Yom HaZikaron: The Sacred Privilege of Awareness By Ariella Bracha Waldinger I never knew anything about Yom HaZikaron when I was living in America. The 4th of Iyar had no relevance to my life. I lived by the American calendar not the Jewish calendar. But thank G-d, since coming home to our nation’s divinely ordained... Continue Reading →
Dynamic Torah From Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein zt’zl Even though the Yom Ha’atzmaut national holiday is a week behind us, I wanted to share a dynamic and insightful Torah teaching from the towering religious figure named Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, who left this world April 20th. I believe it can shed light on the enormous power and... Continue Reading →
FLICKERING FIREWORKS FOR FREEDOM By Ariella Bracha Waldinger Fireworks have been used for hundreds of years for cultural and religious events. In fact the earliest documented use dates back to 7th century China, where they were invented. Who is not moved by the spectacle of the glittering, shimmering lights of a fireworks display with its... Continue Reading →
Yom Haatzmaut: Israeli Independence Day. May 5-6, 2014.
On 10 July 2008, I came home. For almost five years now, I have been privileged to live in the loving embrace of my own Bayit (home), my Place, my Land, with my People surrounding me all the time. Coming home is coming to family. Remember family gatherings? Everyone is so excited to see one... Continue Reading →
A Song of Praise for Israel Independence Day From Rabbi Eliezer Melamed Three Levels of Holiness of Yom Ha’atzmaut Q: Is ‘Yom Ha’atzmaut’ (Israel Independence Day) a sacred day, or is it merely a question of nationalism, unrelated to Torah andkedusha (holiness) as the haredim claim? Isn’t the fact that the government and judicial system are not... Continue Reading →
Honoring the Courage of Two Who Gave Their Lives In The Pre-State Battle For Freedom Commemorating the Yahrzeit of Meir Feinstein; October 5th, 1927- April 21, 1947 and Moshe Barazani; June 20th, 1928-April 21st, 1947…… Niftar on The First of Iyar, 5707 by Ariella Bracha Waldinger Today the first of Iyar, 5773, we commemorate the... Continue Reading →