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Crisis in Israel – How Can You Help?

July 8, 2014, by

As Hamas rocket attacks continue along with Israel’s ground operations in Gaza, the Orthodox Union is quickly responding to help acheinu bnei Yisrael. How you can help: Donate OU Israel is delivering much-needed support to the citizens of Sderot, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi, Beit Shemesh and Ofakim, including providing social workers and advisors to work

Rabbi Weinreb: Were Our Tears Shed in Vain: Part II

July 7, 2014, by

Following up on last week’s remarks in Passaic (watch video here), Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb again addressed the topic of “Were Our Tears Shed in Vain: A Torah Response to an Unspeakable Tragedy,” delivering his remarks at Congregation Ohr Torah in Edison, NJ. Revisiting the tragic deaths of Naftali Frenkel, Gil-ad Shaar and Eyal

It’s Over: Now What?

July 7, 2014, by

I don’t think there’s been a similar experience to the one we just endured as a people. In recent memory, we’ve been through bombings, shootings, rocket fire, wars, and a kidnapping of a soldier. Other than Gilad Shalit, we’ve been shocked by the death and destruction imposed on our brothers and sisters, but those moments

“Ema, Was it Very Meaningful?”

July 3, 2014, by

My sister in law, Shayna Goldberg, who lives in Alon Shvut near where the boys were kidnapped, shared her reflections upon attending the tragic funeral for Eyal, Naftali and Gil-ad z’l this week. I found her words incredibly powerful, inspirational and worth sharing: “Are they dead?” Asked my 8 year old Tuesday morning after we

3 Boys, 19 Days and 1 Changed People

As I sit in my living room four and a half hours after hearing the terrible news I find myself deep in thought about what has just happened. While the media now focuses on how, who, when, what will happen, I decide to take my thoughts elsewhere. Thinking about the atmosphere just 19 days ago

God Does Not Work For Us

July 2, 2014, by

This post originally appeared on timesofisrael.com For the past three weeks, the People of Israel – both in the Land of Israel and in the diaspora – have swung violently from despair to hope and ultimately to mourning We despaired at the report that three of our sons, three teenage boys, were missing. Reports that

Eyal, Gilad, Naftali—The Daf on Crisis Response

July 2, 2014, by

Together with the entire Jewish people and all people of decency and good will, we were shocked and horrified to learn of the vicious murders of the three boys on whose behalf we had been praying so fervently, Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel. There are no words of comfort that can be said

#EyalGiladNaftali – Rabbi Weinreb Webcast

July 1, 2014, by

AUDIO ONLY VERSION – Right Click and Save As to Download. #EyalGiladNaftali — Rabbi Weinreb webcast Jewish communities around the world stand united in grief in the face of the senseless murders of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel. After the unprecedented unity of 18 days of shared grief, fear and hope, Klal Yisrael

What Do I Tell My Children?

June 30, 2014, by

This post originally appeared on finkorswim.com. The devastating news reverberates throughout the Jewish world. Our worst fears have been confirmed. We won’t be able to #bringbackourboys. It’s over. And for now, we mourn. But many of us are struggling to unravel the Gordian Knot of emotions, religious meaning, spiritual devotion, time, effort, energy we’ve put

Statement from Israeli PM Netanyahu

June 30, 2014, by

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks this evening at the start of the Security Cabinet meeting: “With heavy grief, this evening we found three bodies. All signs indicate that they are the bodies of our three abducted youths – Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel. They were abducted and murdered in cold