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The Spielberg Jewish Film Archive – Henrietta Szold

23.03.2010
Name: Henrietta Szold
Year: 1946
Duration: 00:32:02
Language: Hebrew

Abstract: A tribute to the founder of Hadassah.

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

שם: הנרייאטה סולד
שנה: 1946
אורך: 00:32:02
שפה: עברית

תקציר: סרט הוקרה על הנרייטה סולד, המייסדת ארגון הדסה.

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

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

The upcoming Jerusalem International Book Fair will take place February 2015.

Yiddish Book Center Recognized by the White House
abc40
The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst receives a prestigious national award at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama presented ten 2014 …
Yiddish Book Center recipient of National Medal for Museum, Library Service
MassLive.com
The Yiddish Book Center, in Amherst, has been named one of 10 recipients of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s …
National Yiddish Book Center receiving top library medal
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
BOSTON (JTA) — The National Yiddish Book Center was named one of 10 recipients of the nation’s highest honor for libraries and museums.
Yiddish Book Center in Amherst wins National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library 
Amherst Bulletin
AMHERST — The Yiddish Book Center, started nearly 35 years ago to prevent a language and culture from disappearing, has won national …
Yiddish Book Center and Mystic Aquarium Receive Top Award from Michelle Obama
Boston.com
The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst and Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut were awarded the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service this …
First Lady to Honor Amherst’s Yiddish Book Center
abc40
AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — A book center in Amherst is set to be honored by the White House. The Yiddish Book Center, which is located on West …
New Bedford native leads Yiddish group to national acclaim
SouthCoastToday.com
NEW BEDFORD — Founded by a Whaling City native, the Yiddish Book Center will be honored with this year’s National Medal for Museum and …
New Bedford native Aaron Lansky saving Yiddish one book at a time
SouthCoastToday.com
“Oh my God, they would talk through the entire services,” said Aaron Lansky, founder of the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst. “Somehow I was way …
Teatro Paraguas Presents THE LILAC MINYAN This Weekend
Broadway World
It was subsequently produced at Immigrant’s Theatre Project, New York, New York, and the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.

הרמב”ם – רבי משה בן מימון / Maimonides – Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon

02.01.2013
הרמב”ם

ערוץ הידברות בשיתוף קרן דסטני מגישים לכם ולילדכם סרט אנימציה מיוחד על חייו ופעלו של הרמב”ם לרגל יום פטירתו.

http://www.hidabroot.org

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The Brilliant Career of Maimonides

15.07.2013
A lecture by Dr. Benjamin Gampel, the Eli and Dinah Field Professor of Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary

Dr. Gampel gave the keynote address at the Jewish University for a Day event in Minneapolis, conducted by the Institute for Jewish Learning of JTS, in cooperation with the Minnesota Context Partnership and the Center for Jewish Studies.

Yiddish Culture Was Their Religion: Founders Of The Montreal Jewish Public Library

29.04.2014
Eva Raby – former director of the Montreal Jewish Public Library – describes the origins of Montreal’s Jewish Public Library, “biblyotek un folks universitet”, and how Yiddish culture was like a religion for secular families like hers.

To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell.

Mendy Pellin Comedy

04.03.2012
via http://mendypellin.com | Join Mendy Pellin on 4/9 for non-stop laughter at the Millennium Theater in Brooklyn for The Shalom Bayis Tour.

Jewish Community Cookbooks

18.04.2014
March 5, 2014

Dr. Megan Elias, Associate Professor, Department of History, Queensborough Community College

Although there were a few very well-known cookbooks for Jewish families published before the Second World War in America, the post-war period saw a tremendous increase in the numbers of this genre. In particular, Jewish groups all over America published community cookbooks, usually for the purpose of fundraising. These books represent a new pride in identity which was intimately tied to the very public nature of Jewish suffering during the Holocaust. Working with the important collection of Jewish Community Cookbooks at the Dorot Division of the New York Public Library, this project seeks to put these cookbooks into the context of post-war American culture and an emerging sense of global citizenship.

Website: http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/khrca/

Felix Livshitz Mamele jewish yiddish song

26.04.2009
Felix Livshitz Mamile jewish yiddish song

Jewish Festival Krakow

Cantor Benzion Miller & All Stars Orchestra @ Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, 2012

08.03.2013
Cantor Benzion Miller performing in Krakow with All Stars Festival Orchestra during Shalom on Szeroka Street (22nd Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow) – filmed by the Polish Television TVP2, supported by NInA – National Audiovisual Institute

Boom Pam & Kutiman at 23rd Jewish Culture Festival

11.07.2013
Boom Pam & Kutiman
23rd Jewish Culture Festival
Final Concert
Szeroka Street, Krakow, Poland
July 7, 2013

Setlist thanks to Uri
1. Alakazam
2. Delilah Jones
3. Cicek Dagi
3. Hatul VeHatula
4. Hashish
5. Daber Yafe
6. Boom Pam

Collective Action: Lessons from the Labor Movement

18.02.2014

What is the meaning of work? What conditions cause workers to suffer and what inspires them to take action to improve their lives? What can Jewish history teach us about contemporary labor issues and our responsibility towards workers around the world? Watch interactive activities and see an experienced facilitator model investigations of several historical artifacts you can put to use in your classroom.

Yehuda Mizrahi channel

Sholem Aleichem in America

01.07.2011
Though Sholem Aleichem is widely known for his depictions of shtetl life, the famed Yiddish writer spent a number of years living and writing in America. In a new documentary titled “Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness,” director Joseph Dorman details the life of Sholem Aleichem, from his early successes to his many, painful failures. The Forward met with Dorman on the Lower East Side to discuss the difficult, but fruitful years Sholem Aleichem spent living in America.

Learn Hebrew Curso de Hebraico

22.01.2009 Jacob Richman

A Richer Knowledge of Being Jewish Through Yiddish

08.04.2014

Sara Israel, former Yiddish Book Center fellow, reflects on the importance of Yiddish in her Jewish identity, remembering how she related much more to Yiddish than to her Hebrew school studies.

To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit:http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell…

Jewish Culture Movie for NU204

 18.10.2012

Written and Narrated by Svetlana, produced by John M.
This is a general description of the Jewish culture.
Several Jewish songs were used as the soundtrack.
The remake of “Hava Nagila” that plays at the end was performed by John M.
All images were found on various web sites using “Google Images.” I have no rights over any of this material. This was made for a short-term, educational experience. There will be no sale of, or profit derived from this work.

Radical Jewish Culture (exhibition in the Jewish Museum Berlin)

 11.12.2011

Impressions of the exhibition “Radical Jewish Culture – the music scene in New York since 1990” from 08.04.2011 to 24.07.2011 at the Jewish Museum Berlin… read more in German:

Impressionen der Ausstellung” Radical Jewish Culture – Musikszene New York seit 1990″ vom 08.04.2011 bis 24.07.2011 im Jüdischen Museum Berlin.

Die Kristallnacht als Suite in sechs Sätzen: Ab 1992 spielten New Yorker Avantgardisten radikal neue jüdische Musik. Das Jüdische Museum widmet der Bewegung nun eine klangvolle Ausstellung.

Einen ausführlichen Bericht finden Sie bei “Kunst+Film”:
http://kunstundfilm.de/2011/04/radica…

Being Jewish in the New Germany

 03.07.2013

For more on this event, visit: http://bit.ly/16OtfI5
For more on the Berkley Center, visit:http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu

January 29, 2006 | At this event, Jeffrey Peck argued that we must now begin considering how Jews live in Germany rather than merely asking why they would choose to do so. Germany today boasts the fastest growing population of Jews in Europe. The streets of Berlin abound with signs of a revival of Jewish culture, ranging from bagel shops to the sight of worshipers leaving synagogue on Saturday. This revival is spurred by the new energy infused by Jewish immigration from Russia and changes in immigration and naturalization laws in general. This event was cosponsored by Georgetown University’s Program for Jewish Civilization.

Jeffrey Peck is a professor of Comparative Literature, dean of the Weissman School, and vice provost for global strategies at Baruch College, as well as a Senior Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. He previously was a professor in the Communication, Culture and Technology Program at Georgetown University; he has also held positions at Humboldt University in Berlin, the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, and the University of Washington. His research focuses on questions of national and minority identities, particularly German-Jewish life since unification and contemporary responses to the Holocaust in a transatlantic context. His most recent books include Being Jewish in the New Germany (2006) and Multiculturalism in Transit: A German-American Exchange (1998, edited with Klaus Milich). Peck received a Fulbright Scholar grant during the 2006-2007 academic year. He received his M.A. from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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!

Thomashefskys Yiddish Theatre

15.10.2011
Zalmen Mlotek Judy Blazer discuss Yiddish musical theatre giants Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, along with a concert in their memory (and honoring National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene) created by their grandson, renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

A Field Course on Jews in Eastern Europe

31.03.2014
Sophia Oklhova – 2012 Steiner Summer Program student – reflects on her experiences in a class that traveled to Europe to study not only Jewish history, but also contemporary Jewish culture.

To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell&#8230;

Dr.Henry Abramson The Holocaust Essential Lectures in Jewish History by Dr. Henry Abramson

02.04.2014

 

 

National Yiddish Book Center receiving top library medal
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
… the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, credited the Yiddish Book Center with “broadening the understanding of modern Jewish …
Michelle Obama presents award to Yiddish Book Center
San Diego Jewish World
As a French-Irish Catholic attending college in Amherst, Massachusetts, Peter Manseau knew little about Jewish culture and Yiddish works before his …
Culturocide: The murder of Jewish culture
Jerusalem Post
When the Jews of Europe were murdered en masse, two age-old cultures died with them.Yiddish, 1,000 years old, and Ladino, which began about …
‘Little Stories’ In Yiddish
The Jewish Week (blog)
Instead of translating children’s stories into Yiddish, translators would often adapt stories to reflect Jewish society and values. For example, in 1913, …
Welcome To The Isle Of Klezbos, Where Yiddish Meets Queer
Huffington Post
The centuries old Yiddish wedding music, so long associated in lay circles with … She plays a Jewish mother who lives to serve… food mostly — her …
Poem of the Week / Hebrew soldiers have arrived!
Haaretz
Song of Songs 3:11 in Yiddish: “Geyt arois, tekhter” From Humash, Neviim Rishonim un Neviim Aharonim, Vol. 3, Jewish Publication Society, New …
‘Lilith the Night Demon’ music explores dark, sexy side of Jewish folklore
San Jose Mercury News
Produced in collaboration with the award-winning San Francisco Choral Artists, and featuring conservatory-trained Yiddish-steeped vocalists Heather …
Foster families have been ‘ready for months’ to receive Lev Tahor children
Toronto Star
MONTREAL—They speak Yiddish, follow the Jewish law to the letter and they’ve been on standby for months, waiting to welcome into their homes the …
New Bedford native Aaron Lansky saving Yiddish one book at a time
SouthCoastToday.com
NEW BEDFORD — In spite of the relatively small Jewish community in 1960s New Bedford, it was a time and place ripe for a boy who would become …
Jewish Public library’s storied history
Montreal Gazette
As a result, members of the Jewish community concluded that they were … of Montreal’sJewish residents, especially its Yiddish-speaking clientele.
March with Us in the Celebrate Israel Parade on June 1, 2014
Orthodox Union
Free Hat and T-shirt Come march with NCSY, Yachad and the Orthodox Union in the 50th Annual Celebrate Israel parade up New York’s famed Fifth Avenue. The OU party will be complete with a fabulous float with Six13 onboard performing live, and OU hats and t-shirts for every participant.

Come March with us!
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Register at @ www.ou.org/parade

As we get closer to parade day, look for more information about times and locations as we prepare to celebrate Israel together, b’Yachad.March with Us for Israel

Checking My Privilege

by Tal Fortgang
Why I don’t apologize for white privilege.

When Jews Do Bad

by Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith
Is Donald Sterling’s racism worse because he’s a Jew?

Getting Into Harvard

by Yvette Alt Miller
A lesson from a Harvard admissions interviewer.

Cheater Cookie Recipes

by Elizabeth Kurtz
Because every gourmet chef needs an occasional break.

5 Ways to Celebrate Mistakes

by Adina Soclof
Let your kids make mistakes and grow from them.

Israel by the Numbers

by Yvette Alt Miller and aish.com
Celebrate Israel’s birthday with this comprehensive infographic.

Editor’s Pick:

Video: Israel: 100 Years in a Flash

Celebrating Israel Independence Day and the miracle of Israel.

Finders Keepers; Losers, Keep Looking

by Judy Gruen
Jews may be more forgetful than other people. After all, we lost ten of the twelve tribes, and the holy Ark.

Leftovers

by Mordechai Schmutter
I am obsessed with eating food that was cooked, at the very least, that week.

Video: Jtube: Steve Jobs: Changing the World

by Joshua Michael Stern
Do you have to be “crazy” to change the world?

FOR FRIDAY NIGHT: The Concept of Freedom (Behar)

Iyar 8, 5774 · May 8, 2014
The Concept of Freedom

Everyone wants freedom. It is a basic human need. To some extent, even animals seek freedom and show signs of unhappiness if they do not have it.

However, the question of what freedom consists of has not been clearly answered. Many people spend their lives chasing something they call freedom. But at some point they may well turn round and say they have been deceived.

Our Parshah gives us a insight into the nature of our freedom. Perhaps it challenges some of our assumptions.

We all know that a central theme in Judaism is the fact that we escaped from the slavery of Egypt –and reached “freedom.” But in this week’s Parshah G-d says about us: “The Jewish people are My servants. They are My servants because I brought them out of the land of Egypt…” (Leviticus 25:55).

Are we free, or are we servants? The Hebrew text could even be translated to read not “servants” but “slaves.” Is this our destiny? To be slaves?

From the point of view of the Torah, our greatest freedom is the fact that we are servants or even “slaves” of G-d. G-d is eternal, boundless: totally beyond limitations. G-d is infinite freedom. The closer our connection and bond with G-d, the closer we are to true freedom. It may sound paradoxical, but if we can become total “slaves” to G-d, utterly submitting ourselves to His will in every detail of our lives — then we will be totally and utterly free.

This point is in fact made in the Torah itself. The reason why it states that we are servants (or “slaves”) of G-d is in order to explain that we may not be permanent slaves to any human being. Indeed, there is a positive commandment to redeem any Jew who might be in a position of abject servitude or slavery. This is because, by his or her very nature, the Jew is bonded as a servant to G-d. In relation to all humanity and all existence the path of the Jew is one of unlimited freedom.

“Who Has Not Made Me a Slave”

In 1941, 30,000 Jews were herded by the Nazis into the Kovno ghetto in Lithuania. There they were treated like slaves, and worse. They were beaten, tortured, murdered. Yet at the same time, some aspects of life went on. In the synagogues there were morning prayers.

One morning, the man leading the prayers came to the blessing, “Blessed are You, G-d…. Who has not made me a slave.” He cried out in anguish: “How can I say this prayer? We are slaves!” His words gripped the hearts of the other worshippers. When we are literally slaves to the Germans, how indeed can we thank G-d for not making us slaves?

The question was addressed to a rabbi in the ghetto, and his answer has been preserved. We should say the prayer, because spiritually the Jew is always, free. Our physical bodies may be enslaved, but not our souls. Nothing can enslave the soul, the essence of the Jew.1

FOOTNOTES
1. Based on Rabbi Ephraim Oshry, Responsa from the Holocaust, p.85.

CHASSIDIC DIMENSION: Sinai, Mount Sinai, and “Behar” (Behar)

Chassidic Dimension – Volume 4: Behar
Iyar 8, 5774 · May 8, 2014

 

Sinai, Mount Sinai, and “Behar”

The Torah portion of Behar begins with the statement:1 “G-d spoke to Moshe at Mount Sinai….” The Hebrew word for “on the mount” is behar, giving rise to the accepted title of this portion. Why was the title “Behar” chosen, without even stating that the mountain was Sinai?

The words “mount” and “Sinai” have opposite connotations. A mountain implies loftiness and height. In a spiritual sense, this means that at times a Jew is to act in a bold, forceful and expansive manner — “His heart was expansive in the ways of the L-rd.”2

The word Sinai , on the other hand — without speaking of a mountain — is rooted in the Hebrew word s’neh,3 or thorn-bush, and thus denotes humility and self-nullification.

In the context of a Jew’s spiritual service, there are three levels: a) the level of Sinai — humility and self-nullification; b) the level of Mount Sinai — a combination of expansiveness and humility; and c) behar — the level of expansiveness. It is this final level that a person is to aspire to, and for which the Torah portion is named.

This will be better understood by considering a person who acts as another’s agent, emissary and messenger, and contrasting this with a wholly devoted servant.

The Gemara states4 that “One’s emissary is like the person himself.” Our Rabbis explain5 that there are three ways in which one can act as another’s agent:

a) The person empowers and authorizes his agent to act in his stead. In this instance, the action itself is accorded to the agent.

b) Even the action is seen as being done by the person himself, albeit through the vehicle of an emissary;

c) Not only are the actions considered to have been done by the person himself, but the emissary and agent become one at the time the mission is fulfilled.

Still, even with regard to the highest form of emissary, the agent still exists as an entity unto himself. This is why the phrase “One’s emissary is like the person himself” applies only to those matters that directly relate to the agent’s fulfillment of his mission.6

This is not so with regard to one’s servant. A servant is not an entity unto himself; his whole being is that of his master. It is for this reason that “whatever is acquired by the servant is acquired by his master.”7

All the above also applies to the levels of Sinai, Mount Sinai, and behar:

At the very outset of man’s spiritual service, when a person exists as an entity unto himself, he must act in complete humility and self-nullification — Sinai. At this stage, broadness and expansiveness have no place, for it would be emanating from his own ego, rather than from G-dliness and holiness.

This level of Sinai is similar to the first kind of emissary; the messenger is an entity unto himself; he merely negates himself and acts on behalf of the person who sent him.

A higher level of service is that of “Mount Sinai.” At this stage, a person may already feel some of the height and expansiveness of a “mountain.” This is because at this stage of his spiritual development, the person has so negated himself that the expansiveness is not an outgrowth of his own ego, but an expression of holiness.

Nevertheless, here too a person must possess the self-nullification of Sinai, for nullification has yet to wholly permeate him.

This is similar to the higher forms of emissary, wherein the agent gives over his power of action, or indeed his very being, to the one who sent him. Nevertheless, in this stage as well, there is still a difference between the emissary and the person who sent him.

The loftiest manner of service is that of behar — the person is so entirely negated to G-dliness that it is not even necessary to remind him of “Sinai” — there exists nothing for him other than G-d, just as the entire being of a servant is that of his master.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XXII, pp. 159-163.

ETHICS OF OUR FATHERS: Expression, Connection and Union: The threefold identity of the Jew (Chapter 3)

Iyar 7, 5774 * May 7, 2014

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E T H I C S   O F   O U R   F A T H E R S
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Expression, Connection and Union:
The threefold identity of the Jew
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“Rabbi Akivah would say… Beloved is man, for he was created in the Image (of G-d); it is a sign of even greater love that it has been made known to him that he was created in the Image, as it is stated: ‘For in the image of G-d He made man.’ Beloved are Israel, for they are called children of G-d; it is a sign of even greater love that it has been made known to them that they are called children of G-d, as it is stated: ‘You are children of the L-rd your G-d.’ Beloved are Israel, for they were given a precious article; it is a sign of even greater love that it has been made known to them that they were given a precious article, as it is stated: ‘I have given you a good purchase; My Torah, do not forsake it.’ ” (Ethics of the Fathers, 3:14)

                         *     *     *     *

He was one of the greatest sages the Jewish people had ever known. But, as a descendant of converts to Judaism, he could not even claim Jewish ancestry. And although he grew up as a Jew, for the first four decades of his life he was completely ignorant of Torah. An illiterate shepherd until the age of 40, he eventually became one of the most authoritative figures in the history of the study and transmission of Torah.

So Rabbi Akivah was able to relate, firsthand, to the three dimensions of our identity which he enumerates in the above-quoted Mishnah: our humanity, our Jewishness, and the specialty achieved through the study of Torah. Or–as expressed in terms of our relationship with G-d–our reflection of, connection to, and union with the Almighty.


Reflection and Connection

On the most basic level, man is the expression of the Divine. His discriminating intelligence, his empowerment to will and choose freely, are wholly G-dly qualities – qualities that the Almighty imparted to the crown and apex of His creation, making humanity the mortal mirror of His omnipotence.

Our identity as Jews represents a deeper aspect of our relationship with G-d, one that the Almighty compares to the intimate and quintessential bond between father and son. Of all the peoples of the world, G-d chose the nation of Israel to be the purveyors of His immanence in our world. To this end He commanded us the mitzvos, providing us with many and diverse avenues – as diverse as life itself – for us to make our lives an abode for His presence.

The word mitzvah means both “commandment” and “connection.” In commanding us to perform a certain deed, G-d creates an opportunity for us to form a connection with Him. He is willing Himself to want something from us, although He certainly does not want for anything in the “lack” sense of the word. He does this so that we may be able to relate to Him by fulfilling His will.

In other words, while our identity as beings created in His image has more to do with what we are than with what we do, our identity as Jews means that we have been imbued with the potential to actively create a connection with Him – by living our lives as instruments of His will.


Clothing and Nourishment

But a person’s performance of mitzvos can be a wholly “external” act – something in which he is involved only on the behavioral level, to little or no effect on his character and personality. This is not to say that merely going through the motions of a mitzvah’s performance is of no significance. These “motions” are acts, words or thoughts whose execution the Almighty chose to define as the implementation of His will. But regardless of the magnitude of what a person’s deed is accomplishing, he himself may remain unmoved and unchanged.

Torah, however, introduces a new dimension to our ability to connect to the Divine. Like the mitzvos, Torah is a channel opened by the Almighty to enable us, confined as we are to our finite and material existence, to form a connection with Him. The difference is in the medium He chose: with the mitzvos, He made that certain (mostly physical) actions should embody His “will”; with Torah, He communicated His “wisdom” in terms digestible to the human mind.

In other words, through the performance of mitzvos our daily lives become an exercise in the performance of the Divine “will,” while through the study of Torah our minds become saturated with G-d’s “wisdom.”

This is one of the reasons why the Torah is often described as “food” for the soul and the mitzvos as the soul’s “garments.” The hand that dons tefillin or dispenses charity, the heart and lips that pray, are immersed in an activity that is an extension of the Divine – an activity in which the Almighty chose to invest His will. But, in a sense, this is a one-way relationship: the limbs and faculties involved in the mitzvah’s performance are fully immersed in the act, but the act may not penetrate their being. They are doing the mitzvah, but the mitzvah may not be doing anything to them – at least not anything internal and permanent. They are effecting a connection with the Almighty, but a connection involving only their conduct and behavior, not their inner makeup and character. This is comparable to the relationship between a garment and its wearer: the wearer is encased in the garment, yet the garment remains something that is outside and distinct of the wearer.

