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News from Israel that you may have seen

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Food For thought Health Minister Yaakov Litzman,of the Haredi UTJ party, has declared war on McDonalds. It has nothing to do with Kosher issues (Israel has kosher McDonalds branches). Litzman is at war with all fast food, because of health reasons. Litzman added, “Children should be educated not to eat junk food. Not to eat …

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I have a (some) dreams too

This week, I was thinking about the powerful speech that Martin Luther King gave at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963. His remarks had a powerful impact and helped to stimulate social change in America. He was killed on April 4, 1968, forty eight years ago. His words continue to motivate people to do …

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Am Echad B’lev Echad-One people, One Destiny

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Michael Rhodes of Passaic, New Jersey wrote an inspiring Dvar Torah on our Lev Lalev Facebook page. With his permission, I am sharing this beautiful thought with you. The message is so deeply important, particularly today. What we accomplish can only be accomplished through unity. We thank Michael and each and every one of our …

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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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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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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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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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