s Talk Nosh: Makin’ Hamantaschen

28.02.2013

Television chef Jeanette Friedman of ABC’s “The Taste”, let’s us into her world of cooking as she bakes hamantaschen assisted by Folkbiene Business Manager Jill Goldstein with a cameo appearance by Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek.

http://www.nationalyiddishtheatre.org

Director, Marketing Communications: Christopher Massimine

12 Reasons why we eat Hamentashen on Purim

08.03.2012

The history and origin Hamentashen

Cookies are centerpiece of Jewish celebration

20.02.2013

Jews prepare to celebrate Purim

Purim Pastry! Hamantashen/Oznei Haman

09.03.2011

Baking Oznei Haman/Hamantashen for purim is so much fun. Enjoy!

LG
Recipe from back of poppyseed can!

Making of Bakery Hamantaschen for Purim – הכנת אוזני המן מאפיה לפורים

06.03.2012

Our friendly local bakers Guy and Avi at the Yesh Bakery in Modi’in Illit show us how they bake kosher Hamantaschen for Purim in the spirit of the Jewish holiday.

http://www.kuvienimages.com

אופים ידידותי שלנו גיא ואבי במאפייה יש במודיעין עילית הראה לנו איך הם אופים אזני המן לפורים ברוח החג.

How to make Hamantashen for Purim

 07.03.2009

Making Hamantashen

Recette facile חלה “challah” pain traditionnel du Shabbat

 04.03.2012

Matériel utilisé pour cette vidéo :
Musique titrée “Cafe anatolia I love secret” prise sur youtube
Cette vidéo reflète ma propre croyance indépendamment à la croyance du compositeur de cette musique et de ceux qui l’accompagnent.

Vidéo filmée par moi-même.
Recette facile חלה “challah” pain traditionnel du Shabbat

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yascha mounk at the harvard book store

20.01.2014

Yascha Mounk reading from his book Stranger in my own country; at the Harvard book store.

Jewish Gator Nation – Vision for the Future – Chabad at UF

20.12.2012

A film highlighting the past and promoting the vision for the future for Chabad at UF. Debuted at the 2012 Gala in Aventura, FL.

The Foundation for the Jewish Gator Nation – 352-336-5877 –http://www.JewishGator.com

Israeli and Palestinian Cinema Part 1 | The New School

Israeli and Palestinian Cinema Part 2 | The New School

07.10.2011

THE NEW SCHOOL FOR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT |http://www.newschool.edu/public-engag…

Israeli and Palestinian Cinema: Shaping Memory and Imagining the Future

Scholar Ella Habiba Shohat and curator Rasha Salti discuss the new edition of Shohat’s seminal book Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation (Library of Modern Middle Eastern Studies, 2010). This conversation is punctuated by brief excerpts from Palestinian films produced in Israel, and diasporic films that address the contested geography of Israel/Palestine. When it first appeared in 1989, this book shaped a new paradigm for critical discussion in Israel of “national cinema” and the Zionist master narrative. Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation explores cinema as a productive site of national culture. Taking its cue from the coincidental emergence of Zionism and the cinema around the same time, the book deconstructs the movement by considering the role that cinema has played in the “invention” of the Jewish nation. The book provoked a stormy public debate when it was translated into Hebrew. Rethinking the Eurocentric imaginary of East versus West, Shohat highlights the paradoxes of an anomalous national/colonial project, addressing issues such as the ambivalence toward the geographies of East and West; the Sabra as negation of the Diaspora Jew; the iconography of the land of Israel as a denial of Palestine; the narrative role of the good Arab and the limits of positive image analysis; and the oxymoronic place allotted to Arab-Jews/Mizrahim within an orientalist historical and social discourse.

The new edition includes an extensive postscript about the book’s original reception. It looks at the inscription of the Arab-Jewish memory of Muslim spaces, and reflects on the Palestinian narration of the Nakba within a revisionist cinema that actively constructs an audio-visual archive.

Ella Habiba Shohat is a professor of cultural studies and Middle Eastern studies at New York University. Rasha Salti is the former creative director and film programmer of Arte East. Presented in collaboration with Arte East.

Hosted by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics
http://www.newschool.edu/vlc
http://www.veralistcenter.org

*Location: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor – Monday, October 03, 2011 6:30 p.m.

“The New School” “New School University” “New School” “Vera List Center” arts “The New School for Public Engagement” cinema film Israel Palestine political”middle Eastern Studies” “Cultural Studies” “Ella Habiba Shohat” “Rasha Salti” “Arte East”

Mea Shearim e Bnei Brak

Jerusalem Through Music – Intro

02.02.2014

Videos of live music on the streets of Jerusalem.
Taste different styles, views, scenes and seasons.
More to come on: http://yovav-kalifon.tumblr.com/

Simcha Leiner Album Cover Released – Jewish Music Report

Jewish Music Report ⋅ Jewish Music Reporter
It’s been a while since there has been this much anticipation for a newcomers debut album in Jewish Music. You have to go back to the years when we 

24th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival Box Office Records Reach a New High

The Festival showcased over 60 of the best contemporary Jewish themed films from around the world celebrating life, human rights, and freedom of 

Shmita 5775 – Restoring the soul of an ancient tradition

Around the world, Shmita is becoming a focus for Jews concerned with the links between social justice, environmental responsibility and Jewish life.

Improving Lithuania’s understanding of the Holocaust

Three events took place this weekend which reflect the ambiguities of contemporaryJewish life in the Baltics and particularly in Lithuania, the largest 

Educating A New Generation

Beyond AJC, Schleifer is also actively involved in other areas of Westchester’sJewish life and community service. She’s currently president of Bet

Birthright Prayers

Tonight, we’re headed to the Moishe House of Jerusalem, a vibrant center of diverse Jewish life for secular and religious, leftist and rightist young 

Marin Jewish programs receive grant funding

The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin  grants to Marin programs focused on connecting families to Jewish life.

 

They Insult Our Rabbis, and We Remain Silent’

“In all our efforts to appease the hareidi community and show that we care about theTorah learning of the hareidi world (even those who don’t actually 

Juxtaposition of Shabbat to Mishkan

Perhaps the greatest manifestation of human creativity in the Torah is the building of the Mishkan which required human mastery over every creation.

