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V I D E O – C L I P – O F – T H E – D A Y

27.03.2014

To Life, L’Chaim airs Tuesday nights at 8PM ET/PT on Jewish Life Television (JLTV) nationally on DirecTV channel 366 and Comcast channel 239.

Host Lee Lazerson talks with author Andrew Bostom about his controversial new book, Iran’s Final Solultion for Israel, The Legacy of Jihad and Shi’ite Islamic Jew-Hatred in Iran.

 

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Este é primeiro o canal de shiurim ao vivo em português no You Tube do mundo!

Por que “Happy Hour”?

Este projeto foi idealizado para que, logo após o trabalho, as pessoas possam estudar Torá de forma leve e agradável.

As aulas do Kolel Happy Hour são realizadas por David Leitman, na Sinagoga CCI (Rua Anita Garibaldi, 37A – Copacabana), de segunda a quinta, a partir das 19:15 (Shiur – Ao Vivo) de Guemará Kidushin, seguido de um lanche e pequenas aulas (também ao vivo, aqui no YouTube), de filosofia judaica e leis práticas (halachá). As aulas terminam em torno de 20:45.

Já as aulas de Daf Hayomi- Guemará Berachot – (gravadas), são realizadas por Michel Klein, de segunda a sexta, após shacharit,às 8:15 na Sinagoga Kehilat Moriah (Rua Pompeu Loureiro,48 – Copacabana).

Quando há algum feriado ou chag, não há aulas.

Por favor, não assista os vídeos em shabat e yom tov.

Abaixo você confere os links dos livros que nós estudamos. Bons estudos!

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PASSOVER-Making Matzo Balls (stuffed) #2 להכין “קניידלך” לראש השנה -לפסח

16.03.2012

go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WLmUm…
High Holidays/PASSOVER-Making- Chicken Soup & Vegetables Kosher for PASSOVER – Part 1
איך להכין מרק עוף וירקות לפסח -ולראש השנה- חלק 1
המטבח של אורה – הדרכה בעברית ואנגלית
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וידיאו מספר 2 – איך להכין “קניידלך” כדורי מצה – כשר פסח
Making Matzo Balls (stuffed vegetables) for PASSOVER #2

Made by Ora Nissim
Music Mickey Evans
mevansmusic@aol.com

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Channel of Breslev Israel

Breslev Israel Films is your cyber haven for love, soul, and joy.
Spreading the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslev of blessed memory, and our contemporary spiritual leader Rabbi Shalom Arush, our English-speaking rabbis include (alphabetically) Dr. Zev Ballen, Rabbi Lazer Brody, Rabbi Dror Moshe Cassutto, Rabbi Elchanan Elgorod, and Rabbi Natan Maimon.
Our channel also features inspirational clips and music from the Jewish music world’s leading performers.
Check out our multi-language web portal at http://www.breslev.co.il.

Jewish celebration at the Western Wall

27.03.2014

2014 Heart & Soul Gala Carol & Rick Kornfeld Jewish BIGPals

24.03.2014

ryanlebowitz.com

Hebrew University of Jerusalem channel

Applications of Physics Inspired Methods in Natural, Social and Human Sciences – 5

 27.03.2014

Applications of Physics Inspired Methods in Natural, Social and Human Sciences
Prof. Sorin Solomon
Cornerstones Program
Lesson number 5
24/03/2014

The course is a General University-wide course of the series Cornerstones which addresses students from all faculties.
I will review the application of methods and ideas from physics to natural, social and human sciences.

We will review some paradigms that emerged recently:
“More is Different”,
“Small World Networks”,
“Peer-To-Peer viral propagation”,
“Self-Organization”,
“Fractals and (Multi-)scaling”, etc.

We will present specific applications in: social revolutions dynamics, knowledge hierarchies in the internet, network dynamics of narratives, economic crisis propagation, education and economic growth, wealth distribution, globalization and financial instability, ecological patterns and resilience, emergence of altruism and cooperation, immune system dynamics, visual system signal integration, networks in the brain, emergence of meaning in children scribbles, music therapy, algorithms for creative innovation, innovation diffusion and adoption.

For more information – http://sorinsolomon.net/index.php/tea…

יישומים של שיטות בהשראת פיסיקה במדעי טבע,חברה ורוח – 77139

שיעור מס’ 5 – תאריך 24/03/2014

בעשור האחרון, התקדמות תאורטית ונגישות לריבוי של נתונים אימפירים אפשרו את השימוש בשיטות פיזיקליות במגוון תחומים רחב. אני אסקור את הפרדיגמות שהופיעו עד כה:

1. “עוד זה שונה”
2. “לולאת התגובה החיובית”
3. “רשתות דינמיות”
4. הדבקות “עמית לעמית”
5. “חשיבות הדיסקרטיות”

אני אסקור את היישום של השיטות ורעיונות מפיזיקה למדעי הטבע, החברה והרוח.

באופן יותר מפורט:

דינמיקה של מהפכות חברתיות, היררכיות מידע באינטרנט, דינמיקת רשטות של נרטיבים, התפתחות של משבר כלכלי, צמיחת חינוך וכלכלה, פיזור הון, גלובליזציה ואי-יציבות כלכלית, דוגמאות אקולוגיות והתאוששות, אלטרויזם ושיתוף פעולה, מערכות חיסון, מערכות אותות וויזואלים, רשטות במוח, משמעות בשרבוטים של ילדים, תרפיה מוזיקלית, אלגוריטמים לחידוש יצירתי, דיפוזיה ואימוץ.

Purim in Ukraine: Kiev Jewish community celebrates holiday despite Russian invasion

 17.03.2014

It’s Purim. And Jews from across Ukraine are here in Kiev to celebrate the story in the book of Esther when Jews in ancient Persia were saved from extermination.

Blast Rocks Kiev: Explosion targets JN1 owner Vadim Rabinovich

 04.03.2013

An investigation is underway in Ukraine after an explosion in the country’s capital Kiev appeared to target Jewish News One channel owner Vadim Rabinovich. A bomb was thrown at Rabinovich’s vehicle as it exited the JN1 office complex in downtown Kiev early afternoon on 4 March. Nobody was hurt in the blast, which caused damage to the vehicle and smashed windows in surrounding buildings. Investigators are exploring the possibility that the attack could be linked to allegations that figures tied to the Ukrainian government attempted to seize control of JN1 earlier in 2013. As reported by JN1 and other international media, Rabinovich responded by appealing to Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s office

New Torah Scroll – Hurva Synagogue, Old City Jerusalem

 14.08.2013

WFRJ President Alexander Levin, Vadim Rabinovich and Rabby Shalom Rabinovich – in Hurva Synagogue, 12/03/13.

מטלטל-האדמור מקאליב מספר על היותו בשואה-מרגש

24.03.2014

http://israelvideosfeed.com נולד במרגיטה שבטרנסילבניה למשפחת אדמו”רים צאצאי רבי יצחק אייזיק מקאליב. נישא לחנה שרה שפרה טאוב (תרע”ח, 1918 -כ”ד בכסלו תשע”ב, דצמבר 2011), בתו של רבי פנחס שפירא מקעכניא. ב-1939 נפטר אביו בהותירו אחריו 7 יתומים. לאחר כיבוש הונגריה על ידי הגרמנים ב-1944, מנחם מנדל עם כל אחיו ואחיותיו נשלחו לאושוויץ וכל אחיו נספו שם. הוא שרד אך עבר עינויים קשים, בהם טיפול כימי המונע מזקנו לצמוח. לאחר השואה עבר לשבדיה, שם התאחד עם אשתו שפרה (נפטרה בשנת ה’תשע”ב). לאחר מכן עבר לארצות הברית. ב-1963 הקים את מרכז חסידי קאליב בראשון לציון (קריית קאליב) ובשנת 1980 עבר לבני ברק, שם הקים את מרכז חסידות קאליב ברחוב השומר. בשנת תשס”ב עבר להתגורר בירושלים ברחוב חנה.
האדמו”ר מקאליב הוא אחד מגדולי מנציחי השואה כיום. הוא תיקן את אמירת שמע ישראל בסיום כל תפילה לזכר הניספים, וכמו כן מעודד אמירת “שמע ישראל” כזכר לקדושי השואה בסיום עצרות המוניות בציבור הדתי והחרדי. בשנים האחרונות הוא החל במפעל אנציקלופדיה לשואה לציבור החרדי ופועל להקמת מוזיאון לשואה עבור הציבור החרדי, שיהיה מוזיאון משלים ליד ושם, לאחר שלדבריו לא מנציחים מספיק את גבורתם הרוחנית של היהודים שמסרו נפשם לקיים מצוות גם בשנים ההן.
באייר תשע”ב, לאחר פטירת אשתו הראשונה, והוא בן 89, התחתן בשנית עם שיינדיל מלניק (נולדה בשנת תש”ט)מוויניצא אוקראנה ואחר מכן מבני ברק

Museum of the Freedom Fighters in Acco, Israel

24.03.2014

On a OU trip to Acco, Yehuda is reaquainted with the heros of the birth of Israel Independence

4 24 Aug 2013 Romania Remnants of a Rich Jewish Life

08.10.2013

Fes Iben Danan Synagogue

26.11.2012

The Ibn Danan Synagogue (בית הכנסת אבן דאנן‎, معبد ابن دهان‎), is a synagogue in Fes, Morocco, dating from the 17th century.

The Jewish World

WorldJewish Congress

 25.02.2014

Jewish life in Ukraine today: Yaakov Bleich, Chief Rabbi of Ukraine and Vice-President of the WJC, offers his perspective on the challenges ahead of one of the biggest Jewish communities in Europe. Distributed by OneLoad.com

Dejavu band – israeli cover band | jewish wedding band | band for events | wedding in israel

09.02.2014

http://www.dejavuisrael.com

Deja Vu is a cover band who plays the greatest hits from the 60’s and 70’s.
The band’s professional, well-experienced musicians perform the songs with excitement and precision.
The full-band show is great for weddings, wedding parties, company events, birthday parties and more. Deja Vu can also perform more intimate sets such as receptions, small private events and more.

Please contace use for more information:

Natalie – 054-7357373

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Centre for Jewish Life – London·

Transformational Tuesdays: TED Style – Keith Breslauer

05.03.2014

The Centre for Jewish Life offers a varied and exciting programme of discovery as you explore classic and mystical themes in a format tailored to you.

From one-to-one learning sessions to discussion groups and lectures, you have an open invitiation to join us for a personal journey that promises to enlighten and satisfy – whatever your previous experience of Jewish study.

Whether you are asking the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, or you’ve come along to hear an internationally respected speaker, you’re equally welcome.

Whatever the case, it’s never too late to find out more about your Jewish Heritage – if you don’t find what you’re looking for, just ask! Our programme is your programme.

Chabad House Bowery

MK Dov Lipman

05.06.2013

New Israeli Knesset Member Rabbi Dov Lipman (Yair Lapid’s “Yesh Atid” party) offers his analysis of politics and life in Israel today, and suggests an engaging approach to the issue of the ultra-Orthodox in the IDF. “L’Chayim” with Mark S. Golub.

Israeli Kurdish Singer مغنية كردية اسرائيلية זמר ישראלי כורדי

 24.11.2012 

Israeli Kurdish Singer Ilana Eliya مغنية كردية اسرائيلية זמר ישראלי כורדי

 A Fresh New Face & Sound In Jewish Music. Moshe Laufer Presents: David Simcha

Jewish Music Report ⋅ Jewish Music Reporter
In contrast with other productions that try to blend a taste of the past with our modern day technology, this project manages to make the two musical 

A cure for post- Bar/Bat Mitzvah letdown?

