Rabbi Yossi's Blog

Welcome to Rabbi Yossi's Blog; where you can expect to find thoughts on current events, Torah learning and Jewish spirituality. And of course, some good Jewish humor.

Unity Lecture

This past Sunday, more than 300 communities, large and small, from around the world (including here in Sacramento) tuned in to a live web-cast in celebration of the year of Hakhel. The web-cast featured the noted scholar, Rabbi Adin Even-Yisroel Steinsaltz who spoke on the significance of Torah Study and how it promotes unity. His talk entitled “Unity of Heart through Unity of Purpose” was introduced by Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, vice chairman of Merkos L’Inyanei Chinuch. The program concluded with a special musical rendition by Baruch Tzfasman and a preview of the upcoming Unity Lecture.

The program was the first in a series of four that will take place this year organized by Torah Cafe, the online division of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. The next web-cast is scheduled for 4 Nissan (March 29) and will be highlighted with an address by the Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth, Sir Jonathan Sacks.

If you missed the live version, you can watch it here. Enjoy!

My Turn by Rabbi Shmuel Lewis

I've heard comments made by people recently about the war that just ended in Gaza. Some question Israel's right to defend itself in the manner it did. Others equate Israel's actions to those of the terrorists. Many people have conclusively refuted these ridiculous notions and their comments have been carried in many places.

My brother-in-law is a rabbi in Sparta, New Jersey. This past Sunday he returned from a week long visit to Israel after celebrating the bar-mitzvah of a member his community. He was welcomed home by a demonstration staged by anti-Israel elements in his area, which was then given coverage on the front page of the local paper. To clarify the matter he wrote the following article:

My Turn by Rabbi Shmuel Lewis

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