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"It’s such an important thing for mothers to stay in touch, and for our children to have others who understand what they are going through."
Pres. Reuven Rivlin made a bikur holim visit to Sheba Medical Center after the Sabbath to visit former Pres. Shimon Peres.
The Bible's first mitzvah: "And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth..."
The kindest cut of all might be the one that new father makes at his son’s circumcision.
One of Netanyahu’s neighbors noticed that the Prime Minister on a Sabbath stroll, stopped to help an old man take out the trash. One mitzvah leads to another.
Chanukah is just about upon us and Jews across the planet are looking forward to family gatherings, delicious food (you can’t feel too guilty eating oily latkes and high carb donuts on the chag – hey, it’s practically a mitzvah to do so); giving and receiving gifts and in general celebrating our survival – our spiritual continuance as God-fearing Jews. (Our physical survival is an event we acknowledge on Purim.)
Question: I was at a brit where the father and grandfather of the boy argued over who should be sandak. The grandfather had served as sandak once before, but he persisted and, as they say, “might makes right.” I am curious as to your view on this matter. M. Renkin (Via E-Mail)
Reb Elimelech maintained that just for him alone they will have to make a new Gehinnom, for the one that already exists is not adequate enough. He also commented – in his infinite humility – that the reason people come to him and request his assistance with children, health and parnassah is because it is his sins that are responsible for the absence of these blessings.
The strength and numbers of Orthodox Jews in America have never been greater, and yet those of us concerned with Judaism’s future must admit we confront a future no less frightening than the future that was evident to Hannah’s noble sons in Modi’in all those centuries ago.
The journey from Zichron Yaacov to Jaffa took almost three days. For Tevye, it was a chance to see another part of the Land...