SAN DIEGO—Many Bar and Bat Mitzvah students suffer from PBL (Post Bar/Bat Mitzvah Letdown) after their simcha. They spend many months, if not 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara Hosts the 2014 Santa Barbara JewishFestival
Santa Barbara Independent
“The Santa Barbara Jewish Festival promises to be outstanding, truly … Their musicdraws from sources such as Jewish Klezmer, gypsy, vintage jazz, …
Passover Palooza Featuring Mama Doni!
DigitalJournal.com
Mama Doni – the Streit’s Matzo Girl – brings her incomparable type of “funkymusic with a Jewish twist†to the third annual Mama …
Next round of innovators chosen for Start Me Up!
Jewish News of Greater Phoenix
Through the fellowship, he plans to develop D’Var Guitar, a Jewish music appreciation and awareness group with a learning component. “It will focus …
The Man Behind the Music at WQXR
Tablet Magazine
Jewish music, it’s like an old soul thing,” he said. “Cantorial music, klezmer, Yiddish music, Israeli folk. I just love that sound—it’s like, my people.
torah | ‘Impurity’ signals time of trouble, space for healing
Jweekly.com
Never did I imagine that this week of all weeks, I would be J.’s scholar-in-residence for thisTorah commentary … Oy! Well, here goes nothing.
Rabbi Shlomo RiskinOhr Torah on the Parsha: Life-Force or Decay?
Arutz Sheva
The writer is the founding and Chief Rabbi of Efrata, Gush Etzion, as well as founder and Chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone Institutions, author of Torah …
Covering A Sefer Torah Between Aliyot
The Jewish Press
The Rema notes that in his area the custom was to roll up the Sefer Torah between aliyot and that is what is important. The Mishnah Berurah (139:21) …
Germany to receive first new Torah for kids edition in 50 years
Jvhri
JTA – A publisher from Berlin is preparing to launch the first German-language children’s edition of the Torah since 1964. The first volume of “Tell your …
Health Department cites yeshiva building in Chester
Times Herald-Record
The yeshiva, called Ohel Torah, at 158 Greycourt Road, sits adjacent to the former Camp La Guardia property as well as homes, fields and wetlands.
Signs Of The Covenant
The Jewish Press
This week’s portion begins by discussing a mother’s status after childbirth. The Torah tells us she becomes temeiah (commonly translated as spiritually …
Consider This: Rebels without a cause
Jerusalem Post
For despite haredi whining to retain their unfair draft exemptions, the Torah view of this is quite opposed to them. As stated clearly in Deuteronomy …
An Essential Partnership Between God and Humanity
Jewish Exponent
This week we read a special maftir Torah reading from Exodus to prepare us for the month of Nissan, the month of Passover. This special portion
Synagogue events
Times Herald-Record
Friday Night Live, 7:30 p.m. April 4. Lively Kabbalat Shabbat services followed by kiddush with challah, gefilte fish, salads, desserts, Jewish stories …
The Jewish Museum Hosts The Wind Up Party with JD Samson and MEN with Gavin Russom Tonight
Broadway World
The Jewish Museum presents the next event in its popular series, The Wind Up, after-hours events featuring art, live music, activities, and an open bar, …
Recent events in Kiev, Crimea bring back memories
Cleveland Jewish News
Anybody with a historical memory of the 1930s, particularly Jews, should be alarmed by what’s happening. Putin is not the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, but …
Shabbat and the Republican Jewish Conference – By Jacob Kornbluh
JP Updates
Shabbat and the Republican Jewish Conference – By Jacob Kornbluh … of the RepublicanJewish Coalition holding a public live-streamed event on …
Denmark marks 200th anniversary of royal proclamation granting Jews equal rights
Jerusalem Post
This seminal event – which resulted in 99 percent of Danish Jews surviving World War II – was commemorated in a series of events both in Denmark, …
Federation announces new event … call it ‘Israel in the plaza’?
Jweekly.com
Eighteen days after announcing it was canceling Israel in the Gardens this year, the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation this week said it will …

 

Exhibition by Jewish museum shows pre-WWII life
Post-Bulletin
Visitors walk through a new exhibition by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, March 27, 2014. The exhibition …
Impoverished Jews in NY to get kosher food for Passover
Jerusalem Post
Impoverished Jews in NY to get kosher food for Passover … food, to be allotted to 90 distribution points and centers of Jewish life around New York.
Leading US Reform rabbi stuns community by quitting
Haaretz
First on his agenda when he leaves Beth Elohim in June 2015 will be writing a book on why being Jewish “is one of the great privileges in life.
Expanding the Concept, and Reality, of Jewish Community
Huffington Post
They learn about Jewish life, and their families find an entry to Jewish communal life. Indeed, a study of 20,000 American Jewish families participating …

 

JTS chancellor brings Conservative Judaism message here
Cleveland Jewish News
“Every day at JTS, we train the leadership that is going to make a difference in AmericanJewish life in the next generation,” he said. “We supply the …
Jewish Film Fest returns for second year
Press & Sun-Bulletin
Jewish Film Fest returns for second year … will begin Sunday and run through April 10 with five movies exploring different aspects of Jewish life.
Throwback Thursday: Kung Fu Jew on “Why I Post the Worst of Israeli News”
Jewschool
Even though here on Jewschool it should go without saying that, though we question the assumptions and priorities of Jewish life as we see it, we do …
Former Jewish refugees return for ‘Thank You, Shanghai’ trip
EastDay.com
She knew a lot about the Jewish traditions and took good care of her, her sister and brother. … What we owe to Shanghai is to tell our life in Shanghai.
Jewish family celebrates upsherin, a boy’s first haircut
Naperville Sun
Moishy and his family observed the Jewish tradition of upsherin. … start to take a more active role in their Jewish life,” said his mother Alta Goldstein.
The Joys and Oys of Being Jewish
Baltimore Jewish Times (subscription)
… teaming up to present “It’s Complicated: Stories about the Joys and Oys of Contemporary Jewish Life.” The April 5 event will feature six storytellers, …
Seeing the whole person
Jewish News of Greater Phoenix
In this week’s Torah portion, Tazria, we see Aaron and his sons in their priestly role as tribal medicine men. Forget the fancy clothes and presiding over …
Torah portion: He is pure, she is pure
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
Many people think the description in this week’s parasha, Tazria, of how the High Priest should treat lepers — by evicting them from the camp of Israel …
Torah and Tea’ Taken Up All Over in Honor of Rashi Minkowicz
Chabad.org
They were not alone. In well over 150 locations—from Australia to Mexico—“Torah and Teas” are being held and heralded, dedicated in her memory.
Torah Academy Hires Head of School to Replace Jablon
Jewish Exponent
Torah Academy is very excited about our new Head of School,” Ari Weintraub, president of the Torah Academy school board, wrote in an email.
Is Preemptive Action Permissible Under Torah Law?
The Jewish Press (blog)
So, too, in an example relating to the recent Purim celebrations, the Torah commands us to destroy the nation of Amalek, which is intrinsically …

 

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Tazria (Leviticus 12:1-13:59)
The Jewish Voice
This week’s Torah reading is not only difficult because of its subject matter – the ritual status of a woman after she gives birth as well as the ritual …
Yeshiva University Ordains Largest Class of Rabbis at Chag HaSemikhah Convocation
The Jewish Voice
“At a very crucial time in Jewish history, you are uniquely trained and qualified to reach out to Jews of all backgrounds with an authentic Torah …
Polling place changes in Harrisburg’s 14th ward
Patriot-News
Torah scrolls arrive at the Chisuk Emuna synagogue dedication. An April, 2009 fire destroyed the previous home on 5th and Division Streets. For the …

 

Ukrainian Far-Right Leader Shot Dead
Arutz Sheva
By Arutz Sheva Staff. First Publish: 3/26/2014, 1:12 AM. Ukraine violence. Reuters. A Ukrainian ultra-nationalist leader was shot dead on Tuesday, …
Sephardic Community Leader, Spanish King Meet Over Citizenship
Arutz Sheva
Sephardic Community Council to be the liaison between Jews in Israel and Spanish government, leader tells Arutz Sheva. By Benny Toker.
Ukrainian Jewish Leader to Run for President
Arutz Sheva
Vadim Rabinovich, president of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress, says he will run for president in May 25 election. By Arutz Sheva Staff.
Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Convicted on Terror Charges in NYC
Arutz Sheva
… ex Al Qaeda spokesman, found guilty of conspiring to kill Americans, supporting terrorists. By Arutz Sheva Staff. First Publish: 3/26/2014, 10:49 PM.
Russia Ups Military Presence in the Mediterranean Sea
Arutz Sheva
Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:30 PM. The writer is witness to news in the making and photographs the event – exclusive to Arutz Sheva.
Jewish Prisoner’s Son Questions Terrorist Release
Arutz Sheva
The son of Ami Popper gave a rare interview to Arutz Sheva news on Wednesday regarding the pending release of Arab terrorist prisoners. Popper …
New Haggadah Unites Kook, Carlebach & Soloveitchik
Arutz Sheva
It’s one level of uniting the Jewish family,” he told Arutz Sheva’s Derech … Israel time onArutz Sheva’s live streaming English language online radio.
Agencies Coorporate To Lower Housing Prices
Arutz Sheva
Deputy Director of the Israel Lands Administration Leora Tushinsky spoke to Arutz Shevanews on Wednesday about the issue of skyrocketing …
Foreign Exchange Rate: Euro and Dollar Down
Arutz Sheva
For more Israeli financial news download the Goldstein on Gelt podcast on Arutz Sheva – Israel National Radio by clicking here. Tags: Business …
New Cartoon Satire Mocks Peace Now Group
Arutz Sheva
The full video can be viewed on Arutz Sheva’s Hebrew language news service by clicking here. Tags: cartoon, Latma, satire, parody …

 

Yeshiva University Ordains Largest Class of Rabbis at Chag HaSemikhah Convocation
The Jewish Voice
More than 230 new musmakhim [ordained rabbis] celebrated their ordination from Yeshiva University– Dancing down Amsterdam Avenue along with …
At current pace, Yeshiva University will run out of money in 2015
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
NEW YORK (JTA) – Yeshiva University is at risk of running out of unrestricted cash in the near-term future, Moody’s Investors Service is warning.
Yeshiva U. Faces Long Fight To Reverse Fiscal Rot
Jewish Daily Forward
Buck Stops: Yeshiva U. President Richard Joel has admitted the school faces a grim financial situation. But a Moody’s report places the blame …
Builders Of The Jewish People
The Jewish Press
Yeshiva University’s Lamport Auditorium as young rabbinical students received their ordination, from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.
Yes, I do want to become a rabbi, despite all
Haaretz
Heilman is correct in pointing out that for all of these options there is a hefty price tag (except Yeshiva University, which fully funds its rabbinical school) …
Stern Undergrad Joins Biochemistry Honor Society
The Jewish Voice
Naomi Schwartz, a senior studying molecular biology at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women and president of the Stern College Biology …
Migraine attacks increase following stress ‘let-down’
Medical Xpress
… Headache Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University. Stress has long been believed to be a common headache trigger.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers present at AACR Annual Meeting symposia
Science Codex
… researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University made notable advances in the understanding and potential treatment of ..

Explanatory Community Passover Seders In North Metro Denver
Boulder Jewish News
Few Jewish holidays evoke the same warm sentiments as Passover. Memories of family and friends gathered as the four cups of wine are poured, the …

Memorizing Torah at Age 5 – Jewish Kids Got Talent – JewishKids – Chabad
Little Chaya Mushka memorizes an entire chapter of Tanya with her siblings. Memorizing Torah at Age 5. Memorizing Torah at Age 5. Chaya Mushka 
chabad.org

 

 

The Jewish Woman – Part 1 – Program Seventy Five – Living Torah– Chabad
Torah and Mitzvos are the foundations of every Jewish household. The three most fundamental Mitzvos of Jewish family life – Family Purity, Kosher 
chabad.org

 

G-d, Torah, and the Jews – Jewish Essentials – Part 1 – TorahClasses – Chabad
What does it mean to be a Jew? Join us as we explore the fundamentals of Judaism and our role in the world. This class is the first of a six-part lecture 
chabad.org

 

My Teacher And Mentor: A Tribute To Rabbi Avi Weiss

The Jewish Week
The Yeshivat Chovevei Torah dinner March 23 in New York marked the first time Rav  (7) It’s (almost) never a bad time for a niggun [Jewish melody].

