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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Jewish Thought

Divine Providence or coincidence? The choice – and challenge – is yours.

The Talmud relates that after the destruction of our Holy Temple, Rabbi Akiva and the Sages of Israel were walking on the streets of Jerusalem. As they came to the Temple Mount, they beheld a devastating sight. There, where the Sanctuary had once stood in majesty and splendor, where the Holy of Holies had been, were only ruins, and wild foxes were roaming about.

The Sages broke down and wept.

"Woe is us," they wailed, "that we have seen this with our own eyes."

But Rabbi Akiva did not weep. Instead, he smiled.

"How can you smile at such a time?" his colleagues asked, shocked.

"I smile," Rabbi Akiva answered, "because today I have seen the fulfillment of prophecy

The meaning of temporary shelter resounds even more strongly for some this year

Charles Wiese of Houston, Texas, drove to his gutted home right after Yom Kippur to retrieve his sukkah decorations, stored on a high shelf in what had once been his garage. The walls and boards of the sukkah itself are gone, as is most of his house, due to damage from Hurricane Harvey.

The Wiese family is eagerly awaiting delivery of a new sukkah, says his wife, Janice. It’s slated to arrive Monday or

“On this New Year, a reminder that the strength of the Jewish people lies in our unity,” was written in huge letters on the pages of the major newspapers on the eve of Rosh Hashana.  The author, president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder wrote: “I have devoted my adult life to fighting for the global Jewish community. I have worked to build a world where we are all united, where our community grows, where children are not afraid, where nothing stops Jewish people from achieving their

The Sukkah's spiritual energy invites the souls of Judaism's seven great leaders to partake in the divine light on Earth.

What is the Garden of Eden? This is the place where worthy souls, having passed from this world, enjoy the light of the divine presence as they await entrance to the World to Come – i.e. the post-Messianic age (Talmud - Shabbat 152b; Derech Hashem 1:3:11).

The Zohar, the foremost book of Jewish mysticism, explains that the Sukkah generates such an intense concentration

“On this New Year, a reminder that the strength of the Jewish people lies in our unity,” was written in huge letters on the pages of the major newspapers on the eve of Rosh Hashana.  The author, president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder wrote: “I have devoted my adult life to fighting for the global Jewish community. I have worked to build a world where we are all united, where our community grows, where children are not afraid, where nothing stops Jewish people from achieving their