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In a world of variables, there are two constants – God and the Jewish people.
July 8, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
Walking around Israel, one can’t help but observe how it seems that we in chutz la’aretz are more concerned about the future of Israel than the Israelis themselves. Sure, they are aware of the threats that face them on many fronts. Of course, they are familiar with the impending attempt to unilaterally declare a Palestinian […]
How great is our obligation to appreciate our ability to freely visit the Kotel and enjoy all of Yerushalayim.
July 1, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
Greetings from Israel! Yocheved and I feel so blessed, honored and privileged to be spending this summer in Israel as NCSY’s Scholars in Residence for their summer programs. Hundreds and hundreds of teens benefit greatly from the diverse programs and tours that NCSY offers. Kollel and Michlelet are serious learning programs for boys and girls […]
Tolerance is a double edged sword.
April 2, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
Tolerance is a double edged sword. On the one hand, the Torah encourages us not to judge people, not to be critical of them and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. We are to be welcoming, warm and accept people for who they are without being dismissive. While these attitudes are certainly virtuous […]
Our goal was to communicate that a synagogue in Florida has not stopped thinking of Gilad and his plight.
March 9, 2010 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
We live in a sound bite, news junkie generation in which we are constantly bombarded with information and updates. The positive of this culture is our access to current events in real time and our acute awareness of happenings around the world as they unfold. The negative of the short news cycle generation is how […]
All we can do is hug our children a little tighter.
July 15, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
The tragic murder of Leiby Kletzky has left all of us filled with questions, doubt and intense grief and sadness. A beautiful, innocent, sweet 8 year old boy was abducted and gruesomely murdered. As the facts emerge, too graphic and horrific to mention in this public space, I can’t comprehend how the Kletzkys, Leiby’s parents, […]