In Memoriam

Behar 5771 — The earth is the Lord’s

May 12, 2011

Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather in its fruit; But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest to the land, a sabbath for the Lord; you shall not sow your field, nor prune your vineyard.  …Leviticus 25:3-4 And you shall hallow...
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Saying Kaddish

March 20, 2011
Saying Kaddish

  Today marks six months since my mother Maria passed away (If you want to know something about this remarkable woman, you can read the eulogy I gave for her by clicking here).  Six months that I have been a mourner.  I am over half way through the 11 months of making an extra effort...
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Logbook from Bikini Atoll

September 29, 2010
Logbook from Bikini Atoll

My late stepfather, M. Leonard Holder, died of cancer caused by exposure to radiation at the H-Bomb test at Bikini Atoll on March 1, 1954. He died over a decade ago, more than 40 years after that fateful day.  He died of a type of cancer known to be associated with exposure to high...
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Rabbi Alan Lew, z”l

September 22, 2009
Rabbi Alan Lew, z”l

   One of my teachers, Rabbi Alan Lew, passed away in January.  As I was re-reading his awesome book about the transformative power of the High Holidays, "This Is Real And You Are Completely Unprepared" I was reminded of how much I miss him, and how much the world has lost with his passing. I don't...
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Rabbi Mickey Rosen, z”l

December 8, 2008

I was saddened today to learn of the passing of Rabbi Mickey Rosen. Rabbi Rosen was the founder of Yakar, an institution that was one of the influences that helped me fall in love with living in Jerusalem.  When I first arrived in Jerusalem in the summer of 2000, Yakar was THE in place...
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“Doc” Ron Rosen, z”l

July 11, 2008

 In memory of “Doc” Ron Rosen by Rabbi Barry Leff 7 Tammuz 5769 / July 11, 2008 Jerusalem Psalm 116 tells us “yakar b’einei Hashem hamavta l’chasidav,” “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his pious ones.” I admit to be very troubled by this Psalm. Why should the loss...
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