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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Jewish Thought

The Jewish calendar is full of notations, red letter days that are meant to be both particular reminders as well as part of a uniform one:  time is passing; the sands of life have run out just a bit more; the beard is a little grayer and the limbs just a touch heavier.  Time.  The Jewish calendar is a watchman of time, ram’s horn that blows not once a year but every time that a new time cycle begins.

Every week is marked by a Sabbath that notes not only the end of the week passed but the beginning of a new one. It is both a reminder of seven full days passed out of our life – so soon! – as well as the opportunity to make the next period fuller, more meaningful, a reason for being.

Every month is marked by a Rosh Chodesh, the consecration

Some speeches are remembered for their content, some for their delivery and some for the circumstances which surround them. It is quite impressive to hear a speech remarkable for all three. I was therefore very fortunate to be present when Rabbi Eli Mansour spoke on behalf of the Chazaq Organization at the Beth Gavriel Community Center on Sunday, September 10th, where he inspired a capacity crowd to understand their ultimate purpose in life. The beautiful Shiur was dedicated for the Refuah

As the final minutes of Rosh Hashanah ticked away, 13-year-old Leo Goldberger was hiding, along with his parents and three brothers, in the thick brush along the shore of Dragor, a small fishing village south of Copenhagen. The year was 1943, and the Goldbergers like thousands of other Danish Jews, were desperately trying to escape an imminent Nazi roundup.

“Finally, after what seemed like an excruciatingly long wait, we saw our signal offshore,” Goldberger later recalled. His family “strode

“The righteous, even in death are called living …for [they] gather many workers for the sake of the Torah” (Talmud Berakhot 18a-b).

On September 3rd, Chazaq celebrated the life and times of the 19th century scholar from Baghdad, Rabbi Yosef Haim (often called by the title of his treatise, Ben Ish Hai). Chazaq’s very own Rabbi Ilan Meirov, author of the commentary Pri Ilan on the sefer (book) Ben Ish Hai, was given the honor of opening up the event. He presented the following to an audience

The shofar’s cry is God calling out my name, looking for me.

If you have ever lost a child in a crowded place, you know the raw fear. Has anyone seen a two-year-old with a blue shirt on? He has brown hair. A Gap baseball hat with green letters?

A couple of years of ago we lost our toddler in an amusement park in Israel. One second he was right in front of us, and the next thing we knew he was nowhere to be found. At first we thought he had to be at most a few feet away, and we called out his