Yeshiva University Celebrates
Arutz Sheva
“At a very crucial time in Jewish history, you are uniquely trained and qualified to reach out to Jews of all backgrounds with an authentic Torah 
Yishai and Mark Golub on BDS and Am Yisrael’s love for the Jewish State
The Jewish Press
 Galey Yisrael and Chief Operating Officer of Kumah, an NGO dedicated to strengtheningJewish identity, Torah education, pride in the Jewish State, 

 

 

 

Odessa Still Throbs With Jewish Life – Forward.com
Yet almost everywhere I went during three days in Odessa, I found Jews or remnants of Jewish life. On my first morning in the city, while dragging my 
forward.com

New JCC aims to nurture Jewish life in Boulder – Boulder Daily Camera
“They wanted to create a place for Jewish life to flourish in Boulder,” said Jonathan Lev, executive director of the JCC. “That was the idea for the 
dailycamera.com
From the Archive: A yeshiva births a college
St. Louis Jewish Light
A Jewish college — the first institution of its kind in America — will be  in whatsoever field of work, shall be the standard bearers of a true Jewish life
Simon Schama’s “The Story of the Jews” is scholarly, poetic history
Denver Post
The idea of the Jews as an ongoing story is the central theme.  a trove of documents recording medieval Jewish life in the Mediterranean and the 
Proust, Einstein and Zweig had many similarities
San Diego Jewish World
He was friendly with Freud, and as Hitler’s campaign to eliminate every vestige of Jewish life in Europe proceeded the two pondered over the fate of 
Japan’s Abe to visit Anne Frank house in gesture to Jews
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The Anne Frank House, where the German-born Jewish girl kept a diary of her life in hiding before she was discovered and died in a Nazi 
Ventura County Jewish Film Festival Announces Lineup
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The Ventura County Jewish Film Festival announced its lineup of movies that will be featured in the 11th annual festival, taking place March 22-30.
Embracing Paradox: the Bayit
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 about the difference between the obligation to pray in the synagogue, and the parts ofJewish life that can be accomplished through prayer at home.

 

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Yad Ezra V’Shulamit – Pesach 2014 for Children in Israel

27.03.2014

Yaakov Shwekey sings for Yad Ezra V’Shulamit – For donation click – https://www.yadezra.net/donation_e.ph…

Paris rally against anti-Semitism: France is home to Europe’s largest Jewish community

 25.03.2014

Thousands of people demonstrated around France to mark the second anniversary of the Toulouse attacks. Four Jews were killed in a deadly shooting spree by radical islamist Mohamed Merah in March 2012. Two years on, many feel the situation for Jews is getting worse. In Paris, Toulouse, and other major cities, mass protest rallies were called by France’s Jewish umbrella group, the CRIF. Their objective was to mobilize the population against rising anti-Semitism.

Argentinian Jewish community marks 22nd anniversary of Israeli embassy attack

20.03.2014

These walls behind me used to belong to the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. Twenty two years ago, a terrorist attack destroyed the building and the lives of twenty nine people. Now all that remains is this square and these flowers, in memory of the lives that have been lost.

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New Kosher restaurant in Brussels gains popularity

 08.11.2012

Food, in particular Kosher food, is an important part of the Jewish way of life.

American Jewish Congress honors Hillary Clinton for her support of US-Israeli ties

 26.03.2014

American Jewish Congress has, for 100 years, worked to protect the interests of American Jews. Tonight, they honor Hillary Clinton, a woman who herself has worked to maintain a strong relationship between America and Israel and to maintain peace in the Middle East.

WorldJewish Congress

Planning the Future of Local American Jewish Communities (pt. 1)

23.01.2014

Speaker: Ira Sheskin
Date: May 27, 2008

Planning the Future of Local American Jewish Communities (pt. 2)

23.01.2014

Speaker: Ira Sheskin
Date: May 27, 2008

Brooklyn NY Jewish Russian dance music

19.03.2014

For booking call 201-981-2497 or email msmirnov@yahoo.com
This video was recorded on Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at the Haber House, 3024 West 24th Street, Brooklyn, NY. {Lina, Misha, Alish}.
Brighton Beach Brooklyn Purim concert 2014

Jewish Festival in London 16/03/2014 (purim)

 16.03.2014

Caught in the middle of a Jewish festival in Stamford Hill, North London. Very colourful and loud festival. I can truly say that the Jewish community knows how to have fun!

At the making of this video I had no idea what the holiday was about but after some research, I found out its Purim. Very interesting story and needs to be looked at.

There was a van with a guy in a bear costume 🙂 People around where joining in. A cheerful festival.

 

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Chabad of Boulder, Colorado

Groundbreaking Part Four.

12.03.2014

Chabad of Boulder in the fourth and final film of the groundbreaking in the Orthodox community of Boulder, Colorado

Boulder Jewish News


 

Rabbi Baruch Epstein Delivers an Invocation Memorializing Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz OBM

 

 17.03.2014

Liberal Jews Break Away From Main Berlin Body

All’s Not Well: Berlin’s Jewish community is thriving and it’s more diverse and accepted than ever. But liberal Jews have broken away from the main …

Belfast should take pride in its Jewish community

The occasion is the induction of the new rabbi of the Belfast Jewish Community, Rabbi David Singer, by the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew …

 

Chief Russian rabbi slams Ukrainian Jews for criticizing Putin
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“The Jewish community should not be the one sending messages to President Barack Obama about his policy or to President Putin or to any other …
Jewish artifact stolen by Nazis returned
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The textile dates to 1855 and belonged to the Jewish community in the town of Mlada Vozice, 50 kilometres south of Prague. It is believed to have …
Expanding the Concept, and Reality, of Jewish Community
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In Crimea, a Karaite community carries on, and welcomes Russia
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Uruguay’s Jewish community has reacted with concern to President Jose Mujica’s decision to accept inmates from Guantanamo Bay. The five …
Leading US Reform rabbi stuns community by quitting
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First on Rabbi Andy Bachman’s agenda after leaving Beth Elohim in June 2015 will be writing a book on why being Jewish ‘is one of the great …
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Jewish Women’s Fund: We can change the world
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Collectively, we can be a genuine force in confronting these issues, in both the Jewish and general communities, as we add our name to the growing …
The Republican Jewish Coalition Pushes Back With Personal Attack On Kornbluh
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Robinow was approached by the Republican Jewish Coalition’s CA … among large influential voting blocks in Jewish communities across the country.

 

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The Jews of Holland – History of the Jewish communities of the Netherlands – Lectures – Chabad
Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs, chief rabbi of the Netherlands, describes the rich history of the Jewish people in his native country from medieval times until 
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A Jew, an Irishman and a Corkman : Irish Jewish Community
This week the Irish Jewish gathering takes place celebrating IrishJewish culture. Among the events organised are a series of films byJewish directors 
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RTE Nationwide Special Irish Jewish Community
RTE Television recently did a programme as part of their Nationwide series that focused on the Jewish community in Dublin. In the programme 
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Latino and Jewish communities united are a force for social good
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Marleen Villanueva passes food to a fellow participant of the first annual Mexican-JewishSeder, while her friend Amalia Hernandez dishes food onto …
In rural Uganda, small Jewish community splits over conversion
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Enosh Keki Maniah, the head of the breakaway Orthodox faction of Uganda’s AbayudayaJewish community, says, “We didn’t have a grudge with …
Belfast should take pride in its Jewish community
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The occasion is the induction of the new rabbi of the Belfast Jewish Community, Rabbi David Singer, by the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew …
Stolen synagogue textile returns to Prague from US
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The textile dates to 1855 and belonged to the Jewish community in the town of Mlada Vozice, 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Prague. It is believed to …
Reports of Hungarian Jewish renaissance misleading, says senior rabbi
Jerusalem Post
For the past two decades, Hungary’s Jewish community has opened synagogues, cultural centers and kosher restaurants. Four Jewish schools …
In Crimea, a Karaite community carries on, and welcomes Russia
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
For centuries, Karaites have lived alongside mainstream Jewish communities in various countries. Currently, some 30,000 Karaites live in Israel, with …
Liberal Jews Break Away From Main Berlin Body
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All’s Not Well: Berlin’s Jewish community is thriving and it’s more diverse and accepted than ever. But liberal Jews have broken away from the main …
Next round of innovators chosen
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“I am very excited to be part of this amazing opportunity, be able to become a leader of theJewish community, give back and have a positive impact on …
Hungarian Jews boycott Holocaust memorial ceremonies
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Jewish community in Hungary boycotts state ceremonies marking 70th anniversary of Holocaust, protesting what it sees as the Hungarian …
Germany Releases New Guide For Jewish Tourists
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While many European Jewish communities are unfortunately feeling strong bouts of anti-Semitism, from Frenchmen shouting anti-Jewish slogans on …
In rural Uganda, small Jewish community splits over conversion
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Enosh Keki Maniah, the head of the breakaway Orthodox faction of Uganda’s AbayudayaJewish community, says, “We didn’t have a grudge with 
Sheldon Silver And William E. Rapfogel Allegedly Blocked Low Income Housing In Order To Keep 
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William E. Rapfogel, the disgraced former head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, the Jewish community’s anti-poverty arm, and New 
Survey: Up to forty percent of Hungarians harbor anti-Semitic attitudes
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The conference is taking place amid a dispute between the Jewish communities and the government over the government’s planned commemoration 
Study: Most hate speech, against Roma, Jewish, Hungarian and gay communities in Romania
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The Roma minority, the Jewish community, the Hungarian minority, and the gay community are most affected by the hate speech in Romania, but so 
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“Historically, many of the teachers in the Pittsburgh Public Schools have been members of the Jewish community. That’s why we have Rosh Hashanah 
New Bus Line Strengthens Jewish Presence in Eastern Jerusalem
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The bus line currently travels from Armon Hanatziv in the eastern part of the capital, to theJewish community of Maaleh Hazeitim on the Mount of 
Initiatives bring Jews, First Nations closer together
Canadian Jewish News (blog)
The resolution recounts the many social, economic, health and education challenges facing First Nations communities. It calls on Reform Jews to 
With Venezuela in a tailspin, Jews opting for ‘Plan B’
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“Emigration has really played a big factor in the community-that’s our main problem,” said Sammy Eppel, a Caracas journalist and Jewish community 
Breaking Israeli-Palestinian Clichés in Paris
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Historically, Belleville has been a haven to Jewish communities and more recently Chinese, Sub-Saharan and North African immigrants, specifically 
Brooklyn Hatzoloh Fails To Report Hit-Run
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A Jewish emergency medical service is receiving flak for failing to report a  primarily ambulance pickups, to Jewish communities across the world.

 

Jews commemorate Purim with joyful food, costumes
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Last week, Jewish communities around the world celebrated Purim, a holiday that commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in Persia during 
Jewish Teacher Beaten by Swastika Attackers in Paris
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A Jewish teacher from Paris told police that three men assaulted and cursed  The SPCJ security unit of French Jewish communities recorded 423 
Jewish, Muslim leaders: Danish minister ‘put[s] animal rights before religious rights’
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“The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding will be vigilant in fighting this injustice to the Muslim and Jewish communities,” founder Rabbi Marc 
There’s more to world Jewry than Israel and America
Canadian Jewish News (blog)
The 1-1-/2 million-plus Jews in Europe and thriving Jewish communities in Latin America and Australia weren’t even on their radar. In an attempt to ..

