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Jewish Holidays

Covid Ha’atzmaut: The Shofar in Our Hearts

April 27, 2020, by

The State of Israel, and Yom Ha’atzmaut, may need a lot of rethinking, and their relationship to Covid-19 demands careful reflection.  I’m writing these words with love, and I pray that is how you will receive them. A Short Story It was the winter of 2004, and I was feeling a need to add a […]

To Dwell in the Palace

April 27, 2020, by

L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Iyar 5780 Women’s Learning Seminar Sponsored in loving memory of Mrs. Linda Pruwer-Brachfeld a”h, מרת חיה סאשא בת ר’ יוסף הלל.

My Return Home from Shlichut

April 27, 2020, by

L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Iyar 5780 Women’s Learning Seminar Sponsored in loving memory of Mrs. Linda Pruwer-Brachfeld a”h, מרת חיה סאשא בת ר’ יוסף הלל.

For the Sake of Jerusalem, I Will Not Be Silent

May 9, 2019, by

For the Sake of Jerusalem … These are remarkable days. These days between Pesach and Shavuot, these days between Yom Hazikaron and Yom Yerusholayim. What more appropriate time than with Parshat Emor—“say to the Kohanim’—and at the beginning of the month of Iyar, to focus and stir our hearts with a deeper appreciation for geula […]

Yom Haatzmaut 5779

May 8, 2019, by

Why, in Shemoneh Esrei, does the bracha of Kibbutz Galuyot immediately follow Barech Aleinu? Because as the Gemara says, there is no surer sign that Moshiach is coming than the land yielding it’s produce: “‘ואמר רבי אבא אין לך קץ מגולה מזה שנאמר (יחזקאל לו, ח) ‘ואתם הרי ישראל ענפכם תתנו ופריכם תשאו לעמי ישראל” […]