Torah, however, is food for the soul. Food that is absorbed by its consumer to become the very substance of his being. The thinking mind is not only absorbed by an idea, but also absorbs it, making for “a wonderful union, like which there is none other, and which has no parallel anywhere in the material world – they (the mind and the idea) attain a complete oneness and unity, from every side and angle.”

And when the idea is a Torah idea, the human mind attains this “complete oneness and unity, from every side and angle” with the Divine essence which G-d communicated as His “wisdom”: on the one hand, the mind immerses itself in G-d’s Torah (a quality which the act of Torah study shares with all other mitzvos); on the other hand, it also digests and internalizes the idea, making it part of its outlook and identity.

In summation:

A. The human soul, simply by being what it is, mirrors and expresses its Divine source.

B. A more potent relationship is achieved through the mitzvos, with which the Jew actively creates a connection with the Almighty.

C. Through the study of Torah the Jew effects not only a connection with his G-d, but also a union in the most absolute sense of the word.
History, Biography and A Day in the Life of a Jew

The story of Rabbi Akivah’s origins and life is also the story of the Jewish nation. The people of Israel are also descendants of “converts” to Judaism: while G-d impressed His image on the very first man He created, it was more than two thousand years before He began the process of choosing Israel as His nation. And in its younger years, Israel, too, had yet to taste the full extent of the union with G-d wrought by Torah. While yet in Egypt, they were already referred to by the Almighty as “My firstborn son, Israel” and commanded to do certain mitzvos; but it was only on the 6th of Sivan of the year 2448 from Creation (1313 B.C.E.), as the entire people of Israel stood gathered at the foot of Mount Sinai, that the Almighty gave us His Torah and opened an new and unprecedented dimension of opportunity for relationship with Him.

In a certain sense, we each experience these three phases of growth in the course of our lifetimes and, in microcosmic form, every day of our lives. From the moment of birth, we are full-fledged human beings, reflecting and expressing the Divine image in which we were created. But the Jewish dimension to our being is not fully realized until the age of 12 (a girl) or 13 (a boy), when we assume the obligation to observe the mitzvos and fulfill her/his role as a one of G-d’s chosen people. And although the we are taught words of Torah from the time we begin to speak, it is only after many years of devoted study, years in which we attain the knowledge and maturity of mind necessary to even begin to truly comprehend Torah, that we come to enjoy the special union with G-d that only the in-depth study of Torah can bring.

On the daily level, we regain full possession of our distinctly human faculties immediately upon waking. But our relationship with the Almighty is still a wholly passive one – simply by being what we are, we mirror the Divine attributes and qualities which He invested in us. Then, with our acknowledgment of G-d in the words of Modeh Ani and our service of G-d through prayer, we begin the actualization of our Jewish selves and our “filial” relationship with our Heavenly Father. Finally, we move “from the hall of prayer to the hall of study,” where the mind of the Jew and the “mind” of G-d fuse to one.

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Introductory reading to Ethics of the Fathers:

All Israel has a share in the World to Come, as is stated: “And your people are all righteous; they shall inherit the land forever. They are the shoot of My planting, the work of My hands, in which I take pride.” (Sanhedrin, 11:1)

Chapter Three

1. Rabbi Akavia the son of Mahalalel would say: Reflect upon three things and you will not come to the hands of transgression. Know from where you came, where you are going, and before whom you are destined to give a judgment and accounting. From where you came–from a putrid drop; where you are going–to a place of dust, maggots and worms; and before whom you are destined to give a judgment and accounting–before the supreme king of kings, the Holy One, blessed be He.

2. Rabbi Chanina, deputy to the kohanim, would say: Pray for the integrity of the sovereignty; for were it not for the fear of its authority, a man would swallow his neighbor alive. Rabbi Chanina son of Tradyon would say: Two who sit and no words of Torah pass between them, this is a session of scorners, as is stated, “And in a session of scorners he did not sit.” But two who sit and exchange words of Torah, the Divine Presence rests amongst them, as is stated, “Then the G-d-fearing conversed with one another, and G-d listened and heard; and it was inscribed before Him in a book of remembrance for those who fear G-d and give thought to His name.” From this, I know only concerning two individuals; how do I know that even a single individual who sits and occupies himself with the Torah, G-d designates reward for him? From the verse, “He sits alone in meditative stillness; indeed, he receives [reward] for it.”

3. Rabbi Shimon would say: Three who eat at one table and do not speak words of Torah, it is as if they have eaten from the slaughter of the dead, as is stated, “Indeed, all tables are filled with vomit and filth, devoid of the Omnipresent.” But three who eat at one table and speak words of Torah, it is as if they have eaten at G-d’s table, as is stated, “And he said to me: `This is the table that is before G-d.’ ”

4. Rabbi Chanina the son of Chachina’i would say: One who stays awake at night, or travels alone on the road, and turns his heart to idleness, has forfeited his life.

5. Rabbi Nechunia the son of Hakanah would say: One who accepts upon himself the yoke of Torah is exempted from the yoke of government duties and the yoke of worldly cares ; but one who casts off the yoke of Torah is saddled with the yoke of government duties and the yoke of worldly cares.

6. Rabbi Chalafta the son of Dosa of the village of Chanania would say: Ten who sit together and occupy themselves with Torah, the Divine Presence rests amongst them, as is stated: “The Almighty stands in the community of G-d.” And from where do we know that such is also the case with five? From the verse, “He established his band on earth.” And three? From the verse, “He renders judgment in the midst of judges.” And two? From the verse, “Then the G-d-fearing conversed with one another, and G-d listened and heard.” And from where do we know that such is the case even with a single individual? From the verse, “Every place where I have My name mentioned, I shall come to you and bless you.”

7. Rabbi Elazar of Bartosa would say: Give Him what is His, for you, and whatever is yours, are His. As David says: “For everything comes from You, and from Your own hand we have given to You.” Rabbi Yaakov would say: One who walks along a road and studies, and interrupts his studying to say, “How beautiful is this tree!,” “How beautiful is this ploughed field!”—the Torah considers it as if he had forfeited his life.

8. Rabbi Dusta’i the son of Rabbi Yannai would say in the name of Rabbi Meir: Anyone who forgets even a single word of this learning, the Torah considers it as if he had forfeited his life. As is stated, “Just be careful, and verily guard your soul, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen.” One might think that this applies also to one who [has forgotten because] his studies proved too difficult for him; but the verse goes on to tell us “and lest they be removed from your heart, throughout the days of your life.” Hence, one does not forfeit his life unless he deliberately removes them from his heart.

9. Rabbi Chanina the son of Dosa would say: One whose fear of sin takes precedence to his wisdom, his wisdom endures. But one whose wisdom takes precedence to his fear of sin, his wisdom does not endure.

10. He would also say: One whose deeds exceed his wisdom, his wisdom endures. But one whose wisdom exceeds his deeds, his wisdom does not endure. He would also say: One who is pleasing to his fellow men, is pleasing to G-d. But one who is not pleasing to his fellow men, is not pleasing to G-d. Rabbi Dosa the son of Hurkinas would say: Morning sleep, noontime wine, children’s talk and sitting at the meeting places of the ignoramus, drive a person from the world.

11. Rabbi Elazar of Modi’in would say: One who profanes the kodoshim, degrades the Festivals, humiliates his friend in public, abrogates the covenant of our father Abraham, or who interprets the Torah contrary to its true intent—although he may possess Torah knowledge and good deeds, he has no share in the World to Come.

12. Rabbi Ishmael would say: Be yielding to a leader, affable to the black-haired, and receive every man with joy.

13. Rabbi Akivah would say: Jesting and frivolity accustom a person to promiscuity. Tradition is a safety fence to Torah, tithing a safety fence to wealth, vows a safety fence for abstinence; a safety fence for wisdom is silence.

14. He would also say: Beloved is man, for he was created in the image [of G-d]; it is a sign of even greater love that it has been made known to him that he was created in the image, as it is says, “For in the image of G-d, He made man.” Beloved are Israel, for they are called children of G-d; it is a sign of even greater love that it has been made known to them that they are called children of G-d, as it is stated: “You are children of the L-rd your G-d.” Beloved are Israel, for they were given a precious article; it is a sign of even greater love that it has been made known to them that they were given a precious article, as it is stated: “I have given you a good purchase; My Torah, do not forsake it.”

15. All is foreseen, and freedom of choice is granted. The world is judged with goodness, but in accordance with the amount of man’s positive deeds.

16. He would also say: Everything is placed in pledge, and a net is spread over all the living. The store is open, the storekeeper extends credit, the account-book lies open, the hand writes, and all who wish to borrow may come and borrow. The collection-officers make their rounds every day and exact payment from man, with his knowledge and without his knowledge. Their case is well founded, the judgment is a judgment of truth, and ultimately, all is prepared for the feast.

17. Rabbi Eliezer the son of Azariah would say: If there is no Torah, there is no common decency; if there is no common decency, there is no Torah. If there is no wisdom, there is no fear of G-d; if there is no fear of G-d, there is no wisdom. If there is no applied knowledge, there is no analytical knowledge; if there is no analytical knowledge, there is no applied knowledge. If there is no flour, there is no Torah; if there is no Torah, there is no flour.

He would also say: One whose wisdom is greater than his deeds, what is he comparable to? To a tree with many branches and few roots; comes a storm and uproots it, and turns it on its face. As is stated, “He shall be as a lone tree in a wasteland, and shall not see when good comes; he shall dwell parched in the desert, a salt land, uninhabited.” But one whose deeds are greater than his wisdom, to what is he compared? To a tree with many roots and few branches, whom all the storms in the world cannot budge from its place. As is stated: “He shall be as a tree planted upon water, who spreads his roots by the river; who fears not when comes heat, whose leaf is ever lush; who worries not in a year of drought, and ceases not to yield fruit.”

18. Rabbi Eliezer [the son of] Chisma would say: the laws of kinin and the laws of menstrual periods—these, these are the meat of Halacha. The calculations of solar seasons and gematria are the condiments of wisdom.

Studied at the conclusion of each lesson of the Ethics:

Rabbi Chananiah the son of Akashiah would say: G-d desired to merit the people of Israel; therefore, He gave them Torah and Mitzvot in abundance. As is stated, “G-d desired, for sake of his righteousness, that Torah be magnified and made glorious.” (Makot, 3:16)

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COMMENT: Because It Is There

Because It Is There
Iyar 6, 5774 · May 6, 2014

 

According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, the sport of mountain-climbing was born in 1760, when a young Genevan scientist, Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, offered prize money for the first person or persons to reach the summit of Mount Blanc, Europe’s tallest peak at 15,777 feet.

I suspect that it’s been going on for much longer than that. Something tells me that for as long as there have been humans and mountains, humans have been climbing mountains. Not just for some “useful” purpose, but also for sport, for the challenge it poses, for no other reason—as one famous mountaineer put it—than “because it is there.” Or rather, because we arehere, down below, and we want to be someplace higher than here.

Consider the case of Moses. Granted, Mount Sinai was no Everest. Remember, however, that Moses was 80 years old at the time. Remember, also, that he was doing it on behalf of 600,000 people. (600,000 Jews, that is, which means that he had to contend with 600,000 opinions on which route to take, what equipment to use, etc.; indeed, Moses had to build a fence around the mountain to hold them back from having a go at it themselves.)

Now, you might say that Moses’ climb wasn’t just for the challenge, but for a specific purpose: to receive the Torah. Yet G‑d was coming down from the heavens—an infinite number of light-years away. He certainly could have descended another few thousand feet, instead of making an octogenarian sage climb a mountainside. As, indeed, He could have programmed the Torah right into our brains, together with all the other stuff we’re born knowing, instead of chiseling it into two stone tablets for us to study and decipher.

But G‑d was telling us: Yes, you are so far down below, and I am so high up, that you’ll never get here on your own. The only way that there can be anything eternal, infinite or true in your lives is if I come down to you. But if I came all the way down, whatever I might give you will be meaningless to you—as meaningless to you as your own existence, to which you are oblivious because you were born into it and did not struggle to achieve it.

So, says G‑d, I am going to make these mountains. Mountains that will try your skills, that will consume every iota of your energy and determination. Mountains so high that they will require a superhuman effort on your part to attain their peaks.

And when you reach the summit, I’ll be there waiting for you.

VOICES: Life’s Little Reversals

Life’s Little Reversals
Iyar 6, 5774 · May 6, 2014

 

I noticed first the striking red shawl wrapping her, identical to the one my husband had presented me from his trip to Russia. Almost simultaneously we exited our respective cabs; immediately my eyes were drawn to the shawl and my ears were drawn to the sound. Her voice was louder than the shawl, and it took a moment before I realized she was berating not me, but the man emerging from the cab after her: kak tzebye nye stidna? (Loosely: “aren’t you ashamed of yourself?” or “have you no shame?”) And because we had the same destination, the entire walk from the street to the Kotel (Western Wall) was to the sound of their arguing—Russian to Hebrew and back again. Speaking neither, and understanding very little of both, I could divine only that she cared about her son’s welfare and that she didn’t want to be here.

I turned right, to the ramp leading down to that holiest of places; they turned left . . .

It takes great effort to exit the emotional universe of the Western Wall, taking some steps backward and then at some point turning and walking forward, upward . . . how often we need to do that little reversal in our life. And now I see many clusters of soldiers, many individual soldiers, hurrying towards the north side of the plaza. Without realizing it was happening, I’m now in a crush of soldiers and, apparently, their families. And then the sound of trumpets and drums fills the entire space with the Israeli national anthem. Some ceremony must be taking place.

And then, there they were again—she of the red Russian shawl still berating the man dwarfing her. Still gesticulating, still voices raised. The plaza is filled with noise—usually a place so still, now there are the drums and trumpets, lots of people talking very loudly, a celebratory vibe in the air . . . and suddenly it goes still.

I’m looking now, not at swirls of soldiers, but at a neat, orderly block of perhaps a hundred boys in uniform. Some with kippot; I notice tzitzit among the crowd. All stand quietly and respectfully. Mindful of the time, however, I hurry up the many stairs to the Jewish Quarter, where I’m to meet a friend, but halfway up I’m compelled to stop and watch them. Sounds waft up . . . speeches . . . and it’s clear that this is the swearing-in ceremony concluding basic training for these boys. I was across the ocean when my own son received his beret and Bible; I can’t bring myself to leave now.

And as my eyes mist over with tears, I’m assaulted again by her loud voice. Here, on this landing above the Kotel’s plaza, I’ve not escaped them, and they are ascending the stairs towards me. Stopping beside me, seeing what I’m seeing, she is quiet. There they stand, and they are quiet. And then, as only happens in Israel, she turns to me and, as if we’d been childhood friends, begins to pour out her heart.

It’s her son down there.

Against her express wishes, he’d enlisted six months ago.

Against her express wishes, he enlisted. She feels betrayed. She is deeply frightened.

And here her husband stands proudly watching—how can he be so callous? And I hear her story; she’s crying freely and wiping her tears with the edge of her shawl. For a week, day and night, I’d been in the embrace of its identical twin as it shielded and warmed me. Her hand holds its edge, and she tells me of her father killed in action while defending his country, of her mother left a young widow. She describes the terror of her siblings as their sons went into battle, and her resolute stance that her son would do anything to avoid his army service. And then, his betrayal! And, more than that, her husband’s complicity—he’d signed the papers! And now he drags her here, to this ceremony?!

She is angry. She feels betrayed. She is deeply frightened. And she’s adamant that she will not stay for the ceremony; he tricked her into coming, and she has nothing to say to her son! All of this in broken English, with Russian and Hebrew interspersed.

Her husband had gone off, and now he returns with two hot cups of tea and hands me one. “To warm your insides,” he tells me. His English, strongly accented, is impeccable as only one who learned it as a second language can speak. Russian-educated, he is a teacher of English literature in an Israeli high school. His wife refuses the cup, and hugs herself as she turns her back on the scene below. He stands next to me, leaning forward the better to see.

The fringes of the red shawl brush my shoulder, and the connection is there. And now I’m speaking to her as if we’d known each other forever. I find my voice pleading. I tell her that I would do anything to have been able to be here to see my son take his place as his name was called.

I tell her also of our own struggle, my husband’s discouragement of our own son’s desire to join the IDF. Nevertheless, my husband told my son the decision was his own. Discouraging him, but allowing him that freedom. On the very first day of basic training he called our son, showering upon him all the blessings a father can confer. Speaking of his pride in him. Encouraging him, blessing him, reminding him that this role he now assumed was a holy one.

And I’m crying as I tell her all of this. “Go down,” I tell her, “go back down to the plaza and be there to hug him and kiss him with great pride and joy.

“I know your fear,” I say, “but he needs your support and your confidence. And your pride in him. Don’t deprive him of that.”

I don’t know if she understands everything I say, but I believe that her heart must sense the words from my heart even if she doesn’t know them. But her husband understands. And now I see him move to her side and say, in a strong voice now, “Come.”

She’s quiet. Doesn’t move. Again he says, “Come,” and gives her a gentle tug. And suddenly she turns and embraces me tightly. The red Russian shawl envelopes me in her embrace . . . and they are gone. I watch them walk down the stairs; I don’t wait to see them greet her son.

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God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers. – Jewish Proverb

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My Yiddishe Momme (sung in yiddish) Regine Zylberberg

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My Yiddishe Momme ( Mein Yiddische Mame)
Regine Zylberberg – vocal

A Idishe mame,
Zi makht dokh zis di gantze velt,
A Idishe mame,
Oy vey, vi bitter, ven zi felt,
Ihr darft dokh danken Got,
Vus Ikh hot ihr nokh bay zikh.
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Oy vi gliklekh un raykh
Iz der mentch, vus hot
Aza shayne metune geshenkt fin Got,
Nuch an altishke Idishe mame,
Mame Mame mayn!

Translation:

The Jewish mother makes the world sweet.
A Jewish mother, how bitter life is when she is not there.
you must thank God that she is still with you.
How sad to be when she passes away too soon.
She would run through fire and water for the sake of her child.
It is the worst of sins not holding her precious.
Happy and rich is the man who has got this beautiful gift of God,
to have still an old Jewish mother
Mother Mother of mine

Regine Zylberberg.- French chanteuse. Born on December 26, 1929 in Belgium to Polish-Jewish parents.

ANECDOTE: ” My Yiddishe Momme”

“My Yiddishe Momme” was originally written in 1925 by Jack Yellen as a
personal tribute to his mother who
recently had died. A few years later he asked Lew Pollack to work on the melody with him, and eventually the song credits read JACK YELLEN (words)
JACK YELLEN and LEW POLLACK (music).

“On an impulse” he told David Ewen “I
called up Sophie Tucker at the Claridge Hotel in New York. She bawled me out for
spoiling her sleeping pill, but she
listened, and when I finished singing ,
she was weeping. Between gulps, she
asked me to send her a copy. She wrote
me that her agents and friends suggested
the title be changed to “Jewish” or
“Hebrew mother”, being afraid of the
word “Yiddish”. I told her that if she
sang it, it would be “Yiddish Momme” or
nothing at all, and what is more; I
insisted that she should sing the chorus
in yiddish, the way I had written it.

THE 1928 disk that sold a million copies
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on one side and the Yiddish on the other. The accompaniment was by Ted Shapiro, who worked with Sophie for forty-six years, up to her death, and wrote much special material for her.
Sophie introduced the song initially at the Palace Theatre in New York in 1925 to a standing ovation.””.

Title: A Yidishe Mame — אַ ייִדישע מאַמע
Also known as: Yidishe Mame
Also known as: Mayn Yidishe Mame
Also known as: My Yidishe Mame
Author: Yellen, Jack
Composer: Yellen, Jack
Composer: Pollack, Lou — פּאָלעק, לאָו
Genre: Nostalgia/Family
Subject: Mother/Constancy/Devotion/Immigration

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yellow star of David marked with the word “Juif,” meaning Jew.”.

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My Yiddishe Momme- sung by Regine Zylberberg was featured in the french
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( English title: Marry Me, Marry Me )
directed by Claude Berri.
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Yom Hazikaron670

Yom Hazikaron Israel Memorial Day 2014

01.05.2014
Yom Hazikaron Israel Memorial Day is May 5, 2014 (beginning sundown May 4)
The Israeli Memorial Day” for Fallen Soldiers and Victim of Terror

Yom Hazikaron, the Israeli Memorial Day, is different in its character and mood from the American Memorial Day. For 24 hours (from sunset to sunset) all places of public entertainment (theaters, cinemas, nightclubs, pubs, etc.) are closed. The most noticeable feature of the day is the sound of siren that is heard throughout the country twice, during which the entire nation observes a two-minutes “standstill” of all traffic and daily activities. The first siren marks the beginning of Memorial Day at 8:00 P.M., and the second is at 11:00 A.M., before the public recitation of prayers in the military cemeteries. All radio and television stations broadcast programs portraying the lives and heroic deeds of fallen soldiers. Most of the broadcasting time is devoted to Israeli songs that convey the mood of the day.
The Silver Platter by Nathan Altermam
The Earth grows still.
The lurid sky slowly pales
Over smoking borders.
Heartsick, but still living, a people stand by
To greet the uniqueness
of the miracle.
Readied, they wait beneath the moon,
Wrapped in awesome joy, before the light.
— Then, soon,
A girl and boy step forward,
And slowly walk before the waiting nation;
In work garb and heavy-shod
They climb
In stillness.
Wearing yet the dress of battle, the grime
Of aching day and fire-filled night
Unwashed, weary unto death, not knowing rest,
But wearing youth like dewdrops in their hair.
— Silently the two approach
And stand.
Are they of the quick or of the dead?
Through wondering tears, the people stare.
“Who are you, the silent two?”
And they reply: “We are the silver platter
Upon which the Jewish State was served to you.”
And speaking, fall in shadow at the nation’s feet.
Let the rest in Israel’s chronicles be told.
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Yom Hazikaron 2013גבעת עדה

03.05.2014
תיאורמצגת על הנופלים בהגנת המושבה , פעולות איבה ומערכות ישראל , במושבה גבעת עדה . המצגת הופקה על ידי המתנ”ס הקהילתי לטקס יום הזיכרון 2013

Israël se souvient des soldats de Tsahal tombés au combat

06.05.2008
Israël se souvient des soldats de Tsahal tombés au combat. 06/05/2008

קליפ תמונות ליום הזיכרון לחללי צה”ל

27.04.2007
תמונות לרקע השיר” היה לי חבר היה לי אח” ליום הזיכרון לחללי צה”ל

How should I bless Ma Avarech להקת חיל הים – מה אברך

21.02.2010
How should I bless Ma Avarech להקת חיל הים – מה אברך

חוה אלברשטיין – רקמה אנושית

09.09.2011

Hatikva-The National Anthem of Israel

30.11.2007
Hatikva-The National Anthem of Israel

טקס יום הזיכרון

30.04.2008
טקס יום הזיכרון מאת אוראל אמזלג

BTJ Yom Hazikaron Assembly 2013

15.04.2013

Yom HaShoah-670

NEVER AGAIN!

