The Power of One

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On my way to the office today I heard a short news item which I generally place in the category of “G-d has a sense of humor”. But- there is much more to the story- it underscores the power of one. A young woman from the tri state region, I think her name was Lisa …

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Survival, in the face of tragedy

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As the summer begins to wind down, I can’t help but reflect on the date September 1 in the general calendar. In 1939, just seventy six years ago, the German army invaded Poland and crushed its military. This began the deportation and death of over three million Polish Jews; and over six million European Jews …

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The Sound of the Shofer Calls us to Action

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As the summer winds down, we begin to prepare for Rosh Hashanah. The sounding of the shofer is the clarion call for judgment and for action. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, brings new beginnings and new hope. Our girls at Lev Lalev Orphanage come to our Home broken and in despair. They arrive at …

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5776

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It says in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 15:11 that “Without hesitation, you shall open your hand wide to the poor and needy, in your land”. Rosh Hashanah is a good time to remember the needs of our poor and unfortunate girls. In the Torah it says “If you make my people happy, I’ll make you happy”. During …

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Can our orphaned girls pray for you at the Kotel?

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A picture is worth a thousand words. This picture of our happy girls in Lev LaLev’s summer camp program tells just part of the story of their wonderful summer experience. Camp opened last week thanks to the generosity and friendship of so many of our Lev Lalev friends and family. Among the activities and trips …

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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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