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Sharon, Israel and Jewish Wry

By Suzanne Fields When Ariel Sharon died on Saturday, the obituaries emphasized his strength as a military commander and political leader, recalling his brilliant counterattack across Suez to surround the Egyptian armies when Israel’s very existence hung in the balance in the Yom Kippur War the Arabs almost won. He was the “new Jew” after the Holocaust, a strong man who stood up to those who wanted to destroy the likes of him and his country. He knew the first war the Israelis lost would be Israel’s last. He had his faults, but weakness wasn’t one of them

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The Science of Shofar

The Science of Shofar

How our body’s reaction to hearing the shofar’s blast primes us for real change. by  Yvette Alt Miller Each day of Rosh Hashanah, our synagogue services are punctuated by a hundred calls from the shofar, a ram’s horn that reverberates with a distinctive, alarm-like cry. The shofar’s rousing blast speaks to us more intensely than words ever can. It’s a personal call to each of us to wake up and use the opportunity of Rosh Hashanah to change. Modern science has documented the physical responses human beings undergo when we’re subjected to loud, resonant sounds such as the shofar.

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Understanding Lag B’Omer

Understanding Lag B’Omer

by Yair Danielsohn (Photo-Aish Torah) What lies behind this enigmatic festival? And why the bonfires? In Israel, months before the advent of the festival of Lag B’Omer — the 33rd day of the Omer, the 49 days that bridge between Passover and Shavuot — one can see youngsters dragging all types of combustibles, from fallen trees to broken chairs to old mattresses. Their destination? The nearest empty lot, where they pile their treasured possessions to impossible heights and wait with eager anticipation until the night of Lag B’Omer, arguably their favorite time of year, when they turn the piles into…

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Lag B’Omer & Gratitude

Lag B’Omer & Gratitude

by Rabbi Efrem Goldberg Tony Robbin’s secret to happiness and achieving success. Years ago, someone gave me a Tony Robbins cd to listen to. I was excited to hear what one of the most inspirational people of modern times would have to say and how it could change my life for the better. He started his talk by saying that he has the secret to both happiness and success. If you follow his advice and begin each and every day of your life exactly as he prescribes, he can all but guarantee you will find yourself both happier, and achieving…

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Shabbat Shalom-Weekly Parsha

Shabbat Shalom-Weekly Parsha

Shabbat Shalom Weekly Parsha Torah Acharei Mot Lev. 16:1-18:30 Haftarah Amos 9:8-15   Torah K’doshim (“Holy ones”) Lev. 19:1-20:27 Haftarah Eze. 20:2-20,22:1-19 Candle Lighting Times   Read Entire Story in Battalion of Deborah    

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Who Knows 50?The distinguished number of transcendence.

Who Knows 50?The distinguished number of transcendence.

by Osher Chaim Levene, with Rabbi Yehoshua Hartman       Excerpted from the just-published book Jewish Wisdom in the Numbers. The number 50 is the distinguished number of transcendence. The count up to 50 is composed of two essential and distinct stages. The first phase is the step-by-step progression rising from 1 up to 49. As the square of 7 (7²=49), 49 denotes the complete cycle within the physical universe.1 This is a natural development, one that reaches the extremities of the outer boundaries. This may be the furthest limit as far as nature is concerned – but it is not the…

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Our legacy passed along

Our legacy passed along

by Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky My dear child, It is now a quiet moment late at night. After an exhausting day of Passover cleaning, you have sunk into the sweetest of sleeps, and I am sitting here with a pile of haggadas, preparing for Seder night. Somehow the words never come out the way I want them to, and the Seder evening is always unpredictable. But so many thoughts and feelings are welling up in my mind and I want to share them with you. These are the words I mean to say at the Seder. When you will see me…

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‘Hacktivists’ Vow to ‘Erase Israel from internet’

‘Hacktivists’ Vow to ‘Erase Israel from internet’

“Hackers Anonymous” vows to “erase Israel from the Internet” in coordinated attack. Arutz Sheva staffA group of international hackers, dubbed “Hackers Anonymous,” has vowed to “erase Israel from the Internet” in a coordinated attack against the Jewish state scheduled to take place on April 7. The campaign, titled #OpIsrael, was initiated and announced by a hacker who goes by the name of Anon Ghost, the Arabian Gazette reported Wednesday. It is being supported by a number of other known hacktivists who have gained notoriety for carrying out similar state-targeted attacks.

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Passover Cleaning Made Easy

Passover Cleaning Made Easy

by Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits INTRODUCTION God took the Jewish people out of Egypt in the springtime. The Talmud notes that God was very thoughtful. Not only was He interested in redeeming the nation, He wanted to do so at a time when the weather was just right. Not too hot, not too cold. Everything about the Passover season is beautiful. The whole idea of re-doing your house -- your environment -- for the holiday should be a beautiful experience. For some reason, though, the burden of all that cleaning often hangs heavy over us, and as a result we lose…

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70 years later, recalling the first battle against the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto

70 years later, recalling the first battle against the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto

By Moshe Phillips/JNS.org Photo courtesy of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies Seventy years ago this month, the Nazis began their second deportation of the Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto. In response, on Jan. 18, 1943, the first organized and armed Jewish/Zionist resistance action in the Ghetto was launched.  The fighters of the ZZW and ZOB drove the Nazis from the Ghetto. Months later, on April 19, 1943, on the eve of Passover, the Nazi SS and police units entered the Ghetto and were attacked by organized Jewish partisans yet again.  There were two separate armed resistance organizations…

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