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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Jewish Thought

The connection between covering our eyes when we recite the Shema and when looking at the eclipse

The world will soon be witness to one of the most spectacular events in the universe.

On August 21 the sky will suddenly go dark in the middle of the day. The temperature will noticeably drop by many degrees in a few short moments. Birds will stop chirping and flee back to their nests. And millions of Americans will gather under the heavens, from Oregon to South Carolina, to view the total solar eclipse to cross America in many decades.

It is an awesome spectacle – and throughout history, in many eras and in countless cultures, its occurrence was fraught with fear and consternation. For those who lacked the scientific knowledge to

The last month of the Jewish calendar is actually the most important – serving as preparation for the High Holidays

If you had an important court date scheduled – one that would determine your financial future, or even your very life – you'd be sure to prepare for weeks beforehand.

On Rosh Hashanah, each individual is judged on the merit of his deeds. Whether he will live out the year or not. Whether he will have financial success or ruin. Whether he will be healthy or ill. All of these are

Protecting oneself from spiritual myopia.

[Rabban Yochanon] said to [his students]: Go and see which is a bad way that a person should avoid.

Rabbi Eliezer said: A bad eye. Rabbi Yehoshua said: A bad friend. Rabbi Yossi said: A bad neighbor. Rabbi Shimon said: One who borrows and does not pay back. One who borrows from a person is as one who borrows from God, as it says, 'A wicked person borrows and does not repay, but the Righteous One is gracious and gives' (Psalms 37:21). Rabbi Elazar

I made a promise.

I gave my word to my dear Uncle Yanky, Rabbi Jacob Jungreis, that I would not allow his story to be forgotten.

So I am sitting at the table of my beloved mother’s brother with notebook and pen in hand. We sit for hours.

When I leave his home I am holding my own Book of Lamentations. Each page cries out to be shared and remembered. We dare not forget. I will do my best to bring justice to the sacred memories he entrusted to me. They haunt my soul.

My Uncle’s Voice

On Monday, July 24, 2017, the Igud Harabonim/Rabbinical Alliance of America (RAA/IGUD) convened at the Ahi Ezer Yeshiva Congregation, in Brooklyn, New York for its monthly Rosh Chodesh (Av) conference & dinner where its Presidium Member, Rabbi Hanania Elbaz is the Rabbi. Rabbi Yaakov Klass, presidium member and Torah editor of the Jewish Press served as the Conference Chairman.    

The evening was dedicated in memory of HaGaon HaChacham Shalom Ben HaGaon HaChacham Chayim Elbaz, Zt’l father