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Jewish Life – Yiddish Show

12.12.2011

In this Jewish Life Show, we interviewed Arthur Schwartz (head of the SB Yiddish Club,) heard a Yiddish song by Lorraine Klein, and saw a Yiddish Play based on a famous Jewish Story. Join us for a Yiddish Night!

Yiddish vs. German: an experiment.

03.06.2010

A comparison between Yiddish and German. I made up a bunch of sentences to highlight some of the differences between German and Yiddish with respect to vocabulary, grammar (especially word order), phonology (sounds) and vowels. The sentences were read aloud in English and my friend Frank, a native German speaker from Bavaria (but speaking Hochdeutsch/standard German) translated them into German and I translated them into my non-native Ukrainian Yiddish. Even if you don’t speak either language you can hear where the two are different and perhaps pick up a bit of either one or both. German speakers should note that other Yiddish dialects (Litvak, northern Ukrainian) pronounce “u” the same way as in German so “und” (and) is “und” but in my dialect it becomes “in”. Otherwise all of the differences in the vowels between the two languages are pretty normal. You may also notice that there are words in Yiddish that exist in German dialects but not Hochdeutsch (“epes” for “etvas”, “do” for “hier”) and there are words in German that Frank uses that are also used in Yiddish (Geschaft, Stunde) but which I don’t use. Of all the German dialects Yiddish is probably closest to some forms of Badisch and Swiss German. Yiddish was the language of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jews until the Holocaust and is now primarily spoken in Hasidic communities in Israel, the USA, England, Australia, Canada and Belgium. It is written in the Hebrew alphabet.

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Yiddish, Ladino and Jewish English: Do American Jews Speak a Jewish Language?

05.04.2013

Funny SLANG Words – FUN Hebrew, Jewish & Yiddish Slang Words – OY VEY – LoL

21.09.2012

Funny SLANG Words – FUN Hebrew, Jewish & Yiddish Slang Words – OY VEY – LoL is right. Some of these words not only sound funny, but their meanings and definitions can be just as hilarious. I wanted to just have some fun instead of all the learning and lessons in writing, reading and speaking Hebrew, so I decided to have a laugh with some slang words. Most of the words are Yiddish, including some Hebrew and Jewish, but I hope they are all a source of some fun and laughs. I know I had some fun making this video, and I hope you enjoy it too (sorry about the somewhat muffled audio).

Alright, I guess I can write down the words for you, just in case it helps to find the video, or for a preview of what you might see and hear in the video: mah neeshma, kosher, glitch, bupkes, mazel tov, oy vey, shlemiel, shlimazel, schmuck, shtick, mashugana.

Mah Neeshma (ma neeshma) – How’s everything? What’s up?
Kosher – Okay to eat for Orthodox Jews. English, when referring to something shady or suspicious, “That’s not kosher.”
Glitch – Yiddish word that means slip, skate, nosedive. Common American usage, such as a glitch being a minor problem or error.
Bupkes – Used by American Jews for worthless or less than nothing (actually means goat droppings, lol)
Mazel Tov – Used for congratulations. Literally means good luck or good constellations. Not referring to the future, as in saying good luck, but rather for the good luck one might have just experienced.
Oy Vey – Self explanatory just in hearing it, showing exasperation, grief, and dismay.
Shlemiel – A klutz, and or a clumsy and inept person.
Shlimazel – Someone with continual bad luck. “Shlemiel, Shlimazel,” was used in theme song for the TV show, Laverne and Shirley.
Schmuck – Insulting word describing a fool (although, a self made fool). Literally refers to the male anatomy, lol.
Shtick – Something one is known for doing, especially concerning entertainment
Mashugana – Means crazy and/or bizarre. Can also describe someone that is easily distracted (spaces out, lol). Hey, are you paying attention?

Funny words, no doubt, and easy to use in a lot of comical situations.
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Seinfeld in Yiddish . . . Jewish Singles Event

04.06.2012

Oifen Pripitchik: Yiddish Jewish Classic Song

08.09.2008

http://www.tolife.com

M Generation choir sings this Yiddish Jewish classic song on the Chabad Telethon. Watch it live 8/25/13 on KTLA5 / WLNY 10/55/ KTSF 26/ DIRECTV channel 366 -nationwide. For complete channel info please visit tolife.com

Mamele, Yiddish Folk Song, The Moscow Male Jewish Cappella, A. Tsaliuk

14.02.2014

Mamele,
Jewish Yiddish Folk Song,
Arrangement – Kuzma Bodrov,
The Moscow Male Jewish Cappella,
Artictic leader and Conductor – Alexander Tsaliuk,
Soloist – Mikhail Chesnokov,
Piano part – Alexander Velikovsky;
The Moscow Male Jewish Cappella – Artistic Leader and Conductor – Alexander Tsaliuk
International Memorial Evening dedicated to the Holocaust Victims.
January, 2014

Exhibition at Jewish museum shows Warsaw’s pre-World War II life
CTV News
The “Warszawa, Warsze” — “Warsaw” in Polish and Yiddish — exhibition opens Friday at the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and will run …
Talk Yiddish To Me
The Jewish Week (blog)
In addition to the Jewish-sounding arrangement (fiddle and accordion included, of course), there is actually Yiddish in the song. Vocalist Robyn Adele …
The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara Hosts the 2014 Santa Barbara JewishFestival
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The Ventura Klezmer Band has been performing at the Santa Barbara Jewish Festival most years since 1993. Playing and singing Yiddish, Israeli, …
PBS Pulls Faulty Yiddish Quiz
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She points out that futz isn’t even a real Yiddish word. … The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful …
Coming Home To Yiddish
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“I perform songs written by Yiddish poets from Minsk in conjunction with her lectures on the history of the Jewish community there.” Add to that a …
Mazel Tov to Former Los Altos Resident for Handmade, Award-Winning ‘Yiddish Alphabet’ Book
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The Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley is featuring the award-winning book, The Yiddish Alphabet, by Frederica Postman, …
Santa Barbara Jewish Festival Returning to Oak Park on May 4
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“The Santa Barbara Jewish Festival promises to be outstanding, truly … Playing and singing Yiddish, Israeli, Hassidic and Klezmer music, Ventura …
Elsewhere: Bringing Yiddish back to Poland, digital Haggadah, Seth MacFarlane: Anti-Semitic?
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Elsewhere: Bringing Yiddish back to Poland, digital Haggadah, Seth … ”I think whatJewish culture taught me is that all these embarrassing things,

Yiddish poetry wins at children’s book fair

(JTA)—A book on Yiddish published by a Polish Jewish group has won first prize at one of the world’s leading professional fairs for children’s literature …  

Hidden Treasures: Celebrating 100 Years of Yiddish Song & Montreal Poets

On Sunday, March 30th. at 7:30P.M. at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Cote Ste-Catherine Road, theYiddish Cafe presents “Hidden Treasures: 
Jewish Film Festival offers cinema for all interests
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More than 20 films that capture and explore the Jewish experience will be showing  The films showcase Jewish culture through the drama, comedy, 
From the Archive: A yeshiva births a college
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A Jewish college — the first institution of its kind in America — will be  be blended with the bases of Jewish culture to develop informed and devoted 
For Boy George, Music And Style Is Just ‘What I Do’
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In 1982, the Irish Catholic singer joined a Jewish drummer, a Protestant guitar-and-keyboard player and a Jamaican bassist to form Culture Club.
Tad Taube stepping down from Koret Foundation
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He continues to preside over the Taube Family Foundation and the Taube Foundation forJewish Life and Culture, the principal private funder of the 
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Judaism is a culture and a history they recognize but not their native one. They know it but they do not feel it. Of young Jews whose affiliation is not 
WJC urges UN Human Rights Council to drop anti-Israel bias
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 he is a published author and chairman of the Association of Jewish Culture Hans Jonas.  The Jewish connection to Israel is embedded in our soul.

 

The Beilis Blood Libel

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Rabbi Meets Oldest Man in America, Resulting in a Flurry of Good Deeds
This Week’s Features
Adar II 25, 5774 · March 27, 2014

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Strike Or No, Chabad’s Nepal Seder Will Happen
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Why Is Elijah the Prophet Invited to the Seder?

Why Is Elijah the Prophet Invited to the Seder?
Adar II 25, 5774 · March 27, 2014

 

After the conclusion of the Seder’s Grace After Meals, there is a universally accepted custom to pour a cup of wine (the “Cup of Elijah”), open the front door of the home, and recite several verses (mostly from Psalms) wherein we beseech G‑d to pour His wrath upon our persecutors and oppressors.

According to tradition, at this moment our homes are graced by the presence of Elijah the prophet. There are multiple reasons and meanings behind this age-old tradition. Here are some of them:

Opening the Door for Elijah

1) The Torah describes the night of Passover as leil shimurim,1 a “guarded night.” It is the night when long ago G‑d protected the Jews from the plague which slew all the Egyptian firstborn, and the night when G‑d’s protection over His chosen nation is most apparent. Opening the door expresses our trust in G‑d’s protection.

2) When opening the door, we take the opportunity to invite in the prophet Elijah. Elijah is the one who visits the circumcision ceremony of every Jewish child, and testifies that the Jewish people are scrupulous regarding the mitzvah of circumcision.2 Males were permitted to partake of the paschal offering only if they were circumcised. Thus, Elijah comes to the Seder to “testify” that all present are indeed circumcised.

Additionally, according to the Midrash, on the night prior to the Exodus, the Seder night, the entire Jewish male population circumcised themselves—in order to be eligible to eat from the paschal lamb. Thus the clear connection between circumcision, and Elijah, and Passover eve.

Cup of Elijah

1) There is an open question in the Talmud whether we are obligated to have four or five cups on the night of Passover. Since the issue was never resolved, we pour a fifth cup, but do not drink it.

After heralding the coming of the Messiah, one of Elijah’s tasks will be to resolve all hitherto unanswered halachic questions. Thus, this fifth cup whose status is in doubt is dubbed “Elijah’s Cup,” in anticipation of the insight he will shed on the matter.

2) The four cups correspond to the four “expressions of redemption” promised by G‑d: “I will take you out from the suffering of Egypt, and I will deliver you from their bondage; I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you to Myself as a nation . . .”3 The fifth cup corresponds to the fifth expression of redemption, which comes in the following verse: “I will bring you to the Land . . .” This expression, however, is an allusion to the future messianic redemption, which will be announced by Elijah. This is also why we do not drink, “enjoy,” the fifth cup—as we have not yet experienced this redemption.

The timing of the pouring of the “Cup of Elijah” is also apropos, right before we start reading the Hallel, whose focus is on the future redemption (see Why do we divide the Hallel into two at the Passover Seder?). After commemorating the very first redemption of the Jewish people from Egypt we express our hope and firm belief in the coming of Moshiach, who will usher in the new and final redemption very very soon.

Refer to the following links for more information on these topics:

Elijah
Opening the Door for Elijah
Elijah’s Cup
Four Cups

A kosher and happy Passover to you and yours!

Rabbi Naftali Silberberg,
Chabad.org

FOOTNOTES
1. Exodus 12:42.
2. This task was delegated to Elijah after he informed G‑d: “The children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant” (I Kings 19:10,14). G‑d’s response? “How dare you cast aspersions on My children! You will be in attendance when every Jewish child is entered into the covenant!”
3. Exodus 6:6–7.

PARENTING: Chalkboard of Life

Chalkboard of Life
Adar II 23, 5774 · March 25, 2014

 

When I was in second grade, I remember my teacher assigning classroom tasks to keep our class organized, clean and functioning well, giving the students a chance to be responsible.

My favorite task was erasing the chalkboards.

