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Scroll arrived in Oro Valley from Israel in the nick of time
My father, Simcha Yosef ben 1Ephraim Yakov, passed away on the eve of Rosh Hashanah in 2002 at the age of 91. He spent the last 40 years of his life immersed at Congregation Agudath Achim Anshei Chessed on Staten Island, N.Y., as a shammes, a position his father had held before him. “Shammes” is a poor choice of words. My father was also the minyan gatherer, cantor, treasurer, historian, Kaddish reciter, bar mitzvah tutor, secretary, Kiddush organizer, janitor, confidant of the yeshivah boys who studied in the building, secret deliverer of food to the poor and more.
My siblings and I unanimously agreed that a fitting tribute for my father was to write a Torah scroll in his
The world is one long chain of events, dating all the way back to Adam.
God created this world as a place of maximum challenge, and therefore, man must be inherently imperfect and die. The sin of Adam revealed this imperfection because of which man must make the transition of death. Accordingly, God told Adam, "But from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, do not eat, for on the day you eat from it, you will definitely die" (Genesis 2:17). Since we are all descendants of Adam, all must
Like the trees in the depth of winter, we have the power to emerge from darkness and blossom.
The earliest blooming trees in Israel are awakening from a long, deep, winter’s nap. The trees have spent many months in hibernation. Until now, our beloved nurturing sources of shade and breath have been absorbing water from deep beneath the ground. This God-given survival mechanism has sustained them up until now. But now begins a new cycle in their lives. In this moment, they will draw sustenance
(Excerpted from the book
“They Must Go” – 1980)
The analysis and proposed transfer of Arabs from Israel that I have set down are not personal views. They are certainly not political ones. This is the Jewish outlook, based on halakah the law as postulated in the Torah.
The removal of all Arabs who refuse to accept the exclusive, unquestioned Jewish sovereignty over Eretz Yisrael is not only logical and normal for any Jew with a modicum of an instinct for self-preservation; it is also the
“Because I am proud of being Jewish, I am worried by the growing anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the world.”
The newly released biography, Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell, delves into the Jewish life of the iconic director and the impact of his childhood on his countless award-winning films.
Years ago, right before the release of Schindler’s List, Spielberg spoke openly about his Jewish roots and about his hopes for his own children. As a child, the Spielbergs moved