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The Joy of Achdus

24 Tishri 5773 – October 10, 2012
It doesn’t matter to what segment of Orthodox Jewry one belongs. All segments celebrate this day with the same exuberance. It is truly the Torah which unites us all, right to left.

Chol Hamo’ed Sukkos

19 Tishri 5773 – October 4, 2012

L.A.’s Torah Celebration

20 Elul 5772 – September 6, 2012
A double Hachnasas Sefer Torah celebration, recently held at Shaarei Torah of Los Angeles, began with the kesivas osios at the home of Regina Rechnitz, the Rechnitz family matriarch. The writing of the final letters was followed by a large procession through the streets of Los Angeles to the Shaarei Torah shul, home of the new Sifrei Torah.

Parshas Miketz

26 Kislev 5772 – December 21, 2011

Parshas Bereshis

22 Tishri 5772 – October 19, 2011

Lain, Smartphone, Lain

22 Elul 5771 – September 21, 2011
As someone who lains fairly often at my synagogue, I don't consider it a big deal committing to a few aliyot every couple of weeks. I've even occasionally lained the megillah. Yet for more than 15 years, there is one Torah reading I have avoided laining at all costs: my bar mitzvah parshah.

The Five Burnt Sifrei Torah

7 Iyyar 5763 – May 9, 2003
There is growing fear that the anti-religious ferment in Israel reflected in the recent startling electoral victory of Tommy Lapid's Shinui Party also spawned the horrific arson burning of five Sifrei Torah. Police are still investigating the cause of the fire, but arson seems certain. Although news coverage of the incident has been sparse, reports that have appeared have hinted that the perpetrators were not Arab terrorists, but rather anti-religious Jewish Israelis.

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