web analytics
July 24, 2014 / 26 Tammuz, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
IDC Advocacy Room IDC Fights War on Another Front

Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.



Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

Jews In The News


Over the past few weeks Jews have been in the news and made headlines around the world, creating immeasurable reverberations. The impact of three particular Jews has been tremendous – but the difference in that impact has been at least as important as the impact itself.

First, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg were brutally murdered by terrorists inn Mumbai, India, and became widespread and exemplary role models of what it is possible for human beings to achieve. This pair lived simply, as extreme givers, sharing their few material possessions.

The Holtzbergs were tortured and killed, but because they had lived their lives fully, recognizing they were spiritual beings, they will live on forever, inspiring all of us. Despite their gruesome deaths, they continue to light up our lives.

Then Bernard Madoff made international headlines. Although he achieved unimaginable material “success,” he is an example for the world of how low a person can sink. He lived extravagantly, as an extremely selfish taker, ripping off as many people and charitable organizations as he could.

Madoff failed to recognize he was a spiritual being, and though he is still alive, his “accomplishments” have darkened all of our lives.

As Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski explains in his book Happiness and the Human Spirit: The Spirituality of Becoming the Best You Can Be, if you try to cure what he calls Spiritual Deficiency Syndrome “by amassing wealth … you’ll feel better for a little while, but you won’t be happy. You have needs that have nothing to do with self-gratification.”

And, he points out, “Being spiritual simply is being the best you can be.”

Bernard Madoff’s “wealth” was right out there for all to see. Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg’s “wealth” was invisible. It is the invisible wealth that lasts forever; the exponential compounding of mitzvah upon mitzvah that just keeps growing. Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg spent their lives giving, and they will always continue to give.

Bernard Madoff, still physically alive, seems spiritually dead; the Holtzbergs, though physically dead, are alive in an infinite number of ways they’ve inspired.

Why did these Jews end up in the news in such close proximity – the pair who knew they were souls and the man who apparently doesn’t know he has one? Perhaps it is God’s way of sending us the same message through such strikingly different messengers.

The souls of Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg are radiating a wondrous light that will shine forever. They are continuing to enlighten all of us who need to see we are really eternal souls just clothed in these ephemeral bodies in order to actualize our goals on earth.

The more clearly we see this, the better we can give and live as spiritual beings, in true fulfillment and with real and lasting wealth.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Jews In The News”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
U.S. President Barack Obama
FAA Ban on Flights to Israel ‘Worse than BDS’
Latest Indepth Stories
Rabbi Meir Kahane at the National Press Club ~ 1985

Rabbi Kahane spoke of transfer, because it was what the Torah spoke of.

Hamas terrorists in Gaza have been using human shields to protect them from the IDF as they launch rocket attacks against Israel.

There is much I can write you about what is going here, but I am wondering what I should not write. I will start by imagining that I am you, sitting at home in the Los Angeles area and flipping back and forth between the weather, traffic reports, the Ukraine, Mexican illegals and Gaza. No […]

Jews inside Paris synagogue surrounded by protesters throwing rocks, holding bats and chairs.

Should Jews in Europe take more responsibility in self-defense of community and property?

Map_of_the_Continent_of_Europe

Germany’s The Jewish Faith newspaper ominously noted, “We Jews are in for a war after the war.”

The truth is we seldom explore with kids what prayer is supposed to be about.

Almost as one, Jews around the world are acknowledging the day-to-day peril facing ordinary Jews in Israel and the extraordinary service of the IDF in protecting them.

So on the one hand Secretary Kerry makes no bones about who is at fault for the current hostilities: he clearly blames Hamas.

King Solomon said it long ago: “Cast your bread upon the waters” because you don’t know when you’ll hit something. Our job is to do.

The anti-Israel camp does not need to win America fully to its side. Merely to neutralize it would radically alter the balance of power and put Israel in great jeopardy.

We mourn the dead, wish a speedy recovery to the wounded, and pray that God guides the government.

Charges from the court of world public opinion and their refutations.

It is up to our government to ensure that their sacrifices were not made for short-term gains.

Supporting Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, has become dangerous in Malmo.

Proportionality Doctrine:The greater the military gain the greater the justifiable collateral damage

More Articles from Bracha Goetz
Whitney Houston

Wikipedia says it this way: In 2009, Guiness World Records cited her as the most-awarded female act of all time. Her list of awards includes two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, and 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. Houston was also one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.
So, didn’t she almost have it all?

Suzanne called me today about the newest humiliation she had just experienced. At the gym, a personal trainer loudly reprimanded her for trying to help another person with some equipment, and he did so in front of nearly everybody who was working out there.

This is a handy little jingle for parents to keep in mind, but even though it’s short, my rhyme is not for little children. In order to adequately prepare our children we must first be aware of the red flags ourselves. Then we need to schedule an “annual check-up” with our children and clearly and calmly bring up the subject of personal safety.

Over 30 years ago, Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum had not yet found the world of wisdom in the Torah.

Over 30 years ago, Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum had not yet found the world of wisdom in the Torah.

They’re usually especially friendly and charming. They often do plenty of public acts of chesed. This is done in order to look good and gain respectability and positions of authority – and unquestioned access to potential victims. And the fact is, they can do really nice things because they may actually be kind and intelligent people in some ways. But not in other ways.

Chaya’s older yeshiva-bochur brother told her that there was no problem with his touching her body. He told her it wasn’t against the Torah, and he seemed to know a lot more Torah than she did at the tender age of 6. He continued to touch her first over her clothes, but as the years passed, the abuse progressed to actual rape. Eventually he got married and started a family, appearing to function just fine to nearly everyone in the community. However, he left his younger sister, now in her late twenties, crippled – emotionally, sexually and spiritually.

I had recently had the opportunity to sit down with Rabbi Alexander Seinfeld, author of the new book, The Art of Kavana (Devora Publishing, July 2009) and discuss what it means to truly focus on yiddishkeit.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/jews-in-the-news/2009/01/21/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: