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Rabbi Ira Hill Uses His Skills to Help Community Businesses

Monday, December 19th, 2016

South Florida had for many years been viewed mainly as a vacation hot spot. The past two decades, however, have seen a dramatic boom in the area’s Jewish growth. Jewish day schools and yeshivas, mikvehs, kosher restaurants, and Jewish institutions have been expanding at a rapid pace.

Rabbi Ira (Yisroel) Hill realized that many of these organizations were not reaching their full potential. He decided to do something about it. Hill, who’d been working in community services for over twenty-five years in South Florida, decided to leave his position as vice president of operations at the Talmudic University of Florida in order to fill the void in the community.

Rabbi Ira Hill

Rabbi Ira Hill

Rabbi Hill was honored for his long-time service at last year’s Talmudic University annual dinner. “The South Florida community is in the process of maturation and there are many Jewish organizations that need to facilitate this growing community,” he said at the time. He set a goal to help the schools, shuls, and Jewish organizations take their business to the next level.

Hill decided to start a company using the skills he gained working for Talmudic University. In March he established INH Consulting LLC., a firm that specializes in assisting not-for-profit organizations realize their potential and generate success. INH also aids private events, fundraisers, and one-on-one-consultations. The firm has already had much success, and is in the process of expanding.

For more information regarding this initiative or INH Consulting’s services, contact info@inhconsultingllc.com or call 305-912-4642 (INHC).

Shelley Benveniste

Pro-Koran Reform Rabbi Yoffie Says Torah Causes Terrorism

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

{Originally posted to the FrontPage Magazine website}

A few years ago “Rabbi” Eric Yoffie, a Reform clergyman spoke at an Islamic Society of North America convention, an anti-Semitic Muslim Brotherhood organization that supported Hamas, and denounced Dennis Prager for criticizing the Koran.

At ISNA, Eric Yoffie sanctimoniously warned that…

There exists in this country among all Americans — whether Jews, Christians, or non-believers — a huge and profound ignorance about Islam. It is not that stories about Islam are missing from our media; there is no shortage of voices prepared to tell us that fanaticism and intolerance are fundamental to Islamic religion, and that violence and even suicide bombing have deep Koranic roots. There is no lack of so-called experts who are eager to seize on any troubling statement by any Muslim thinker and pin it on Islam as a whole. Thus, it has been far too easy to spread the image of Islam as enemy, as terrorist, as the frightening unknown.

How did this happen?

How did it happen that Christian fundamentalists, such as Pat Robertson and Franklin Graham, make vicious and public attacks against your religious tradition?

How did it happen that when a Muslim congressman takes his oath of office while holding the Koran, Dennis Prager suggests that the congressman is more dangerous to America than the terrorists of 9/11?

Mr. Yoffie knows what the real source of terrorism is. The Bible. And the Jews.

Referring to the Torah, the Jewish bible, Eric Yoffie wrote,

“The reason for Jewish terror is Torah. It is not territories and occupation that are to blame, although they are part of the picture. It is not racism or hatred of Arabs that are at fault, although they play a role. The heart of the problem is Torah, the sacred teachings of Judaism.”

Then Eric Yoffie puts on his best pair of jackboots and demands that Jewish religious schools be closed. “If a single yeshiva student is implicated in terrorist activities, the yeshiva must be closed.”

Maybe Yoffie would care to set up some sort of organization for the purpose of closing Jewish schools and synagogues he politically opposes. The Communists had a group like that called the Yevsektsia. The left’s real endgame is outlawing religion. They will, if necessary, pretend to be Rabbis and even run organizations they call synagogues, but their endgame is a war on religion.

Does Mr. Yoffie propose closing any mosques whose member commits an act of terrorism? Somehow I doubt it. The mosque and the Koran are sacred. The Bible, to bigots like Eric Yoffie, is hateful.

The left is showing its true ugly face. It doesn’t just support Muslim terrorists. It hates Jews.

This proposal comes from the same cretin who responded to Burn-a-Koran Day with shock and horror. “We can scarcely find words to express our revulsion at the Dove World Outreach Center’s “Burn a Koran Day,” scheduled for September 11. Only those whose minds have been tainted by evil and acrimony would undertake to organize a sacrilegious event such as this and to do so in the name of God and religious piety.”

They proposed burning the Koran. That’s terrible. Now if they burned the Torah, Eric Yoffie would be gleefully tossing armfuls of bibles into the flames while cackling with glee.

But Christians shouldn’t feel left out. Eric Yoffie hates you almost as much as he hates Jews.

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the liberal Union for Reform Judaism, said “religious right” leaders believe “unless you attend my church, accept my God and study my sacred text you cannot be a moral person.”

“What could be more bigoted than to claim that you have a monopoly on God?” he said during the movement’s national assembly in Houston, which runs through Sunday.

Claiming that anyone who disagrees with you is a bigot who should be locked up?

Yoffie did not mention evangelical Christians directly, using the term “religious right” instead. In a separate interview, he said the phrase encompassed conservative activists of all faiths, including within the Jewish community.

“We cannot forget that when Hitler came to power in 1933, one of the first things that he did was ban gay organizations,” Yoffie said. “Yes, we can disagree about gay marriage. But there is no excuse for hateful rhetoric that fuels the hellfires of anti-gay bigotry.”