09.09.2013

Rabbi Joseph Polak Yom Hashoah Day Of Remembrance 2014 Young Israel of Long Beach
YILB

29.04.2014

Chief Rabbi Lau speaks on Holocaust Remembrance Day

03.05.2009
Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, speaks on Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day in Jerusalem at Yad Vashem during the Central Ceremony.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day videos

Yom HaShoah 2013

Yom HaShoah videos

Yom HaShoah2

24Jewish Video Event of the day, El Male-Shoah, Cantor Zevi Muller sings at the UN, Part 2 El male rachamim & Hazzan, Great Videos Selection

Niggun Yifrach Beyomov song at the Rebbes Farbrengen

25.04.2014
“In his days may the righteous flourish, with much peace until the moon is no more.” (Psalms 72:7) Chassidim sing a niggun composed for the Rebbe’s seventy-first birthday.

6 Tishrei, 5743 – September 23, 1982

From Living Torah Volume 126 Program 503

The Maccabeats – Nachamu (One Day More)

23.04.2014
Download “One Day More” on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/one&#8230;

The versions of “Nachamu” that make up this track were originally performed by Safam and Tzlil V’zemer Boys Choir.

This and all Maccabeats music is recorded a cappella.
http://www.maccabeats.com

Mimouna in Jerusalem, Not!

24.04.2014
Residents voice displeasure over decision to cancel traditional site of Mimouna celebrations in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park

מימונה 2014 לוד – המופלטה הגדולה בעולם

23.04.2014
חגיגת המימונה בלוד הגדולה בישראל עם קהל אלפים מתושבי העיר ועם מפגן מרשים של 25 שרים וחברי כנסת שהגיעו לחבק את העיר לוד באהבה רבה * תושבי העיר הכינו לכבוד המימונה את המופלטה הגדולה בעולם בקוטר של 3 מטר במטרה להיכנס לספר השיאים של גינס ולשבור את השיא העומד על 2.5 מטר * נציגת גינס אישרה: המופלטה הגדולה בעולם הוכנה כהלכה!

הפרויקט של רביבו ” אלה ” בהופעה מימונה 2014 נשר

23.04.2014
השיר החדש מבית הפרויקט “אלה” בביצוע מדהים

23.04.2014
מימונה תשע”ד

 

הזמר שלומי עמיאל ולהקתו זמר השמחות לחינה חתונה הזמנות להופעות 0527957725

23.04.2014
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מימונה אצל משפחת תעשה

23.04.2014
תודה להיידי אישה מדהימה על אירוח מושקע וטעים מלא שמחה

יעקב נשאווי בחפלת מימונה 2014

23.04.2014

הפקות אוריינטליות לירון גאה להציג
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מימונה אילת חוף הדקל

23.04.2014
יוסי רווח מימונה אילת חוף הדקל

The tomb of Rabbi Hiyya (Hiyya the Great), Tiberias, Israel. Tour Guide: Zahi Shaked

22.05.2013

Zahi Shaked A tour guide in Israel and his camera
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AE New Chabad Niggun Leaked 5774 Yud Alf Nissan Niggun Full HD 2

06.04.2014

Daniel K. Simon Speech – Siyum Sefer Torah Chabad of S. Barbara

 06.04.2014

http://www.sbchabad.org – Siyum Sefer Torah completion and dedication, April 6, 2014 – Remarks by Daniel K. Simon.

2014 Winter Jewish Music Concert (complete)

20.01.2014

The complete recording of the 2014 Winter Jewish Music Concert. Miami, Florida. January 18, 2014. http://www.JewishConcert.org.

Performers in order of appearance:

Paul Offenkrantz: A Dudele

Michelle Auslander Cohen: Avinu Shebashamayim

Noah Aronson: Shir lama’a lot, Create a Pure Heart Within Me

Elena Correia: Bei Mir Bist Du Schön, Ich Hob Dich Tsu Fil Lieb

Meir Goldberg: My Yiddishe Mama, Sheyibone Beis Hamikdosh

Judith Ovadia: Vos Iz Gover’n Fun Mayn Shtetele?

Stephen Texon: Yiru Einenu, Hashir Shehal’viim

Shiree Kidron: T’filat Tal

Mark Glanville: Vilne, Shma Yisroel

Sharón Clark: Exodus, Now

Gabrielle Fink: It Ain’t Necessarily So, Bess, You Is My Woman

Sheba Ensemble: Cuando el Rey Nimrod, Tumbalalaika

 

First UK Shmita Summit: Applying ancient tradition to modern Jewish life

 

 

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.

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

eMail:

dejavu.band4u@gmail.com

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

 

 

Shalom, El Salvador: A Jewish Culture Cuide
Shalom Life
Today, El Salvador has a proud population of only 100 Jews. … Our Rabbi Fernando Lapiduz from Argentina has increased Jewish life significantly.
Temple Israel to move Hebrew school to new Kingston campus
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
Temple Israel of Wilkes-Barre has signed on to move its Hebrew school and administrative offices to the Center for Jewish Life campus being planned …
Jewish Mothers vs. Mothers Who Happen To Be Jewish
Tablet Magazine
But her life was long, and much of it seemed joyous and full. She was a tremendous flirt; could be blunt to a fault; made delicious sour-cream coffee …
Toronto Jewish Film Fest: two showbiz tales of triumph and tragedy
Toronto Star
Both came from struggling Jewish immigrant families. … Tucker springs miraculously back to life in a hugely enjoyable new feature-length film called …
Donald Sterling comments a stark contrast to longstanding Jewish role in civil rights
JNS.org
By Dmitriy Shapiro/JNS.org/Washington Jewish Week … According to Larry Brooks, editor and publisher of Southern Jewish Life Magazine, Jews …
Jessie Thompson, 96, missing from Jewish Life Care Center in Kingsbridge Heights
News 12 Bronx (registration)
Jessie Thompson was last seen just before noon on Sunday when she left the Jewish LifeCare Center on West Kingsbridge Road. The nursing …
25000 Attend Hungarian ‘March of Life
The Jewish Voice
Hungary’s annual “March of Life” commemorating the Holocaust drew a … Around 600,000 Hungarian Jews perished in the Holocaust after Nazi …
Utah’s New Cosmopolitanism
The Jewish Week
Today’s Jewish life is more diffuse, but it thrives amid a culture that places religious identity front and center. With a welcoming stance that embraces its …
Center Field: Let’s wave the flag for Israel – even in hip Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post
The anomalous interruption reminded us how smooth Israeli life is most of the time for most people, and, ultimately, that the fates of Jews and Arabs in ..
Around the Jewish Year
The chronology of the Jewish year, with its holy days and commemorations brings a pattern of stability and serenity to our lives. Travel with Rabbi Wein through the yearly calendar as the various special days and times of the year are explained and discussed. The flow of times and events in “Around the Jewish Year” will provide new insights into the purpose and richness of the life of a Jew.
SEFIRAH LEARNING….
The Ethics of the Fathers, Pirkei Avos, is the summation of Torah wisdom of the ages as imparted to us by the great men of the Mishna. All of the problems of life and of human strengths and weaknesses are analyzed and portrayed through the wisdom of these great men and their Torah heritage. These words of wisdom provide a most meaningful guide to current personal life and communal events.


Ya’alili – 8th Day’s Official Music Video – Jewish Music – Chabad.org

8th Day, co-founded by brothers Shmuel and Bentzi Marcus, is one of Jewish music’s hottest bands. The group has released three studio albums and …
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

 

Oprah’s Visit to Hasidic Brooklyn – A Jewish.TV Exclusive Interview – Inside ChabadLubavitch
Oprah Winfrey spent a day visiting Hasidic communities in Brooklyn, NY. At the end of the day, Chabad.org’s own Rabbi Motti Seligson interviewed …
chabad.org
Live Broadcast: Conference of ChabadLubavitch Women Emissaries – Sunday, January 26 / 5:30 
Join over 3000 ChabadLubavitch women emissaries and their guests as they celebrate at the annual banquet, the culmination of a five-day …
chabad.org
Chabad niggun HIT OF THE YEAR- Berry weber! – YouTube
04:26
This song is probably the biggest hit between 2011 and 2013. Copywrite info: These videos do not belong to me, I have taken a mix of youtube videos …
youtube.com
A Story in Three Acts – How the Lubavitcher Rebbe Changed My Life – Inside ChabadLubavitch
Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, tells how the Rebbe’s guidance affected him at three critical junctures in his life.
chabad.org
Itche Kadoozy Chanukah Mini-Series – Part I – Inspiration & Entertainment – Chabad.org
Jono enters a donut eating contest, Gefilte Fish orders two thousand plastic dreidels from China and Rabbi Kadoozy gets a permit for a menorah …
chabad.org
Daily Siyum – Live Broadcast – Nine Days Daily Live Siyum – Tisha B’Av and the 3  – Chabad.org
It is customary to participate in a “siyum” celebrating the completion of a section in Torah during the days that we mourn the Temple’s destruction.
chabad.org
Chabad Wins World Cup – Cape Town, South Africa – InsideChabadLubavitch – Chabad.org
Chabad of Cape Town, South Africa demonstrates how to play the spiritual game of soccer as the goal being to better the world around us.
chabad.org
My Very Own Chanukah Party – Children’s Videos – Jewish Kids –Chabad.org
Watch children host a Chanukah celebration and a grand dreidel game especially for kids!
chabad.org
Young Abraham – Children’s Videos – Jewish Kids – Chabad.org
The famous story from the Midrash about how Abraham destroyed the idols in his father’s shop. An excerpt from the one-hour DVD “Young Abraham.”
chabad.org

Ultra-Orthodox Parents of Children With Mental Illness Face Their Own Lonely Struggles
Tablet Magazine
… added a special track for observant Jewish women in 2009, serving kosher meals and facilitating groups that discuss the role of food in Jewish life …

Odessa Jewish community mulls emergency evacuation
Jerusalem Post
While Jewish community leaders are unanimous in asserting that the … “We are doing everything to strengthen the Jewish community in its normal life.
Ultra-Orthodox quietly joining Israeli military
NTV
In this photo taken Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Jewish ultra-Orthodox …. Jewish learning and heritage, and by maintaining a pious way of life that has
Preview: Traditional Jewish music tells a lot of stories
Times Colonist
When traditional Jewish music ambles from the stage at Hermann’s Jazz Club on Sunday, it will be played by two stagemates with a charged history.
Jewish music resurges in San Diego County
San Diego Jewish World
I am happy to see the Center for Jewish Culture presenting these musical events, because, for a while, with the demise of the JCC Music Committee, …
Brampton synagogue celebrates Jewish music
YorkRegion.com
BRAMPTON — Centuries-old musical traditions will come alive at the Har Tikvah ReformJewish Synagogue in Brampton as the heritage structure …
Cantor to share Jewish music, history at Temple Israel
Journal and Courier
Luck said the show is not only for Jewish audiences but anyone who is a lover of musicaltheater, jazz, opera and folk music. “You cannot leave this …
Family Friendly: Jazmer Trio presents a variety of Jewish music
Lincolnshire Review
The Jazmer Trio will present a concert of instrumental and vocal Jewish music from different parts of the world on Sunday, May 4 at Deerfield Public …
Kolot HaLev To Present My Soul Longs for You, Choir Music from Russia and the Ukraine During 
NEWS.GNOM.ES
Entitled My Soul Longs for You, this concert will showcase Russia’s lasting impact onJewish music by featuring popular, religious and klezmer …
Music of the Jewish Experience
BangorMetro
This evening of Jewish music, featuring Rosalie Gerut, Hankus Netsky, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Andre Blickenderfer, and Henry Goldberg, benefits …
‘Lilith the Night Demon’ music explores dark, sexy side of Jewish folklore
San Jose Mercury News
When you start looking into it, the past isn’t really a foreign country. It’s a phantasmagoric realm haunted by angry demons, vengeful spirits and lustful …
Celebration of Jewish Music
Times Colonist (blog)
Celebration of Jewish Music The Jewish Community Choir, directed by Carol Sokoloff ,will perform a concert of Jewish music from many lands and …
Concert celebrates history of Jewish song
Stowe Today
The show was inspired by Counterpoint’s founder, Robert Cormier, who has a longstanding interest in Jewish music. One of his first jobs after college …

After an incredible Sold-Out performance last season, Dudu Fisher returns to the 92nd Street Y.

Spend an Intimate Evening with

DUDU FISHER

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June 16 at 7:30 PM
92nd Street Y, New York, NY
Kaufmann Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

Order Tickets Now!

“Mr. Fisher possesses the spectrum of talent to make [anything] work.” —The New York Times

Dudu Fisher, best known throughout the world for his stirring performance as Jean Valjean in Les Misèrables on Broadway, brings an exciting concert to 92Y. Based on his nationally renowned PBS special In Concert From Israel, Dudu Fisher takes the audience on an inspired journey connecting his talent as a Broadway performer, cantor and contemporary artist with music and stories that celebrate the beauty of Israel’s landscape, culture and people.

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 Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day – Israel honors the memory…Is Rain Good or Bad? – Talmudic Tales: The Miraculous R. Chanina ben Dosa  – Chabad.org

In this mystifying tale of the Talmud we encounter the miraculous personage of Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa, who prays for the rain to cease. Learn the …
Mass. rabbi examining Torah at Fort Hood chapel
Killeen Daily Herald
Fort Hood Rabbi. Rabbi Kevin Hale inspects a Torah scroll Tuesday at the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel. Buy this photo. Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 …
Dr. Chaim Charles CohenTorah Sociology: All Religious Zionists Need Each Other
Arutz Sheva
This pluralism includes, for example, rabbinic families some of whose children have become less observant and less attached to Torah learning, and it …
The Rav And The Rebbe On Spiritual Slavery Of Modernity
The Jewish Week
[Redemption, Prayer, Talmud Torah] By anonymity, Soloveitchik explains: “How does anonymity of man express itself? In the tragic reality of being …
Qualities Of Religious Leadership
The Jewish Week
This week’s Torah reading of Emor opens with the laws applying to the Kohen-Priests, the religious, ritual leaders of Israel. The prophetic reading from …
Army Mandates Religious Presence in Yitzhar Yeshiva
Arutz Sheva
… a letter of the Yitzhar community secretariat, emphasizing guidelines regarding religious use of the occupied yeshiva (Torah academy) building.
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Algemeiner
“One of the goals of Room613 is to explore the depth and beauty of Torah learning, and to cultivate a love of God, Israel, and the Jewish people,” …
Judaism: Weekly Tanya Lesson: Chap. 4, Lecture 5
Arutz Sheva
We see, at any rate, that although G-d’s wisdom and Will are beyond man’s reach, they are made accessible to him because the Torah is clothed in …

 

 

Mimouna for all

It is, after all, a colorful, joyful holiday celebrated by Jews from an Arab country. Adding one more festival to the list of Jewish holidays will not harm …
Several events to focus on Kindertransport mission
WKTV
(WKTV) – A rescue mission of predominantly Jewish children before the outbreak of World War II will be the focus of several events in May in Utica and …
Upper West Side To Celebrate Israel
The Jewish Week
Following up on last year’s inaugural success, 35 synagogues, schools and Jewishorganizations are sponsoring a variety of events on the Upper …
Holocaust Museum & Education Center June events
Morton Grove Champion
What: In the early years of World War II, Charlotte Salomon—a 23-year-old Jewish artist from Berlin—fled to the south of France where she shut herself …
Israel greets 16884 new immigrants in 2013
Jerusalem Post
… that they refrained from wearing religious garb or Jewish symbols out of fear and 23% avoided attending Jewish events or going to Jewish venues.

Yom HaShoah begins in the Diaspora on: Yom HaShoah begins in the Diaspora on:·
 Sun, 27 April 2014 at sundown (28th of Nisan, 5774)

Daily Inspiration: Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Day)
The Post-Standard
One day a year is set aside for the world to remember the depth of man’s inhumanity to man. World War II witnessed the worst of humanity. The Jews of …
Yom Hashoah service open to public
Iowa City Press Citizen
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Agudas Achim Congregation will host a joint Yom Hashoah service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 123 E. Market St. in Iowa …
Faith News (Including Jewish community marks Holocaust with Yom HaShoah)
Hemel Gazette
Yom Hashoah is a day set aside for Jews to remember the Holocaust. The name comes from the Hebrew word ‘shoah’, which means ‘whirlwind’.
Yom Ha’Shoah – NYC Council Members Levine, Kallos To Introduce Resolution in 
JP Updates
NYC Jewish Caucus chairman, Council Member Mark Levine (D-7th district) and Council Member Ben Kallos (D – 5th district) announced Sunday a …
Carleton Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day
Carleton College News
Carleton College will observe Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, on Sunday, April 27, at 5 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.
‘Schindler’s List,’ still the definitive Holocaust drama
Boston Globe
… the Holocaust, and special attention is being focused on it this week, on the eve of Yom HaShoah, which commemorates the victims of the Holocaust …
An Ancient and rare Telephone Directory found in New York
REM
To honor Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah), a “very rare” phone directory published in Warsaw in 1939 within months of the outbreak of .
Preview: Traditional Jewish music tells a lot of stories
Times Colonist
When traditional Jewish music ambles from the stage at Hermann’s Jazz Club on Sunday, it will be played by two stagemates with a charged history.
Jewish music resurges in San Diego County
San Diego Jewish World
I am happy to see the Center for Jewish Culture presenting these musical events, because, for a while, with the demise of the JCC Music Committee, …
Brampton synagogue celebrates Jewish music
YorkRegion.com
BRAMPTON — Centuries-old musical traditions will come alive at the Har Tikvah ReformJewish Synagogue in Brampton as the heritage structure …
Sarasota concert celebrates Jewish music
Bradenton Herald
The Belle Canto choral group is part of “A Celebration of Jewish Music,” today at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. PUBLICITY PHOTO.
Cantor to share Jewish music, history at Temple Israel
Journal and Courier
Luck said the show is not only for Jewish audiences but anyone who is a lover of musicaltheater, jazz, opera and folk music. “You cannot leave this …
Palomar College celebrates Jewish music March 29-30
San Diego Jewish World
A Celebration of Jewish Music” at the Howard Brubeck Theatre at Palomar College at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 29, and again at 2 p.m. Sunday, March …
Concert to benefit education of Jewish teens
Sun-Sentinel
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton will present “Broadway & Beyond: An Afternoon of Music By The World’s Greatest Jewish Composers,” starring the …
Family Friendly: Jazmer Trio presents a variety of Jewish music
Lincolnshire Review
The Jazmer Trio will present a concert of instrumental and vocal Jewish music from different parts of the world on Sunday, May 4 at Deerfield Public …
Kolot HaLev To Present My Soul Longs for You, Choir Music from Russia and the Ukraine During 
NEWS.GNOM.ES
Entitled My Soul Longs for You, this concert will showcase Russia’s lasting impact onJewish music by featuring popular, religious and klezmer …
Music of the Jewish Experience
BangorMetro
This evening of Jewish music, featuring Rosalie Gerut, Hankus Netsky, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Andre Blickenderfer, and Henry Goldberg, benefits …

De Blasio Brings His Message to Crown Heights in Yiddish

But Crown Heights is a funny place to reach out to in Yiddish. Though the Brooklyn neighborhood is home to a large Orthodox Jewish community, …

Shimon’s Review of “One Day More” by The Maccabeats

Jewish Music Report  Shimon Simpson
As we’ve come to expect from this immensely talented group, the set list is a mixture of mainstream Jewish music, pop covers and remixes, and …

Presidential candidates moved by Mimouna

Though originally celebrated by Jews from Morocco, it has become a … Former Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud) attended Mimouna events in …

Family Amulet Captures Jewish Life in India

I also love the way this artifact captures the centuries-long symbiosis that Jewsenjoyed in India — a country that, until recent years, was strikingly free ..

The Aesthetics Of Judaism

Bathed in the light of the synagogue’s new stained-glass windows depicting Jewish holidays and allegorical representations of biblical figures, …

 

European Jewish Congress: Amid rising anti-Semitism, Jewish life in Europe unsustainable
Jerusalem Post
“Normative Jewish life in Europe is unsustainable,” European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor said on Sunday. Presenting the results of …
Pianist Pavel Gintov to perform at Jewish Temple in Alexandria Sunday
Alexandria Town Talk
… how the music has impacted his life and those around him, he said. For instance, in an email to the event planners at the Jewish Temple he provides …
Beyond The Jewish Bubble: Finding Meaning in Jewish Education
Galus Australis
Young Jews who care about their Jewishness have non-Jewish partners and may marry them. Young Jews who went to day-schools report living in a …
Holocaust survivor saved hundreds of Hungarian Jews
azcentral.com
Meth, who lives a comfortable life in Sun City, is clear and articulate as he … Some scholars say by July 1944, most Hungarian Jews living in the …
Holocaust Remembrance Day: An inspiring story of 50 Jewish children, saved
Los Angeles Times
Their goal: to rescue 50 Jewish children from Vienna and bring them to … And yet eachlife saved also carries with it a powerful message about the …
The newest saints and the future of Catholic-Jewish relations
The Times of Israel
But it is the reaction of Jewish organizations and religious leaders to the …. “His entire lifewas very much marked by his deep love for the Jewish …
Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni MovementBuild a Spiritual Identity – through Vision and Action
Arutz Sheva
This week’s dvar Torah is by Rav Doron Podlashuk – Former Rosh Kollel in Johannesburg. Director of the post smicha –Manhigut Toranit program at …
torah | We are to be holy — what does that mean in daily life?
Jweekly.com
This week, we reach the very center of the Torah, as Parashat Kedoshim sits equidistant from Genesis’ opening to Deuteronomy’s conclusion. Here, at …
Haredi Councils of Torah Sages may convene on IDF conscription law
Jerusalem Post
The haredi leadership is considering whether to convene the three Councils of Torah Sages of the mainstream political movements to deliberate on its …
The Czech Torah scrolls
Jvhri
The Torah scroll at the Holocaust Education and Resource Center of R.I., donated by Dr. Richard and Lynn Glick honors the Czech victims who saved …
Judaism: A Wide-Ranging Torah Reading
Arutz Sheva
“Rabbi Hiyya taught that this Parashah was said in the assembly [of the entire nation] because most of the Torah’s essentials are dependent upon it.” …
Rabbi Shlomo RiskinOhr Torah on the Parsha: Love Your Neighbor
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 …
How to settle disputes: Parshat Kedoshim
Jerusalem Post
This week’s Torah portion, Parshat Kedoshim, deals with directions for all areas of life. Mainly, though, it addresses relationships between people.
Torah Welcomed Amidst Unrest
Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS
Despite the current instability in Ukraine, the Kharkov Jewish community gathered to celebrate the completion of a new Torah donated by Mr. Shimon …
Rabbi J. SacksCovenant & Conversation: Followership
Arutz Sheva
There is a fascinating sequence of commands in the great “holiness code” with which our parsha (Torah reading) begins, that sheds light on the nature …
Judaism: Lessons in Charity
Arutz Sheva
First Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, revered and famed Torah sage, philosopher, writer, poet, iconic and beloved leader of religious Zionism and the …

A cantorial musical extravaganza

The seventh annual Cantorial Music Extravaganza takes place at 7:30 p.m. on May 15 at Temple Beth Shmuel, 1700 Michigan Ave. in Miami Beach.

