Monthly Archive: February 2016

Shots Heard Round the World

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Ralph Waldow Emerson wrote these words in his classic poem “The Concord Hynm”. He refers to a battle in the American Revolutionary War in which the first British soldiers were killed. The term is used in a different historical situation characterizing the assassination of Franz Ferdinand which has been blamed as one of the flashpoints …

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Love Begets More Love-Hate Begets More Hate

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The headline in the Israeli press this morning: Terror Continues. Yesterday there was another stabbing at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. It was the eleventh terror attack in the last five months there in the heart of Jerusalem. Earlier in the day Tuvia Weisman- a twenty one year old married man entered a …

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Great Miracles happened there


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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