103 Torah scrolls from Hungary found in Russia

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian Jewish leaders say they have found 103Torah scrolls taken from Hungary during the Holocaust in a Russian ..

Shabbat in an hour

My house, apparently, smells of grandmothers’ kitchens, of childhood homes during the Jewish holidays, of favorite relatives visited long ago: my 

Choreographing A New Purim Story

Jewish holidays typically dramatize the struggles of men — Abraham being commanded to sacrifice his son, Moses trying to persuade Pharaoh to let 

Jewish American Ice Dancer and Partner Win Gold at Sochi

Jewish American Ice Dancer and Partner Win Gold at Sochi  and Charlie was raised in a secular home, according to the Detroit Jewish News.

German Recluse Launches Website on ‘Nazi Art’ Trove

Cornelius Gurlitt, German man suspected of hoarding 1,400 works of art taken fromJews by the Nazis, launches site about the trove. By AFP and Arutz 

Condition of Leading Rabbi Deteriorating

 Psalms will help him,” a family member reportedly told the news outlet. Mass prayer sessions are currently being held in synagogues across Israel 

Jewish Student Union hosts Israel Week to promote cultural understanding on campus

The Jewish Student Union will host a series of events for Israel week to promote cultural awareness on campus. (Photo courtesy of acroll via Flickr 

Manheim to share passion for service at Mega Event

“It’s important to me that my son is turning 13, and this event is really about his Jewish identity, and how he feels connected, and not so much about 

Armenian Physician Honored by Israel for Saving Jews during Holocaust

Next year, on 2015, various events will be organized all over the world in  During the event, the head of the Jewish community Rima Varjapetyan … 

West Hartford’s Crown Supermarket plans to close after 70+ years

Posted:Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:03:40 +0000
By Judie Jacobson WEST HARTFORD — For Hartford native Sherry Haller, going to the Crown Supermarket with her parents was like going to a kiddush after Shabbat services. “It was… Read more »

The Valentine’s Day Dilemma

Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:33:09 +0000
Should Jews celebrate Valentine’s Day? By Judie Jacobson   No, Valentine’s Day was not created by Hallmark and assorted candy companies for the sole purpose of selling cards and sweets…. Read more »

Conversation with Dr. Ron Wolfson

Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:15:27 +0000
“We need to ask…what strategies are we using to engage people in our institutions, and how can we shift the shape of Jewish engagement?” By Cindy Mindell   Eight months… Read more »

Israel Uncovered – Two CT campus leaders experience the diversity of the Jewish state

Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:03:32 +0000
By Cindy Mindell   What is the best way to foster young Israel advocates? For the campus-based David Project, the key is not only within the Jewish student community, but… Read more »

Spotlight on Ms. Connecticut Senior America

Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:47:13 +0000
By Stacey Dresner   On Feb. 13, an audience at the Fairfield Senior Center was entertained by Ruth Harcovitz, performing “A Musical Valentine: Love Songs in Many Different Styles.” But… Read more »

Boycott or opportunity? You can’t have both

Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:34:51 +0000
By Ben Cohen/JNS.org   There is a smug sense of “I told you so” about much of the recent commentary concerning the challenge that Israel faces from the Boycott, Divestment… Read more »

Time for Science

Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:21:46 +0000
Rogow Middle School students at the Solomon Schechter Day School in West Hartford wowed Jewish community leaders with their science projects, on display at the school’s recent STEM Science Fair…. Read more »

The Chanukah Connection

Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:11:15 +0000
The Jewish Student Connection (JSC) club at Norwalk High School celebrated Chanukah in November with a game of dreidel.  In addition to Norwalk, JSC has clubs at Masuk High School… Read more »

Little Blessings

Posted:Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:08:34 +0000
Kindergarteners at the Yeshiva K’tana of Waterbury showed off their knowledge of the brachos – blessings – at the school’s recent Brachos Fair.  After singing a song about each of… Read more »

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Die Juden – Geschichte eines Volkes

Wochenabschnitt

31.10.2013

Wie kann man die Quelle der Jugend pflegen und sie am Leben halten?
“Anti Aging” nach dem Konzept der 4 schönsten Frauen in der Welt:
Eine spannende Reise zu einer Frau, die das Alter besiegt hat.
Ewig Jung Bleiben- nach der Figur unser Mutter Sara
Ein Shiur passend zum Wochenabschnitt von Rabbiner Shlomo Raskin. Unser Programm finden sie auf der Website:http://kabbala-frankfurt.com/index.html

Goldenes Kalb 1 Kabbala Fankfurt

12.02.2014

Das goldene Kalb
Zitat 1
1 Als aber das Volk sah, dass Mose ausblieb und nicht wieder von dem Berge zurückkam, sammelte es sich gegen Aaron und sprach zu ihm: Auf, mach uns einen G-tt, der vor uns hergehe! Denn wir wissen nicht, was diesem Mann Mose widerfahren ist, der uns aus Ägyptenland geführt hat.
2 Aaron sprach zu ihnen: Reißt ab die goldenen Ohrringe an den Ohren eurer Frauen, eurer Söhne und eurer Töchter und bringt sie zu mir.
3 Da riss alles Volk sich die goldenen Ohrringe von den Ohren und brachte sie zu Aaron.
4 Und er nahm sie von ihren Händen und bildete das Gold in einer Form und machte ein gegossenes Kalb. Und sie sprachen: Das ist dein G-tt, Israel, der dich aus Ägyptenland geführt hat!
(2. Moses 32:1-4)

Zitat 2
19 Sie machten ein Kalb am Horeb und beteten das gegossene Bild an
20 und verwandelten die Herrlichkeit ihres G-ttes in das Bild eines Ochsen, der Gras frisst.
21 Sie vergaßen G-tt, ihren Heiland, der so große Dinge in Ägypten getan hatte,
22 Wunder im Lande Hams und schreckliche Taten am Schilfmeer.
23 Und er gedachte, sie zu vertilgen, wäre nicht Mose gewesen, sein Auserwählter; der trat vor ihm in die Bresche, seinen Grimm abzuwenden, dass er sie nicht verderbe.
(Psalmen 106:19-23)

Zitat 3
Wo keine Rinder sind, da ist die Krippe leer; aber die Kraft des Ochsen bringt reichen Ertrag.
(Sprüche 14:4)

Zitat 4
3 Ein Ochse kennt seinen Herrn und ein Esel die Krippe seines Herrn; aber Israel kennt’s nicht, und mein Volk versteht’s nicht.
(Jesaja 1:3)

Shlomo Raskin öffnet für euch ein Fenster zu den chassidischen, spirituelle Gedanken der Geheim-Lehre der Thora, nach der Lehre vom Lubawitchen Rebbe.

