Our sages regarded the 15th of Av to be one of the two most auspicious days on the Jewish calendar (the other being Yom Kippur -- Talmud, Taanit 26b).
People would be surprised when they would come to be assured that it is possible to come to live in a truly healthy universe. That is possible when all human beings will realise that we all need one another.
The day a number of disasters in Jewish history occurred, primarily the destruction of both Solomon's Temple by the Neo-Babylonian Empire and the Second Temple by the Roman Empire in Jerusalem, received an other black spot in this year of the CoViD-19 pandemic.
By Dr. Tali Loewenthal, Director of Chabad Research Unit, London, UK, and a frequent contributor to the Chabad.org weekly Torah reading section; based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. In our multinational society, translations are an important part of life. Ideally, they enable different peoples, who have totally different ways of thinking, to connect [...]
For security reasons our country came into lockdown and after some easing measures it looked like we soon could come together. Yet by having again a rise in the infections we shall not be able to gather in one place and as such shall have to fulfil our worship duties at home in private. Let us remember that our liturgy is really about engaging God and therefore it is not bad to take some time to consider how you want to build up your service for God.
Tonight let us remember the bad and the good that came over our people and be grateful for the way the Elohim is helping us day in day out.
Time of distress should never be an excuse to not follow the mitzvah of our God. As such now in a time of lockdown, being isolated we should still have a Memorial Meal.
One Passover tradition asks that if people can afford to, they provide those less fortunate with foods that are eaten during the holiday, like matzah, eggs, chicken or wine.
Before the Israelites escaped Egypt they solemnly prepared themselves for their escape and had the seder in their closed circle, what we shall have to do in 2020 as well.
Israeli parents did their best that their children could enjoy a normal Purim. Medical face-masks make a big appearance at holiday events. 39+ Israelis have coronavirus. President Rivlin expected to give first mandate to Benny Gantz.
At a borough of the German city Mönchengladbach, located in the west of North Rhine-Westphalia, a group of American soldiers observed Purim in Goebbels' vacation home, Schloss Rheydt on March 8, 1945.
The League of Nations, which placed Palestine under British mandate reflected a heady mixture of religious and imperial motivations that Britain would find difficult to reconcile in the troubled years ahead. Palestinian Arabs, desiring political autonomy and resenting the continued Jewish immigration into Palestine, disapproved of the mandate, and by 1936 their dissatisfaction had grown into open rebellion. Nearly a century later there is still not yet a good solution found to have Arabs, Palestinians and Jews and non-Jews living together in peace in one or two countries they could accept as their homeland.
It can well be that the Democratic Party will have to reckon with the identity issue that mirrors the divide within American Jewry to swing left or to carve out a middle lane.
It is incredible that one world leader is convinced he is the only one to solve all world problems and is the best one to decide how matters have to be solved. In Antwerp, on Friday, Dr. Itamar Shachar shall lead a conference with Inès Abdel Razek and Mahmoud AbuRahma looking at the present situation in the trials to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
As we have become accustomed to the 45th president of America, he has pulled up the sheet and pulled Nethanyanu in his cart to create a plan with popular Israeli measures without taking into account the Palestinians in the talks for planning the state of Israel.