Berlin?

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I saw a small news item in the local paper yesterday which caught my interest. I don’t know exactly how to react to it and wanted to share it to ask you how you feel about it. This week at the Olympic Stadium built by the Nazis to hold the 1936 Olympics, there is a …

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Tu Ba’av

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There is Jewish joke that every one of our holidays commemorates the following: “Someone tried to kill us; G-d intervened and we survived; now let’s sit down and eat and celebrate”. This past week we observed Tsha B’av to recall the many tragedies that befell the Jewish people throughout our history. This week, on the …

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From Destruction To Rebirth

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Tisha B’Av, the saddest day of the year for the Jewish people, is observed this coming Sunday. We commemorate the destruction of both the first and second Temples in Jerusalem, and also other tragedies that befell the Jewish people including the Inquisition (1492) and the expulsion of the Jews from England in 1290. In more …

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Dateline Israel: Summer Camp is a Lifeline

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I learned to swim in summer camp. They learn to live in their summer camp program. Without a fantastic and meaningful summer camp program our girls in Israel at the Lev Lalev Orphanage will be “climbing the walls”. They will feel very sad, lonely and unloved. What happens in the summer has a profound year-long …

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The Nine Days

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Tonight begins the “nine days”. This is the Jewish mourning period concluding with the Tsha Ba’av observance. Tsha Ba’av marks the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. Historically there are many other tragedies which occurred on this day including the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492. Today, Israel faces an …

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July 4,1976

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As we approach the American Independence Day I am reminded of July 4, 1976 for two distinct reasons. It was America’s two hundredth anniversary. My wife and I and our then young toddler, Devorah, celebrated the day at Fort McHenry in Baltimore. On display, is the original United States Flag which was draped over the …

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Summer in Israel

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Soon Lev Lalev Orphanage and Children’s Home in Israel will run its eighth annual summer camp program. Let me share with you the following amazing story. A few years ago Tamar came to the Home from Jerusalem. She was born in Israel to parents who emigrated from the Ukraine. Unfortunately her mother died shortly after …

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Abba, Thank you

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A father is someone who holds your hand in the marketplace, sits beside you when you are sick, and teaches you how to pray. He is there for you at all your important celebrations. Hopefully your father will be there to walk you down the aisle when you marry. Most importantly, your father is always …

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Israeli Day Parade: Four Generations Standing Together

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On a personal note, yesterday might have been “just” another Israel day parade honoring Israel at 67. However, for the first time, my 86 year old mother in-law, a Holocaust survivor who recently moved to New York from Phoenix, attended her first Salute to Israel Parade. My youngest daughter marched in the parade with our …

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One Heart; One Nation

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Shavous takes place  on Sunday and Monday . It is the Jewish Holiday during which we celebrate Hashem’s giving the Jewish people the Torah at Har Sinai. Standing at the foot of the mountain, we enthusiastically accepted the Torah proclaiming, “We are one Nation with one Heart. In a world of chaos this is a …

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