Archive for March, 2011

Japan and Purim


A strange thing happened to me last Saturday night and Sunday morning. While listening to the Megillah I was not thinking about what had occurred in ancient Persia, what I was really thinking about was what has occurred in modern day Japan because one explains the other.

There are no words to describe the tragedy that has struck Japan. No, make that tragedies … first an earthquake, then a tsunami and then nuclear radiation. It defies
imagination, but it is very real. And it is very hard to make sense of. Why all three? Why does God allow for such events to occur? Why Japan of all places to have a nuclear crisis? Many answers are offered, but in reality there are no good answers. But there is a perspective – a perspective that is made clear through the story of Purim. READ MORE.


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Obama and Israel; Apartheid in Israel

Jackson Diehl, in today’s Washington Post, speaks for me and many others. VIEW ARTICLE: “In Obama’s push for Mideast peace, whose side is he on?”

On another note, this page of images depicting the so-called “Apartheid in Israel” is a nice little reply to the enemies of Israel.

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Even in the darkest night, a light shines …

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For Shushan Purim (and today’s 5th anniversary of Twitter)

In honor of today’s fifth anniversary of Twitter and of Shushan Purim, here is something to make you feel good about Israel.


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In Memory of the Fogel Family

We would like to invite you to join us in a worldwide project – an effort that can unify the Jewish people.
We all mourn the senseless and terrible tragedy that has befallen the Fogel Family. View a video in memory of the Fogel Family, and see the Jerusalem Post comic dedicated in their memory.
In their memory, families all over the world will light candles for Shabbat, saying a personal prayer for peace. Over 20,000 people have already committed to this effort on Facebook.
The families of Beth Tfiloh will be among those families; as you light your candles, think of all those you are joining, as you bring the light of Shabbat and the light of peace to the world.
Candlelighting is 6:59 p.m. Friday night.
Shabbat Shalom.
Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg
Mrs. Zipora Schorr
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Interesting information

Interesting information about the architect who created Beth Tfiloh.

“Buildings That Jump Up And Bite” (The Forward, Mar. 2, 2011)

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God and Man . . . and Rabbis!

God and Man … and Rabbis!

It is too early to talk about the Orioles and too late to talk about the Ravens, so today I am
going to talk about the “Canaries.” I have a feeling that you don’t know that “Canary” is a
Yiddish word.

Leo Rosten, in his book, “Hurray for Yiddish,” writes, “Canary was used by Bronx and
lower East Side children of Jewish immigrants in various ways, from placating to the
admonishing to the threatening. Thus “don’t give me a canary,” or “I’ll give her a canary.”
What these children of Jewish immigrants did not realize was that they were taking an
expression they had heard their parents say countless times in Yiddish, and turning it into the
English word of “canary.” What they had heard their parents say was “kein ayin hora,” or said
more rapidly, sounding like: “keinahora.” And thus, “canary.”

Kein ayin hora – literal translation: no evil eye. This was the phrase our Yiddish
speaking ancestors would use to ward off the potential evil eye. Whenever there was good news,
something to boast about or to be proud of, many of our grandparents and great-grandparents
would always add the words, “kein ayin hora – let no evil eye focus on such goodness.” It was a
part of their everyday vocabulary! READ MORE

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