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Songs of Rahel and Naomi in Aryeh’s Honor

שירי רחל ונעמי שמר – לכבוד אריה (ראו להלן) On a recent Friday (June 24, 2022) I had the honor and pleasure of guiding the extended Zartisky family, celebrating the 80th birthday of the scientist DR. ARYEH ZARITSKY (Ben Gurion University of the Negev). The gift that Aryeh received was a family-oriented tour in the…Continue readingSongs of Rahel and Naomi in Aryeh’s Honor

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Two of the 73

On February 4, 2022, we mark 25 years since the “Helicopters Tragedy” (אָסוֹן הַמַּסוֹקִים), in which 73 IDF soldiers and aircrew were killed. It was a horrific accident involving two helicopters which collided as they made their way towards Lebanon, during what has been labeled the “First Lebanon War.” The two helicopters, filled with commissioned…Continue readingTwo of the 73

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Moses, Stage Fright…

…and a CONVERSATION  with NECHAMA LEIBOWITZ  Fifty-nine years ago, for my Bar Mitzva, I chanted the Torah portion called “Va’era” (“And I appeared…,” Exodus 6:2-9:35) that we read this past Shabbat (1.1.22). It begins with a prelude to the 10 plagues. For the second time, Moses tries to convince God that he isn’t fit for…Continue readingMoses, Stage Fright…

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Hebrew Language Day

HEBREW LANGUAGE DAY!! YOM HaLASHON HaIVRIT – יום הלשון העברית Time to Celebrate! In 2012 the Government of Israel formally declared the 21st of the month of Tevet as “Hebrew Language Day.” Since this year the 21st falls on Shabbat, the public observance of the day has been brought forward to Thursday, December 22, 2021.…Continue readingHebrew Language Day

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The First Cliffhanger

Saturday night, December 4, 2021 In the Jewish Tradition we read a portion of the Torah every week on Shabbat (Saturday) morning, completing the Five Books of Moses each year. The weekly portions were established prior to the division of the Hebrew Bible into chapters (which was developed by Christian clergy in the 13th century).…Continue readingThe First Cliffhanger

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THE MENORAH… OR THE MAGEN DAVID (JEWISH STAR)

WHICH IS THE PARAMOUNT JEWISH SYMBOL? Would you like to learn something new? Watch the free video (link below) for a unique and (I hope) fascinating virtual seminar. For hundreds of years the MENORAH (מְנוֹרָה – candelabra) and MA-GEN DAVID (מָגֵן דָּוִד – Shield of David or “Jewish Star”) have represented Judaism and the Jewish…Continue readingTHE MENORAH… OR THE MAGEN DAVID (JEWISH STAR)