I’m not sure why, but I would imagine it had something to do with the gratifying feeling of perfectly aligning each swipe of the chalkboard eraser, creating clean, smooth lines. I remember trying to limit the dust which automatically filtered into the classroom air in light puffs of white powder—the remnants of the day’s work.

It very much resonates with me today

I think I found comfort in knowing the following day would start anew, with fresh handwriting on the chalkboard, giving us insight into all subjects of life.

Many years later, as a mother of a special little boy, I think about this childhood experience, and I realize that it very much resonates with me today.

The chalkboard of life.

Our days are filled with challenge, emotions and milestones. Laughter, tears, frustration, hopes and dreams.

Our chalkboards are decorated with sensitive subjects, with detailed questions and answers to explore, with script that on some days may be entirely illegible. Illegible because sometimes there is no time to pause, no time to take that breath. And we must keep on writing, keep on advocating, keep on believing.

But then, something beautiful occurs. For me, it is at the end of the day, when I sit in my children’s room and say the Shema prayer with them. It is my tool, my eraser, that gently wipes clean that day’s chalkboard. It is the very personal task of

I try to limit the dust

erasing the day’s hardships and choosing to keep all that inspired me, all that changed me and all that helped us grow together as a family.

As I smooth out the lines, I try to limit the dust, the remaining puffs of heartache, longing, and often personal failures of the mother I strive to be. I take a minute to stand back, looking at my chalkboard, looking at my peaceful, sleeping children. And I smile.

Not because I love the task of erasing my chalkboard, but because when I awake in the morning, I will start fresh. With new chalk. With new dreams.

My very own chalkboard of life, in my very own school of thought. Filled with subjects of all kinds, and dreams of every nature.

 

COMMENT: Fighting Ire with Fire

Fighting Ire with Fire
Adar II 24, 5774 · March 26, 2014
The spiritual ammunition of the Shabbat candles

 

© James Stock

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”1 Perhaps, but being small-minded makes for much easier conversation. There is something so natural and compelling, so addictive, so cathartic about talking about other people. Gossip is charged with intrigue, and feels innocuous at the time. It’s usually afterward that the guilt settles in: “What was the point of that conversation?” “Did I violate someone’s privacy?” “Would I be embarrassed if they knew that I was talking about them?”

Gossip is charged with intrigue

 

Maimonides says that “people who habitually gossip will end up denying G‑d.” Gossip makes the small mind grow smaller. G‑d becomes less relevant. “What’s G‑d got to do with it? I care about what he said, what she said.”

In biblical times, there was a spiritual ailment called tzaraat, leprosy. One of the classical triggers for contracting tzaraat was speaking lashon hara, gossip. Once the mistake was rectified, the tzaraat healed. Although gossip is a common human vice, the consequence of tzaraat was quite severe. Not only was the leper considered to be impure, but the things that he came in contact with would also become impure.

The Mishnah gives the following scenario: If a leper walks into his friend’s home, the vessels in the home become immediately impure. Rabbi Yehudah says, however, that the owner of the home does have the opportunity to asks the leper to leave before his vessels become impure. And what is the homeowner’s window of time before it’s too late? The amount of time that it would take to light a candle.2

The commentators question Rabbi Yehuda’s timeframe. Lighting a candle is a momentary action, not a very generous timeframe to give to the unfortunate homeowner. He has to realize that the leper has walked through his doors and ask him to leave, all within a miniscule amount of time. The commentators conclude that Rabbi Yehudah is referring to lighting not an ordinary candle, but a Shabbat candle. Lighting Shabbat candles is a focused and uninterrupted process that can take several minutes to complete. Hence, the homeowner has enough time to ask the leper to leave before his own vessels become impure.

To a mystic, a simple teaching contains layers of meaning. Nothing in the Torah is simple or technical. The mystic looks for hidden references, the code to an entirely new dimension of understanding.

The Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, was one such mystic. He was a brilliant Torah scholar and the charismatic head rabbi of the cosmopolitan city of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. To Rabbi Levi Yitzchak, the fact that Shabbat candles are used to gauge the homeowner’s timeframe is more than a technical calculation. Shabbat candles, he explains, are the perfect antidote to tzaraat. As long as a person is involved in lighting Shabbat candles, he will be immune from thetzaraat affliction. Here’s the Kabbalistic logic behind it: Tzaraat is a consequence of the loss of ohr ha-chochmah, “the illumination of wisdom.”3 In other words, the leper has a dimmed consciousness; the light of his intellect has been withdrawn. Lighting Shabbat candles, on the other hand, draws down the ohr ha-chochmah, illuminating and

The leper has a dimmed consciousness

expanding the consciousness of the one who lights the candles, her home, and the universe at large. When a person is busy with kindling Shabbat light, lights of greater consciousness, she won’t be contaminated by the impurity of tzaraat, limited consciousness.

Mitzvahs are compared to a candle, and Torah to light.4 Mitzvahs light up our perspective, exposing the hand of G‑d behind the veil of the mundane. And according to the Zohar, the mitzvah that is most illuminating of all is the mitzvah of Shabbat candles!5 While all mitzvahs draw down a more illuminated consciousness, the Shabbat candles do so quite literally. That physical light is a tangible display of the metaphysical light that comes from the mitzvah. In essence, Shabbat candles are the symbol for all of Judaism.

The Talmud describes the mitzvah to light a candle for Shabbat in pragmatic terms. On Shabbat, lighting a fire is prohibited, so we are commanded to light a candle just before sunset so that no one will trip over stones or tree branches. The candles thus bring shalom bayit, peace in the home.6 But why does the Talmud single out stones and trees? Isn’t it enough to say that the candles light up the home so that no one trips?

The Rebbe senses a deeper message: The Talmud doesn’t want us tripping over stones and wood, the materials that were used to fashion idols. Idol-worship is disrespectful because it gives credit where credit isn’t due. And although today we aren’t tempted to serve idols of stone, we are impressed by other idols: money, intellect, power, fame. The stuff that runs “without” G‑d’s help. So, the Talmud says, if you add light—develop an enlightened consciousness—you’ll see that the idols are the matrix G‑d uses to orchestrate our lives in a meaningful way. And that awareness is what will bring true shalom bayit.

As long as you are busy lighting

Idol worship is disrespectful because it gives credit where credit isn’t due

the Shabbat candles, says Rabbi Yehudah, the impurity of tzaarat won’t overwhelm you. It will stay at the doorstep, but it won’t invade your household. So long as you are flooded with G‑d consciousness, thetzaraat consciousness won’t get to you.7

The Lubavitcher Rebbe campaigned for all Jewish girls and women to light Shabbat candles. Over the years, I’ve had opportunity to share the mitzvah of Shabbat candles with women I’ve met on planes, in parks, in supermarkets and in my home. When I meet a Jewish woman and I don’t have a Shabbat-candle brochure on me, I think of the American Express slogan, “Next time, don’t leave home without it!”

A prominent women was travelling to Israel with loads of Shabbat-candle brochures in her suitcase. “Yesh lach neshek?” (“Do you have ammunition?”) asked the El Al security agent. Thinking he was referring to the common acronym used for Shabbat-candle brochures, NeSheK—for neirot Shabbat Kodesh, sacred Shabbat candles—she replied enthusiastically, “Of course!” The security guards were promptly called, and she was whisked away for further interrogation.

The Rebbe explains that the acronym NeSheK, which literally means “ammunition,” is a fitting reference to Shabbat candles, because those candles truly are a Jewish woman’s ammunition to protect her home—adding more light and enlightened consciousness each Friday.

FOOTNOTES
1. This quote is often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt.
2. Negaim, chapter 13.
3. See Likutei Torah, Parshat Metzora.
4. Proverbs 6:23.
5. Zohar 2:166a.
6. Talmud, Shabbat 23b.
7. Likkutei Sichot, vol. 17, p. 141.

VOICES: The Rebbe’s Attention for a Young Girl

The Rebbe’s Attention for a Young Girl
Adar II 23, 5774 · March 25, 2014
Mrs. Yehudis Engel

 

Mrs. Yehudis Engel

I was born and raised in Williamsburg. When I was a little girl, my father was involved with the Malachim, an insular chassidic group. The men never looked at women. I remember one of them eating a Shabbos meal at our house, and he covered his face with a napkin so that he wouldn’t have to look at my mother.

Eventually my father left this group. I was a little girl when this happened, so I don’t know the reason, but he joined Chabad. And that’s when I discovered how differently the Rebbe related to girls and to women.

I remember one Shabbos—it would have been in 1954. The Rebbe had just completed afarbrengen, a chassidic gathering, where he would speak on Torah topics for several hours.

I was ten years old at the time, and I was standing near the door of the Rebbe’s study. As he walked out and saw me standing there, he stopped, turned to me and asked: “Did you say l’chaim at the farbrengen?”

As he walked out and saw me standing there, he stopped, turned to me and asked: “Did you say l’chaim at the farbrengen?”

 

“I did not,” I answered.

“Why not?” he gently asked.

“Because a girl doesn’t say l’chaim,” I said.

“Why not?” he persisted.

To this I had no answer, so the Rebbe just smiled and continued on.

Four weeks later—it was also a Shabbos—was the next time the Rebbe held afarbrengen. At that time, the farbrengens would take place in the courtyard beside 770. I was standing at the back, behind the men, when suddenly a man handed me a cup and said, “The Rebbe gave this for you; he said you should say l’chaim.” That was the Rebbe’s way: he remembered a conversation he had with a little girl in the hallway a month earlier and, between his addresses on the loftiest topics, he remembered to give her a l’chaim.

On another occasion, it was at the end of one of the major Jewish holidays. Afterhavdalah, the ceremony concluding the festival, each man would pass by the Rebbe, and the Rebbe would pour out a bit of wine from his cup, with a short blessing to each person. It was called kos shel berachah. The farbrengen was held in the small synagogue on the first floor at 770, and I was in the back room, where there was a little window high up above a bookcase. I could perch there and see into the shul.

“The Rebbe gave this for you; he said you should say l’chaim.”

 

At the end of the farbrengen, my father went up to receivekos shel berachah from the Rebbe. And the Rebbe asked my father if I was there. My father said I was. “Where?” the Rebbe wanted to know. My father pointed up at the window where I was sitting. And the Rebbe said, “Let her come down and get kos shel berachah.” So I climbed down from the bookcase, came inside the men’s section, and the Rebbe gave me kos shel berachah from his hand.

As I grew up, I realized the high regard in which the Rebbe held the women—he always treated us as individuals, seeing us as full partners with our husbands as Chabad’s emissaries in the world. I can attest to this from the many incidents that happened in my own life.

When I was engaged, I went with my mother to see Rebbetzin Chana, the Rebbe’s mother, to bring her an invitation to our wedding. While we were there, my mother mentioned to Rebbetzin Chana that after we got married we would be moving to Montreal. Rebbetzin Chana replied, “I know; my son told me.” So it was obvious that the Rebbe was discussing me—in other words, after all this time he never forgot me, and I felt that I meant so much to him that he would even be discussing me with his mother, which to me was amazing. His caring was just amazing.

After all this time he never forgot me, and I felt that I meant so much to him that he would even be discussing me with his mother

 

Right after our wedding, my husband and I decided to give one of the gifts we had received for our wedding to the Rebbe’s institutions, as charity. My husband sent it in to the Rebbe, but the Rebbe sent it back. He wrote to my new husband that he could not accept it unless it also had his wife’s signature, indicating that she too agreed to give it.

On another occasion, my husband went to New York. The Rebbe gave him a blessing, but as he was walking away, the Rebbe called him back and said, “Why aren’t you asking for your wife?” So he asked for me, and the Rebbe gave him a separate blessing for me.