Hardline Rabbi Named Shas Spiritual Leader

Cohen, leader of the Porat Yosef religious seminary, was named president of the Shas Council of TorahSages on Thursday at a ceremony in Bnei …

Jewish Home party has conflicting ideological goals

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As both Haredi political parties in Israel—United TorahJudaism and Shas—are currently in the opposition, the Jewish Home …

To the limit with Rabbi Berdichevski

When they reached the techum Shabbat, the maximum of 2,000 cubits that one may walk from his home without violating Torah law on the Sabbath, …

Supernatural dedication – the seventh day of Passover

1269-c.1343), also know as Ba’al Haturim, notes in his commentary on the Torah that Am Yisrael merited this impressive miracle because of Avraham …

Peres Preaches Peace, Torah and Unity to Chief Rabbi

President Shim’on Peres said, Sunday, “We must preserve the unity of the people and not allow disintegration to harm us.” He also told Sephardic …

Shas Taps New Spiritual Leader Who Derided Modern Orthodox

Enlarge Image » Rabbi Shalom Cohen of the Shas Party Council of Torah Sages and head of the Porat Yosef yeshiva speaks in Jerusalem in July …

Shas names hardline rabbi as new spiritual head

Rabbi Shalom Cohen, a head of the Porat Yosef Yeshiva and a member of the Shas Council of TorahSages, called Modern Orthodox Jews “Amalek.

Hardline rabbi named Shas spiritual leader

Cohen, leader of the Porat Yossef religiouse seminary, was named president of the Shas Council of TorahSages on Thursday at a ceremony in Bnei …

Jewish artifacts saved from smugglers in Egypt

Writing on a Torah crown read “Shimon Weinstein and his wife Rachel and his son,” which could indicate that some of the items came from one of …

Freedom provides plenty of opportunities

Passover celebrates our freedom from slavery, while on Shavuot we relive the revelation of Torah. This linkage reminds us that there can be no true …

KITKA Women’s Vocal Ensemble to Perform at Temple Beth Torah, 5/18

ArtsRock and Temple Beth Torah in association with Leonard Kurz present KITKA Women’s Vocal Ensemble on Sunday, May 18th at 3pm. KITKA has …

Dayyenu is enough — really?

Could the Jews really have survived without the Torah, or without Shabbos? What does Dayyenu mean? THE key is the first-person plural: “If G-d had …

Scrolling through Jewish art

Ms. Nobler is particularly taken with the way that classic scrolls, particularly the Torah, with its great length, “has to be made in pieces,” she said.

Let my people work

The shift from the current haredi model that pushes young men to focus exclusively on Torah study and not work for a living must take place for two …

A View from Down Under: The Wondering Jews

Australian Jews, along with the rest of world Jewry, are currently celebrating theJewish holiday of Passover, a holiday which – more than any other …

Rabbi Aaron Landes, Prominent Leader and Naval Chaplain, Dies at 84

He was a sought-after speaker on Jewish topics and extended his … Kolman continues, “of course, he wanted us to have strong Jewish lives, but he …

 Jews in Ukraine seeking escape to Israel over letter demanding they ‘register’ with pro-Russian 

The leaflet distributed in Donetsk, Ukraine, calling for all Jews over …. with a peak between 1881 to 1884 when more than 200 anti-Jewish events …

Empty ark figures, briefly, in shul quarrel

The case of the six missing Torah scrolls from Congregation Shaarey Tefiloh in Perth Amboy has been solved. Herschel Chomsky of Perth Amboy, …

Synagogues expected to merge

Sunrise Jewish Center-Temple Sha’aray Tzedek is expected to join with Temple Beth Torah in Tamarac following voting by the two congregations in …

Yom HaShoah events planned

The Torah, on loan from The Czech Memorial Scrolls Trust, is 250 years old, she said, adding that it was hidden inside a synagogue with more than …

Community to remember the Shoah

Miami-Dade County’s Jewish community will honor and remember the six … JewishHolocaust victims and pay tribute to survivors at different events.

Listing of Holocaust Remembrance Day events around the Bay Area

In the South Peninsula area, more than a dozen Jewish co-sponsoring agencies and communities are coming together for an event that will have an …

Jews from former Soviet Union to gather, learn in Moscow

Limmud FSU conferences are also considered to be among the leading Jewishcultural events in the FSU, and provide a festival of Jewish learning …

Jewish population study lecture highlights where we live

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s population studies of 1996 and 2011 contained similar numbers ofJewish people living in Greater Cleveland, …

Hadassah Southern California to Honor Katherine Merage and Family in a Celebration of Life for 

Katherine is being recognized for her commitment to and philanthropic support of the country of Israel as well as Jewish life in the United States.

Selfie Spirituality

Even though Morinis was Jewish, he had never found any spiritual … had a lot to do with it — [such that] the purpose of living a Jewish life was to fit in.

Holocaust memorial service at Temple Beth Torah features survivor Bill Orlin

Temple Beth Torah will honor the memory of those who lost their lives in the Holocaust with a special service on Friday, April 25 at 7:15 p.m. Rabbi …

Elkin: Torah for Land

Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin took part, Thursday, in the dedication of a synagogue in the community of Kerem Re’im in the Binyamin region …

500th Weekly DVD Edition of ‘Living Torah‘ is a Milestone

The new project—called “Living Torah”—quickly became a weekly fixture in homes, synagogues, schools and even prisons all over the world.

Parashat Song of Songs / A ‘handle’ for the Torah

Why has the Song of Songs been given such a privileged status, as if its granting to Israel is almost as significant as God’s granting of the Torah to .

Versatile Alicia Jo Rabins tackles a rock opera — on Bernie Madoff

Alicia Jo Rabins, a musician, poet and Torah scholar, says she “wanted to … of an arts-based educational curriculum focusing on women in Torah.

A ‘three-ply’ Passover

Despite the fact that the Torah’s main goal is to be a spiritual guide book – its historical content is adscititious, yet it also contains a chronicle of Jewish …

In Plain Language: The miracle you never knew

Commentators on the Torah wax mega- poetic over the events at the Red Sea, proclaiming that “the simplest maidservant experienced the glory of …

My Tea With ‘Dudi’

Which he proceeded to do with great energy and flare, calling on his knowledge of the Torah to crack us up. He occasionally would point to us while …

At the Brink of War, Kharkov Welcomes New Torah | CrownHeights.info – Chabad News, Crown 

The Sefer Torah was donated to the community by Shimon Steren – a local philanthropist. The happiness and feeling of unity left everyone uplifted …

Shearim Torah honors Schnitzers at annual brunch

“The Jewish Future is Here” is the theme of the Shearim Torah High School for Girls brunch, to be held 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, May 4, at the Cutler …

Jewish Educational Media Milestone: 500th Weekly DVD Edition of ‘Living Torah

The new project—called “Living Torah”—quickly became a weekly fixture in homes, synagogues, schools and even prisons all over the world.

Growing Old With Dignity: What The Torah Says

Though times have changed, what God said about advancing in years is still just as relevant as it ever was. The Torah has interesting things to say to …

Jewish Nonprofits Start To Embrace Maternity Leave

Through its Better Work/Better Life campaign, launched in 2010, AWP aims to “enlist 100 Jewish organizations as a catalyst for making healthy …

Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival

Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival. x. Export Event · Export Event … Most events under $10 will be printed in Good Times. Listings posted here will be …

Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ bringing plenty of updates to L.A.

Springtime, and the music is changing at the Ahmanson. This month will see the departure of Barry Manilow’s lushly scored and heavily Jewish …

Photo Essay: Sounds of the Old City Festival

Organizer Aner Ozery spoke to Arutz Sheva’s Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast and explained the impetus for the festival.. “We saw that during the day …

Jewish Olympians To be Honored at Next Year’s Maccabi Games in Berlin

At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, known today as the Nazi Olympics, Jewish … Margolis reflected on the events, noting that “We feel sorry that Stoller and …

Hollywood Director Turns Jerusalem Liberation into Graphic Novel

Hollywood filmmaker Boaz Yakin’s poignant illustrated novel about the Irgun, Deir Yassin and Jewish life in 1940’s Jerusalem. By Ben Bresky.

Can One March Help Descendants of Nazis and Survivors Reconcile?

70 years after death marches killed some 25,000 Hungarian Jews, … 70 years later, from April 22 to 27, 2014, the March of Life will take place in ..

Jacob Birnbaum, Champion of Soviet Jews, Dies at 88

That 1964 protest was the brainchild of Jacob Birnbaum, who devoted his life to campaigning for Jewishcauses and who died at 88 on April 9 in …

Seeking Jewish Future in Small Latin American Towns

The trend toward centralization is pronounced in Argentina, where about 90 percent of the country’s Jewish population lives in the capital of Buenos .

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“Israel at 66” Special Message from Rabbi Becker

10.05.2014
Video from Israel with this special message to the Tucson Jewish Community from Rabbi Israel Becker commemorating Israel’s 66th year of independence

Yom HaAtzma’ut 2014 | Presentation for JDCNY Headquarter’s Celebration

06.05.2014
On May 6, 2014, the JDC New York Headquarter’s office celebrated Yom HaAtzma’ut, Israel Indepence Day, through the experiences of our colleagues in Israel and Ukraine. We are happy to share this video with you – enjoy!

Yom HaAtzmaut – Israel celebrates 66 years of Independance

05.05.2014
Jerusalem – May 5, 2014

Memorial Day, Independence Day, Zionism, and The State of Israel

09.05.2014
Rabbi Mizrachi is a world renowned speaker proving that the Torah given to us by Moshe is divine without any doubt. Visit http://www.divineinformation.com/ for other lectures, events, DVD’s, and more!

Jewish Communities Around the World

08.05.2014

Connecting with Judaism and Israel | Sunday Plenary, 2014 Biennial

08.05.2014
Membership in Jewish organizations is down. Day school enrollment has peaked. Federation campaigns are flat. The fastest growing and second largest category of Jews is Just Jewish. Young Jewish adults are unengaged and aging baby boomers are disengaging. Yet, in the era of Facebook, people crave face-to-face community. It’s all about relationships.

With this simple, but profound idea, noted educator and community revitalization pioneer Dr. Ron Wolfson will present practical strategies and case studies to transform the old model of Jewish institutions into relational communities. He sets out twelve principles of relational engagement to guide Jewish lay leaders, professionals and community members in transforming institutions into inspiring communities whose value-proposition is to engage people and connect them to Judaism and community in meaningful and lasting ways.

 

Ancient Jewish Community in China to Hold First Ever Passover Seder
Shalom Life
In the Chinese city of Kaifeng, members of the ancient Jewish community could recently be heard singing in Hebrew, the traditional song from the …
Yemen’s Jewish Community Fades Away
Arutz Sheva
At the start of the twentieth century Yemen’s Jewish community numbered approximately 60,000. But today, after centuries of anti-Semitism which …
Museum to return 250 year old Torah Scroll to the Jewish community of Cornwall
This is The West Country
The Sefer Torah scroll will be handed over by The Duke of Gloucester, in front of invited guests from the museum and greater Jewish Communities.


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Jewish Community Center Tragedy

29.04.2014
A man went to the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas and shot and killed two people in the parking lot. He then drove to a nearby Jewish retirement community center and shot and killed a woman in her car.

This is the communities reaction to this tragedy.

Ein Keloheinu

29.04.2014
Sung by Kol Truah at “Yes, We Sang!” Tribute to the Victims of the Holocaust, 2014, JCC East Bay, Berkeley, CA.

Kol Truah is dedicated to the preservation, dissemination, and performance of Jewish music for the benefit, education, and enjoyment of the Jewish community in the Bay Area, and the community at large. In addition to their repertoire of music by the great classical and contemporary composers, they have been known to sing some gospel, jazz, show tunes, among others. Today they sing pieces reflecting Jewish life in yiddish and ladino. Conducted by April Shayna McNeely, accompanied by Eleanor Cohen. The artistic director is Cantor Pamela Rothmann Sawye

We Walk to Remember 2014 – Yom Hashoah

28.04.2014
We Walk to Remember at UC Berkeley, April 28th, 2014
Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Never Forget

Video Production by Joshua Cahn

28.04.2014
Kansas City Jewish teens organize a candlelight walk in honor of those killed at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom on April 18.

28.04.2014
Kansas City Jewish teens organize a candlelight walk in honor of those killed at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom on April 18.

Taub – Ambassador of Israel to the Court of St James

28.04.2014
Daniel Taub – Ambassador of Israel to the Court of St James speaking at the National Yom HaShoah Commemoration – National Holocaust Memorial – The Dell, Hyde Park – London 2014
Filmed & Edited by David Barry – http://www.valuevideography.com

Nationalist Rise: Israeli MPs express concerns for Jewish community in Ukraine

22.03.2014
Well thousands have responded to the rise of the right by taking to the streets across Eastern Ukraine in protest at the interim authorities in Kiev. Donetsk has seen some of the biggest rallies to demand a referendum on a possible secession. Activists across Eastern regions say they’re making a stand against the fascist leanings of a post-coup leadership. A group of Israel MPs has written an open letter to the President of the European Commission. They expressed their concern over the plight of Ukrainian Jews who they say are suffering from constant attacks. It’s claimed this is a direct result of the rise of nationalists in Kiev. Activists from Ukraine’s Jewish community have also traveled to Israel to seek support.

Chabad of Uptown Sefer Torah Installation Ceremony – 2014

24.04.2014
Complete program, speeches and police escorted parade through the local streets to the Chabad of Uptown in a grand procession, complete with music, singing and dancing under a celebratory chupah! The Torah was acquired from the Ponevez Shul of Capetown in loving memory of David & Betty Purcell

מימונה של קיבוץ גלויות אצל אסתר ויעקב אלבז

08.04.2010
בערב המימונה אצל אסתר ויעקב אלבז רואים את קיבוץ הגלויות במלוא הדרו , הם הזוג הנהדר הזה נראה עליהם מה שנקרא במרוקאית ” ת’ורת’ יעקב” ובתרגום חופשי מלאים באהבת חינם , כך ראו איך כולם שמחים ונהנים בצל קורתם הי”ו ,
שרים ומפייטים מרוקאית, ולא חסר גם שירי ארץ ישראל כשהמלווה הוא צוברי הגדול !!!!!

תרבחו או תסעדו !!!!!

מחווה ליהדות מרוקו “דאר דיילנא” 90FM–juifs du maroc yaffabanouz

21.03.2012
מחווה ליהדות מרוקו /אתר “זוהר דאר דיילנא” בשידור ישיר — רדיו תשעים אפ אם-90FM בשידור ישיר ממסעדת מרקש בנתניה “Marrakech ” במסגרת “שניים עשר השבטים”

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מימונה אצל אסתר ויעקב אלבז באשדוד-mimouna -2010

09.04.2010
אצל אסתר ויעקב אלבז במימונה שרים גם שירי ארץ ישראל , עם צוברי הגדול !!!!

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Oldest American Synagogue Celebrates 250 Years

 18.08.2013

European Jews fleeing persecution under the Spanish Inquisition founded Touro Synagogue in 1763 in Newport, Rhode Island. George Washington assured the congregation of religious freedom in 1790 before the First Amendment was passed. The synagogue continues to celebrate its freedom 250 years later. Chip Reid reports.

 

Film for ‘The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia’

31.03.2014

Marburg Mission: Israeli man’s quest to rebuild Jewish community life in Germany

29.03.2014

In 1983, Israeli businessman Amnon Orbach migrated to Marburg, a city of 50,000 people in the center of Germany. He found Judaism was practically dead with only 25 elderly Jews divorced from their religion. And then Amnon Orbach decided to bring Judaism back to life in Marburg.

 

ISRAEL MUSIC HISTORY

ISRAEL MUSIC HISTORY by Boaz Guttman

Father of 3 Musicians in USA/Germany/Israel

University Graduates US/NYC BA & MA/France Paris-Sorbonne BA & Germany Berlin BA & MA/Israel Haifa BA

Iran’s chief Rabbi Yousef Hamadani Cohen has passed away

 30.03.2014

The Iranian chief rabbi, Yousef Hamadani Cohen has passed away.

The Jewish community of Iran is mourning the passing of its former leader who died on Saturday. Hamadani Cohen served as chief rabbi of the Iranian Jewish community for many years. He was laid to rest on Sunday after battling sickness for some years. Now Mashallah Golestani Nejad has replaced him as the chief rabbi. Iran is home to nearly 9-thousand Jews who make up one of the biggest Jewish communities in the Middle East. They also have representatives in the country’s parliament.

Israel Study Tour 2012: A Visit with Rabbi Eliezer Waldman

11.04.2012

Rabbi Eliezer Waldman, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Kiryat Arba outside of Hebron, Israel, speaks to a group from Fellowship Church in Winter Springs, FL. He discusses spring as a time of new beginnings and its connection with the festival of Passover. He then puts the season in the historic context of the birth of new life in Judea and Samaria, as it was during Pesach in 1968 that 88 people celebrated the first Seder at the Park Hotel in Hebron (the community where Abraham first settled and King David first established his throne). That group, originally headed by Rabbis Levinger and Waldman, remained long after Pesach and were eventually relocated to an abandoned military base in nearby Kiryat Arba. In 1971 Kiryat Arba became the first community to be established in Judea and Samaria. Today it boasts more than 7,000 residents. Tying the history of Pesach to Israel’s present, Rabbi Waldman compares the Egyptians, Israel’s ancient oppressors, to her present day foes, saying that nothing any enemy can do will thwart God’s purposes and plan for His people.
March 21, 2012

 

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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

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Comunidade na TV 20 a 26/04/2014

O Comunidade na TV é um programa da Federação Israelita do Rio de Janeiro.

O programa é exibido no Canal 14 da NET aos Domingos (7h, 16h e 21h), com reprises ao longo da semana!.

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Lag B’omer Parade – Program Thirty Six – Living Torah – Chabad.org
A grand Lag B’omer parade. After the crowds arrive and the 12 Pesukim are recited, the Rebbe addresses the children. The parade goes by the …
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Lag B’omer Parade – Program Eighty Six – Living Torah – Chabad.org
The Rebbe participates in an early Lag B’omer Parade.
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Jewish history: Shanghai refuge
San Diego Jewish World
Shanghai’s famous Bund district, where many of the buildings were built and owned by wealthy Sephardic Jewish families. Credit: Anthony Hartman .

Facets of Faith: Holidays of May cover many events
The Advocate
Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of Omer, is first mentioned in the 12th century. It commemorates the end of a plague that killed 24,000 students of Rabbi …

Chabad of Greater Daytona to celebrate Lag B’Omer holiday
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Chabad of Greater Daytona will mark Lag B’omer, a festive day on the Jewish calendar, with a family day and celebration from 3 to 8 p.m. May 18 at …

Aish Hatorah rabbi is featured guest at Lag B’Omer weekend
Jewish News of Greater Phoenix
‘The Seven Wonders of Jewish History‘: after an 11:30 a.m. kiddush Saturday, May 17. The lecture examines the nature of Jewish history and its …

Rabbi Israel Meir Kahan, the Chofetz Chaim (Jewish Biography as History)

01.05.2014
The Chofetz Chaim was one of the most influential Rabbinic thinkers of the late 19th and early 20th century. Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan is known principally for his dramatically creative analysis of the topic of forbidden speech (lashon ha-ra), and rose to prominence as a major scholar-leader of the Jewish people. Part of the Jewish Biography as History lecture series by Dr. Henry Abramson, more lectures available at http://www.jewishhistorylectures.org.

Heritage: Civilization and the Jews (1984) — 4. The Crucible of Europe

27.12.2012
HERITAGE: CIVILIZATION AND THE JEWS (1984) — 4. THE CRUCIBLE OF EUROPE

with ABBA EBAN

(DVD description)

Winner of the coveted Peabody Award, HERITAGE: CIVILIZATION AND THE JEWS is the monumental nine-part series spanning three millennia of Jewish history and culture. The series is hosted by former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Abba Eban, who describes it as “a celebration of our common humanistic and moral heritage, explored through the mysteries of preservation, renewal, and resonance of the Jewish people.” From the stony heights of Sinai to the shores of the Dead Sea, from a Greek amphitheater in Delphi to the Forum of ancient Rome, out of the ashes of concentration camps to the rebuilt cities and villages of Israel, “Heritage” brings to life the long and complex history of the Jews and their centuries-old interaction with the rest of Western civilization.

4. THE CRUCIBLE OF EUROPE (732 — 1492)
In Islamic Spain, despite periodic persecution, the Jews found a “golden age” in the tenth and eleventh centuries. “In Spain, for more than two centuries, Arabs and Jews lived together, side by side, bound to each other despite differences, by a common love of beauty and knowledge, poetry and music, art and philosophy,” explains Mr. Eban. “The Crucible of Europe” then travels to Northern Europe, where the Latin Church was gradually consolidating its authority. The program looks at the Spanish Inquisition and the disastrous course of events that followed as the Jewish people found themselves trapped in a politically and economically untenable position.

Hosted and Narrated by ABBA EBAN
Produced by MICHAEL JOSELOFF
Directed by JULIAN KRAININ

Written by
JOHN G. FOX
MARC SIEGEL
MICHAEL JOSELOFF
HOWARD ENDERS

Offscreen Voices
GORDON GOULD
EARL HAMMOND
KAY HARPER
TIM JEROME

Music Composed and Conducted by JOHN DUFFY
Film Editor SHARON KAUFMAN
Series Producer JOHN G. FOX
Executive Producers ARNOLD LABATON and MARC SIEGEL

Copyright © 1984 Thirteen WNET / New York in association with PBS. All rights reserved.

