Holocaust Remembrance Day

Two Minutes

April 28, 2014
Two Minutes

Today is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Here in Israel a two-minute siren just went off. The country mostly stops – cars pull over, drivers stand respectfully by their cars, everything just stops, for two minutes. I work from home; the one daughter who was at home at the time and I stood outside....
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Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) 5772

April 19, 2012
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) 5772

Many Jews have a strong negative reaction if people bring up other genocides in a discussion about the Holocaust. This can lead to non-Jews getting a bad impression – they may think Jews are obsessed with the Holocaust, or that Jews are unable to see other people’s suffering as comparable to theirs. That impression...
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Holocaust Remembrance Day – 5771

May 1, 2011

The other day, a friend of mine shared some advice he received from a rabbi: “If your wife is giving you crap, you shouldn’t fight or complain, you should just accept it.  It’s happening because God wants you to receive that crap. Do whatever she tells you.” Now if you are in a healthy...
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Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

April 20, 2009

Every time a I write a post that is critical of Israel — like my most recent one on “Where were the rabbis for human rights in Egypt” — I have one or two people “unsubscribe” from my mailing list.  As often as I’m critical of Israel, it’s a wonder I have any subscribers...
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Tazria 5766 — Darfur

March 26, 2006

In the midst of a whole bunch of stuff about different kinds of ritual impurity, this week’s Torah reading has a commandment which stands out like a beacon from amongst all the descriptions of emissions and skin disease: “And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.” That’s all it...
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Shemini 5766 and Holocaust Remembrance Day — Divine Justice

March 26, 2006

Is it possible for a human being to understand Divine justice? In this week’s Torah reading, Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, are killed by God for a seemingly minor infraction. The Torah tells us that each of them took his incense pan, put fire and incense in it, and offered aish zarah, strange fire,...
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