And if there’s one thing Eric Yoffie is an expert on, it’s hateful rhetoric.

While Herr Yoffie might disagree with Hitler on banning gay groups, both anti-Semites are on the same page when it comes to banning yeshivas.

Daniel Greenfield

Rabbi Adin Even Yisrael Steinsaltz’s Condition Improved

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Rabbi Adin (Even Yisrael) Steinsaltz, 79, was rushed to Sha’are Zedek Medical Center last week, on Wednesday, Dec. 7, after he suffered a stroke.

Shaarei Tzedq Medical Center reports that the rabbi’s condition is improving. He has been moved out of the ICU to a regular recovery room. He is breathing on his own and is interacting with his environment.

The Israel Prize-winning Torah scholar underwent a catheterization procedure to remove a cranial blood clot. He is reportedly awake and responsive to his surroundings in the intensive care unit at the hospital.

Born in Jerusalem in 1937, Rabbi Steinsaltz is known to Jews around the world as a teacher, philosopher, social commentator, and spiritual mentor.

He was referred to by TIME magazine as a “once-in-a-millennium scholar,” who has devoted his life to making the Talmud accessible to all Jews, in The Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud and a simpler book called, “The Essential Talmud.”

The rabbi authored many other volumes, including: “The Thirteen-Petaled Rose,” a discourse about Jewish existence and belief, “We Jews,” “My Rebbe,” and “A Guide to Jewish Prayer.”

The family has asked the public to please pray for the recovery of Rabbi Adin ben Rivka Leah.

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Soul Talk- “Exploring Life after Death” with hosts Rabbi David Aaron and Leora Mandel [audio]

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Each and every one of us come to this world for a limited time. We hope to live a meaningful and purposeful life and then….where do we go? What happens to us after we die? How do we understand the concept of “the world to come?” Join Rabbi David Aaron on Soul Talk to get a better understanding of life after death.

We welcome your questions and comments: soultalk@israelnewstalkradio.com

Soul Talk 11DEC2016 – PODCAST

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Rabbi Adin Even Yisrael Steinsaltz Hospitalized in Jerusalem

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Rabbi Adin (Even Yisrael) Steinsaltz, 79, was rushed to Sha’are Zedek Medical Center on Wednesday after he suffered a possible stroke.

The Israel Prize-winning Torah scholar underwent a catheterization procedure to remove a cranial blood clot. He is reportedly awake and responsive to his surroundings in the intensive care unit at the hospital.

Born in Jerusalem in 1937, Rabbi Steinsaltz is known to Jews around the world as a teacher, philosopher, social commentator, and spiritual mentor.

He was referred to by TIME magazine as a “once-in-a-millennium scholar,” who has devoted his life to making the Talmud accessible to all Jews, in The Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud and a simpler book called, “The Essential Talmud.”

The rabbi authored many other volumes, including: “The Thirteen-Petaled Rose,” a discourse about Jewish existence and belief, “We Jews,” “My Rebbe,” and “A Guide to Jewish Prayer.”

The family has asked the public to please pray for the recovery of Rabbi Adin ben Rivka Leah.

Hana Levi Julian

Soul Talk – Coping With Tragedy: Turning Pain Into Power [audio]

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Tragedy and crisis can catch us in an unexpected moment and change our lives forever. How can we most effectively respond to and live with the effects that loss and crisis bring? How do we maintain our faith and rebuild our lives?

Join Rabbi David Aaron and Leora Mandel for a life changing Soul Talk where you will be given tools and perspectives for Coping With Tragedy By Turning Pain Into Power.

We welcome your thoughts and questions: soultalk@israelnewstalkradio.com

Soul Talk 04Dec2016 – PODCAST

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Diapora Yeshiva T’shuva Movement Pioneer Rabbi Mordechai Goldstein Dead at 82

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Rabbi Mordechai Goldstein, of blessed memory, dean of the Diaspora Yeshiva on Mt. Zion, Jerusalem, passed away Thursday following a debilitating illness that had him confined to a wheelchair in recent years.

Rabbi Goldstein, an alumnus of the Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva in Queens, and a colleague of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, was one of the pioneers of the T’shuva (return) movement, and for some 50 years his was among the primary yeshivas for returnees.

Rabbi Goldstein founded The Diaspora Yeshiva in 1965, in western Jerusalem, attracting young, largely secular followers from Israel and the US. Two years later, after the 1967 Six Day War, the yeshiva moved to the liberated Mt. Zion.

Unlike traditional Orthodox academies, Rabbi Goldstein’s yeshiva appealed to students who identified with the nonconformist beatnik and hippie subcultures, adopting a neo-Chasidic approach. Students were encouraged to keep their long hair and their musical instruments. Many students were professional or semi-professional musicians, and several musical collaborations were spawned in the yeshiva dorms.

In 1975, with Rabbi Goldstein’s support, Avraham Rosenblum, yeshiva student and rock guitarist who had started his own band in New York in 1970, founded the Diaspora Yeshiva Band. The band became an outreach instrument, using Jewish music in its rock n’ roll metamorphosis to draw young secular Jews into the milieu of Torah study.

David Israel

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