Die Kabbala-Lern Abende sind für die alle offen die Änderung und sinfolles Leben wollen!

Für weitere Informationen besuchen sie unsere Website: http://www.kabbala-frankfurt.com

david verwandlungen part  ,,,,

16.03.2013

Eine Hommage an den Hohenemser David von Pavel Schmidt. Buchvorstellung mit Pavel Schmidt und Himi Burmeister im Jüdischen Mueum Hohenems am 7.3.2013.

“Ari heißt Löwe” Erinnerungen

25.01.2014

Ari heißt Löwe. Buchvorstellung und Gespräch mit dem israelischen Journalisten Ari Rath im Jüdischen Museum Hohenems am 11. Dezember 2013. Moderation: Peter Niedermair

Herzlich Willkommen beim You Tube Kanal des Jüdischen Museums Hohenems. Sie finden auf dieser Seite Videos von Ausstellungseröffnungen und Veranstaltungen des Museums.

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 Vollzeitjob bei Israels Geheimdienst: Mossad beschäftigt Rabbiner als Seelsorger für Agenten

Israel ist offenbar um das Seelenheil seiner Geheimagenten besorgt: Wie jetzt bekannt wurde, beschäftigt der Geheimdienst Mossad einen Rabbiner 
Die letzte jüdische Familie ging 1887
Main Post
Täglich sind es derzeit ca. 4000 Besucherinnen und Besucher der Webseite von “Alemannia Judaica” der Arbeitsgemeinschaft zur Erforschung der jüdischenGeschichte im süddeutschen Raum. Dort kann man auch einiges über eine jüdischeGemeinde in 
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Jüdische Gemeinde – Opposition geht für Abwahl auf die Straße
Berliner Morgenpost
Die Gemeindemitglieder seien aufgerufen, am Donnerstag ab 16 Uhr vor der Neuen Synagoge an der Oranienburger Straße in Mitte gegen “Wahlbetrug und Stimmenklau” zu demonstrieren, teilte die Initiative “Sofortige Neuwahlen in der Jüdischen 
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Jüdische Gemeinde eröffnet Ausstellung über Feldrabbiner
Derwesten.de
„Feldrabbiner im Ersten Weltkrieg“ heißt die Ausstellung, die heute (18.2.) um 18 Uhr in der Jüdische Gemeinde Gelsenkirchen, Georgstraße 2, eröffnet wird. Es handelt sich um eine Initiative der Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin, Centrum Judaicum, 
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Jüdische Schule: Die Entscheidung Ende Februar
General Anzeiger (Rhauderfehn)
Leer – Wer übernimmt die wissenschaftliche Leitung der ehemaligen Jüdischen Schule in Leer? „Das wollen wir bis Ende Februar entscheiden“, kündigte am Montag Dieter Backer auf GA-Nachfrage an. Er ist Sprecher des Landkreises Leer, dem die Kultur- 
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Ungarn: Jüdische Gemeinschaft will Thora-Rollen aus Moskau
ORF.at
Ungarn: Jüdische Gemeinschaft will Thora-Rollen aus Moskau. Ungarns orthodoxe Juden hoffen auf eine Rückkehr alter Thora-Rollen, die von der Sowjetarmee nach deren Einmarsch 1945 konfisziert wurden. Verhandlungen mit Russland in dieser Frage 
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Die letzte Familie ging 1887
Main Post
Täglich sind es derzeit ca. 4000 Besucherinnen und Besucher der Webseite von “Alemannia Judaica” der Arbeitsgemeinschaft zur Erforschung der jüdischenGeschichte im süddeutschen Raum. Dort kann man auch einiges über eine jüdischeGemeinde in 
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Angebot der Vermittlung
Jüdische Allgemeine
Da sich in der Jüdischen Gemeinde zu Berlin eine Atmosphäre der Feindseligkeit entwickelt hat, in der die politischen Kontrahenten offenbar kaum noch miteinander kommunikationsfähig zu sein scheinen, erneuert der Zentralrat der Juden sein 
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Gold im Eistanz
Jüdische Allgemeine
Der amerikanisch-jüdische Eiskunstläufer Charlie White (26) und seine Partnerin Meryl Davis (27) haben am Montag bei den Olympischen Winterspielen in Sotschi Goldmedaillen im Eistanz gewonnen. Zur Musik aus »Tausendundeiner Nacht« gab das Paar 
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200 Angriffe auf jüdische Beter an Rahels Grabstätte
israel heute ltd.
Eine der heiligsten Stätten des Judentums, die Grabstätte von Rahel in der Nähe von Bethlehem, ist im Jahr 2013 insgesamt 200 Mal von palästinensischen Gewalttätern angegriffen worden. Diese Zahl hat der Knesset-Abgeordnete David Azulai 
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Zu Gast bei der Jüdischen Gemeinde zu Dessau
Stadtnetz Wittenberg
In der Stadt, aus der Moses Mendelssohn und Kurt Weill stammen, reicht die Geschichte jüdischen Lebens bis ins Jahr 1672 zurück. „Die „Alte Synagoge“ in der Kantorstraße war lange Zeit die wichtigste Synagoge in Anhalt – kein Wunder, dass für die 
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Die städtischen Museen: Das Programm im Jüdischen Museum
Abendzeitung München
Februar zeigt das Jüdische Museum die Werkschau „Smiling at You. Sharone Lifschitz Works 2000 – 2014“. Die in London lebende Künstlerin gewann 2004 mit ihrer Arbeit „Speaking Germany“ den QUIVID – Kunst-am-Bau-Wettbewerb für das Jüdische 
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Jüdisches Museum Wien hat 100.000sten Besucher
Wiener Zeitung
Wien. Das Jüdische Museum Wien, ein Unternehmen der Wien Holding, kann für das Jubiläumsjahr 2013 mit einem besonders erfreulichen Ergebnis aufwarten: Die Anzahl der Besucher ist um rund vier Prozent gestiegen. Rund 100.000 Menschen haben 
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Aus eins mach zwei fürs Jüdische Museum
Frankfurter Neue Presse
Zwei Millionen Euro will das Jüdische Museum für die Umgestaltung und Erweiterung des Hauses durch Spenden einnehmen. „Stein für Stein zum neuen Haus- Sie spenden, wir verdoppeln.“ So lautet das Motto der Spendenaktion. Auf Werbeplakaten wird 
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Stiftung verdoppelt Betrag Jüdisches Museum sammelt Spenden für Umbau
FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Stiftung verdoppelt Betrag Jüdisches Museum sammelt Spenden für Umbau. 28.01.2014 · Zwei Millionen Euro will das Jüdische Museum in Frankfurt für seinen Umbau einsammeln. Die Kölner Bethe-Stiftung will alle bis Mai eingehenden Spenden verdoppln, 
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Bürgermeister von Tel Aviv: Hoffen auf Jüdisches Museum Bürgermeister von 
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Der Oberbürgermeister von Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, hofft auf baldige Fortschritte beim Bau des Jüdischen Museums Köln. „Dieses wichtige Projekt zeugt von ihrem Bekenntnis zum jüdischen Erbe ihrer Stadt, und ich würde mich sehr geehrt fühlen, das Museum 
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Wien, 29.01.2014 (KAP) Das Jüdische Museum Wien kann für das Jubiläumsjahr 2013 mit einem Anstieg der Besucherzahlen aufwarten: vier Prozent mehr als im Jahr zuvor und somit fast 100.000 Menschen haben die Ausstellungen, Veranstaltungen und 
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Coming to America: Stories of Immigration from Richmond’s Jewish Community

