We Will Outlive Them

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by Rabbi Adam Greenwald
posted on May 1, 2019
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In 1939, a group of Hasidic Jews in Lublin, Poland were lined up against a barbed wire fence by SS soldiers. The sadistic commandant then ordered them to sing themselves to their own deaths. One of the men began to improvise a tune: “Mir veln zey iberlebn, iberlebn, iberlebn” – “We will outlive them” he sang over and over. Witness reports say that the song spread quickly through the group, who died dancing and singing those words. Read more...

The Circle of Concern

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by Rabbi Edward Feinstein
posted on May 2, 2016
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Enter into the great cathedrals of Europe – St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Notre Dame in Paris, San Marcos in Venice – what do you experience? The cathedral is a visceral presentation of a theology, a vision of the universe. Soaring vaulted ceiling, giant columns, colossal statues of saints and martyrs, luminous stained glass images of Scriptural heroes, all articulate a spirituality of contrast. We are small, insignificant, ephemeral creatures no better than insects on the floor. We are impure, corrupt, stained with sin. Who are we to approach God? Read more...

What Do You Need to Believe In Order To Leave Egypt?

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by Reb Mimi Feigelson
posted on April 23, 2014
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Walking into the breakfast-room of a vegan health retreat a decade ago I was greeted by a morning challenge - "Yah, you can ask Mimi, she believes!!!" My cover was about to be blown. When asked to my profession in such places I would never say "Rabbi" or articulate the words "Mysticism" or "Kabbalah," for such words would kill my private time while flying or being on retreat. Read more...

Are You Lonely?

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by Janet Sternfeld Davis
posted on April 14, 2013
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Recently a Rabbi told our students that addressing loneliness was the most important part of his job. I was struck because he was saying an emotion rather than an issue like Israel, Anti-Semitism, or Jewish literacy was the key Jewish problem in his community. Read more...

Wisdom of the Ages

by Rabbi Cheryl Peretz
posted on April 29, 2012
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Ours is a society that glorifies youth as a sign of vitality, vigor, strength, and beauty. Television and pop cultural images are full of Hollywood celebrities and sports figures whose fame and fortune is based in their youthful look and/or talent, establishing themselves, for many, as national heroes. Lucky are the ones amongst them who continue into their later years gaining ongoing recognition and accolades as they mature and age. Read more...