Monthly Archive: November 2013

A Chanukah thought

     The following question has been asked by many Rabbis and Commentators. The Chanukah miracle was that a small amount of oil was found in order to light the Menorah in the Holy Temple which was meant to last just one day, but it lasted for eight days. Therefore, the question is: why isn’t …

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Chanukah Poem, not by Walt Whitman

              A  Happy and joyful Chanukah, the Festival of Lights             We hope you have already enjoyed the first four Chanukah Nights                        Playing Dreidel, Eating Donuts   and Latkas galore                        We are looking forward to another four more             The Holiday is so early-this year …

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Israel responds to the devastation in the Philippines

  The storm that unfortunately devastated the Philippines has resulted in relief efforts from many places throughout the world. One of the first countries to send rescue workers and supplies was Israel. In fact, one of Israel’s generals was given the responsibility to coordinate efforts to ease the pain of the citizens of the Philippines …

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The power of prayer

  Our friend Dwane Holland from Australia just sent me an email about his first trip to Israel. Among the highlights of his trip was a visit to Yad Vashem. He said, while the tour gave us just an hour to visit I hope to be able to return one day and spend much more …

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Two Cents: two cultures two countries two holidays

  This year an amazing and highly unusual event will take place at the same time as our  American Thanksgiving day. It will also mark the first day of Chanakuh. Pundits from different walks of life have commented on this. Following is “My two cents” There is a wonderful opportunity to deepen our appreciation of …

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Dark days followed by days of contemplation

  This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the President of the United States, This horrific event and the other four which I will briefly mention below remain deeply engulfed in my memory. I know exactly where I was when I heard the news. I can feel the the pain and shock …

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Humpty Dumpy

  Yesterday my daughter Devorah and granddaughter Yehudis visited Kever Rochel( tomb of Rachel) in honor of Yehudis’ upcoming Bat Mitzvah .As they were about to board the bus to return home,the police stationed at this holy site in Beit Lechem (Bethlehem) commanded all the civilians to get up against the wall. Fortunately there was …

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What would you do?

  The story about Rabbi and Mrs. Noah Muroff returning $98,000 they found in a desk bought on Craigslist for $150 is bouncing around the web like a pin ball machine. One of the sub themes of this amazing story is that Rabbi and Mrs. Muroff brought their four children to the sellers home to …

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Heroes come in many different shapes and sizes

  Earlier this week was Veterans Day in the United States. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed this day in 1919   as a holiday (first called Armistice Day).It is a day of contemplation and celebration; a day that we stand with our veterans and recognize their sacrifices in defending our nation. In our next Lev LaLev newsletter, …

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NY Marathon: A Special Report

 48,000 runners began the 26.2 mile New York Marathon yesterday morning, a glorious demonstration of healthy living, determination, inspiration, and perspiration. As a social worker and therapist I was personally inspired by the story of Alex and Jamie Schneider who are 23 year old identical twin brothers from Long Island,New York. These boys are clinically …

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