 17.02.2014

Clips from a panel discussion at the Weinstein JCC in Richmond, Virginia on Sunday, February 16, 2014.

We celebrated Richmond’s Jewish community’s immigration history over the last century and discussed how those immigration stories are both similar to and different from today’s immigrants to Richmond.

Community leader and businessman, Mark Sisisky, son of the late Congressman Norman Sisisky, was the event’s moderator. Roben Farzad, Jay Ipson and Janet Meyers shared their family immigration stories, as will Guatemalan immigrant to Richmond, Felipe Marroquin (bios below). We also got a sneak peek at a forthcoming documentary about Richmond’s Soviet Jewish immigrant community, “Draw Back the Curtain,” which has been created by students at the University of Richmond Hillel and Jewish Family Services.

Host Committee:
Rabbi Gary Creditor, Temple Beth El

Rabbi Andrew Goodman, Director of Jewish Life and Campus Rabbi at University of Richmond

Marco A. Grimaldo, CEO & President of Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

Abby Levine, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable

Debbie Linick, Director for DC and Northern Virginia, JCRC of Greater Washington

Rabbi Ben Romer, Congregation Or Ami

Alan Ronkin, American Jewish Committee

Susan Sisisky, Community Volunteer

——

Panelists:

Roben Farzad is a Bloomberg Businessweek contributor and an immigrant from Iran. He has written for The New York Times, Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal and appears on NPR, CNBC, PBS, CNN, and BBC News. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School, Farzad began his career at Goldman Sachs.

Jay M. Ipson is a Litvak-American Holocaust survivor and co-founder of the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, Virginia. The Ipp family arrived in the United States on June 12, 1947. His father found work cleaning bathrooms in a gas station. His mother Edna worked as a seamstress in Thalhimer’s department store. To make their integration into American society easier, they decided to change their family name to Ipson.

In 2012, Felipe Marroquin’s wife of more than twenty years was deported, leaving him and his daughters shattered. His family valued education, performed volunteer work in their community and at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Richmond, and honored the country they call home. He did everything in his power to save his wife from deportation, paying thousands in legal fees, rallied support of their community and church, yet nothing could save his family from the brutal deportation.

Janet Slipow Meyers is a first generation native Richmonder who will share her family’s immigration story as well as the story of her husband’s family, who founded the Heilig-Meyers furniture company. Meyers is a lifelong educator and an active member of the local chapter of Hadassah and the Jewish Women’s Club.

A Torah guide to conflict resolution – Ephraim Mirvis at Limmud Conference 2013

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

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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.

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BUDAPEST – A Hungarian rabbi said on Tuesday he had uncovered 103 Torah scrolls stolen from Hungarian Jews during World War Two and stashed in a Russian library, adding he planned to restore and return them to the Jewish community. Slomo Koves 
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Beit Shemesh Agency Tackles Sexual Abuse One Case at a Time
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The First International Congress for Child Protection Organizations in the Jewish Community takes place from March 3-5 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Sponsored by Haruv and Magen LeYeladim U’Lemishpachot, the conference will draw 
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Liberman: American Jews face ‘demographic catastrophe’
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Rabbi Finds 103 Torah Scrolls Stolen from Jews in Hungary
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The Nazi death machine exterminated more than half a million Jews from Hungary, virtually destroying most Jewish communities outside of Budapest. It was previously known that Russia had stored more than 100 religious texts, some of them more than 500 
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“Judaism Looks at World Religions” Part 1/7: Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo – Introduction

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JUDAISM LOOKS AT WORLD RELIGIONS
Jewish Theology taking a Fresh Look at the Other
(Hosted by The David Cardozo Academy, at Yakar, Jerusalem, 28-11-2012)

 “Judaism Looks at World Religions” Part 2/7: Rabbi Dr. Alon Goshen-Gottstein – Hinduism

 “Judaism Looks at World Religions” Part 3/7: Professor Yehuda Gellman – Buddhism

 “Judaism Looks at World Religions” Part 4/7: Professor Raphael Jospe – Christianity

“Judaism Looks at World Religions” Part 5/7: Dr. Dov Maimon – Islam

“Judaism Looks at World Religions” Part 6/7: Questions & Answers

“Judaism Looks at World Religions” Part 7/7: Gilla Rosen – Closing Dedication

Chabad.org  COMMENT: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Adar I 18, 5774 · February 18, 2014
Parshat Vayakhel

Back in my school days, I had my own mirror. It was one of those antique freestanding ones, with carved pillars and a base, between which swung an oval glass. It tossed my reflection at me like a kiss that called, “C’mon over!” And back then, subliminally yet, it began to bug me that the ubiquitous looking-glass called to me from every angle in my room.

