Remembering Daniel Lewin

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On September 11th there is a tradition to read the names of each of the victims of the terrorist attack. Today, we are reflecting on one victim- Daniel Lewin who was the first casualty of the coordinated assaults. Born in Denver Daniel grew up in Jerusalem. He served in Special Forces, graduated from Technion University, …

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Seventy-Seven Years Ago Today

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A great and horrific tragedy began then. On September 1, 1939 Hitler’s army invaded Poland. Over the next five years over ninety percent of Polish Jewry and more than half of European Jewry were murdered by the Nazis. The effect that this had on the Jewish nation is indescribable, and the damage done to survivors …

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A Single Match

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This Shabbos is called Shabbos Chazon. It refers to the prophecy of Isaiah who wrote after the destruction of the Second Temple “Hashem will make Jerusalem the center of the world once again”. Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev says that “Each of us is granted a vision from afar of the Beis Hamikdosh-The Holy Temple”. …

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Random Acts of Loving Kindness

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This Sunday we observe Tsha B’av to recall the many tragedies that befell the Jewish people throughout our history. There are two predominant thoughts that are discussed by our Rabbis. The first is that the Second Holy Temple was destroyed because of Sinas Chinam- unjustified hatred. The second is that in each generation that the …

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Lev Lalev Summer Camp

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In less than a month Lev Lalev’s summer camp will begin. Let me share with you the following story. Last summer Shoshana was brought to Lev Lalev by a distant cousin. Her parents had died and her cousin was unable care for or control her. Shoshana, who was just eight years old at the time, …

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Numb

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We are numb. 83 innocent people murdered last night in Nice. 49 killed in Orlando. 5 policemen in Dallas. 117 in Paris. 14 in San Bernardino. 300 murdered in Brussels. 712 killed in suicide bombs in Israel. That’s 1,280 senseless deaths and murders in just these few incidents. 1,280 neshamas- souls wiped away by madmen …

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Memory

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Tonight is the baseball all-star game in San Diego. As I was driving to the office I was thinking about the all-star game which I attended exactly fifty-five years ago (1961). The game was played in Boston at venerable Fenway Park (it was the second of two all-star games that were played for a few …

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The Lives of Policeman Matter

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The lives of policeman matter The lives of Blacks, Whites, Indians, and “All people of color” matter The lives of Jews and Gentiles, Believers and Agnostics matter The lives of the Elderly and of children and their families matter The lives of orphans in Israel and all over the world matter It says in the …

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Honorable Mention

Loved reading this: How wonderful it would be if there were many other Muslims like Dr. Sharkh. The first medical professional to treat the victims of Friday afternoon’s terror attack on a West Bank highway that killed Rabbi Miki Mark and wounded his wife and two children was a Palestinian doctor in private practice. Dr. …

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July 4th- Looking back forty years

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July 4, 1976: Saturday night right after Shabbos our guest from Israel let us know about the miraculous event in Libya, the Entebbie raid which rescued 100 hostages. Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu is visiting to recall the incident and pay respects to his brother who died rescuing the hostages. There are many bumper stickers here …

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