Uri Grossman was on active duty
as his father was writing אשה בורחת מבשורה,
published in English as “To the End of the Land.” Uri was killed in combat in
July 2006. As a representative of the IDF came to the family home in the middle
of the night, the author told himself, “That’s it, our life is over”. But
that was not so.
Grossman said, “We...
May 2014Six hundred years ago, the
Disputation of Tortosa pitted a team of Jewish scholars against leaders of the
Roman Catholic Church, including the anti-pope, Benedict XIII. The intent of that
encounter, and there were many others, was to compel the Jews to accept the
arguments of their adversaries.
We have come a
long way in the relationship between the Jewish people and the...
On Jul 1, 2014, at 1:20 PM, Adam Cutler firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:Dear Ari,I write to you from Jerusalem.Today three teenagers were buried and a country is in mourning. The television broadcasts nothing but coverage of the tragedy. Though the markets still bustle and the swimming pools remain crowded, there is an inescapable sadness in peoples' eyes. Today the collective Jewish heart is...
Episode FIVE – August 2014On Aug 5, 2014, at 11:12 PM, Adam Cutler <email@example.com> wrote: Dear Rav Adam,No sooner do we blast the shofar signifying the end of Yom Kippur than I begin to think of topics for the next year's high holiday sermons. You ask about my method. For me choosing sermon topics is what is most fraught with difficulties. My method involves a small amount...
In the midst of this challenging time, we all want to know how we can help Israel.I'll be travelling to Israel on Monday with a number of Canadian Parliamentarians for special briefings and visits to affected areas in the south of Israel. The mission is organized by CIJA. I am pleased to join with our congregant, former Senator Jerry Grafstein, who has worked with CIJA and JNF to organize a...
The values of Beth Tzedec have always been
congruent with the culture of Conservative Judaism. Rejoining United Synagogue
of Conservative Judaism is a reaffirmation of our commitment to the
institutional structure of our Movement and a recognition that USCJ has made
significant improvements to its operation. We are confident that USCJ now
brings value to our synagogue.
From our beginnings...
Kiddush Hahayyim – The Sanctification of
Congregation Shaarei Shomayim7 July 2014 ~ 9 Tammuz 5774
With the reshut- authorization of Rabbi
Strauchler and this community:
Take a moment to remember where you were
when you first heard of the kidnapping of the three boys. Now try to recall
what you were doing when you heard of their deaths.
Bila hamavet lanetzah: "May God...
On Jun 2, 2014, at 9:00 PM, Adam Cutler
Dear Reb Ari,
Recently, as my Facebook news stream has been lighting up with
pictures of our friends at their ordination ceremonies, I’ve been thinking a
lot about my own rabbinic education, which concluded five years ago. A few
years apart, we are both graduates of the Rabbinical School of the...
On May 5,
2014 at 2:42 PM, Adam Cutler <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Dear Rav Adam,
At any given time, I am
blessed with mentoring about 10 individuals who are in the process of
converting to Judaism. I provide a rubric that helps them grow in their Jewish
observance. Over the course of twelve months they take the necessary steps to
begin a lifetime of keeping kosher, observing...
On Mar 21, 2014, at 4:59
PM, "Rabbi Adam Scheier"email@example.com
Shalom, R' Adam,
I'm looking forward to
engaging in this conversation with you! When I first came to the Shaar
Hashomayim community, ten years ago, I was given two challenges by the lay
leaders. The first was, "Change nothing." The second was,
"Change everything." As a 160-year-old congregation, our history...
Our last day. My morning
prayers were in my hotel room facing the Old City and the Temple Mount,
overlooking the street scene of East Jerusalem. For me, it is strange to be in
a non-kosher hotel in Israel. I find some yogurt to eat. The food products here
and in Bethlehem are overwhelmingly Israeli. No boycott of food from the
Territories. There is much more of an integrated economy than...
I began the day with morning prayers on a balcony
overlooking Kibbutz Lavi. It was damp, lush and inspiring. After a quick
breakfast, we headed to Nazareth,
the largest Arab city in the Galilee,
with a population of 60,000, once split nearly evenly between Christians and
Muslims, but now nearly two-thirds Muslim.
The place of Israeli
Arab Christians is complex. They are...
In the morning, we walked to St George’s Anglican Cathedral. The neighborhood is adjacent to the seam line, which marked the
division of Jerusalem after the1948 war, and the old Mandelbaum Gate, which was the location for Israel-Jordan
Armistice Committee meetings. A substantial number of hotels were erected in
this area which is on the east side of the light rail line and close to...
guest, Hannah Pick, almost 85, is a former German Jew whose parents left for
England and then, unfortunately, believed that Holland would be safe. In
Amsterdam she became the childhood friend of a slightly younger girl, Anne
Frank. Her story was published as Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections
of a Childhood Friend.
Mrs. Pick, now a grandmother of eleven and a...
While most of our people slept in, our
Muslims colleagues arose early to pray at the Haram a Sherif. Others used the
morning to visit the Israel Museum or to walk in the neighborhood. I joined an
early Sefardic prayer service at the hotel and then a led a group to Congregation Moreshet Yisrael, a
Conservative/Masorti synagogue, a walk of
about 40 minutes from the hotel.