Just at that time, Cindy showed up in my dreams. I’d recently switched from public school to a private Jewish day school. The kids were palpably richer than my previous classmates. And they were also on the cutting edge of all that was new. Back then, anorexia and bulimia were new. By 16, I knew of only one girl who starved her body living off her own flesh, and who vomited the food she’d been unable to resist. But in my new school, there were numerous young women dying to be thin.

In my dream, though, Cindy was compelled neither to starve her body nor to gag her food. She was addicted to her mirror.

By 16, I knew of only one girl who starved her body

It was a far cry from the antique my grandmother had given me. Hers was a round one that fitted into the palm of her hand. Her fear that she did not exist came upon her like waves upon the beach. And whenever it did, she’d pull out the mirror to confirm that, yes, she was here. As time went by, the waves bashed more frequently and more violently upon her being. She’d shake and sweat, and surreptitiously open her palm, trembling for a fix.

It was after French class that I approached her. The Highveld grass glared yellow under the winter sun.

“Cindy,” I said, “I’ve seen what’s happening . . . with the mirror . . .”

She turned abruptly from me, brittle as the grass.

“Cindy, look. You exist! Don’t you get it? You are real. You don’t need the mirror to prove that.”

Hands quivering, she opened her palm, sucking in her image. The sweat on her upper lip swelled.

“Here, I’ll show you. Let me take it from you, just for a moment—so you can see. You exist without it!”

My voice shook too, as I reached to pry the mirror from her hands.

“No,” she spat. “No, No!” clamping her palm shut.

As she did so, the mirror fell, in slow motion. And as it shattered, the shards fractured into the craggy peaks of a Chinese landscape. Cindy and I were falling through the cliffs. I sat up out of the dream. In the morning, I asked my Dad if he could put the mirror elsewhere in the house.

Remember the yellow daisies?

That didn’t stop me from wondering whether in fact he loved me

“He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me . . .” Seems to me I played it first fresh out of kindergarten. Kids on the crescent gathered under the eucalyptus tree at the bottom of our garden. We’d lick gum off the bark, or sit in the treehouse (a plank of wood between the branches), or rock on the rubber-tire swing. As I swung, I’d pluck the petals to check just whether “he” loved me. By my early teens, I’d traded the tree and its sticky gum for lip gloss, and jeans so tight we’d have to lie down on the bed and have a friend help close the zipper. Not that I knew any “he,” mind you. But that didn’t stop me from wondering whether in fact he loved me—or not. Through all those “zipping-ups,” I was oblivious to the cultural component of my actions. Until my dream, that is. It awakened me to some of the unconscious tides that compelled me and pummeled my own beaches. It was the burgeoning of my consciousness that we, women in particular, are driven by mirrors both physical and social.

Recently, surfing the web, I learned that if Barbie were a real person, her head in relation to her body would be the size of a golf ball, and she wouldn’t be able to stand upright. Picture it: a woman with a head smaller than a fist crawling on all fours! And yet, that’s what we give our little girls. “Here, dear,” we say, “a mirror for you, darling. Just the being you want to be when you grow up.”

But does all this mean that gazing into a mirror renders us a “wicked stepmother” consumed with envy? Or a Narcissus besotted by his own image? What are we to do with our mirrors, with the seemingly inborn drive for beauty and concerns about the social mirror?

This week’s Torah portion, Vayakhel, offers a solution as deep and resonant as a reflection is shallow. It relates in great detail how we went about actually building the Sanctuary. Moses collected gifts and contributions from the people: precious metals, richly dyed wools, reddened rams’ skins and blue-processed hides, acacia wood, olive oil, essences for fragrance, perfume incense and rare stones.1It was a veritable treasury. He then appointed the architects, and the building began—from the tapestries and beams to the ark, the table, lamp, and the altars for incense and sacrifices. The last of the utensils to be made was the washstand, a very large samovar with spigots from which the priests would draw water with which to wash their hands and feet before beginning their daily service. It was the last utensil made, but the first to be used each day. Betzalel, the chief architect, made the washstand and its base “out of the mirrors of the dedicated women who congregated at the entrance of the Communion Tent.”2

The women had brought numerous other offerings, most notably their jewelry. And they brought the mirrors. When I read these verses, I visualize myself in their shoes. Theirs was no costume jewelry. It’s one thing to let go of my artsy pieces of faux stones and pewter, but how would I feel giving over the pearl earrings my husband gave me in the bridal chamber after our chuppah, our first time alone together? And theirs were no “made in China” dime-a-dozen cheapo mirrors. These were sheets of copper, polished to perfection. Rashi, our principal biblical commentator, states on the above verse that “the women had mirrors in their hands.”3 I sense the intimacy with which they held them. “They used them to adorn themselves,” he says. I think of standing at my bedroom mirror. The kohl and lipstick, olive and golden eyeshadows, mascara and perfume lie in a purple beaded bowl I bought in Africa, their reflection shimmering in back. They and my mirror are my raw materials as I prepare for an evening with my husband. My mirror is dear to me. How much more so were their prized copper plates to my sisters in a vast and dry desert? Yet, says Rashi, “even these they did not hesitate to bring as offerings for the Sanctuary.”

Yet, while Moses gladly accepted the rings and armbands, earrings and nose-rings, when he saw the mirrors piled upon the ground, he rejected them.