Our first assignment as emissaries of the Rebbe was in Montreal, where my husband worked as the principal of a Talmud Torah school. I also taught in that school. From time to time, my husband would send a report to the Rebbe, letting him what was happening at the school; he would mention the different teachers, and he would mention me and my class. At one point the Rebbe responded that he would prefer that I write myself rather than have my husband include me in his report. So I started writing on my own, and I received replies from the Rebbe.

A little later that day, we got a call that the Rebbe wanted to know what was happening, because he hadn’t heard from us

 

Before I gave birth to my third child, the doctor wanted to induce delivery, because I was overdue. So my husband called the Rebbe’s office to ask for a blessing, and he gave the details of what was going on. But then, the morning after I gave birth, my husband had a health issue, and needed to be hospitalized himself, so he never called New York to let the Rebbe know that I gave birth and that everything was okay.

A little later that day, we got a call that the Rebbe wanted to know what was happening, because he hadn’t heard from us. So, of course, we responded right away with the good news that our son Mendy was born. But then the Rebbe heard of my husband’s condition, and he realized that he was in no shape to help out with the baby, so the he issued instructions that somebody should be found to be there when I came home.

The concern the Rebbe had for his women emissaries, his regard for them, was so high that he remembered the smallest details.

When my oldest daughter got married, we were standing outside the Rebbe’s room with her groom, waiting for the Rebbe to come out. As was the custom, the Rebbe would give the groom his prayerbook, and the groom would use it to pray the afternoon service on his wedding day.

The Rebbe came out, handed over his prayerbook, gave the groom a blessing and started to walk away. Then he turned around, pointed at me and said to the groom, “Since she is a daughter of a kohen, you should learn an extra tractate of the Talmud before marrying her daughter.”

At this point in 1984, the Rebbe had tens of thousands of followers—not hundreds, not thousands, but tens of thousands—yet he remembered this small detail about one woman, that she was a bas kohen.

ESSAY: The Price of Free Speech

The Price of Free Speech
Adar II 24, 5774 · March 26, 2014

 

Hannah Smith was a fourteen-year-old schoolgirl living in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. Bright and outgoing, she enjoyed an active social life and seemed to have an exciting future ahead of her. On the morning of August 2, 2013, Hannah was found hanged in her bedroom. She had committed suicide.

Seeking to unravel what had happened, her family soon discovered that she had been the target of anonymous abusive posts on a social-network website. Hannah was a victim of the latest variant of the oldest story in human history: the use of words as weapons by those seeking to inflict pain. The new version is called cyberbullying.

Hannah was found hanged in her bedroom

 

The Jewish phrase for this kind of behavior is lashon hara, evil speech, speech about people that is negative and derogatory. It means, quite simply, speaking badly about people, and is a subset of the biblical prohibition against spreading gossip.1

Despite the fact that it is not singled out in the Torah for a prohibition in its own right, the sages regarded it as one of the worst of all sins. They said, astonishingly, that it is as bad as the three cardinal sins—idolatry, murder and incest—combined. More significantly in the context of Hannah Smith, they said it kills three people: the one who says it, the one he says it about, and the one who listens in.2

The connection with this week’s Parshah is straightforward. Tazria and Metzora are about a condition called tzaraat, sometimes translated as leprosy. The commentators were puzzled as to what this condition is and why it should be given such prominence in the Torah. They concluded that it was precisely because it was a punishment for lashon hara, derogatory speech.

Evidence for this is the story of Miriam,3 who spoke slightingly about her brother Moses “because of the Ethiopian wife he had taken.” G‑d Himself felt bound to defend Moses’ honor, and as a punishment turned Miriam leprous. Moses prayed for G‑d to heal her. G‑d mitigated the punishment to seven days, but did not annul it entirely.

Clearly this was no minor matter, because Moses singles it out among the teachings he gives the next generation: “Remember what the L‑rd your G‑d did to Miriam along the way after you came out of Egypt.”4

Oddly enough, Moses himself, according to the sages, had been briefly guilty of the same offense. At the burning bush, when G‑d challenged him to lead the people, Moses replied, “They will not believe in me.”5 G‑d then gave Moses three signs: water that turned to blood, a staff that became a snake, and his hand briefly turning leprous. We find reference later in the narrative to water turning to blood and a staff turning into a serpent, but none to a hand that turns leprous.

The sages, ever alert to the nuances of the biblical text, said that the hand that turned leprous was not a sign but a punishment. Moses was being reprimanded for “casting doubts against the innocent” by saying that the Israelites would not believe in him. “They are believers the children of believers,” said G‑d according to the Talmud, “but in the end you will not believe.”6

How dangerous lashon hara can be is illustrated by the story of Joseph and his brothers. The Torah says that he “brought an evil report” to his father about some of his brothers.7 This was not the only provocation that led his brothers to plot to kill him and eventually sell him as a slave. There were several other factors. But his derogatory gossip did not endear him to his siblings.

No less disastrous was the “evil report” (dibbah: the Torah uses the

The hand that turned leprous was not a sign but a punishment

same word as it does in the case of Joseph) brought back by the spies about the land of Canaan and its inhabitants.8 Even after Moses’ prayers to G‑d for forgiveness, the report delayed entry into the land by almost forty years and condemned a whole generation to die in the wilderness.

Why is the Torah so severe about lashon hara, branding it as one of the worst of sins? Partly this has deep roots in the Jewish understanding of G‑d and the human condition. Judaism is less a religion of holy people and holy places than it is a religion of holy words.

G‑d created the universe by words: “And G‑d said, Let there be . . . and there was.” G‑d reveals himself in words. He spoke to the patriarchs and the prophets, and at Mount Sinai, to the whole nation. Our very humanity has to do with our ability to use language. The creation of homo sapiens is described in the Torah thus: “Then the L‑rd G‑d formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”9 The Targum renders the last phrase as “and the man became a speaking being.” Language is life. Words are creative, but also destructive. If good words are holy, then evil words are a desecration.

One sign of how seriously Judaism takes this is the prayer we say at the end of every Amidah, at least three times a day: “My G‑d, guard my tongue from evil and my lips from deceitful speech. To those who curse me let my soul be silent; may my soul be to all like the dust.” Having prayed to G‑d at the beginning to “open my lips so that my mouth may declare Your praise,” we pray to Him at the end to help us close our lips so that we do not speak badly about others, nor react when others speak badly about us.

Despite everything, however—despite the Torah’s prohibition of gossip, despite its stories about Joseph, Moses, Miriam and the spies, despite the unparalleled strictures against evil speech by the sages—lashon hara remained a problem throughout Jewish history, and still does today. Every leader is subject to it. The sages said that when Moses left his tent early in the morning, people would say, “You see, he has had a row with his wife.” If he left late they would say, “He is plotting against us.”10

Anyone from CEO to parent to friend who seeks to be a leader has to confront the issue of lashon hara. Firstly, he or she may have to put up with it as the price of any kind of achievement. Some people are envious. They gossip. They build themselves up by putting other people down. If you are in any kind of leadership position, you may have to live with the fact that behind your back—or even before your face—people will be critical, malicious, disdainful, vilifying and sometimes downright dishonest. This can be hard to bear. Having known many leaders in many fields, I can testify to the fact that not all people in the public eye have a thick skin. Many of them are very sensitive and can find constant, unjust criticism deeply draining.

If you should ever suffer this, the best advice is given by Maimonides: “If a person is scrupulous in his conduct, gentle in his conversation, pleasant toward his fellow creatures, affable in manner when receiving them, not responding even when affronted, but showing courtesy to all, even to those who treat him with disdain . . . such a person has sanctified G‑d, and about him Scripture says, ‘You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified’ (Isaiah 49:3).”11

That is in relation to lashon hara directed against yourself. As for the group as a whole, however, you should practice zero tolerance toward lashon hara. Allowing people to speak badly about one another will eventually destroy the integrity of the group. Evil speech generates negative energies. Within the group, it sows the seeds of distrust and envy. Directed outside the group, it can lead to arrogance, self-righteousness, racism and prejudice, all of which are fatal to the moral credibility of any team. Whether or not you are the leader of such a group, you must politely make it clear that you will have nothing to do with this kind of speech, and that it has no place in your conversations.

Cyberbullying is the latest

Evil speech generates negative energies

manifestation of lashon hara. In general, the Internet is the most effective distributor of hate speech ever invented. Not only does it make targeted communication so easy, but it also bypasses the face-to-face encounter that can sometimes induce shame, sensitivity and self-control. Greek myth told the story of Gyges’ ring that had the magical property of making whoever wore it invisible, so that he or she could get away with anything.12 Social media that enable people to post anonymous comments or adopt false identities are as near as anyone has yet come to inventing a Gyges’ ring. That is what is so dangerous about it.

The story of Hannah Smith and other teenage suicides is a tragic reminder of how right the sages were to reject the idea that “words can never harm me,” and insist to the contrary that evil speech kills. Free speech is not speech that costs nothing. It is speech that respects the freedom and dignity of others. Forget this, and free speech becomes very expensive indeed.

All of which helps us to understand the biblical idea of tzaraat. The peculiar property of tzaraat—whether as a skin disease, a discoloration of garments, or mold on the walls of a house—is that it was immediately and conspicuously visible. People engage in lashon hara because, like wearers of Gyges’ ring, they think they can get away with it. “It wasn’t me. I never said it. I didn’t mean it. I was misunderstood.” The Torah is here telling us that malicious speech uttered in private is to be stigmatized in public, and those who engage in it are to be openly shamed.

To put it at its simplest: as we behave to others, so G‑d behaves to us. Do not expect G‑d to be kind to those who are unkind to their fellow humans.

FOOTNOTES
1. Leviticus 19:16.
2. See Mishneh Torah, Hilchot De’ot 7:3.
3. Numbers 12:1.
4. Deuteronomy 24:9, and see Ibn Ezra ad loc.
5. Exodus 4:1.
6. Talmud, Shabbat 97a.
7. Genesis 37:2.
8. Numbers 13:32.
9. Genesis 2:7.
10. See Rashi to Deuteronomy 1:12.
11. Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Yesodei ha-Torah 5:11.
12. See Plato, The Republic, book 2, 359a–360d.

WEEKLY STORY: The Sages in the Princess’s Chamber

The Sages in the Princess’s Chamber
Adar II 23, 5774 · March 25, 2014

 

Photo: Ali Taylor

At the time when the Roman armies conquered and ruled the Land of Israel, they set forth three new decrees. Their intentions were specifically to target and destroy Jewish identity. The decrees were that no one can: keep Shabbat (Saturday) sacred; circumcise their sons; or keep the laws of family purity. They realized that if these decrees would be successfully enforced, this would destroy the Jewish people as a nation and assure their assimilation.

The sage Rabbi Reuven, deeply concerned with the situation, decided to take action. He had his hair cut in the same style as the Roman officials (which normally is forbidden), and then took a seat among officials participating in their discussions.

When these new decrees came up for discussion, he inquired, “Why should we make the Jews work an extra day (Saturday)? Another day of work creates commerce, and brings wealth and strength to them.” So, accepting the logic of his argument, they nullified the decree. Continuing to play on their prejudice and misconception, he added rhetorically, “Doesn’t circumcision weaken the body? Why should we strengthen our enemy?” This decree was likewise nullified.

He then used a similar argument: “Why are we seeking to multiply their numbers by forcing cohabitation even during the menstrual period?” They nullified the third decree as well.

The news spread quickly, and caused much relief and joy to the Jewish people. However, unfortunately, this joy was shortlived, for the Roman officials realized that this new official that no one really recognized engaged only in discussions concerning the Jewish people, encouraging arguments to nullify their decrees. They came to the conclusion that he must have been an imposter, a Jew who had the gall to disguise himself and fool them. Immediately they reinstated the decrees, with no more discussions to be held on this matter.