• For more information and educational resources, visit the PBS web site at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/heritage/.

* This series is still available on DVD from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Heritage-Civili&#8230;.

(No copyright infringement intended. All material property of Thirteen WNET / New York and PBS.)

Partial Visions: Art Today in Israel

01.05.2014
A lecture by Carol Zemel, York University (Toronto)
Monday, April 28th, 2014
Adath Jeshurun Congregation

Contemporary art from Israel is widely exhibited and praised in international venues. However, works by Israeli artists today forego the utopian visions of earlier generations and now critically explore the issues of land, history, social change, and cultural diversity. Carol Zemel considers art by both Jewish and Arab Israelis, and their visions of change and renewal in the modern state. Artists to be discussed include: Michal Rovner, Roee Rosen, Yael Bartana, Hanna Farah, Rafram Haddad, Nasrin Abu Becer, Eden Ofrat, and Oded Hirsch.

Carol Zemel is professor of Art History and Visual Culture in the Department of Visual Arts at York University, Toronto, and in Fall 2013, Visiting Scholar in the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers University. She has written three books on Vincent van Gogh, including “Van Gogh’s Progress: Utopia and Modernity in Late-Nineteenth Century Art.” Her work now focuses on Jewish and diasporic issues and on the ethics of visuality in modern and contemporary art. Her book, “Looking Jewish: Visual Culture in Modern Diaspora is forthcoming.”

 

Rabbi Israel Meir Kahan, the Chofetz Chaim (Jewish Biography as History)

01.05.2014
The Chofetz Chaim was one of the most influential Rabbinic thinkers of the late 19th and early 20th century. Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan is known principally for his dramatically creative analysis of the topic of forbidden speech (lashon ha-ra), and rose to prominence as a major scholar-leader of the Jewish people. Part of the Jewish Biography as History lecture series by Dr. Henry Abramson, more lectures available at http://www.jewishhistorylectures.org.


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The Jewish Americans (1 & 2): They Came to Stay & A World of Their Own

BC’s Jewish History

30.04.2014
In 2009 the BC Provincial Capital Commission did a series of short history docs about various aspects of BC. With the end of the PCC in March of 2014 it is not clear what will happen to these videos so I thought would post them to ensure they remain online.

Mini-doc on British Columbia’s Jewish community, dating from 1858. The election of Canada’s first Jewish MLA, MP and Premier all took place in BC. Victoria’s Temple Emmanuel, opened in 1863, is Canada’s oldest continuously-operating synagogue..

פענוח יציאת מצרים / The Exodus Decoded

13.05.2012
פענוח יציאת מצרים – הוא סרט תעודה שדן ומציע תשובות לשאלת אמיתות אירועי יציאת מצרים על פי ממצאים ארכאולוגיים. המאורעות המוצגים: מכות מצרים, קריעת ים סוף, מעמד הר סיני ארון הברית ועוד. יוצרי הסרט הם במאי סרטי התעודה שמחה יעקובוביץ’ ויוצר הקולנוע ג’יימס קמרון, שהפיק את הסרט.

It’s a Jewish History

22.04.2014
Deciphering Secrets: Unlocking the Manuscripts of Medieval Spain . A special observation about the Sepharad.

Episode 738 | Crypto-Jews in New Mexico – Introduction

24.03.2014
This week we present a companion piece to the national program “The Story of the Jews,” which airs beginning March 25th. This segment features an interview with Dr. Isabelle Medina Sandoval, poet and descendant of crypto-Jews.

Yael Ben-Dov – “Go home!”

23.06.2010
Yael Ben-Dov talks about how she got her start at a young age in the struggle for Israel’s founding as part of The Founders: The Story of the 1948 Generation, a jointly produced project of Toldot Yisrael and the History Channel.

Charlie Weinbaum, Beaumont

Rabbi Matt Dreffin Shaves for the Brave

Rabbi Matt Dreffin on The ISJL

Exploring the Labyrinth

Ashland Jewish History: the Shul

Ashland Jewish History: The Temple

Ashland Jewish History: Business & Community

Rabbi Martin Hinchin on Professor Jacob Rader Marcus

Miriam Feigenbaum on Her Marriage and Life in Caldwell

Aaron Kreisler: Rabbi Cohen of Galveston

The Annual Shearith Israel Barbecue in Wharton, Texas

Wharton Hadassah

Sara Stone: Bogalusa

Charlie Weinbaum, Beaumont

Arnie Gachman: Congregational Life in Fort Worth

Harriet Carson: Wilburton’s Goldberg Joseph Heritage Park

Moving to Ponca City

Henry Katz on the Seminole Hebrew Center

Eleanor Miller on Jewish Life in Chickasha, Oklahoma

Ruth Frenkel: Escaping Germany, Settling in McGehee, Arkansas

Tulsa’s Temple Israel and the 1984 Flood

Leon and Mimi Toubin: The String Story

Leon and Mimi Toubin: Kosher Meat in Brenham, Texas

Introducing Our New Rabbi-Educator, Matt Dreffin

Jerry Mansbach on Family History in Ashland, Kentucky

Reva Frankel, ISJL Education Fellow

ISJL Education Conference 2012

ISJL Ed Fellows: Jewish Super Heroes!

L’cha Dodi/Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Mark Swick, 2010-2012 Education Fellow, on The ISJL

2011 ISJL Education Conference

18.06.2013   ISJL Oral History , Institute of Southern Jewish Life

Charlie Weinbaum was born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1926 to Charles Sr. and Eleanor Perlstein Weinbaum. He has been in the insurance business since 1949 and is involved with numerous community groups and projects. A 1947 graduate of Texas A&M University, he received their Dinstinguished Almni Award in 2008.

In this video, he discusses his grandfather, Hyman Asher Perlstein, an immigrant to Beaumont who became a prominent business man and fixture in the local Jewish community.

For more on Beaumont’s Jewish history, visit:
http://isjl.org/history/archive/tx/be….

Paris Jewish Cultural Centre celebrates rich and ancient history of Moroccan Judaism

 05.04.2014

What pushed thousands of Moroccan Jews to emigrate to Israel? And what elements of their past remain today? These are some of the questions explored in the documentary “Moroccan Jews: destinies undone”, which was shown at the Jewish cultural centre as part of a festival celebrating the history of Judaism in Morocco. But at a time where the government of Rabat is debating a new law to cut ties with Israel, Moroccan Jews could find themselves caught in the middle.

 

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The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive is dedicated to the preservation and research of Jewish documentary films. The archive is jointly administered by the Abraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Central Zionist Archives of the World Zionist Organization

Yom Hashoah 2009: Holocaust Remembrance Day Service in Geneva

21.04.2009

GENEVA (JTA) — The Geneva Jewish community held a ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day opposite the United Nations, April 20, 2009.
http://bit.ly/x2XMv

 

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Ukrainian Jews Create Task Force to Fight Against anti-Semitism
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Following the escalation of anti-Semitic attacks in Ukraine, a region that is ravaged with political instability as pro-Russian separatists continue to take …
Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra Presents: Pieces de Resistance: Music Celebrating the Polish 
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Solano’s Chabad to offer Judaism 101 classes
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This is a “premier course on the foundations of Jewish life, blending the spiritual and the practical,” Zaklos said. “Judaism 101 will help answer …

Cantor Concert Special

18.09.2013 Jewish Life Television

Jewish Life Before WW2

07.05.2014
school project. pre war jewish life in germany

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יום העצמאות Yom Haatzmaut Independence Day

שידור חי הר הרצל, ליל יום העצמאות תשע”ד

05.05.2014
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יום העצמאות 2014

05.05.2014
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שטיסל: מסט יום העצמאות

04.05.2014
המסט של יום העצמאות יוצא לדרך ועובר מעל כל דמות ודמות שבו בעת, מתחוללים ומשתנים בהם דברים רבים.
צפו בקטע המטס של יום העצמאות מתוך הסדרה.
כל הפרקים המלאים זמינים לצפייה ב- yes VOD

06.07.2011
Am Yisrael Chai – Itzik Dadya עם ישראל חי – איציק דדיה

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08.12.2012
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Yom Haatzmaut Independence Day Fireworks Jerusalem, Israel 2014

05.05.2014
Fire works display in Independence Park on Independence Day

Yom Haatzmaut 2014: 66 Israeli Heroes Share a Powerful

04.05.2014
http://www.nbn.org.il/israel66 – Celebrate Israeli Independence Day with 66 Israeli heroes sharing a powerful message! Hear their stories. Live your dreams. Am Yisrael Chai! See the names below (in order of appearance):

רה”מ נתניהו מתגייס בצורה מיוחדת להכנות לחגיגות יום העצמאות ה-66

01.05.2014
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu helps out with the preparations for Israel’s 66th Independence Day.

ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו מתגייס בצורה מיוחדת להכנות לחגיגות יום העצמאות ה-66.

Independence Day : 66 Years !

29.04.2014
Un petit film en commémoration du Yom Ha-Atsmaout d’Israel, et ses 66 ans d’Indépendance !

A nice movie as a tribute to the Israeli Yom Ha-Atsmaout, which means today : 66 years of Independence !

תפילת הלל בבית הכנסת קול רינה – יום העצמאות תשס”ט – קטע 3

29.04.2009

Yom Haatzmaut Community Celebration, 5774

30.04.2014
Yom Haatzmaut Community Celebration, 5774 : What are we Celebrating?

HOPE – Fountainheads – Yom Haatzmaut

09.04.2013

Yom Hatsmaout 2014 – 24heures en Israël

30.04.2014
Yom Haʿatzmaout (hébreu : יום העצמאות Jour de l’Indépendance)
http://www.israel.org A Production of Iconception Ltd.
Photographer: Amos Rafaeli

מטס יום העצמאות 2013 Israel Independence Day Airshow

16.04.2013
מטס יום העצמאות 2013, מול חופי תל אביב
Israel Independence Day Airshow

Yom Haatsmaout-Rav Oury Cherki

02.05.2014
Explication du sens profond de ce jour qui n’est autre que l’aboutissement de la Création, et le jour ou la kedoucha apportée par l’homme est la plus grande du calendrier.

שרים עצמאות עם הנשיא – יום העצמאות ה-65

18.04.2013
יום העצמאות בבית הנשיא – שרים עצמאות וחלוקת תעודות לחיילים מצטיינים

טקס הדלקת המשואות 2013 Israel Independence Day

16.04.2013
The official ceremony celebrating Israel’s 65th Independence day!

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Yom Hazikaron Israel Memorial Day 2014

01.05.2014
Yom Hazikaron Israel Memorial Day is May 5, 2014 (beginning sundown May 4)
The Israeli Memorial Day” for Fallen Soldiers and Victim of Terror

Yom Hazikaron, the Israeli Memorial Day, is different in its character and mood from the American Memorial Day. For 24 hours (from sunset to sunset) all places of public entertainment (theaters, cinemas, nightclubs, pubs, etc.) are closed. The most noticeable feature of the day is the sound of siren that is heard throughout the country twice, during which the entire nation observes a two-minutes “standstill” of all traffic and daily activities. The first siren marks the beginning of Memorial Day at 8:00 P.M., and the second is at 11:00 A.M., before the public recitation of prayers in the military cemeteries. All radio and television stations broadcast programs portraying the lives and heroic deeds of fallen soldiers. Most of the broadcasting time is devoted to Israeli songs that convey the mood of the day.
The Silver Platter by Nathan Altermam
The Earth grows still.
The lurid sky slowly pales
Over smoking borders.
Heartsick, but still living, a people stand by
To greet the uniqueness
of the miracle.
Readied, they wait beneath the moon,
Wrapped in awesome joy, before the light.
— Then, soon,
A girl and boy step forward,
And slowly walk before the waiting nation;
In work garb and heavy-shod
They climb
In stillness.
Wearing yet the dress of battle, the grime
Of aching day and fire-filled night
Unwashed, weary unto death, not knowing rest,
But wearing youth like dewdrops in their hair.
— Silently the two approach
And stand.
Are they of the quick or of the dead?
Through wondering tears, the people stare.
“Who are you, the silent two?”
And they reply: “We are the silver platter
Upon which the Jewish State was served to you.”
And speaking, fall in shadow at the nation’s feet.
Let the rest in Israel’s chronicles be told.
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Yom Hazikaron 2013גבעת עדה

03.05.2014
תיאורמצגת על הנופלים בהגנת המושבה , פעולות איבה ומערכות ישראל , במושבה גבעת עדה . המצגת הופקה על ידי המתנ”ס הקהילתי לטקס יום הזיכרון 2013

Israël se souvient des soldats de Tsahal tombés au combat

06.05.2008
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27.04.2007
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How should I bless Ma Avarech להקת חיל הים – מה אברך

21.02.2010
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09.09.2011

Hatikva-The National Anthem of Israel

30.11.2007
Hatikva-The National Anthem of Israel

טקס יום הזיכרון

30.04.2008
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BTJ Yom Hazikaron Assembly 2013

15.04.2013

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Rabbi Joseph Polak Yom Hashoah Day Of Remembrance 2014 Young Israel of Long Beach
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Chief Rabbi Lau speaks on Holocaust Remembrance Day

03.05.2009
Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, speaks on Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day in Jerusalem at Yad Vashem during the Central Ceremony.

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Niggun Yifrach Beyomov song at the Rebbes Farbrengen

25.04.2014
“In his days may the righteous flourish, with much peace until the moon is no more.” (Psalms 72:7) Chassidim sing a niggun composed for the Rebbe’s seventy-first birthday.

6 Tishrei, 5743 – September 23, 1982

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The Maccabeats – Nachamu (One Day More)

23.04.2014
Download “One Day More” on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/one&#8230;

The versions of “Nachamu” that make up this track were originally performed by Safam and Tzlil V’zemer Boys Choir.

This and all Maccabeats music is recorded a cappella.
http://www.maccabeats.com

Mimouna in Jerusalem, Not!

24.04.2014
Residents voice displeasure over decision to cancel traditional site of Mimouna celebrations in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park

מימונה 2014 לוד – המופלטה הגדולה בעולם

23.04.2014
חגיגת המימונה בלוד הגדולה בישראל עם קהל אלפים מתושבי העיר ועם מפגן מרשים של 25 שרים וחברי כנסת שהגיעו לחבק את העיר לוד באהבה רבה * תושבי העיר הכינו לכבוד המימונה את המופלטה הגדולה בעולם בקוטר של 3 מטר במטרה להיכנס לספר השיאים של גינס ולשבור את השיא העומד על 2.5 מטר * נציגת גינס אישרה: המופלטה הגדולה בעולם הוכנה כהלכה!

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23.04.2014
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23.04.2014
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הזמר שלומי עמיאל ולהקתו זמר השמחות לחינה חתונה הזמנות להופעות 0527957725

23.04.2014
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23.04.2014
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23.04.2014

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23.04.2014
יוסי רווח מימונה אילת חוף הדקל

The tomb of Rabbi Hiyya (Hiyya the Great), Tiberias, Israel. Tour Guide: Zahi Shaked

22.05.2013

Zahi Shaked A tour guide in Israel and his camera
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AE New Chabad Niggun Leaked 5774 Yud Alf Nissan Niggun Full HD 2

06.04.2014

Daniel K. Simon Speech – Siyum Sefer Torah Chabad of S. Barbara

 06.04.2014

http://www.sbchabad.org – Siyum Sefer Torah completion and dedication, April 6, 2014 – Remarks by Daniel K. Simon.

2014 Winter Jewish Music Concert (complete)

20.01.2014

The complete recording of the 2014 Winter Jewish Music Concert. Miami, Florida. January 18, 2014. http://www.JewishConcert.org.

Performers in order of appearance:

Paul Offenkrantz: A Dudele

Michelle Auslander Cohen: Avinu Shebashamayim

Noah Aronson: Shir lama’a lot, Create a Pure Heart Within Me

Elena Correia: Bei Mir Bist Du Schön, Ich Hob Dich Tsu Fil Lieb

Meir Goldberg: My Yiddishe Mama, Sheyibone Beis Hamikdosh

Judith Ovadia: Vos Iz Gover’n Fun Mayn Shtetele?

Stephen Texon: Yiru Einenu, Hashir Shehal’viim

Shiree Kidron: T’filat Tal

Mark Glanville: Vilne, Shma Yisroel

Sharón Clark: Exodus, Now

Gabrielle Fink: It Ain’t Necessarily So, Bess, You Is My Woman

Sheba Ensemble: Cuando el Rey Nimrod, Tumbalalaika

 

First UK Shmita Summit: Applying ancient tradition to modern Jewish life

 

 

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.

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

eMail:

dejavu.band4u@gmail.com

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

 

 

Shalom, El Salvador: A Jewish Culture Cuide
Shalom Life
Today, El Salvador has a proud population of only 100 Jews. … Our Rabbi Fernando Lapiduz from Argentina has increased Jewish life significantly.
Temple Israel to move Hebrew school to new Kingston campus
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
Temple Israel of Wilkes-Barre has signed on to move its Hebrew school and administrative offices to the Center for Jewish Life campus being planned …
Jewish Mothers vs. Mothers Who Happen To Be Jewish
Tablet Magazine
But her life was long, and much of it seemed joyous and full. She was a tremendous flirt; could be blunt to a fault; made delicious sour-cream coffee …
Toronto Jewish Film Fest: two showbiz tales of triumph and tragedy
Toronto Star
Both came from struggling Jewish immigrant families. … Tucker springs miraculously back to life in a hugely enjoyable new feature-length film called …
Donald Sterling comments a stark contrast to longstanding Jewish role in civil rights
JNS.org
By Dmitriy Shapiro/JNS.org/Washington Jewish Week … According to Larry Brooks, editor and publisher of Southern Jewish Life Magazine, Jews …
Jessie Thompson, 96, missing from Jewish Life Care Center in Kingsbridge Heights
News 12 Bronx (registration)
Jessie Thompson was last seen just before noon on Sunday when she left the Jewish LifeCare Center on West Kingsbridge Road. The nursing …
25000 Attend Hungarian ‘March of Life
The Jewish Voice
Hungary’s annual “March of Life” commemorating the Holocaust drew a … Around 600,000 Hungarian Jews perished in the Holocaust after Nazi …
Utah’s New Cosmopolitanism
The Jewish Week
Today’s Jewish life is more diffuse, but it thrives amid a culture that places religious identity front and center. With a welcoming stance that embraces its …
Center Field: Let’s wave the flag for Israel – even in hip Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post
The anomalous interruption reminded us how smooth Israeli life is most of the time for most people, and, ultimately, that the fates of Jews and Arabs in ..
Around the Jewish Year
The chronology of the Jewish year, with its holy days and commemorations brings a pattern of stability and serenity to our lives. Travel with Rabbi Wein through the yearly calendar as the various special days and times of the year are explained and discussed. The flow of times and events in “Around the Jewish Year” will provide new insights into the purpose and richness of the life of a Jew.
SEFIRAH LEARNING….
The Ethics of the Fathers, Pirkei Avos, is the summation of Torah wisdom of the ages as imparted to us by the great men of the Mishna. All of the problems of life and of human strengths and weaknesses are analyzed and portrayed through the wisdom of these great men and their Torah heritage. These words of wisdom provide a most meaningful guide to current personal life and communal events.


Ya’alili – 8th Day’s Official Music Video – Jewish Music – Chabad.org

8th Day, co-founded by brothers Shmuel and Bentzi Marcus, is one of Jewish music’s hottest bands. The group has released three studio albums and …
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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 
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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 
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Oprah’s Visit to Hasidic Brooklyn – A Jewish.TV Exclusive Interview – Inside ChabadLubavitch
Oprah Winfrey spent a day visiting Hasidic communities in Brooklyn, NY. At the end of the day, Chabad.org’s own Rabbi Motti Seligson interviewed …
chabad.org
Live Broadcast: Conference of ChabadLubavitch Women Emissaries – Sunday, January 26 / 5:30 
Join over 3000 ChabadLubavitch women emissaries and their guests as they celebrate at the annual banquet, the culmination of a five-day …
chabad.org
Chabad niggun HIT OF THE YEAR- Berry weber! – YouTube
04:26
This song is probably the biggest hit between 2011 and 2013. Copywrite info: These videos do not belong to me, I have taken a mix of youtube videos …
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A Story in Three Acts – How the Lubavitcher Rebbe Changed My Life – Inside ChabadLubavitch
Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, tells how the Rebbe’s guidance affected him at three critical junctures in his life.
chabad.org
Itche Kadoozy Chanukah Mini-Series – Part I – Inspiration & Entertainment – Chabad.org
Jono enters a donut eating contest, Gefilte Fish orders two thousand plastic dreidels from China and Rabbi Kadoozy gets a permit for a menorah …
chabad.org
Daily Siyum – Live Broadcast – Nine Days Daily Live Siyum – Tisha B’Av and the 3  – Chabad.org
It is customary to participate in a “siyum” celebrating the completion of a section in Torah during the days that we mourn the Temple’s destruction.
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Chabad Wins World Cup – Cape Town, South Africa – InsideChabadLubavitch – Chabad.org
Chabad of Cape Town, South Africa demonstrates how to play the spiritual game of soccer as the goal being to better the world around us.
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My Very Own Chanukah Party – Children’s Videos – Jewish Kids –Chabad.org
Watch children host a Chanukah celebration and a grand dreidel game especially for kids!
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Young Abraham – Children’s Videos – Jewish Kids – Chabad.org
The famous story from the Midrash about how Abraham destroyed the idols in his father’s shop. An excerpt from the one-hour DVD “Young Abraham.”
chabad.org

Ultra-Orthodox Parents of Children With Mental Illness Face Their Own Lonely Struggles
Tablet Magazine
… added a special track for observant Jewish women in 2009, serving kosher meals and facilitating groups that discuss the role of food in Jewish life …

Odessa Jewish community mulls emergency evacuation
Jerusalem Post
While Jewish community leaders are unanimous in asserting that the … “We are doing everything to strengthen the Jewish community in its normal life.
Ultra-Orthodox quietly joining Israeli military
NTV
In this photo taken Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Jewish ultra-Orthodox …. Jewish learning and heritage, and by maintaining a pious way of life that has
Preview: Traditional Jewish music tells a lot of stories
Times Colonist
When traditional Jewish music ambles from the stage at Hermann’s Jazz Club on Sunday, it will be played by two stagemates with a charged history.
Jewish music resurges in San Diego County
San Diego Jewish World
I am happy to see the Center for Jewish Culture presenting these musical events, because, for a while, with the demise of the JCC Music Committee, …
Brampton synagogue celebrates Jewish music
YorkRegion.com
BRAMPTON — Centuries-old musical traditions will come alive at the Har Tikvah ReformJewish Synagogue in Brampton as the heritage structure …
Cantor to share Jewish music, history at Temple Israel
Journal and Courier
Luck said the show is not only for Jewish audiences but anyone who is a lover of musicaltheater, jazz, opera and folk music. “You cannot leave this …
Family Friendly: Jazmer Trio presents a variety of Jewish music
Lincolnshire Review
The Jazmer Trio will present a concert of instrumental and vocal Jewish music from different parts of the world on Sunday, May 4 at Deerfield Public …
Kolot HaLev To Present My Soul Longs for You, Choir Music from Russia and the Ukraine During 
NEWS.GNOM.ES
Entitled My Soul Longs for You, this concert will showcase Russia’s lasting impact onJewish music by featuring popular, religious and klezmer …
Music of the Jewish Experience
BangorMetro
This evening of Jewish music, featuring Rosalie Gerut, Hankus Netsky, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Andre Blickenderfer, and Henry Goldberg, benefits …
‘Lilith the Night Demon’ music explores dark, sexy side of Jewish folklore
San Jose Mercury News
When you start looking into it, the past isn’t really a foreign country. It’s a phantasmagoric realm haunted by angry demons, vengeful spirits and lustful …
Celebration of Jewish Music
Times Colonist (blog)
Celebration of Jewish Music The Jewish Community Choir, directed by Carol Sokoloff ,will perform a concert of Jewish music from many lands and …
Concert celebrates history of Jewish song
Stowe Today
The show was inspired by Counterpoint’s founder, Robert Cormier, who has a longstanding interest in Jewish music. One of his first jobs after college …

After an incredible Sold-Out performance last season, Dudu Fisher returns to the 92nd Street Y.