They lifted up their mirrors, each gazing at herself and her husband

Why? Says the Talmud: mirrors are made for the evil inclination. I get that. They’re all about “me, myself, I,” my image feeding back at me an illusion, a reflected identity that, like Cindy’s, can never fill the existential hollow of not being in touch with one’s soul. And yet, surprise, G‑d disagreed. “He said to Moses, ‘Accept them, for these are more precious to Me than all [the other gifts]’—for through them the women set up the many congregations4 in Egypt. When their husbands returned from the harsh labor, they would go out and offer them food and drink, feeding them. They lifted up their mirrors, each gazing at herself and her husband in the mirror. Each enticed him with words, saying, ‘I am more beautiful than you.’ In this way they aroused their husbands, who would then be intimate with them. The women conceived and gave birth there (in Egypt). This is what is implied by the verse,5 ‘I awakened you beneath the apple orchard.’”6

What Rashi is teaching us is that we certainly can, and should, use our mirrors. But we must do so on G‑d’s terms. This idea was reinforced for me on a ride in a New York subway. Its lines curve like choked intestines through the city’s underbelly. Not my favorite place to be. Yet there, in the smelly car of a Dinkins-era train, the insight was brought home to me in the form of a poster ad. Picture it. An all-American tourist. He’s got on the Hawaiian shirt with the rainbow-colored flowers, a camera slung diagonally across one shoulder, a water bottle over the other. Khaki shorts to just above his knee, and a khaki hat with the string dangling ’round his neck. He’s holding a fishing rod. And all around are plastic flowers and vines, kitsch imitations of the Amazon forest. The shot is promoting a design school. Its slogan reads, “Put your passion into a program.” I get that too! G‑d has given us emotions and tendencies. There’s no way to not feel love, or fear, or any of the feelings on our emotional palette. Our choice is to love worldly pleasures or love G‑d, to fear Him or to live with neurosis and paranoia about everything else. The same applies to reflections. We can use them to seduce a stranger. Or we can use them to arouse our husbands.

As for the social mirror, that’s important too. Queen Esther is praised for “finding favor in the eyes of all who saw her.”7 But what others think of us is relevant only if it reflects what we stand for and the way we honor their dignity. The secret is that we attain the favor of others precisely when we free ourselves of kowtowing to public opinion. If our driving goal is to find popularity in the eyes of G‑d, then in a domino effect we will be beloved by others. People naturally respect authenticity, integrity, standing for what we believe in and walking the talk, even though they may not say so.

So, here’s to mirrors. Both the copper kind and those cheapo Chinese ones. The antique, wooden full-frame ones and the palm-held miniatures. Here’s to caring that we honor others and that our conduct please our Creator. Here’s to putting our passion into a program, to having the guts to let go of the shallow, of the Tinseltown images and airbrushed shots on all those covers of all those glossies. Here’s to ditching the idols of contemporary culture, the messages we are bombarded with from without, and living life from the inside out.

FOOTNOTES
1. Exodus 35:5–9.
2. Exodus 38:8.
3. Rashi ibid.
4. Our sages make this association based on the word tzov’ot in the original verse. It is translated by Rashi as “the dedicated women.” (Ibn Ezra translates it as “the craftswomen.” Other translations include “the women who came to serve G‑d in prayer” and “the celebrated women.”) If one rearticulates the vowels beneath the consonants, the word reads tziv’ot, which means “a multitude of people” or “large crowd.”
5. Song of Songs 8:5.
6. Rashi continues by saying, “The washstand was made from them. It served to establish peace between husband and wife: [the priests] would draw from its waters for she whose husband suspected her of adultery”—for just as the women in Egypt had used their mirrors for holy purposes, the waters held by their copper offerings were used to verify whether the suspected adulteress had directed her beauty to arouse her husband, or for unholy reasons.
7. Esther 2:15.

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Chabad.org PARENTING: The Mommy Factor

The Mommy Factor
Adar I 18, 5774 · February 18, 2014

I’m a speech-language pathologist, and Leah* was on my caseload in a preschool for language-delayed children. With jet-black frizzy braids, two deep dimples, chubby cheeks, and a mischievous Cheshire grin, she won me over at first sight. She was positively adorable.

The official class yenta, she’d simultaneously initiate preschool politics while arbitrating recess spats, exhibiting pragmatic skills that far exceeded those of her counterparts. Exuberant to a fault, she’d sing the daily songs religiously with bulging eyes and an upturned head until she was hoarse.

Once, on the day after her older sister’s wedding, she stood in the corner, highly insulted. Why? “Because no one wished me mazel tov,” she explained dolefully.

But for all her charm, five-year-old Leah exhibited serious developmental issues.

Leah exhibited serious developmental issues

Desperate for sensory stimulation, she would roll on the floor, hug teachers incessantly, and literally hit her friends, which she perceived as a mere “tap.” She would push and shove and press the crayon fiercely into the paper, unintentionally earning the title of “most aggressive child in the class.”

Then there were the eating abnormalities. Leah was obsessed with food. While the other children would leisurely munch through their sandwiches, chewing each bite thoughtfully and deliberately, Leah vacuumed up her hefty grilled cheese in less than a minute, after which she’d begin wildly foraging through her knapsack—or those of her friends—for more gastronomical treasures.

In my therapy sessions, I sometimes dispense small snacks as reinforcements for a particular exercise. Leah—a robust, clearly well-fed little girl—would enter my room with dreamy, glazed eyes, head straight to the snack in the corner, and attempt to sneakily grab a few from the bag when she thought I wasn’t looking. At the end of the session, when I’d hand her five chocolate chips for a job well done, they’d fly into her mouth within milliseconds. And then she’d be on her knees, begging for more.

Finally, there were the emotional holes. Adorable Leah experienced intense separation anxiety; morning goodbyes to Mommy were torturous for both, awash with high-pitched screams of abandonment. When someone knocked

Morning goodbyes to Mommy were torturous for both

on the preschool door, she’d panic, fleeing into the folds of the teacher’s skirt for safety. And in a clear reversion to infantile patterns, she’d insist on having a bottle at night and each morning—and bringing it to school.

Three weeks into the school year, I took a good look at Leah’s file. In a flash, all was clear.

Leah was adopted. At six months old, she was removed from her birth parents by Social Services due to acute neglect and abandonment. She was found to be severely malnourished and sensorially starved. She had been left to cry for hours on end, without being cradled or rocked or caressed by human touch.

Immediately adopted by her current warm, loving parents, Leah does not know yet of her true identity. But her behaviors—her perpetual craving for warmth and envelopment, her never-ending quest for foodstuffs, her deep fear of all adults but the ones she’s learned to trust—tell a tragic, wordless story, a tale that defies understanding.

In today’s corporate world, where the go-getting, invulnerable CEO is the pinnacle of achievement, it’s become painfully common for devoted mothers to feel subjacent on the totem pole, or even worse—unproductive.