The sages of Israel had no other choice but to petition the emperor. However, now that the Roman officers were enraged at their audacity, this meant that the petitioners would be in danger of being penalized and harmed, even before having the opportunity of reaching the emperor and presenting their petition. They therefore chose to send as their messenger the great sage Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, for he was sustained by miracles for the 13 years that he fled the officials and was hiding in a cave. Perhaps in his merit another miracle would occur and the Jewish people would be spared. The custom was to send two petitioners, so they sent Rabbi Eliezer bar Rabbi Yosei to accompany him.

As they were entering Rome, an evil spirit greeted Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and inquired of him, “Should I join you?” Rabbi Shimon was pained, saying, “Why should the salvation of the Jews people come from this spirit and not from an angel?” but on the other hand he rejoiced, saying, “Wherever the salvation will come from, it is welcomed.” He then instructed the spirit to go ahead of them. The spirit entered the emperor’s daughter’s body, and she became demented. The only clear words that she said were “Bring the sage Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, that he may pray on my behalf.”

When he arrived at the palace, he was immediately taken to the princess’s room. He then instructed the spirit to leave her unharmed. In appreciation of having his daughter saved, the emperor offered to bring Rabbi Shimon into the private treasury room and grant him his any wish. Rabbi Shimon looked around until he saw the document bearing these decrees; he took the document and ripped it up, thereby nullifying the decrees.

We see to what great extent our sages went in order to preserve the commandment of brit milah.

(Talmud, Meilah 17a–b)

Two historic synagogues in Tzfat


Two historic synagogues in TzfatPosted: 24 Mar 2014 08:17 AM PDT

After a wonderful morning of davening the morning service with my family and celebrating my nephew as he became bar mitzvah, and a delicious lunch at the Bar-El guesthouse, our guide Kobi took us to visit two historic synagogues before setting us loose to wander the streets of the artists’ quarter.

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At the Karo synagogue: lights, and corner genizah; Sefardic-style Torah case.

The first is the synagogue named after Rabbi Joseph Karo, the author of the Shulchan Aruch, “The Set Table,” a compendium of halakha first printed in 1565 which is considered authoritative in many quarters even today. Rabbi Karo was born in Spain in 1488, though emigrated as a child to Portugal when the Inquisition began. After the Jews were driven out of Portugal, he made his way to in Tzfat, where he was chief rabbi for 35 years.

The synagogue we visited bears his name, though it is not precisely the one where he davened. That one was destroyed in the earthquake of 1759. It was rebuilt, and then a second earthquake in 1837 took the second version down, too! But both times, the wall containing the aron, the ark where the Torah scrolls are kept, remained intact. Some saw that as a miracle. Others, our guide noted, attributed it to the fact that the wall containing the ark was double-thick.

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At the Ari Ashkenazi synagogue: stained glass window; aron / ark, with wooden carvings.

From there it is a very short walk, only a few scant blocks, to the Ari synagogue, named after Rabbi Isaac Luria who is known as the Ari. That synagogue was built in the late 16th century, and may be the oldest synagogue in Israel to have been continuously in use. The Ari is the one of the original guiding lights of what we know today as kabbalah.

It was the Ari who took his disciples each Friday evening into a nearby field to greet the Sabbath bride — the custom which has evolved into the service we know today as kabbalat Shabbat, “receiving” or “welcoming Shabat.” (If you see a similarity between kabbalat and kabbalah, that’s because kabbalah literally means “that which is received” — wisdom which comes to us from beyond.)

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Ceiling at the synagogue of the Ari.

When I think of the Ari, I think of kabbalah. The idea that when God’s initial light streamed into creation it was too powerful to be contained, and the vessels of creation shattered, leaving sparks of divinity scattered everywhere, and it’s our job to perform mitzvot mindfully and thereby uplift those sparks back to God…? That’s Lurianic; that’s what tikkun olam means.

When I think of Rabbi Joseph Karo, I think of halakha, because the Shulchan Aruch has been so foundational. It’s easy for me to forget that he too was a mystic. It is said that he was visited by an angelic being who taught him secret mysteries of Torah.

I can’t say that I had a mystical experience in either synagogue; perhaps the general tourist experience isn’t conducive to that. Still, they are truly beautiful prayer places, and I am glad to have visited them again.

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How would you describe Passover to someone who is not Jewish?

The Land of Microprocessors and High Tech

by Mark Miller
Even if you don’t visit the Promised Land, the Promised Land’s technology is coming to you.

 

Leading my family in morning prayer, again


Leading my family in morning prayer, againPosted: 24 Mar 2014 07:35 AM PDT

Seven years ago I had the honor of leading my family in prayer as we celebrated my niece’s bat mitzvah. It was my first time leading services for my family, which was an incredibly meaningful experience for me. I had also never led a service by myself for such a large crowd; we were close to 150 people that Shabbat afternoon!

This morning I am once again presiding over a family simcha (joyous occasion) — the bar mitzvah of that niece’s little brother. This time around, a group of about 20 will be davening together in a more intimate setting — the prayer space at the Bar El bed and breakfast in Tzfat. (This is where the Renewal-style minyan of Tzfat meets during the Days of Awe.)

We’re borrowing a Torah scroll from my friend Reuven Goldfarb, who took my “Writing the psalms of our hearts” class at the ALEPH Kallah last summer. (I’m also borrowing a guitar through Reuven, which I deeply appreciate!) There will be song, prayer, poetry, and Torah aplenty.

It’s always a joy to be a part of a young person’s coming-of-age into a new stage of maturing Jewish identity, and the joy is increased when that young person is part of my own family.

For those who are interested, here’s the siddur we created for the occasion: MaxSiddurFinal [pdf]. (The ones we’ll be using this morning in Tzfat each have unique covers, featuring art courtesy of my niece; this is just the interior material.) It’s a pretty simple weekday morning siddur, with some good poetry interwoven with the prayers — I’m looking forward to using it.

Whether or not you are davening shacharit this morning, I hope you will think kindly of my family today as we celebrate this lifecycle milestone wtih joy!

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Sarah Schenirer Founder of Bais Yaakov (This Week in Jewish History)

27.03.2014
Sarah Schenirer (1883-1935) founded the Bais Yaakov (Bet Ya’akov) school system for women. One of the most visionary educators of the twentieth century, her movement had global impact. Part of the This Week in Jewish History series by Dr. Henry Abramson, more available at http://www.jewishhistorylectures.org.

NYTimes.com – Forgotten Chapter of Jewish History

 24.03.2008

NYTimes.com – Upon arriving in the United States, Jewish refugees faced new struggles and discrimination.

Nuremberg Robert H Jackson Center

Robert H Jackson Center

Jewish History Project – Jake Gordon – 2014

04.02.2014

Video about my history

 

Jewish Los Angeles: JN1’s Jordana Miller explores LA’s rich and diverse Jewish heritage

26.03.2014

I’m here at the Grauman Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. Where else would we start our special report on the Jews of Los Angeles than here at one of the most famous movie theatres in the entire country? Now why is it called the Grauman Chinese Theatre? That’s because a Jewish kid from Indiana, named Sid Grauman, built this place. Some of the most famous films like the Wizard of Oz premiered here. The Oscars used to take place here. And you probably don’t know it, but it was Sid Grauman’s own idea to put the hands and feet of stars in the wet cement here. Join me now for a very special report on the history of the Jewish community of Los Angeles and some of the very famous faces that built Hollywood.

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series Featuring Simon Schama

26.03.2014

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Simon Schama, Columbia University History Professor, discussing his new book “The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words (1000 BCE-1492)” (Harper Collins).

Moderator:

Jeffrey Brown, PBS NewsHour chief correspondent for arts, culture, and society
About the book:

In this magnificently illustrated cultural history—the tie-in to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews—Simon Schama details the story of the Jewish experience, tracing it across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492 to the modern day. It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds. It spans the millennia and the continents—from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain.

In The Story of the Jews, the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris, massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the world; candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, ships loaded with spice and gems founder at sea. And a great story unfolds. Not—as often imagined—of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians. Which makes the story of the Jews everyone’s story, too.

Schama on The Story of the Jews

 19.09.2013

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour speaks with historian Simon Schama about his latest project, The Story of the Jews

Simon Schama on the tragedy of the Polish Jewry and God

07.07.2011

Simon Schama: History as a liberation from the tyranny of the present

06.07.2011

Simon Schama on the importance of understanding the past.

The Jewish Kingdom of Kush: Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jewish) history- Documentary

 20.04.2013

A documentary on the Jewish ( Beta Israel / Falasha ) kingdom that flourished in the land of Kush ( Nubia / ancient Ethiopia ), in what is today Sudan. In the 9th/10th century the kingdom expanded into Axum. The kingdom was the homeland of historical figures, Eldad Ha Dani and Queen Yodit. I decided to make this documentary since no previous work has been done on it.

17:02 MINUTES- Do jews have to help non-jews to make them religious? & others topics

18.03.2014 

ברוך שמו של ריבון העולם. ברוך כתרך ומקומך יהיה רצונך עם עמך ישראל לעולם ופדות ימינך הראה לעמך בבית מקדשך ולהגיע לנו מיטוב אורך לקבל תפילותינו ברחמים. יהי רצון מלפניך שתאריך לנו חיים בטוב ולהיותי נפקד בין הצדיקים לרחם עלי ולשמור אותי ואת כל שלי ושל כל עמך ישראל. אתה הוא הזן את הכל אתה הוא השולט כל המלכים ומפרנס את הכל והמלכות שלך היא. אני עבדו של הקודש ברוך הוא שמשתחוה לפניו ומילפני כבוד תורתו בכל זמן וזמן. ****לא על איש אני בוטח ולא על בני אלוהים אני סומך**** אלה בא-לוהי השמיים שהוא אל-והי אמת ותורתו אמת ונביאיו אמת ומרבה לעשות טובות ואמת. בו אני בוטח ¡¡ולשמו הקדוש והניכבד!! אני אומר תשבחות.

יהי רצון ה”, לתת ברכה והצלחה רבה, לכל מי שעושה רצונך.

יהי שם השם מבורך מעתה ועד עולם.

————-אל תצפו ביום השבת באתר הזה————

Interview with Rabbi of Yemen’s Sana’a Jews

03.01.2011

The Media Line Interview with Rabbi of Yemen’s Sana’a Jews

DNA unlocks Hispanic-Jewish history

Israeli History – Jewish migration to Europe

19.08.2013

Jewish history on the destruction of Ancient Israel in 70 AD and the result of the Jewish migration to Europe (Roman colonies of modern day Italy, Spain, France, Germany).

The Culture of Israel

10.11.2011

The Culture of Israel compromises a blend of every Jewish Hebrew culture from all parts of Israel and from the Diaspora which includes Ashkenazi, Mizrahi, Sephardi, Temani, Falasha and Hassidic (Chasidic).
These are some of the traditional Israeli Jewish Costumes.