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Dudu Fisher, best known throughout the world for his stirring performance as Jean Valjean in Les Misèrables on Broadway, brings an exciting concert to 92Y. Based on his nationally renowned PBS special In Concert From Israel, Dudu Fisher takes the audience on an inspired journey connecting his talent as a Broadway performer, cantor and contemporary artist with music and stories that celebrate the beauty of Israel’s landscape, culture and people.

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 Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day – Israel honors the memory…Is Rain Good or Bad? – Talmudic Tales: The Miraculous R. Chanina ben Dosa  – Chabad.org

In this mystifying tale of the Talmud we encounter the miraculous personage of Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa, who prays for the rain to cease. Learn the …
Mass. rabbi examining Torah at Fort Hood chapel
Killeen Daily Herald
Fort Hood Rabbi. Rabbi Kevin Hale inspects a Torah scroll Tuesday at the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel. Buy this photo. Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 …
Dr. Chaim Charles CohenTorah Sociology: All Religious Zionists Need Each Other
Arutz Sheva
This pluralism includes, for example, rabbinic families some of whose children have become less observant and less attached to Torah learning, and it …
The Rav And The Rebbe On Spiritual Slavery Of Modernity
The Jewish Week
[Redemption, Prayer, Talmud Torah] By anonymity, Soloveitchik explains: “How does anonymity of man express itself? In the tragic reality of being …
Qualities Of Religious Leadership
The Jewish Week
This week’s Torah reading of Emor opens with the laws applying to the Kohen-Priests, the religious, ritual leaders of Israel. The prophetic reading from …
Army Mandates Religious Presence in Yitzhar Yeshiva
Arutz Sheva
… a letter of the Yitzhar community secretariat, emphasizing guidelines regarding religious use of the occupied yeshiva (Torah academy) building.
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Algemeiner
“One of the goals of Room613 is to explore the depth and beauty of Torah learning, and to cultivate a love of God, Israel, and the Jewish people,” …
Judaism: Weekly Tanya Lesson: Chap. 4, Lecture 5
Arutz Sheva
We see, at any rate, that although G-d’s wisdom and Will are beyond man’s reach, they are made accessible to him because the Torah is clothed in …

 

 

Mimouna for all

It is, after all, a colorful, joyful holiday celebrated by Jews from an Arab country. Adding one more festival to the list of Jewish holidays will not harm …
Several events to focus on Kindertransport mission
WKTV
(WKTV) – A rescue mission of predominantly Jewish children before the outbreak of World War II will be the focus of several events in May in Utica and …
Upper West Side To Celebrate Israel
The Jewish Week
Following up on last year’s inaugural success, 35 synagogues, schools and Jewishorganizations are sponsoring a variety of events on the Upper …
Holocaust Museum & Education Center June events
Morton Grove Champion
What: In the early years of World War II, Charlotte Salomon—a 23-year-old Jewish artist from Berlin—fled to the south of France where she shut herself …
Israel greets 16884 new immigrants in 2013
Jerusalem Post
… that they refrained from wearing religious garb or Jewish symbols out of fear and 23% avoided attending Jewish events or going to Jewish venues.

Yom HaShoah begins in the Diaspora on: Yom HaShoah begins in the Diaspora on:·
 Sun, 27 April 2014 at sundown (28th of Nisan, 5774)

Daily Inspiration: Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Day)
The Post-Standard
One day a year is set aside for the world to remember the depth of man’s inhumanity to man. World War II witnessed the worst of humanity. The Jews of …
Yom Hashoah service open to public
Iowa City Press Citizen
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Agudas Achim Congregation will host a joint Yom Hashoah service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 123 E. Market St. in Iowa …
Faith News (Including Jewish community marks Holocaust with Yom HaShoah)
Hemel Gazette
Yom Hashoah is a day set aside for Jews to remember the Holocaust. The name comes from the Hebrew word ‘shoah’, which means ‘whirlwind’.
Yom Ha’Shoah – NYC Council Members Levine, Kallos To Introduce Resolution in 
JP Updates
NYC Jewish Caucus chairman, Council Member Mark Levine (D-7th district) and Council Member Ben Kallos (D – 5th district) announced Sunday a …
Carleton Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day
Carleton College News
Carleton College will observe Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, on Sunday, April 27, at 5 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.
‘Schindler’s List,’ still the definitive Holocaust drama
Boston Globe
… the Holocaust, and special attention is being focused on it this week, on the eve of Yom HaShoah, which commemorates the victims of the Holocaust …
An Ancient and rare Telephone Directory found in New York
REM
To honor Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah), a “very rare” phone directory published in Warsaw in 1939 within months of the outbreak of .
Preview: Traditional Jewish music tells a lot of stories
Times Colonist
When traditional Jewish music ambles from the stage at Hermann’s Jazz Club on Sunday, it will be played by two stagemates with a charged history.
Jewish music resurges in San Diego County
San Diego Jewish World
I am happy to see the Center for Jewish Culture presenting these musical events, because, for a while, with the demise of the JCC Music Committee, …
Brampton synagogue celebrates Jewish music
YorkRegion.com
BRAMPTON — Centuries-old musical traditions will come alive at the Har Tikvah ReformJewish Synagogue in Brampton as the heritage structure …
Sarasota concert celebrates Jewish music
Bradenton Herald
The Belle Canto choral group is part of “A Celebration of Jewish Music,” today at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. PUBLICITY PHOTO.
Cantor to share Jewish music, history at Temple Israel
Journal and Courier
Luck said the show is not only for Jewish audiences but anyone who is a lover of musicaltheater, jazz, opera and folk music. “You cannot leave this …
Palomar College celebrates Jewish music March 29-30
San Diego Jewish World
A Celebration of Jewish Music” at the Howard Brubeck Theatre at Palomar College at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 29, and again at 2 p.m. Sunday, March …
Concert to benefit education of Jewish teens
Sun-Sentinel
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton will present “Broadway & Beyond: An Afternoon of Music By The World’s Greatest Jewish Composers,” starring the …
Family Friendly: Jazmer Trio presents a variety of Jewish music
Lincolnshire Review
The Jazmer Trio will present a concert of instrumental and vocal Jewish music from different parts of the world on Sunday, May 4 at Deerfield Public …
Kolot HaLev To Present My Soul Longs for You, Choir Music from Russia and the Ukraine During 
NEWS.GNOM.ES
Entitled My Soul Longs for You, this concert will showcase Russia’s lasting impact onJewish music by featuring popular, religious and klezmer …
Music of the Jewish Experience
BangorMetro
This evening of Jewish music, featuring Rosalie Gerut, Hankus Netsky, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Andre Blickenderfer, and Henry Goldberg, benefits …

De Blasio Brings His Message to Crown Heights in Yiddish

But Crown Heights is a funny place to reach out to in Yiddish. Though the Brooklyn neighborhood is home to a large Orthodox Jewish community, …

Shimon’s Review of “One Day More” by The Maccabeats

Jewish Music Report  Shimon Simpson
As we’ve come to expect from this immensely talented group, the set list is a mixture of mainstream Jewish music, pop covers and remixes, and …

Presidential candidates moved by Mimouna

Though originally celebrated by Jews from Morocco, it has become a … Former Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud) attended Mimouna events in …

Family Amulet Captures Jewish Life in India

I also love the way this artifact captures the centuries-long symbiosis that Jewsenjoyed in India — a country that, until recent years, was strikingly free ..

The Aesthetics Of Judaism

Bathed in the light of the synagogue’s new stained-glass windows depicting Jewish holidays and allegorical representations of biblical figures, …

 

European Jewish Congress: Amid rising anti-Semitism, Jewish life in Europe unsustainable
Jerusalem Post
“Normative Jewish life in Europe is unsustainable,” European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor said on Sunday. Presenting the results of …
Pianist Pavel Gintov to perform at Jewish Temple in Alexandria Sunday
Alexandria Town Talk
… how the music has impacted his life and those around him, he said. For instance, in an email to the event planners at the Jewish Temple he provides …
Beyond The Jewish Bubble: Finding Meaning in Jewish Education
Galus Australis
Young Jews who care about their Jewishness have non-Jewish partners and may marry them. Young Jews who went to day-schools report living in a …
Holocaust survivor saved hundreds of Hungarian Jews
azcentral.com
Meth, who lives a comfortable life in Sun City, is clear and articulate as he … Some scholars say by July 1944, most Hungarian Jews living in the …
Holocaust Remembrance Day: An inspiring story of 50 Jewish children, saved
Los Angeles Times
Their goal: to rescue 50 Jewish children from Vienna and bring them to … And yet eachlife saved also carries with it a powerful message about the …
The newest saints and the future of Catholic-Jewish relations
The Times of Israel
But it is the reaction of Jewish organizations and religious leaders to the …. “His entire lifewas very much marked by his deep love for the Jewish …
Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni MovementBuild a Spiritual Identity – through Vision and Action
Arutz Sheva
This week’s dvar Torah is by Rav Doron Podlashuk – Former Rosh Kollel in Johannesburg. Director of the post smicha –Manhigut Toranit program at …
torah | We are to be holy — what does that mean in daily life?
Jweekly.com
This week, we reach the very center of the Torah, as Parashat Kedoshim sits equidistant from Genesis’ opening to Deuteronomy’s conclusion. Here, at …
Haredi Councils of Torah Sages may convene on IDF conscription law
Jerusalem Post
The haredi leadership is considering whether to convene the three Councils of Torah Sages of the mainstream political movements to deliberate on its …
The Czech Torah scrolls
Jvhri
The Torah scroll at the Holocaust Education and Resource Center of R.I., donated by Dr. Richard and Lynn Glick honors the Czech victims who saved …
Judaism: A Wide-Ranging Torah Reading
Arutz Sheva
“Rabbi Hiyya taught that this Parashah was said in the assembly [of the entire nation] because most of the Torah’s essentials are dependent upon it.” …
Rabbi Shlomo RiskinOhr Torah on the Parsha: Love Your Neighbor
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 …
How to settle disputes: Parshat Kedoshim
Jerusalem Post
This week’s Torah portion, Parshat Kedoshim, deals with directions for all areas of life. Mainly, though, it addresses relationships between people.
Torah Welcomed Amidst Unrest
Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS
Despite the current instability in Ukraine, the Kharkov Jewish community gathered to celebrate the completion of a new Torah donated by Mr. Shimon …
Rabbi J. SacksCovenant & Conversation: Followership
Arutz Sheva
There is a fascinating sequence of commands in the great “holiness code” with which our parsha (Torah reading) begins, that sheds light on the nature …
Judaism: Lessons in Charity
Arutz Sheva
First Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, revered and famed Torah sage, philosopher, writer, poet, iconic and beloved leader of religious Zionism and the …

A cantorial musical extravaganza

The seventh annual Cantorial Music Extravaganza takes place at 7:30 p.m. on May 15 at Temple Beth Shmuel, 1700 Michigan Ave. in Miami Beach.

Hardline Rabbi Named Shas Spiritual Leader

Cohen, leader of the Porat Yosef religious seminary, was named president of the Shas Council of TorahSages on Thursday at a ceremony in Bnei …

Jewish Home party has conflicting ideological goals

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As both Haredi political parties in Israel—United TorahJudaism and Shas—are currently in the opposition, the Jewish Home …

To the limit with Rabbi Berdichevski

When they reached the techum Shabbat, the maximum of 2,000 cubits that one may walk from his home without violating Torah law on the Sabbath, …

Supernatural dedication – the seventh day of Passover

1269-c.1343), also know as Ba’al Haturim, notes in his commentary on the Torah that Am Yisrael merited this impressive miracle because of Avraham …

Peres Preaches Peace, Torah and Unity to Chief Rabbi

President Shim’on Peres said, Sunday, “We must preserve the unity of the people and not allow disintegration to harm us.” He also told Sephardic …

Shas Taps New Spiritual Leader Who Derided Modern Orthodox

Enlarge Image » Rabbi Shalom Cohen of the Shas Party Council of Torah Sages and head of the Porat Yosef yeshiva speaks in Jerusalem in July …

Shas names hardline rabbi as new spiritual head

Rabbi Shalom Cohen, a head of the Porat Yosef Yeshiva and a member of the Shas Council of TorahSages, called Modern Orthodox Jews “Amalek.

Hardline rabbi named Shas spiritual leader

Cohen, leader of the Porat Yossef religiouse seminary, was named president of the Shas Council of TorahSages on Thursday at a ceremony in Bnei …

Jewish artifacts saved from smugglers in Egypt

Writing on a Torah crown read “Shimon Weinstein and his wife Rachel and his son,” which could indicate that some of the items came from one of …

Freedom provides plenty of opportunities

Passover celebrates our freedom from slavery, while on Shavuot we relive the revelation of Torah. This linkage reminds us that there can be no true …

KITKA Women’s Vocal Ensemble to Perform at Temple Beth Torah, 5/18

ArtsRock and Temple Beth Torah in association with Leonard Kurz present KITKA Women’s Vocal Ensemble on Sunday, May 18th at 3pm. KITKA has …

Dayyenu is enough — really?

Could the Jews really have survived without the Torah, or without Shabbos? What does Dayyenu mean? THE key is the first-person plural: “If G-d had …

Scrolling through Jewish art

Ms. Nobler is particularly taken with the way that classic scrolls, particularly the Torah, with its great length, “has to be made in pieces,” she said.

Let my people work

The shift from the current haredi model that pushes young men to focus exclusively on Torah study and not work for a living must take place for two …

A View from Down Under: The Wondering Jews

Australian Jews, along with the rest of world Jewry, are currently celebrating theJewish holiday of Passover, a holiday which – more than any other …

Rabbi Aaron Landes, Prominent Leader and Naval Chaplain, Dies at 84

He was a sought-after speaker on Jewish topics and extended his … Kolman continues, “of course, he wanted us to have strong Jewish lives, but he …

 Jews in Ukraine seeking escape to Israel over letter demanding they ‘register’ with pro-Russian 

The leaflet distributed in Donetsk, Ukraine, calling for all Jews over …. with a peak between 1881 to 1884 when more than 200 anti-Jewish events …

Empty ark figures, briefly, in shul quarrel

The case of the six missing Torah scrolls from Congregation Shaarey Tefiloh in Perth Amboy has been solved. Herschel Chomsky of Perth Amboy, …

Synagogues expected to merge

Sunrise Jewish Center-Temple Sha’aray Tzedek is expected to join with Temple Beth Torah in Tamarac following voting by the two congregations in …

Yom HaShoah events planned

The Torah, on loan from The Czech Memorial Scrolls Trust, is 250 years old, she said, adding that it was hidden inside a synagogue with more than …

Community to remember the Shoah

Miami-Dade County’s Jewish community will honor and remember the six … JewishHolocaust victims and pay tribute to survivors at different events.

Listing of Holocaust Remembrance Day events around the Bay Area

In the South Peninsula area, more than a dozen Jewish co-sponsoring agencies and communities are coming together for an event that will have an …

Jews from former Soviet Union to gather, learn in Moscow

Limmud FSU conferences are also considered to be among the leading Jewishcultural events in the FSU, and provide a festival of Jewish learning …

Jewish population study lecture highlights where we live

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s population studies of 1996 and 2011 contained similar numbers ofJewish people living in Greater Cleveland, …

Hadassah Southern California to Honor Katherine Merage and Family in a Celebration of Life for 

Katherine is being recognized for her commitment to and philanthropic support of the country of Israel as well as Jewish life in the United States.

Selfie Spirituality

Even though Morinis was Jewish, he had never found any spiritual … had a lot to do with it — [such that] the purpose of living a Jewish life was to fit in.

Holocaust memorial service at Temple Beth Torah features survivor Bill Orlin

Temple Beth Torah will honor the memory of those who lost their lives in the Holocaust with a special service on Friday, April 25 at 7:15 p.m. Rabbi …

Elkin: Torah for Land

Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin took part, Thursday, in the dedication of a synagogue in the community of Kerem Re’im in the Binyamin region …

500th Weekly DVD Edition of ‘Living Torah‘ is a Milestone

The new project—called “Living Torah”—quickly became a weekly fixture in homes, synagogues, schools and even prisons all over the world.

Parashat Song of Songs / A ‘handle’ for the Torah

Why has the Song of Songs been given such a privileged status, as if its granting to Israel is almost as significant as God’s granting of the Torah to .

Versatile Alicia Jo Rabins tackles a rock opera — on Bernie Madoff

Alicia Jo Rabins, a musician, poet and Torah scholar, says she “wanted to … of an arts-based educational curriculum focusing on women in Torah.

A ‘three-ply’ Passover

Despite the fact that the Torah’s main goal is to be a spiritual guide book – its historical content is adscititious, yet it also contains a chronicle of Jewish …

In Plain Language: The miracle you never knew

Commentators on the Torah wax mega- poetic over the events at the Red Sea, proclaiming that “the simplest maidservant experienced the glory of …

My Tea With ‘Dudi’

Which he proceeded to do with great energy and flare, calling on his knowledge of the Torah to crack us up. He occasionally would point to us while …

At the Brink of War, Kharkov Welcomes New Torah | CrownHeights.info – Chabad News, Crown 

The Sefer Torah was donated to the community by Shimon Steren – a local philanthropist. The happiness and feeling of unity left everyone uplifted …

Shearim Torah honors Schnitzers at annual brunch

“The Jewish Future is Here” is the theme of the Shearim Torah High School for Girls brunch, to be held 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, May 4, at the Cutler …

Jewish Educational Media Milestone: 500th Weekly DVD Edition of ‘Living Torah

The new project—called “Living Torah”—quickly became a weekly fixture in homes, synagogues, schools and even prisons all over the world.

Growing Old With Dignity: What The Torah Says

Though times have changed, what God said about advancing in years is still just as relevant as it ever was. The Torah has interesting things to say to …

Jewish Nonprofits Start To Embrace Maternity Leave

Through its Better Work/Better Life campaign, launched in 2010, AWP aims to “enlist 100 Jewish organizations as a catalyst for making healthy …

Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival

Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival. x. Export Event · Export Event … Most events under $10 will be printed in Good Times. Listings posted here will be …

Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ bringing plenty of updates to L.A.

Springtime, and the music is changing at the Ahmanson. This month will see the departure of Barry Manilow’s lushly scored and heavily Jewish …

Photo Essay: Sounds of the Old City Festival

Organizer Aner Ozery spoke to Arutz Sheva’s Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast and explained the impetus for the festival.. “We saw that during the day …

Jewish Olympians To be Honored at Next Year’s Maccabi Games in Berlin

At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, known today as the Nazi Olympics, Jewish … Margolis reflected on the events, noting that “We feel sorry that Stoller and …

Hollywood Director Turns Jerusalem Liberation into Graphic Novel

Hollywood filmmaker Boaz Yakin’s poignant illustrated novel about the Irgun, Deir Yassin and Jewish life in 1940’s Jerusalem. By Ben Bresky.

Can One March Help Descendants of Nazis and Survivors Reconcile?

70 years after death marches killed some 25,000 Hungarian Jews, … 70 years later, from April 22 to 27, 2014, the March of Life will take place in ..

Jacob Birnbaum, Champion of Soviet Jews, Dies at 88

That 1964 protest was the brainchild of Jacob Birnbaum, who devoted his life to campaigning for Jewishcauses and who died at 88 on April 9 in …

Seeking Jewish Future in Small Latin American Towns

The trend toward centralization is pronounced in Argentina, where about 90 percent of the country’s Jewish population lives in the capital of Buenos .

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08.05.2014

Connecting with Judaism and Israel | Sunday Plenary, 2014 Biennial

08.05.2014
Membership in Jewish organizations is down. Day school enrollment has peaked. Federation campaigns are flat. The fastest growing and second largest category of Jews is Just Jewish. Young Jewish adults are unengaged and aging baby boomers are disengaging. Yet, in the era of Facebook, people crave face-to-face community. It’s all about relationships.

With this simple, but profound idea, noted educator and community revitalization pioneer Dr. Ron Wolfson will present practical strategies and case studies to transform the old model of Jewish institutions into relational communities. He sets out twelve principles of relational engagement to guide Jewish lay leaders, professionals and community members in transforming institutions into inspiring communities whose value-proposition is to engage people and connect them to Judaism and community in meaningful and lasting ways.

 

The J Street confrontation: Between a local squabble and a historic schism
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But the debate could have long-term consequences for the unity of the American Jewish community and for the clarity of its support for Israel.

Hillel at KSU approved as local beneficiary of Jewish Federation
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Hillel is working to build a stronger and more vibrant Jewish community at Kent State and the University of Akron for more than 1,500 Jewish students, …
Kaddish for Jews who died at Normandy
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It will feature a collective Kaddish prayer for 149 Jewish soldiers who died there, the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities said in a …


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Jewish Community Center Tragedy

29.04.2014
A man went to the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas and shot and killed two people in the parking lot. He then drove to a nearby Jewish retirement community center and shot and killed a woman in her car.