But Leah’s story testifies to the real movers and shakers, the authentic molders of lives, the most powerful species of all: mommies.

Leah was adopted

It’s no coincidence that the very first woman on Earth, the foundation of all future femininity, was named Chavah (Eve), from the Hebrew root-word chai, life. A woman’s essence is her ability to create and nurture life, and Chavah’s divinely bestowed name proclaims this truth for eternity. Even if she is physically incapable of birth—like Leah’s adoptive mother—the strength remains: she is a giver, a lover, a cultivator of souls.

As mother of all life, she wields an unrivaled power.

* Names and details have been changed.

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Chabad.org  VOICES: Grateful in Grand Central

Grateful in Grand Central
Adar I 18, 5774 · February 18, 2014

It had seemed like a good enough plan at the time. My husband had gone to the Apple store in Grand Central to upgrade his phone, and I had wandered into the Hudson News bookstore. Ten minutes later, as I was flipping through 101 Must-Visit Natural Wonders, my phone rang.

“Come to the Apple store,” my husband said when I picked up the phone. “They mixed up our phone cards, and your phone is going to shut off any second now.”

Before I could respond, the line was cut off. I stared at the words in the upper left corner of my phone: “No Service.” I felt vaguely uneasy, like some part of me was missing.

Before I could respond, the line was cut off

Reluctantly, I shut the book, glancing once more at the photo of the turquoise water lapping against a towering cliff on some island I had never heard of.

I threaded my way through crowds of people on the stairs leading up to the Apple store, a labyrinth of rooms opening into rooms. New laptops and tablets sat on glass tables, and rows of rainbow-colored phones climbed up the back wall. I instinctively reached for my phone to call my husband—and was again distressed to see the empty space where my signal used to be.

As I scanned the store for my husband, it seemed like I was the only person who was not on a phone. People were speaking into the air or texting messages, glancing up and then right back at their screens, waiting for answers.

I positioned myself at the end of the balcony, overlooking the main floor of Grand Central. I looked down at the people rushing by. And then, inexplicably, I looked up. I was astounded by what I saw. Above me, the ceiling was covered with stars shaped into all of their miraculous formations. For years I had rushed off trains in this station, careening at high speed down corridors to the subway. First it was for school. Then it was for work. The New York run-or-be-run-over mindset was so ingrained in me that I would often rush even when I didn’t have to. And throughout all those years, I never once looked up. I never saw the stars.

And I never really saw the people, either. Families from all over the world snapping pictures beside intricate pillars I hadn’t noticed. People dressed in beautiful clothes striding beside beggars in ripped shirts. Lonely faces. Smiling faces. And everything in between. For some reason, perhaps because I wasn’t looking down at my phone like everyone else, several tourists stopped to ask me for directions. I was pointing out the direction to Lexington Avenue when I spotted my husband. He had left the Apple store to look for me, and was now frantically

Lonely faces. Smiling faces. And everything in between

waving from the bottom of the steps.

“That was scary,” he said, as he shook his head. “Disconnected in Grand Central.” As we rushed off to reset our phones, I glanced up at the enormous ceiling once again. I saw my husband follow my gaze, and we stopped for a moment.

“You know, I never noticed that before,” he said.

On the way home, I thought about how I had felt standing on that balcony in Grand Central. I had felt grateful. In the middle of one of the noisiest, dirtiest, most crowded places in the world, I had seen beauty. Overlooking a station that I ran through for years, I had seen so much that I had never noticed before. And if that could happen in Grand Central, then what would the rest of my life look like if I remembered to look up?

Studies in neuroscience have found that the human brain cannot possibly process all the information it is exposed to. Therefore, the brain has to choose what tiny percentage of stimuli it will focus on. So we literally shape our own reality, distinct from the reality of the person sitting next to us. Our ability to see the world from other vantage points is the foundation of our happiness and success.1

For us, as Jews, gratitude is the basis of so many mitzvahs. We wake up in the morning and immediately express our thankfulness to G‑d that our souls have been returned to us. Throughout the day we continue to thank and bless G‑d for the food we eat, for our clothing, for our bodily functions. Even the very name “Jews” (Yehudim, from the Kingdom of Judah) alludes to gratitude: Judah was named so by his

Even the very name “Jews” alludes to gratitude

mother, Leah, who was expressing gratitude to G‑d for giving her this son.

Choosing to focus on what we are grateful for allows us to see the abundance in our lives. And sometimes, life itself forces us to look at new realities that are different but equally true. Sometimes, on a balcony in Grand Central Station, we can look up and see the stars.

FOOTNOTES
1. Shawn Achor, Before Happiness (New York: Crown Business, 2013).
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Chabad.org WEEKLY STORY: The Wise Testament

The Wise Testament
Adar I 18, 5774 · February 18, 2014

Zevulun was a good Jewish merchant in the land of Babylonia whom G‑d had blessed with riches, much land and other valuable possessions. Most precious to him, however, was his son Naftali, who at a very early age showed that he was gifted with a brilliant mind and with the will to learn. Zevulun decided to send him to Jerusalem, where he would study under the guidance of one of the great sages of Israel.

Father and son loved each other dearly, and they felt the hardship of parting very much when the time came for Naftali to leave for the Holy Land. They clung to each other, and tears rolled down their cheeks. Their hearts were heavy, as if they knew that they would never see each other again. Finally, they could not delay the separation any longer. Very earnestly Zevulun blessed his young son, and sent him off on his way to Jerusalem.

Naftali had a pleasant trip, and arrived safely at his destination. His father had arranged everything, so that he could immediately begin his studies under the guidance of the great sage Rabbi Eliezer. He immersed himself completely in his studies, and was thus able to get over the pain of parting from his father.

