Great Miracles happened there

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In preparation for a lecture I will deliver at the local community college tomorrow, I was thinking about “great miracles that happened there during my lifetime”. Each of these is connected to the establishment of Lev Lalev, and the work that we do to help the orphaned and disadvantaged girls in Israel. The establishment of …

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“You shall be a Holy Nation-Kidoshim Teyihu”

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  A Holy Nation   In the Torah Hashem commands us to be a Holy Nation. This commandment takes many forms. It is understood that both the nation of Israel and the Jewish people have a responsibility to act in a “G-d like way”; to make the world a better place.   Elsewhere, our Rabbis …

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“Am Yisrael Chai”, the Jewish people live

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The United Nations General Assembly has designated January 27th as the international Holocaust Remembrance Day. This day was chosen because it is the anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. In 1983, I visited the former concentration camp and in some small way felt the horrors of the place where over one million …

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The New Cycle-New Hope

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Today is Tu Bi Shvat, the New Year of the Trees. It is celebrated on the fifteenth of the Hebrew month of Shvat. The Talmud tells us that there are four New Years in the Jewish calendar. The New Year of the Trees represents the beginning of spring and a new agricultural cycle in Israel. …

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Hodu

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Having grown up just thirty miles from Plymouth Rock we were keenly aware of the holiday of Thanksgiving with all its traditions. The turkey dinner (I wonder what they served at the very first American Thanksgiving dinner on February 21, 1621) was the center piece of the holiday. Our high school football rivalry occupied our …

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We are all “Patriots”

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From tragedy to positive actions

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On November 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas. I will never forget that terrible Friday afternoon when we learned that the President had died from bullet wounds. That night my family and I went to the synagogue to pray and to hear words of comfort from …

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Paix-Shalom-Peace

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This past Saturday night in the dining hall of the Lev Lalev Girls Orphanage in Netanya, Israel our girls reacted to the terrible and shocking news with cries of anguish but also with words of faith. “We must stand as one against terrorists wherever they strike and whoever they kill”. “We should go to the …

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Kristallnacht

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The headlines in the New York Times on November 11, 1938 alerted the world to the horrific actions of the Nazis. “Nazi smash, lute and burn Jewish shops and Temples”. Kristallnacht which was also referred to as The Night of the Broken Glass was a program against Jews throughout Germany. At least ninety one people …

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Heart to Heart-Lev to Lev

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My mother turns eighty six today. While she suffers from Alzheimer’s and has virtually no recognition of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, we are blessed to have a mother who has demonstrated such leadership and showed us the way. Mom always saw the world in a positive way………. For her “Singing in the Rain” …

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