This is the communities reaction to this tragedy.

Ein Keloheinu

29.04.2014
Sung by Kol Truah at “Yes, We Sang!” Tribute to the Victims of the Holocaust, 2014, JCC East Bay, Berkeley, CA.

Kol Truah is dedicated to the preservation, dissemination, and performance of Jewish music for the benefit, education, and enjoyment of the Jewish community in the Bay Area, and the community at large. In addition to their repertoire of music by the great classical and contemporary composers, they have been known to sing some gospel, jazz, show tunes, among others. Today they sing pieces reflecting Jewish life in yiddish and ladino. Conducted by April Shayna McNeely, accompanied by Eleanor Cohen. The artistic director is Cantor Pamela Rothmann Sawye

We Walk to Remember 2014 – Yom Hashoah

28.04.2014
We Walk to Remember at UC Berkeley, April 28th, 2014
Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Never Forget

Video Production by Joshua Cahn

28.04.2014
Kansas City Jewish teens organize a candlelight walk in honor of those killed at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom on April 18.

28.04.2014
Kansas City Jewish teens organize a candlelight walk in honor of those killed at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom on April 18.

Taub – Ambassador of Israel to the Court of St James

28.04.2014
Daniel Taub – Ambassador of Israel to the Court of St James speaking at the National Yom HaShoah Commemoration – National Holocaust Memorial – The Dell, Hyde Park – London 2014
Filmed & Edited by David Barry – http://www.valuevideography.com

Nationalist Rise: Israeli MPs express concerns for Jewish community in Ukraine

22.03.2014
Well thousands have responded to the rise of the right by taking to the streets across Eastern Ukraine in protest at the interim authorities in Kiev. Donetsk has seen some of the biggest rallies to demand a referendum on a possible secession. Activists across Eastern regions say they’re making a stand against the fascist leanings of a post-coup leadership. A group of Israel MPs has written an open letter to the President of the European Commission. They expressed their concern over the plight of Ukrainian Jews who they say are suffering from constant attacks. It’s claimed this is a direct result of the rise of nationalists in Kiev. Activists from Ukraine’s Jewish community have also traveled to Israel to seek support.

Chabad of Uptown Sefer Torah Installation Ceremony – 2014

24.04.2014
Complete program, speeches and police escorted parade through the local streets to the Chabad of Uptown in a grand procession, complete with music, singing and dancing under a celebratory chupah! The Torah was acquired from the Ponevez Shul of Capetown in loving memory of David & Betty Purcell

מימונה של קיבוץ גלויות אצל אסתר ויעקב אלבז

08.04.2010
בערב המימונה אצל אסתר ויעקב אלבז רואים את קיבוץ הגלויות במלוא הדרו , הם הזוג הנהדר הזה נראה עליהם מה שנקרא במרוקאית ” ת’ורת’ יעקב” ובתרגום חופשי מלאים באהבת חינם , כך ראו איך כולם שמחים ונהנים בצל קורתם הי”ו ,
שרים ומפייטים מרוקאית, ולא חסר גם שירי ארץ ישראל כשהמלווה הוא צוברי הגדול !!!!!

תרבחו או תסעדו !!!!!

מחווה ליהדות מרוקו “דאר דיילנא” 90FM–juifs du maroc yaffabanouz

21.03.2012
מחווה ליהדות מרוקו /אתר “זוהר דאר דיילנא” בשידור ישיר — רדיו תשעים אפ אם-90FM בשידור ישיר ממסעדת מרקש בנתניה “Marrakech ” במסגרת “שניים עשר השבטים”

בהנחיית- בועז אורגד, מאיר סוויסה, איתן רונן.

השתתפו: ד”ר יגאל בן נון, הסופר דוד קינן, הסופר אשר כנפו, ד”ר שלמה אלקיים, הזמר אמיל זריהן, התזמורת האנדלוסית אשדוד, חיים אוליאל ובנו, להקת סולטנה, הפייטן יובל איבגי, הבדרן אבנר דן ועוד,,,,,,

מימונה אצל אסתר ויעקב אלבז באשדוד-mimouna -2010

09.04.2010
אצל אסתר ויעקב אלבז במימונה שרים גם שירי ארץ ישראל , עם צוברי הגדול !!!!

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Oldest American Synagogue Celebrates 250 Years

 18.08.2013

European Jews fleeing persecution under the Spanish Inquisition founded Touro Synagogue in 1763 in Newport, Rhode Island. George Washington assured the congregation of religious freedom in 1790 before the First Amendment was passed. The synagogue continues to celebrate its freedom 250 years later. Chip Reid reports.

 

Film for ‘The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia’

31.03.2014

Marburg Mission: Israeli man’s quest to rebuild Jewish community life in Germany

29.03.2014

In 1983, Israeli businessman Amnon Orbach migrated to Marburg, a city of 50,000 people in the center of Germany. He found Judaism was practically dead with only 25 elderly Jews divorced from their religion. And then Amnon Orbach decided to bring Judaism back to life in Marburg.

 

ISRAEL MUSIC HISTORY

ISRAEL MUSIC HISTORY by Boaz Guttman

Father of 3 Musicians in USA/Germany/Israel

University Graduates US/NYC BA & MA/France Paris-Sorbonne BA & Germany Berlin BA & MA/Israel Haifa BA

Iran’s chief Rabbi Yousef Hamadani Cohen has passed away

 30.03.2014

The Iranian chief rabbi, Yousef Hamadani Cohen has passed away.

The Jewish community of Iran is mourning the passing of its former leader who died on Saturday. Hamadani Cohen served as chief rabbi of the Iranian Jewish community for many years. He was laid to rest on Sunday after battling sickness for some years. Now Mashallah Golestani Nejad has replaced him as the chief rabbi. Iran is home to nearly 9-thousand Jews who make up one of the biggest Jewish communities in the Middle East. They also have representatives in the country’s parliament.

Israel Study Tour 2012: A Visit with Rabbi Eliezer Waldman

11.04.2012

Rabbi Eliezer Waldman, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Kiryat Arba outside of Hebron, Israel, speaks to a group from Fellowship Church in Winter Springs, FL. He discusses spring as a time of new beginnings and its connection with the festival of Passover. He then puts the season in the historic context of the birth of new life in Judea and Samaria, as it was during Pesach in 1968 that 88 people celebrated the first Seder at the Park Hotel in Hebron (the community where Abraham first settled and King David first established his throne). That group, originally headed by Rabbis Levinger and Waldman, remained long after Pesach and were eventually relocated to an abandoned military base in nearby Kiryat Arba. In 1971 Kiryat Arba became the first community to be established in Judea and Samaria. Today it boasts more than 7,000 residents. Tying the history of Pesach to Israel’s present, Rabbi Waldman compares the Egyptians, Israel’s ancient oppressors, to her present day foes, saying that nothing any enemy can do will thwart God’s purposes and plan for His people.
March 21, 2012

 

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Israel – Kibbutz – Communities – World of their own

 06.09.2010

Thames Televisions cameras were given unique access to an Israeli fishing Kibbutz, the ultimate self sustaining community, where all are equal, and material wealth is not an issue. First transmitted on ITV in 11/01/1972

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New Kosher restaurant in Brussels gains popularity

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

 

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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

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Comunidade na TV 20 a 26/04/2014

O Comunidade na TV é um programa da Federação Israelita do Rio de Janeiro.

O programa é exibido no Canal 14 da NET aos Domingos (7h, 16h e 21h), com reprises ao longo da semana!.

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The upcoming Jerusalem International Book Fair will take place February 2015.

Yiddish Book Center Recognized by the White House
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WGGB) — National recognition Thursday for a local library. TheYiddish Book Center in Amherst receives a prestigious national …
The National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene Present Opera Not Seen in Over 70 Years, THE
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On Tuesday May 27th at 7 PM at the Baruch Performing Arts Center 55 Lexington Avenue, The Folksbiene will present a concert of a classic Yiddish …

Michelle Obama presents award to Yiddish Book Center
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As a French-Irish Catholic attending college in Amherst, Massachusetts, Peter Manseau knew little about Jewish culture and Yiddish works before his

הרמב”ם – רבי משה בן מימון / Maimonides – Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon

02.01.2013
הרמב”ם

ערוץ הידברות בשיתוף קרן דסטני מגישים לכם ולילדכם סרט אנימציה מיוחד על חייו ופעלו של הרמב”ם לרגל יום פטירתו.

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The Brilliant Career of Maimonides

15.07.2013
A lecture by Dr. Benjamin Gampel, the Eli and Dinah Field Professor of Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary

Dr. Gampel gave the keynote address at the Jewish University for a Day event in Minneapolis, conducted by the Institute for Jewish Learning of JTS, in cooperation with the Minnesota Context Partnership and the Center for Jewish Studies.

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Sharon Bernstein – A Drinking Nigun (Yiddish Song)

22.05.2010
Sharon Bernstein singing with
Adrienne Cooper &
Jeanette Lewicki

In Concert:
“Singing for a Better World”
For the International Association of Yiddish Clubs,
May 2010

More Yiddish Conversations and Performances
YiddishLives.org

Yiddish Culture Was Their Religion: Founders Of The Montreal Jewish Public Library

29.04.2014
Eva Raby – former director of the Montreal Jewish Public Library – describes the origins of Montreal’s Jewish Public Library, “biblyotek un folks universitet”, and how Yiddish culture was like a religion for secular families like hers.

To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell.

Mendy Pellin Comedy

04.03.2012
via http://mendypellin.com | Join Mendy Pellin on 4/9 for non-stop laughter at the Millennium Theater in Brooklyn for The Shalom Bayis Tour.

Jewish Community Cookbooks

18.04.2014
March 5, 2014

Dr. Megan Elias, Associate Professor, Department of History, Queensborough Community College

Although there were a few very well-known cookbooks for Jewish families published before the Second World War in America, the post-war period saw a tremendous increase in the numbers of this genre. In particular, Jewish groups all over America published community cookbooks, usually for the purpose of fundraising. These books represent a new pride in identity which was intimately tied to the very public nature of Jewish suffering during the Holocaust. Working with the important collection of Jewish Community Cookbooks at the Dorot Division of the New York Public Library, this project seeks to put these cookbooks into the context of post-war American culture and an emerging sense of global citizenship.

Website: http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/khrca/

Felix Livshitz Mamele jewish yiddish song

26.04.2009
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Jewish Festival Krakow

Cantor Benzion Miller & All Stars Orchestra @ Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, 2012

08.03.2013
Cantor Benzion Miller performing in Krakow with All Stars Festival Orchestra during Shalom on Szeroka Street (22nd Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow) – filmed by the Polish Television TVP2, supported by NInA – National Audiovisual Institute

Boom Pam & Kutiman at 23rd Jewish Culture Festival

11.07.2013
Boom Pam & Kutiman
23rd Jewish Culture Festival
Final Concert
Szeroka Street, Krakow, Poland
July 7, 2013

Setlist thanks to Uri
1. Alakazam
2. Delilah Jones
3. Cicek Dagi
3. Hatul VeHatula
4. Hashish
5. Daber Yafe
6. Boom Pam

Collective Action: Lessons from the Labor Movement

18.02.2014

What is the meaning of work? What conditions cause workers to suffer and what inspires them to take action to improve their lives? What can Jewish history teach us about contemporary labor issues and our responsibility towards workers around the world? Watch interactive activities and see an experienced facilitator model investigations of several historical artifacts you can put to use in your classroom.

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Sholem Aleichem in America

01.07.2011
Though Sholem Aleichem is widely known for his depictions of shtetl life, the famed Yiddish writer spent a number of years living and writing in America. In a new documentary titled “Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness,” director Joseph Dorman details the life of Sholem Aleichem, from his early successes to his many, painful failures. The Forward met with Dorman on the Lower East Side to discuss the difficult, but fruitful years Sholem Aleichem spent living in America.

Learn Hebrew Curso de Hebraico

22.01.2009 Jacob Richman

A Richer Knowledge of Being Jewish Through Yiddish

08.04.2014

Sara Israel, former Yiddish Book Center fellow, reflects on the importance of Yiddish in her Jewish identity, remembering how she related much more to Yiddish than to her Hebrew school studies.

To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit:http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell…

Jewish Culture Movie for NU204

 18.10.2012

Written and Narrated by Svetlana, produced by John M.
This is a general description of the Jewish culture.
Several Jewish songs were used as the soundtrack.
The remake of “Hava Nagila” that plays at the end was performed by John M.
All images were found on various web sites using “Google Images.” I have no rights over any of this material. This was made for a short-term, educational experience. There will be no sale of, or profit derived from this work.

Radical Jewish Culture (exhibition in the Jewish Museum Berlin)

 11.12.2011

Impressions of the exhibition “Radical Jewish Culture – the music scene in New York since 1990” from 08.04.2011 to 24.07.2011 at the Jewish Museum Berlin… read more in German:

Impressionen der Ausstellung” Radical Jewish Culture – Musikszene New York seit 1990″ vom 08.04.2011 bis 24.07.2011 im Jüdischen Museum Berlin.

Die Kristallnacht als Suite in sechs Sätzen: Ab 1992 spielten New Yorker Avantgardisten radikal neue jüdische Musik. Das Jüdische Museum widmet der Bewegung nun eine klangvolle Ausstellung.

Einen ausführlichen Bericht finden Sie bei “Kunst+Film”:
http://kunstundfilm.de/2011/04/radica…

Being Jewish in the New Germany

 03.07.2013

For more on this event, visit: http://bit.ly/16OtfI5
For more on the Berkley Center, visit:http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu

January 29, 2006 | At this event, Jeffrey Peck argued that we must now begin considering how Jews live in Germany rather than merely asking why they would choose to do so. Germany today boasts the fastest growing population of Jews in Europe. The streets of Berlin abound with signs of a revival of Jewish culture, ranging from bagel shops to the sight of worshipers leaving synagogue on Saturday. This revival is spurred by the new energy infused by Jewish immigration from Russia and changes in immigration and naturalization laws in general. This event was cosponsored by Georgetown University’s Program for Jewish Civilization.

Jeffrey Peck is a professor of Comparative Literature, dean of the Weissman School, and vice provost for global strategies at Baruch College, as well as a Senior Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. He previously was a professor in the Communication, Culture and Technology Program at Georgetown University; he has also held positions at Humboldt University in Berlin, the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, and the University of Washington. His research focuses on questions of national and minority identities, particularly German-Jewish life since unification and contemporary responses to the Holocaust in a transatlantic context. His most recent books include Being Jewish in the New Germany (2006) and Multiculturalism in Transit: A German-American Exchange (1998, edited with Klaus Milich). Peck received a Fulbright Scholar grant during the 2006-2007 academic year. He received his M.A. from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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!

Thomashefskys Yiddish Theatre

15.10.2011
Zalmen Mlotek Judy Blazer discuss Yiddish musical theatre giants Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, along with a concert in their memory (and honoring National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene) created by their grandson, renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

A Field Course on Jews in Eastern Europe

31.03.2014
Sophia Oklhova – 2012 Steiner Summer Program student – reflects on her experiences in a class that traveled to Europe to study not only Jewish history, but also contemporary Jewish culture.

To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell&#8230;

Dr.Henry Abramson The Holocaust Essential Lectures in Jewish History by Dr. Henry Abramson

02.04.2014

 

National Yiddish Book Center receiving top library medal
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
… the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, credited the Yiddish Book Center with “broadening the understanding of modern Jewish

Poem of the Week / Hebrew soldiers have arrived!
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Song of Songs 3:11 in Yiddish: “Geyt arois, tekhter” From Humash, Neviim Rishonim un Neviim Aharonim, Vol. 3, Jewish Publication Society, New …

 

 

Shalom, El Salvador: A Jewish Culture Cuide
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Shalom, El Salvador: A Jewish Culture Cuide. Today, El Salvador has a proud population of only 100 Jews. Find out more about the history of this …
92Y chooses non-Jewish leader. Is that a problem?
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
It serves primarily as a cultural center, hosting world-class artists, entertainers and public figures, along with some specifically Jewish programming.
Welcome To The Isle Of Klezbos, Where Yiddish Tradition Meets Queer Culture
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She plays a Jewish mother who lives to serve… food mostly — her … little overlap of Yiddish and queer culture to her Facebook page to celebrate.
For the record
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The word is “culturocide.” With the murder of the six million in the Holocaust, two vibrant and living Jewish languages and cultures were murdered as …

 

 

March with Us in the Celebrate Israel Parade on June 1, 2014
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Free Hat and T-shirt Come march with NCSY, Yachad and the Orthodox Union in the 50th Annual Celebrate Israel parade up New York’s famed Fifth Avenue. The OU party will be complete with a fabulous float with Six13 onboard performing live, and OU hats and t-shirts for every participant.

Come March with us!
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Register at @ www.ou.org/parade

As we get closer to parade day, look for more information about times and locations as we prepare to celebrate Israel together, b’Yachad.March with Us for Israel

Checking My Privilege

by Tal Fortgang
Why I don’t apologize for white privilege.

When Jews Do Bad

by Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith
Is Donald Sterling’s racism worse because he’s a Jew?

Getting Into Harvard

by Yvette Alt Miller
A lesson from a Harvard admissions interviewer.

Cheater Cookie Recipes

by Elizabeth Kurtz
Because every gourmet chef needs an occasional break.

5 Ways to Celebrate Mistakes

by Adina Soclof
Let your kids make mistakes and grow from them.

Israel by the Numbers

by Yvette Alt Miller and aish.com
Celebrate Israel’s birthday with this comprehensive infographic.

Editor’s Pick:

Video: Israel: 100 Years in a Flash

Celebrating Israel Independence Day and the miracle of Israel.

Finders Keepers; Losers, Keep Looking

by Judy Gruen
Jews may be more forgetful than other people. After all, we lost ten of the twelve tribes, and the holy Ark.

Leftovers

by Mordechai Schmutter
I am obsessed with eating food that was cooked, at the very least, that week.

Video: Jtube: Steve Jobs: Changing the World

by Joshua Michael Stern
Do you have to be “crazy” to change the world?

FOR FRIDAY NIGHT: The Concept of Freedom (Behar)

Iyar 8, 5774 · May 8, 2014
The Concept of Freedom

Everyone wants freedom. It is a basic human need. To some extent, even animals seek freedom and show signs of unhappiness if they do not have it.

However, the question of what freedom consists of has not been clearly answered. Many people spend their lives chasing something they call freedom. But at some point they may well turn round and say they have been deceived.

Our Parshah gives us a insight into the nature of our freedom. Perhaps it challenges some of our assumptions.

We all know that a central theme in Judaism is the fact that we escaped from the slavery of Egypt –and reached “freedom.” But in this week’s Parshah G-d says about us: “The Jewish people are My servants. They are My servants because I brought them out of the land of Egypt…” (Leviticus 25:55).

Are we free, or are we servants? The Hebrew text could even be translated to read not “servants” but “slaves.” Is this our destiny? To be slaves?

From the point of view of the Torah, our greatest freedom is the fact that we are servants or even “slaves” of G-d. G-d is eternal, boundless: totally beyond limitations. G-d is infinite freedom. The closer our connection and bond with G-d, the closer we are to true freedom. It may sound paradoxical, but if we can become total “slaves” to G-d, utterly submitting ourselves to His will in every detail of our lives — then we will be totally and utterly free.

This point is in fact made in the Torah itself. The reason why it states that we are servants (or “slaves”) of G-d is in order to explain that we may not be permanent slaves to any human being. Indeed, there is a positive commandment to redeem any Jew who might be in a position of abject servitude or slavery. This is because, by his or her very nature, the Jew is bonded as a servant to G-d. In relation to all humanity and all existence the path of the Jew is one of unlimited freedom.

“Who Has Not Made Me a Slave”

In 1941, 30,000 Jews were herded by the Nazis into the Kovno ghetto in Lithuania. There they were treated like slaves, and worse. They were beaten, tortured, murdered. Yet at the same time, some aspects of life went on. In the synagogues there were morning prayers.

One morning, the man leading the prayers came to the blessing, “Blessed are You, G-d…. Who has not made me a slave.” He cried out in anguish: “How can I say this prayer? We are slaves!” His words gripped the hearts of the other worshippers. When we are literally slaves to the Germans, how indeed can we thank G-d for not making us slaves?

The question was addressed to a rabbi in the ghetto, and his answer has been preserved. We should say the prayer, because spiritually the Jew is always, free. Our physical bodies may be enslaved, but not our souls. Nothing can enslave the soul, the essence of the Jew.1

FOOTNOTES
1. Based on Rabbi Ephraim Oshry, Responsa from the Holocaust, p.85.

CHASSIDIC DIMENSION: Sinai, Mount Sinai, and “Behar” (Behar)

Chassidic Dimension – Volume 4: Behar
Iyar 8, 5774 · May 8, 2014

 

Sinai, Mount Sinai, and “Behar”

The Torah portion of Behar begins with the statement:1 “G-d spoke to Moshe at Mount Sinai….” The Hebrew word for “on the mount” is behar, giving rise to the accepted title of this portion. Why was the title “Behar” chosen, without even stating that the mountain was Sinai?

The words “mount” and “Sinai” have opposite connotations. A mountain implies loftiness and height. In a spiritual sense, this means that at times a Jew is to act in a bold, forceful and expansive manner — “His heart was expansive in the ways of the L-rd.”2

The word Sinai , on the other hand — without speaking of a mountain — is rooted in the Hebrew word s’neh,3 or thorn-bush, and thus denotes humility and self-nullification.

In the context of a Jew’s spiritual service, there are three levels: a) the level of Sinai — humility and self-nullification; b) the level of Mount Sinai — a combination of expansiveness and humility; and c) behar — the level of expansiveness. It is this final level that a person is to aspire to, and for which the Torah portion is named.

This will be better understood by considering a person who acts as another’s agent, emissary and messenger, and contrasting this with a wholly devoted servant.

The Gemara states4 that “One’s emissary is like the person himself.” Our Rabbis explain5 that there are three ways in which one can act as another’s agent:

a) The person empowers and authorizes his agent to act in his stead. In this instance, the action itself is accorded to the agent.

b) Even the action is seen as being done by the person himself, albeit through the vehicle of an emissary;

c) Not only are the actions considered to have been done by the person himself, but the emissary and agent become one at the time the mission is fulfilled.

