The “Fifth” Son

  The number 4 is prominent in the Haggadah that we read at the Passover Seder. We drink four cups of wine, ask four questions, speak about four action verbs that Hashem used to free the slaves from Egypt, and discuss the four sons. The four sons represent the Wise son, the evil son, the …

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Worldwide Network of Friends

    In our last blog we applauded the amazing response we received from James in Virginia. Not to be outdone we received the following email overnight from a friend in Arizona. He wrote: Dear Shimon and special regards to all the girls at the Lev Lalev Orphanage in Israel, “Todah rabbah for your great …

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Extraordinary People; Extraordinary Response

  I was in the middle of sending out personal email wishes to our Lev Lalev donors, when I received an email from a young man in Virginia. James has been donating to Lev Lalev Orphanage in Netanya, Israel, for five years. His checks are not large but he does give almost every time we …

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Deal with it!

  For those who read my blog, you know that I don’t often focus on the negative. But, this weekend was a very traumatic time. I could comment on the Malaysian 370 airplane mystery, the Putin takeover of Crimea (which is reminiscent of Germany’s invasion of Poland on Rosh Hashana 1939) or Israel’s discovery of …

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Faith after the Holocaust

  My daughter is spending the year studying at a seminary in Israel. As part of their program the girls travel to Poland to get a firsthand experience on Jewish history. Today, her first day in Poland, the group visited Treblinka, one of the most horrific death camps. Parents are receiving daily messages and updates …

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The Apple doesn’t fall from the Tree

  Over the weekend I was delighted and excited to see the Jewish newspaper called the Forward. In it, the editors identified twenty six inspiring Rabbis. Among those named were my son-in law Rabbi Eliyahu Fink of Santa Monica- Venice Beach, California and my close friend and learning partner Rabbi Aaron Fink, Eliyahu’s father from …

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Lev Lalev presents a Torah thought

  Lost in the excitement of the Purim holiday is the fact that on the Shabbat before Purim we read a special portion of the Torah about Amelek. Our Rabbis require us to not only read it, but to remember Amelek and wipe him out of our memory. The question asked is why this evil …

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We need you: Israel and Lev Lalev

  One Hundred Eighteen years ago today Joseph Beidennham bottled and sold the first glass of Coca Cola. There is a Jewish joke that there are two things that are everywhere in the world. One is Coca Cola and the other is Lubavitch Chabad. Let me add that at Lev Lalev we also have donors …

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Lev Lalev “Marching” forward “Springing ahead

  In honor of you, the supporters of Lev Lalev Orphanage and Children’s Home in Israel, I wanted to share this anonymous poem and connect it to the life saving work that we do. To fully appreciate the poem, let’s understand that “winter turns to spring and spring turns to summer”. This poem is called …

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Kaleidoscope

  I saw a poster over the weekend which read: A Kaleidoscope can be compared to Life, you shake it a little and suddenly you have many new patterns. We all pray for the survival of the passengers on the Malaysian plane that went down over the weekend. I couldn’t help but worry about the …

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