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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jewish Thought

The scene is familiar. An auditorium or hall is stuffed full of bodies hunched over books. In the corner, there’s a table bearing snacks and caffeinated beverages. It could be any pre-finals study session in any college in the world but it isn’t. You’ve stumbled into a synagogue on the night of Shavuot, when the custom is to stay up late studying Torah, in anticipation of the next morning’s re-enactment of its transmission at Sinai.

Our current practice to stay up all night learning Torah is attributed to Rav Yosef Karo, the 16th-century codifier of the Shulchan Aruch, though its roots are much older. The Zohar speaks of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who lived in the second century, staying up all night. His reason for doing so is compared to

Seven fascinating reasons for this popular custom.

Ahhh... the sumptuous delight of blintzes and cheesecake. Eating a dairy meal on Shavuot has become an enduring tradition. But what's the source for this? Here are seven fascinating reasons:

Reason #1

When the Jewish people received the Torah at Mount Sinai, included was special instructions for how to slaughter and prepare meat for eating. Until then, the Jews had not followed these laws, thus all their meat – plus the cooking pots – were

At the inception of my career, I was employed by the iconic New York-based brokerage firm, Bear Stearns. Truth be told, it was a firm that defined itself by its financial prowess. While most firms endured monetary vicissitudes on occasion, Bear Stearns never had a losing year. A nagging question, however, always loomed in the back of my mind. Why does this firm, as opposed to others, have such a stellar track record? What is the ultimate secret to their astonishing success?

I was soon to

Can one ever really lose a mother?

Nine months ago I lost my beloved mother.

But as I write these words, I wonder: Can one ever really lose a mother?

Of course not. But I lost the sound of my mother’s voice when I’d walk into the room and hear her joy as she cried out my name. I lost the touch of her hands as she would hold onto mine. I lost the one person in the world whom I would call day or night, no matter the hour. She would be happy to lift the burden off of my shoulders. “Don’t worry

On Thursday evening, April 27th, the presidium of the Rabbinical Alliance of America (RAA) - Igud HaRabbonim convened for their rosh chodesh (Iyar) meeting and seudah at the Sephardic Nursing Home in Brooklyn.  This monthly gathering however, took on an air of palpable urgency as the prominent rabbonim, guest speaker and attendees confronted an endemic issue for the Jewish nation; most notably, the scourge of anti-Semitism.

Thanks to the assiduous work of exposing the facts done by longtime