Still, even with regard to the highest form of emissary, the agent still exists as an entity unto himself. This is why the phrase “One’s emissary is like the person himself” applies only to those matters that directly relate to the agent’s fulfillment of his mission.6

This is not so with regard to one’s servant. A servant is not an entity unto himself; his whole being is that of his master. It is for this reason that “whatever is acquired by the servant is acquired by his master.”7

All the above also applies to the levels of Sinai, Mount Sinai, and behar:

At the very outset of man’s spiritual service, when a person exists as an entity unto himself, he must act in complete humility and self-nullification — Sinai. At this stage, broadness and expansiveness have no place, for it would be emanating from his own ego, rather than from G-dliness and holiness.

This level of Sinai is similar to the first kind of emissary; the messenger is an entity unto himself; he merely negates himself and acts on behalf of the person who sent him.

A higher level of service is that of “Mount Sinai.” At this stage, a person may already feel some of the height and expansiveness of a “mountain.” This is because at this stage of his spiritual development, the person has so negated himself that the expansiveness is not an outgrowth of his own ego, but an expression of holiness.

Nevertheless, here too a person must possess the self-nullification of Sinai, for nullification has yet to wholly permeate him.

This is similar to the higher forms of emissary, wherein the agent gives over his power of action, or indeed his very being, to the one who sent him. Nevertheless, in this stage as well, there is still a difference between the emissary and the person who sent him.

The loftiest manner of service is that of behar — the person is so entirely negated to G-dliness that it is not even necessary to remind him of “Sinai” — there exists nothing for him other than G-d, just as the entire being of a servant is that of his master.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XXII, pp. 159-163.

ETHICS OF OUR FATHERS: Expression, Connection and Union: The threefold identity of the Jew (Chapter 3)

Iyar 7, 5774 * May 7, 2014

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Expression, Connection and Union:
The threefold identity of the Jew
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“Rabbi Akivah would say… Beloved is man, for he was created in the Image (of G-d); it is a sign of even greater love that it has been made known to him that he was created in the Image, as it is stated: ‘For in the image of G-d He made man.’ Beloved are Israel, for they are called children of G-d; it is a sign of even greater love that it has been made known to them that they are called children of G-d, as it is stated: ‘You are children of the L-rd your G-d.’ Beloved are Israel, for they were given a precious article; it is a sign of even greater love that it has been made known to them that they were given a precious article, as it is stated: ‘I have given you a good purchase; My Torah, do not forsake it.’ ” (Ethics of the Fathers, 3:14)

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He was one of the greatest sages the Jewish people had ever known. But, as a descendant of converts to Judaism, he could not even claim Jewish ancestry. And although he grew up as a Jew, for the first four decades of his life he was completely ignorant of Torah. An illiterate shepherd until the age of 40, he eventually became one of the most authoritative figures in the history of the study and transmission of Torah.

So Rabbi Akivah was able to relate, firsthand, to the three dimensions of our identity which he enumerates in the above-quoted Mishnah: our humanity, our Jewishness, and the specialty achieved through the study of Torah. Or–as expressed in terms of our relationship with G-d–our reflection of, connection to, and union with the Almighty.


Reflection and Connection

On the most basic level, man is the expression of the Divine. His discriminating intelligence, his empowerment to will and choose freely, are wholly G-dly qualities – qualities that the Almighty imparted to the crown and apex of His creation, making humanity the mortal mirror of His omnipotence.

Our identity as Jews represents a deeper aspect of our relationship with G-d, one that the Almighty compares to the intimate and quintessential bond between father and son. Of all the peoples of the world, G-d chose the nation of Israel to be the purveyors of His immanence in our world. To this end He commanded us the mitzvos, providing us with many and diverse avenues – as diverse as life itself – for us to make our lives an abode for His presence.

The word mitzvah means both “commandment” and “connection.” In commanding us to perform a certain deed, G-d creates an opportunity for us to form a connection with Him. He is willing Himself to want something from us, although He certainly does not want for anything in the “lack” sense of the word. He does this so that we may be able to relate to Him by fulfilling His will.

In other words, while our identity as beings created in His image has more to do with what we are than with what we do, our identity as Jews means that we have been imbued with the potential to actively create a connection with Him – by living our lives as instruments of His will.


Clothing and Nourishment

But a person’s performance of mitzvos can be a wholly “external” act – something in which he is involved only on the behavioral level, to little or no effect on his character and personality. This is not to say that merely going through the motions of a mitzvah’s performance is of no significance. These “motions” are acts, words or thoughts whose execution the Almighty chose to define as the implementation of His will. But regardless of the magnitude of what a person’s deed is accomplishing, he himself may remain unmoved and unchanged.

Torah, however, introduces a new dimension to our ability to connect to the Divine. Like the mitzvos, Torah is a channel opened by the Almighty to enable us, confined as we are to our finite and material existence, to form a connection with Him. The difference is in the medium He chose: with the mitzvos, He made that certain (mostly physical) actions should embody His “will”; with Torah, He communicated His “wisdom” in terms digestible to the human mind.

In other words, through the performance of mitzvos our daily lives become an exercise in the performance of the Divine “will,” while through the study of Torah our minds become saturated with G-d’s “wisdom.”

This is one of the reasons why the Torah is often described as “food” for the soul and the mitzvos as the soul’s “garments.” The hand that dons tefillin or dispenses charity, the heart and lips that pray, are immersed in an activity that is an extension of the Divine – an activity in which the Almighty chose to invest His will. But, in a sense, this is a one-way relationship: the limbs and faculties involved in the mitzvah’s performance are fully immersed in the act, but the act may not penetrate their being. They are doing the mitzvah, but the mitzvah may not be doing anything to them – at least not anything internal and permanent. They are effecting a connection with the Almighty, but a connection involving only their conduct and behavior, not their inner makeup and character. This is comparable to the relationship between a garment and its wearer: the wearer is encased in the garment, yet the garment remains something that is outside and distinct of the wearer.

Torah, however, is food for the soul. Food that is absorbed by its consumer to become the very substance of his being. The thinking mind is not only absorbed by an idea, but also absorbs it, making for “a wonderful union, like which there is none other, and which has no parallel anywhere in the material world – they (the mind and the idea) attain a complete oneness and unity, from every side and angle.”

And when the idea is a Torah idea, the human mind attains this “complete oneness and unity, from every side and angle” with the Divine essence which G-d communicated as His “wisdom”: on the one hand, the mind immerses itself in G-d’s Torah (a quality which the act of Torah study shares with all other mitzvos); on the other hand, it also digests and internalizes the idea, making it part of its outlook and identity.

In summation:

A. The human soul, simply by being what it is, mirrors and expresses its Divine source.

B. A more potent relationship is achieved through the mitzvos, with which the Jew actively creates a connection with the Almighty.

C. Through the study of Torah the Jew effects not only a connection with his G-d, but also a union in the most absolute sense of the word.
History, Biography and A Day in the Life of a Jew

The story of Rabbi Akivah’s origins and life is also the story of the Jewish nation. The people of Israel are also descendants of “converts” to Judaism: while G-d impressed His image on the very first man He created, it was more than two thousand years before He began the process of choosing Israel as His nation. And in its younger years, Israel, too, had yet to taste the full extent of the union with G-d wrought by Torah. While yet in Egypt, they were already referred to by the Almighty as “My firstborn son, Israel” and commanded to do certain mitzvos; but it was only on the 6th of Sivan of the year 2448 from Creation (1313 B.C.E.), as the entire people of Israel stood gathered at the foot of Mount Sinai, that the Almighty gave us His Torah and opened an new and unprecedented dimension of opportunity for relationship with Him.

In a certain sense, we each experience these three phases of growth in the course of our lifetimes and, in microcosmic form, every day of our lives. From the moment of birth, we are full-fledged human beings, reflecting and expressing the Divine image in which we were created. But the Jewish dimension to our being is not fully realized until the age of 12 (a girl) or 13 (a boy), when we assume the obligation to observe the mitzvos and fulfill her/his role as a one of G-d’s chosen people. And although the we are taught words of Torah from the time we begin to speak, it is only after many years of devoted study, years in which we attain the knowledge and maturity of mind necessary to even begin to truly comprehend Torah, that we come to enjoy the special union with G-d that only the in-depth study of Torah can bring.

On the daily level, we regain full possession of our distinctly human faculties immediately upon waking. But our relationship with the Almighty is still a wholly passive one – simply by being what we are, we mirror the Divine attributes and qualities which He invested in us. Then, with our acknowledgment of G-d in the words of Modeh Ani and our service of G-d through prayer, we begin the actualization of our Jewish selves and our “filial” relationship with our Heavenly Father. Finally, we move “from the hall of prayer to the hall of study,” where the mind of the Jew and the “mind” of G-d fuse to one.

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Introductory reading to Ethics of the Fathers:

All Israel has a share in the World to Come, as is stated: “And your people are all righteous; they shall inherit the land forever. They are the shoot of My planting, the work of My hands, in which I take pride.” (Sanhedrin, 11:1)

Chapter Three

1. Rabbi Akavia the son of Mahalalel would say: Reflect upon three things and you will not come to the hands of transgression. Know from where you came, where you are going, and before whom you are destined to give a judgment and accounting. From where you came–from a putrid drop; where you are going–to a place of dust, maggots and worms; and before whom you are destined to give a judgment and accounting–before the supreme king of kings, the Holy One, blessed be He.

2. Rabbi Chanina, deputy to the kohanim, would say: Pray for the integrity of the sovereignty; for were it not for the fear of its authority, a man would swallow his neighbor alive. Rabbi Chanina son of Tradyon would say: Two who sit and no words of Torah pass between them, this is a session of scorners, as is stated, “And in a session of scorners he did not sit.” But two who sit and exchange words of Torah, the Divine Presence rests amongst them, as is stated, “Then the G-d-fearing conversed with one another, and G-d listened and heard; and it was inscribed before Him in a book of remembrance for those who fear G-d and give thought to His name.” From this, I know only concerning two individuals; how do I know that even a single individual who sits and occupies himself with the Torah, G-d designates reward for him? From the verse, “He sits alone in meditative stillness; indeed, he receives [reward] for it.”

3. Rabbi Shimon would say: Three who eat at one table and do not speak words of Torah, it is as if they have eaten from the slaughter of the dead, as is stated, “Indeed, all tables are filled with vomit and filth, devoid of the Omnipresent.” But three who eat at one table and speak words of Torah, it is as if they have eaten at G-d’s table, as is stated, “And he said to me: `This is the table that is before G-d.’ ”

4. Rabbi Chanina the son of Chachina’i would say: One who stays awake at night, or travels alone on the road, and turns his heart to idleness, has forfeited his life.

5. Rabbi Nechunia the son of Hakanah would say: One who accepts upon himself the yoke of Torah is exempted from the yoke of government duties and the yoke of worldly cares ; but one who casts off the yoke of Torah is saddled with the yoke of government duties and the yoke of worldly cares.

6. Rabbi Chalafta the son of Dosa of the village of Chanania would say: Ten who sit together and occupy themselves with Torah, the Divine Presence rests amongst them, as is stated: “The Almighty stands in the community of G-d.” And from where do we know that such is also the case with five? From the verse, “He established his band on earth.” And three? From the verse, “He renders judgment in the midst of judges.” And two? From the verse, “Then the G-d-fearing conversed with one another, and G-d listened and heard.” And from where do we know that such is the case even with a single individual? From the verse, “Every place where I have My name mentioned, I shall come to you and bless you.”

7. Rabbi Elazar of Bartosa would say: Give Him what is His, for you, and whatever is yours, are His. As David says: “For everything comes from You, and from Your own hand we have given to You.” Rabbi Yaakov would say: One who walks along a road and studies, and interrupts his studying to say, “How beautiful is this tree!,” “How beautiful is this ploughed field!”—the Torah considers it as if he had forfeited his life.

8. Rabbi Dusta’i the son of Rabbi Yannai would say in the name of Rabbi Meir: Anyone who forgets even a single word of this learning, the Torah considers it as if he had forfeited his life. As is stated, “Just be careful, and verily guard your soul, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen.” One might think that this applies also to one who [has forgotten because] his studies proved too difficult for him; but the verse goes on to tell us “and lest they be removed from your heart, throughout the days of your life.” Hence, one does not forfeit his life unless he deliberately removes them from his heart.

9. Rabbi Chanina the son of Dosa would say: One whose fear of sin takes precedence to his wisdom, his wisdom endures. But one whose wisdom takes precedence to his fear of sin, his wisdom does not endure.

10. He would also say: One whose deeds exceed his wisdom, his wisdom endures. But one whose wisdom exceeds his deeds, his wisdom does not endure. He would also say: One who is pleasing to his fellow men, is pleasing to G-d. But one who is not pleasing to his fellow men, is not pleasing to G-d. Rabbi Dosa the son of Hurkinas would say: Morning sleep, noontime wine, children’s talk and sitting at the meeting places of the ignoramus, drive a person from the world.

11. Rabbi Elazar of Modi’in would say: One who profanes the kodoshim, degrades the Festivals, humiliates his friend in public, abrogates the covenant of our father Abraham, or who interprets the Torah contrary to its true intent—although he may possess Torah knowledge and good deeds, he has no share in the World to Come.

12. Rabbi Ishmael would say: Be yielding to a leader, affable to the black-haired, and receive every man with joy.

13. Rabbi Akivah would say: Jesting and frivolity accustom a person to promiscuity. Tradition is a safety fence to Torah, tithing a safety fence to wealth, vows a safety fence for abstinence; a safety fence for wisdom is silence.

14. He would also say: Beloved is man, for he was created in the image [of G-d]; it is a sign of even greater love that it has been made known to him that he was created in the image, as it is says, “For in the image of G-d, He made man.” Beloved are Israel, for they are called children of G-d; it is a sign of even greater love that it has been made known to them that they are called children of G-d, as it is stated: “You are children of the L-rd your G-d.” Beloved are Israel, for they were given a precious article; it is a sign of even greater love that it has been made known to them that they were given a precious article, as it is stated: “I have given you a good purchase; My Torah, do not forsake it.”

15. All is foreseen, and freedom of choice is granted. The world is judged with goodness, but in accordance with the amount of man’s positive deeds.

16. He would also say: Everything is placed in pledge, and a net is spread over all the living. The store is open, the storekeeper extends credit, the account-book lies open, the hand writes, and all who wish to borrow may come and borrow. The collection-officers make their rounds every day and exact payment from man, with his knowledge and without his knowledge. Their case is well founded, the judgment is a judgment of truth, and ultimately, all is prepared for the feast.

17. Rabbi Eliezer the son of Azariah would say: If there is no Torah, there is no common decency; if there is no common decency, there is no Torah. If there is no wisdom, there is no fear of G-d; if there is no fear of G-d, there is no wisdom. If there is no applied knowledge, there is no analytical knowledge; if there is no analytical knowledge, there is no applied knowledge. If there is no flour, there is no Torah; if there is no Torah, there is no flour.

He would also say: One whose wisdom is greater than his deeds, what is he comparable to? To a tree with many branches and few roots; comes a storm and uproots it, and turns it on its face. As is stated, “He shall be as a lone tree in a wasteland, and shall not see when good comes; he shall dwell parched in the desert, a salt land, uninhabited.” But one whose deeds are greater than his wisdom, to what is he compared? To a tree with many roots and few branches, whom all the storms in the world cannot budge from its place. As is stated: “He shall be as a tree planted upon water, who spreads his roots by the river; who fears not when comes heat, whose leaf is ever lush; who worries not in a year of drought, and ceases not to yield fruit.”

18. Rabbi Eliezer [the son of] Chisma would say: the laws of kinin and the laws of menstrual periods—these, these are the meat of Halacha. The calculations of solar seasons and gematria are the condiments of wisdom.

Studied at the conclusion of each lesson of the Ethics:

Rabbi Chananiah the son of Akashiah would say: G-d desired to merit the people of Israel; therefore, He gave them Torah and Mitzvot in abundance. As is stated, “G-d desired, for sake of his righteousness, that Torah be magnified and made glorious.” (Makot, 3:16)

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COMMENT: Because It Is There

Because It Is There
Iyar 6, 5774 · May 6, 2014

 

According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, the sport of mountain-climbing was born in 1760, when a young Genevan scientist, Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, offered prize money for the first person or persons to reach the summit of Mount Blanc, Europe’s tallest peak at 15,777 feet.

I suspect that it’s been going on for much longer than that. Something tells me that for as long as there have been humans and mountains, humans have been climbing mountains. Not just for some “useful” purpose, but also for sport, for the challenge it poses, for no other reason—as one famous mountaineer put it—than “because it is there.” Or rather, because we arehere, down below, and we want to be someplace higher than here.

Consider the case of Moses. Granted, Mount Sinai was no Everest. Remember, however, that Moses was 80 years old at the time. Remember, also, that he was doing it on behalf of 600,000 people. (600,000 Jews, that is, which means that he had to contend with 600,000 opinions on which route to take, what equipment to use, etc.; indeed, Moses had to build a fence around the mountain to hold them back from having a go at it themselves.)

Now, you might say that Moses’ climb wasn’t just for the challenge, but for a specific purpose: to receive the Torah. Yet G‑d was coming down from the heavens—an infinite number of light-years away. He certainly could have descended another few thousand feet, instead of making an octogenarian sage climb a mountainside. As, indeed, He could have programmed the Torah right into our brains, together with all the other stuff we’re born knowing, instead of chiseling it into two stone tablets for us to study and decipher.

But G‑d was telling us: Yes, you are so far down below, and I am so high up, that you’ll never get here on your own. The only way that there can be anything eternal, infinite or true in your lives is if I come down to you. But if I came all the way down, whatever I might give you will be meaningless to you—as meaningless to you as your own existence, to which you are oblivious because you were born into it and did not struggle to achieve it.

So, says G‑d, I am going to make these mountains. Mountains that will try your skills, that will consume every iota of your energy and determination. Mountains so high that they will require a superhuman effort on your part to attain their peaks.

And when you reach the summit, I’ll be there waiting for you.

VOICES: Life’s Little Reversals

Life’s Little Reversals
Iyar 6, 5774 · May 6, 2014

 

I noticed first the striking red shawl wrapping her, identical to the one my husband had presented me from his trip to Russia. Almost simultaneously we exited our respective cabs; immediately my eyes were drawn to the shawl and my ears were drawn to the sound. Her voice was louder than the shawl, and it took a moment before I realized she was berating not me, but the man emerging from the cab after her: kak tzebye nye stidna? (Loosely: “aren’t you ashamed of yourself?” or “have you no shame?”) And because we had the same destination, the entire walk from the street to the Kotel (Western Wall) was to the sound of their arguing—Russian to Hebrew and back again. Speaking neither, and understanding very little of both, I could divine only that she cared about her son’s welfare and that she didn’t want to be here.

I turned right, to the ramp leading down to that holiest of places; they turned left . . .

It takes great effort to exit the emotional universe of the Western Wall, taking some steps backward and then at some point turning and walking forward, upward . . . how often we need to do that little reversal in our life. And now I see many clusters of soldiers, many individual soldiers, hurrying towards the north side of the plaza. Without realizing it was happening, I’m now in a crush of soldiers and, apparently, their families. And then the sound of trumpets and drums fills the entire space with the Israeli national anthem. Some ceremony must be taking place.

And then, there they were again—she of the red Russian shawl still berating the man dwarfing her. Still gesticulating, still voices raised. The plaza is filled with noise—usually a place so still, now there are the drums and trumpets, lots of people talking very loudly, a celebratory vibe in the air . . . and suddenly it goes still.

I’m looking now, not at swirls of soldiers, but at a neat, orderly block of perhaps a hundred boys in uniform. Some with kippot; I notice tzitzit among the crowd. All stand quietly and respectfully. Mindful of the time, however, I hurry up the many stairs to the Jewish Quarter, where I’m to meet a friend, but halfway up I’m compelled to stop and watch them. Sounds waft up . . . speeches . . . and it’s clear that this is the swearing-in ceremony concluding basic training for these boys. I was across the ocean when my own son received his beret and Bible; I can’t bring myself to leave now.

And as my eyes mist over with tears, I’m assaulted again by her loud voice. Here, on this landing above the Kotel’s plaza, I’ve not escaped them, and they are ascending the stairs towards me. Stopping beside me, seeing what I’m seeing, she is quiet. There they stand, and they are quiet. And then, as only happens in Israel, she turns to me and, as if we’d been childhood friends, begins to pour out her heart.

It’s her son down there.

Against her express wishes, he’d enlisted six months ago.

Against her express wishes, he enlisted. She feels betrayed. She is deeply frightened.

And here her husband stands proudly watching—how can he be so callous? And I hear her story; she’s crying freely and wiping her tears with the edge of her shawl. For a week, day and night, I’d been in the embrace of its identical twin as it shielded and warmed me. Her hand holds its edge, and she tells me of her father killed in action while defending his country, of her mother left a young widow. She describes the terror of her siblings as their sons went into battle, and her resolute stance that her son would do anything to avoid his army service. And then, his betrayal! And, more than that, her husband’s complicity—he’d signed the papers! And now he drags her here, to this ceremony?!

She is angry. She feels betrayed. She is deeply frightened. And she’s adamant that she will not stay for the ceremony; he tricked her into coming, and she has nothing to say to her son! All of this in broken English, with Russian and Hebrew interspersed.

Her husband had gone off, and now he returns with two hot cups of tea and hands me one. “To warm your insides,” he tells me. His English, strongly accented, is impeccable as only one who learned it as a second language can speak. Russian-educated, he is a teacher of English literature in an Israeli high school. His wife refuses the cup, and hugs herself as she turns her back on the scene below. He stands next to me, leaning forward the better to see.

The fringes of the red shawl brush my shoulder, and the connection is there. And now I’m speaking to her as if we’d known each other forever. I find my voice pleading. I tell her that I would do anything to have been able to be here to see my son take his place as his name was called.

I tell her also of our own struggle, my husband’s discouragement of our own son’s desire to join the IDF. Nevertheless, my husband told my son the decision was his own. Discouraging him, but allowing him that freedom. On the very first day of basic training he called our son, showering upon him all the blessings a father can confer. Speaking of his pride in him. Encouraging him, blessing him, reminding him that this role he now assumed was a holy one.

And I’m crying as I tell her all of this. “Go down,” I tell her, “go back down to the plaza and be there to hug him and kiss him with great pride and joy.

“I know your fear,” I say, “but he needs your support and your confidence. And your pride in him. Don’t deprive him of that.”

I don’t know if she understands everything I say, but I believe that her heart must sense the words from my heart even if she doesn’t know them. But her husband understands. And now I see him move to her side and say, in a strong voice now, “Come.”

She’s quiet. Doesn’t move. Again he says, “Come,” and gives her a gentle tug. And suddenly she turns and embraces me tightly. The red Russian shawl envelopes me in her embrace . . . and they are gone. I watch them walk down the stairs; I don’t wait to see them greet her son.