Back home in Babylonia, misfortune soon befell the one he loved and revered most. His dear father took sick, and the doctors told him that there was no chance of his recovery. Zevulun longed desperately to see his beloved son before he died. Yet his appreciation of learning and his deep piety held him back from sending for Naftali. Instead, he used the brief spell of life still granted him to settle all his affairs. He made out his will in a manner worthy of a man of his greatness of mind and heart. He gave a large part of his wealth to various charitable institutions to care for the sick and to support synagogues, schools and hotels for the poor. Having thus taken care of this important matter, he appointed his old slave Samura sole heir to all his possessions: his great treasure of gold, silver and precious stones; his estates; his ships and his merchandise that were spread over the far-flung corners of the earth. Samura was to be the exclusive owner and master over this huge wealth. There was, however, one clause in the will which read that Samura had to permit Zevulun’s son, Naftali, to select one object from all his possessions for himself. Zevulun had this mysterious testament duly signed and witnessed. Soon afterwards, his pure soul left him and returned to its divine creator. As befitted such a great man, his burial was an impressive affair in which not only the population of the city but friends from far and near paid homage to the departed.

Very surprised, however, were the friends of Zevulun when his will was officially opened, and the strange arrangement of the inheritance was made known. In vain they searched for the motive of Zevulun’s disregard for his young son whom he had loved so much, and who was so industriously studying Torah under the guidance of the famous sage in Jerusalem. This was certainly not the proper reward of the youth’s love of Torah. Zevulun had lost his wife soon after Naftali’s birth, and there was no one else on whom the merchant should have bestowed his love and wealth other than his worthy son. Yet the will of a dying man must not be changed. And Zevulun had made sure that there was no doubt as to the legality of his testament. While Naftali concentrated on his studies, ignorant of the double misfortune that had befallen him, the old slave Samura inherited Zevulun’s wealth and property.

Samura had been a faithful and industrious servant to Zevulun ever since the day he had come into the house of the kind merchant as a young boy. He had learned much from his master’s wisdom and nobility, and he possessed a sufficiently strong character not to become spoiled by the sudden turn of fortune in his favor. Instead of living a life of extravagance and luxury, as his newly found wealth would have permitted him, he spent his time and efforts in cautious investment and furtherance of the business. He did not waste a single penny. He dismissed all lazy and careless servants, and employed only able men to act as his representatives in his worldwide dealings on land and sea. He built new storehouses and warehouses, and purchased ships and vehicles to carry his trade to the distant corners of the earth. Thus his huge business thrived as never before.

Meanwhile, as we have said, Naftali studied unceasingly, as he knew his beloved father wished him to do. Zevulun had amply provided for all his needs. He had bought him a house and had left sufficient funds to pay for his son’s expenses. So Naftali enjoyed his learning in a carefree atmosphere of comfort and leisure. His knowledge increased, and he became one of the most promising young scholars to whom the world of learning looked with great hope.

One day a man knocked at the door of Naftali’s study. Interrupting his studies, the young man reluctantly opened the door. To his surprise, he was greeted by a fellow countryman from Babylonia who had brought him a letter. “I have been asked to wait for your signature and reply,” he said.

Naftali opened the sealed message, and was deeply shocked when he read the news that his beloved father had passed away. Tremors shook his body. His knees trembled, and he fell to the ground unconscious. The messenger quickly lifted the young scholar from the floor and loosened his garment. Slowly, Naftali recovered consciousness. He cried bitterly at having been absent from his beloved father’s deathbed. If his father was destined to die, at least he, his only son, could have made his last hours happier and his death easier with his presence. Sadly he tore his clothes and sat down on the ground to mourn for his beloved parent who had been both father and mother to him.

After a while, Naftali recovered somewhat from the initial sorrow and pain. Yet more shocking news was waiting for him. When he again opened the fateful letter to read fully the long message from his father’s friend, he found out about the mystifying details of Zevulun’s testament. But it was not the loss of the wealth which troubled him so. He was terribly upset at the thought that he must, somehow, have given cause for his father’s strange action. “I cannot understand why I have been abandoned by my dear father. He must have had only contempt for me, if he put me thus to public ridicule and shame. It must surely be my fault to have estranged my father’s heart at the time when his death was near. How could I have lost my dear father’s love forever?”

Sitting thus shaken by pain and sorrow, the door opened and his great teacher, Rabbi Eliezer, entered the room to comfort him in his mourning. Silently, he sat down by the side of his heartbroken pupil. After a while he tried to console him, and pointed out that it was G‑d’s decision to take his father’s soul to heaven. At least he, Naftali, had inherited the huge wealth of his father, and would be able to carry on the charitable work for which Zevulun had been famous.

At his words, Naftali began to cry. He showed his teacher the letter, that he might see for himself the double loss that had come to him. Rabbi Eliezer took his time in reading every phrase of the fateful letter. Having finished, he put it aside and thought for a while. Naftali expected to see the great sage’s face saddened by the same disappointment that had filled him when he read the bad news. But to Naftali’s great surprise, a happy and joyous smile lit up the scholar’s face, and his wise old eyes beamed at him.

“Blessed is G‑d, who gave wisdom and understanding to His servants,” he exclaimed fervently, and then turned to the astonished Naftali: “My son, be happy and joyful, for truly pleasant is your lot. Your father’s love and care reaches even beyond his grave. Know that the very will that you thought had deprived you of your father’s love and possessions proves his infinite concern and tender care for you. In his wisdom, he protected and made safe his huge wealth for you.”

Naftali did not immediately grasp what had given Rabbi Eliezer this idea. But when his teacher asked him to whom, according to the Jewish law, belonged the possessions of a slave, light dawned on him. “To his master, of course,” replied Naftali.

“Well, now do you see why your father made those strange arrangements? During the years of your absence, servants and managers might easily have done great harm to your inheritance. Knowing Samura’s capabilities and good character, your wise father made him temporary heir, so that he would take proper care of the possessions until your return. Then, as provided by the clause in the testament, you would choose the slave as the one object that you select for yourself. Automatically, all of Samura’s possessions will be yours, according to the law.”

Great indeed was Naftali’s joy over this legitimate interpretation of his beloved father’s will. He embraced Rabbi Eliezer gratefully, and thanked him for his help and consolation. His wise teacher blessed him and left him with the customary wish: “May G‑d comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.”

Thirty days later, Naftali arrived in Babylon and legally succeeded to the huge wealth of his father by selecting Samura for himself. In appreciation of the good slave’s services, he freed him and made him manager and adviser, with full powers to carry on as if the business were his own. Thus, Zevulun’s wise will had indeed completely cared for and protected his beloved son beyond the grave.

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