 

Uncovering the US Jewish charity industry

“In many ways, we had a better sense of Jewish giving back then than we do today,” said Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at …
Warsaw Jewish history museum exhibit shows pre-WWII life
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Warsaw Jewish history museum exhibit shows pre-WWII life. The “Warszawa, Warsze” exhibition uses films, pictures and sound recordings to recreate …
This Day in Jewish History / A political screenwriter who remained true to himself is born
Haaretz
Budd Schulberg never apologized for ‘naming names,’ but later acknowledged that McCarthyism may have been an even greater threat to America …
Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association’s 60th annual meeting
Jvhri
The Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association’s 60th annual meeting will be held on Sunday, April 6, at 2:00 p.m. at Temple Beth-El in Providence.
The Untold History of Ukrainian Nationalist Movement and Jews
Pravda
The majority of American Jewish families came over from the Ukraine. By the same token, the largest wave of immigration from Ukraine to the United …
Jewish Brides Make British Gay Marriage History
Jewish Daily Forward (blog)
(Haaretz) — Tania Ward and Nicola Pettit will make history this Saturday when they become one of the first same-sex couples to legally marry in …
March is Jewish Women’s History Month
Jvhri
The mission of the JWA is to uncover, chronicle and transmit to a broad public the richhistory of American Jewish women; therefore, Gail is pleased to …
The Story of The Jews
Jvhri
From ancient times to present day, Schama explores contributions Jews … “The Story of the Jews promises to be not only a chronological history, but …
The American Jewish story through cinema
Jvhri
In his new book “The American Jewish Story Through Cinema,” Dr. Eric A. … a unique vehicle by which one may closely examine Jewish history.
The Chinese Believe That the Jews Control America. Is That a Good Thing?
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Yet Chen presumably, like the majority of Chinese, has few concrete ideas about the reality of Jewish history or practices. Xu, the 65-year-old pioneer …
10th Annual Richard J. Yashek Memorial Lecture to Explore “American Jews and the Myth of 
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… and Judaic studies and history at New York University, where she is also the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg professor of American Jewish history and …
Feinstein Center to Provide Fellowships for Jewish Archives Research
Jewish Exponent
The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University recently announced the creation of the Frederic Fox Memorial Summer …
Food-smuggling bubbes and smoking toilets: Stories from Jewish summer camp
Jewish News of Greater Phoenix
Campers swim at Camp Kweebec, in Schwenksville, Pa. Photo courtesy of the National Museum of American Jewish History’s “Go To Camp!
Why there’s a new edition of Jewish baseball cards
San Diego Jewish World
There are also cards featuring artifacts from Chasing Dreams, the major exhibition at Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History, with …
Pope John XXIII and the Jews
Seton Hall University News & Events
A widely-published scholar of American Jewish History and Catholic-Jewish relations, Rabbi Dalin is Professor of History at Ave Maria University in …
Israel-Diaspora Bonds A Theme At Book Council Awards
The Jewish Week
‘Today, many American Jewish are falling out of love with an Israel they … organization’s annual ceremony March 5 at the Center for Jewish History.
Jewish women entrepreneurs
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/Minis House / Museum of Southern JewishAmerican HistoryIn 2002, the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts opened a new …
Dr. Stuart Rockoff
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In 2000, he earned a Ph.D. in U.S. history with an emphasis on immigration and American Jewish history from University of Texas at Austin. Rockoff …
READER SUBMITTED: Latin American Judaism Featured
Hartford Courant
… the KF Room in the University of Hartford’s Mortensen Library a talk titled: “LatinAmerican Jewish History: 1800-2014″ by Professor Richard Freund, ..

 

 

Historian Simon Schama on Jewish History: Video – Bloomberg
09:24
He is a historian and professor at Columbia University. His most recent project is a multimedia account of Jewish history. (Source: Bloomberg)
bloomberg.com
Jewish History Panel | Video | C-SPAN.org
Jewish History Panel. Mr. Blum talked about his book, The Eve of Destruction: The Untold Story of the Yom Kippur War, published by… read more.
c-span.org

 

The Story of the Jews
WMHT
Prize winning author and Emmy-Award winner Simon Schama brings to life Jewish historyand experience in a new five-part documentary series The 
Tad Taube stepping down from Koret Foundation
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
“The museum is probably the most important Jewish project in the world today,” Taube said. “It’s a landmark of Jewish history, culture and the 
The Dramas of Jewish Education
Galus Australis
To an extent, this is the fundamental conflict of Jewish history, albeit seen through decidedly 21st century eyes. To me, this conflict is an essential part 
Japan PM hails ‘lessons of history‘ on Anne Frank visit
Radio Australia
 we would like also to pass on the lessons and facts of history to the next generation,” Mr Abe said during the visit to the Jewish girl’s former hideout.
Japan’s PM Visits Anne Frank Museum After Vandalism
Arutz Sheva
 and we would like also to pass on the lessons and facts of history to the next generation,” Abe said during the visit to the Jewish girl’s former hideout.
11 Greatest Jewish Moments in Baseball History (Not Including Sandy Koufax)
Jewish Daily Forward
While waiting impatiently for opening day, I’d been distracting myself by compiling a list of the 10 greatest Jewish baseball moments of all time; 
Jewish scholar hopes to encourage care for others in altruism talk at Furman
Greenville News
“I’ve been very much steeped in this story,” said Schacter, professor of Jewish history and Jewish thought and senior scholar of the Center for the 
Double genocide rewrites history
Jerusalem Post
My 2012 documentary film Rewriting History tracked the emergence of  i.e. non-Jewish, “genocide” and thus advances the rewriting of history.
Beyoncé and Jay Z visit Anne Frank House in Amsterdam
Jerusalem Post
We can only hope this is Beyoncé’s attempt at brushing up on her Jewish history before her hopefully epic Tel Aviv performance which is reported to 
Expert Says Anti-Semitism ‘Part and Parcel of European Culture’
Arutz Sheva
Gerstenfeld, a historian with an expertise in European Jewish history, along with Itay Reuveni of NGO Monitor, was discussing the issue of 
7Days: Regional arts and entertainment
Philly.com
 the official MLB historian) get together to discuss the national pastime at 7 p.m. at the National Museum of Jewish History, Fifth and Market Streets.
On the occasion of Iranian New Year, Israeli President Peres addresses message to the Iranian 
European Jewish Press
“The Jewish people and the Persian people, the Iranian people have a very long historyand we’re going to have a long future,” the Israeli President .
3000-year history of Jewish faith becomes personal in TV series
Longview News-Journal
The five-hour PBS series “The Story of the Jews With Simon Schama” sweeps across 3,000 years of Jewish history. But late last month, when the 
 
11 Greatest Jewish Moments in Baseball History (Not Including Sandy Koufax)
Jewish Daily Forward
While waiting impatiently for opening day, I’d been distracting myself by compiling a list of the 10 greatest Jewish baseball moments of all time; 
On PBS: ‘The Story of the Jews
Heritage Florida Jewish News
Prize-winning author of 15 books and Emmy Award-winner Simon Schama brings to lifeJewish history and experience in a new five-part documentary 
Preserving Jewish Calcutta
Jerusalem Post
The dwindling Jewish community – now under two dozen – is on a mission to  the community and document its 200-year history to preserve a record of its  The first Jewsarrived in Calcutta from Syria and Iraq, seeking business 
Author of Monuments Men delivered speech for Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee donors
Bradenton Herald
MANATEE — Robert Edsel, author of “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History,” headlined The 
Double genocide rewrites history
Jerusalem Post
My 2012 documentary film Rewriting History tracked the emergence of  i.e. non-Jewish, “genocide” and thus advances the rewriting of history.
The wind that shook prestate Israel’s emigrants to Crimea
Haaretz
Gal, who in recent years has spearheaded a raft of educational projects on Jewish history, has a particular interest in the second and third aliyahs and 
New Ritz bacon-flavored crackers may taste treif, but they’re kosher
St. Louis Jewish Light
Elefant acknowledged that some Jews will feel uncomfortable with the  social media presence and weekly newsletter, This Week in Jewish History.
Italy Jewish leader decries bakery’s discrimination against Roma
The Times of Israel
The “shameful sign evokes in a worrying way the darkest period of our history” Renzo Gattegna, president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, 

10th Annual Richard J. Yashek Memorial Lecture to Explore “American Jews and the Myth of 

 also the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg professor of American Jewish history and director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History.

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Sephardic History Part 1-6

 

28.11.2011

A 6 part introduction to Medieval Jewish History with JTS Professor Benjamin Gampel.

When the Jews Arrived in the Iberian Peninsula.

://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agBDvZnoigs&list=PLwfLEoEe1caCMbY6BcwbBgOOt6bbTvPa1

25th Anniversary Part 6A Rabbi David Nesenoff

13.09.2013

Rabbi Dr. David Nesenoff

Budd Schulberg meets Leni Riefenstahl, part 1

 06.10.2009

On Jan. 26, 2004. Academy Award winning screenwriter (“On The Waterfront”) Budd Schulberg was interviewed at the Robert H. Jackson Center about his role in serving a warrant on film maker Leni Riefenstahl as a material witness for the upcoming Nuremberg Trial. For further information, see http://www.roberthjackson.org.
Copyright. Robert H. Jackson, Inc. 2009.

Budd Schulberg meets Leni Riefenstahl, part 2

1 10 architects -Erich Mendelsohn

12.11.2009

life an architecture of Erich Mendelsohn

Geburtstag des Architekten Erich Mendelsohn 21. März 1887

 25.03.2013

Der Geburtstag des Architekten Erich Mendelsohn 21. März 1887
„Das primäre Element ist die Funktion, aber Funktion ohne sinnlichen Beistrom bleibt Konstruktion”, so der Architekt Erich Mendelsohn.

Schon sein Erstling Anfang der 1920er Jahre — der Einstein-Turm in Potsdam — bescherte ihm ein spektakuläres Debut. Der Baukörper mit seiner revolutionären Formensprache sollte das elastische Potential der neuen Baumaterialien Eisen und Beton ausdrücken. Das Turm-Observatorium auf einer Anhöhe bei Potsdam, dem Nobelpreisträger und Freund Albert Einstein gewidmet, wurde zum Mythos und machte seinen Erbauer mit einem Schlag weltberühmt. Mendelsohn baute Fabriken, Geschäftshäuser und Villen in Deutschland, sein Berliner Büro gehörte schnell zu den bedeutendsten in Europa. Nach seiner Flucht vor den Nationalsozialisten 1933 lebte und arbeitete er in London, Jerusalem und San Francisco.

Erich Mendelsohn teilte seinen Geburtstag am 21. März mit dem von ihm verehrten Komponisten Johann Sebastian Bach. Das Ehepaar Mendelsohn veranstaltete zu diesem Anlass gern Geselligkeiten in seiner Berliner Villa, „Bachanalien”, bei denen auch Albert Einstein als Geiger mitspielte.

Rabbi Yosef Karo and the Code of Jewish Law Jewish History Lecture Dr. Henry Abramson

28.02.2012

Jewish History Lecture by Dr. Henry Abramson on Rabbi Yosef Karo, the author of the Code of Jewish Law. Part of the Jewish Biography as History series at http://www.henryabramson.com.

Rabbi Rebbe Yosef Caro, Author of the code of jewish law

 28.05.2006

Learn about the life of the great author of the code of Jewish law, the shulchan oruch. http://www.torahivideo.com http://www.ilovetorah.com

Grave (Kever) of Rabbi Yosef Karo in Zfat

30.10.2012

The Kever of Rabbi Yosef Karo 1488 – 1575) in Zfat / northern Israel. He was one of the famous Kabbalists as well as the author of the “Shulchan Aruch”.

 

This Day in Jewish History / A leading Yiddish labor agitator in New York is born
Haaretz
Unrelenting fighter for social justice that she was, Clara Lemlich Shavelson even helped unionize the staff at the old-age home where she spent her …
This Day, March 28, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. Levin
Cleveland Jewish News (blog)
He extended this level of toleration to his Jewish subjects as well. … 1857: According to reports published today, the Jews Hospital in New York has .

 

This Day in Jewish History / The first Jew to serve on Canada’s top court dies

This Day in Jewish History / The first Jew to serve on Canada’s top court … Idaho, William E. Borah, who was perceived to be a defender of the Jews.

This Day, March 26, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. Levin

1852: It was reported today that an Imperial Ukase has been issued in Russia that classifies Jews into two categories, “those who have a fixed …
This Day in Jewish History / A political screenwriter who remained true to himself is born
Haaretz
Budd Schulberg never apologized for ‘naming names,’ but later acknowledged that McCarthyism may have been an even greater threat to America …
This Day, March 27, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. Levin
Cleveland Jewish News (blog)
538 BCE: Cyrus was crowned “King of Babylonia and King of All Lands.” Cyrus was the King who made it possible for the Jews to return to Judea …