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Rabbi Maurice Lamm – Prominent Spiritual Leader, Author, And Teacher – Passes Away

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Rabbi Maurice Lamm, a major presence in the American Orthodox rabbinate in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, as well as a teacher to hundreds of thousands through his immensely popular Jewish books, died last week. He was 86.

Rabbi Lamm authored The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning, on the laws and practices of burial, shiva and mourning, which has sold over 750,000 copies since its first printing in 1969.

Additionally, he wrote The Jewish Way in Love and Marriage, The Power of Hope, Becoming a Jew, and Consolation. Each of these was also a best-seller in the Jewish world.

From 1972 to 1985 Rabbi Lamm served as head rabbi at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills, Calif., one of the largest Orthodox synagogues in America. He also connected with and influenced the Orthodox community at large through his affiliation with the Rabbinical Council of America, the journal Tradition and several other boards and organizations. He was also recognized as a first-class orator, lecturing abroad and overseas, from Israel to Australia to several countries in Europe.

Maurice Lamm was born in 1930, the second of four children to Sam and Peppy Lamm in Brooklyn. Lamm studied for many years at Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, and then at Yeshiva University under Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, from whom he received semicha in 1954. Later in life he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University, from which he held bachelors and masters degrees.

Rabbi Lamm was very close with Rabbi Soloveitchik, of whom he frequently asked many halachic questions. Rabbi Lamm used to recall that when he would ask Rabbi Soloveitchik a particularly strange question, the latter would reply, “They do things in an interesting way in California.”

Rabbi Lamm married Shirley Friedman, the daughter of Rabbi and Mrs. M. Friedman of New Haven, Connecticut, in 1955.

After receiving semicha, Rabbi Lamm served as a chaplain first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After his discharge he served as rabbi in Puerto Rico and then Floral Park, New York. It was there that Rabbi Lamm started his writing career by publishing And I Shall Glorify Him, an 89-page companion work to Herman Wouk’s This Is My God.

In 1966 Rabbi Lamm assumed the pulpit at the Hebrew Institute of the Bronx. It was around this time that scores of Orthodox Jews were moving out of the South Bronx, to Riverdale and elsewhere. The Lamms moved out as well, to Yonkers, but Rabbi Lamm continued to walk to the Hebrew Institute every Shabbos.

Meanwhile, the Jewish Welfare Board asked Rabbi Lamm to became its field director of military chaplains with the civilian equivalent of major general. He started traveling to meet, bring aid, and comfort and teach U.S. chaplains in countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines.

In 1972, Beth Jacob of Beverly Hills came calling, and the family – Shirley and Maurice and their three children, David, Judith, and Dodi – moved to Los Angeles. The Lamms bought a home in Beverly Hills and fixed it up. Shirley felt they should purchase their own home rather than have the shul buy it for them. She decorated it herself. One of their first guests was Elie Wiesel, who came to lecture at a shul event.

After 13 years at Beth Jacob, during which time the synagogue’s membership rose from 400 to more than 1,000, Rabbi Lamm established The Desert Synagogue in Palm Springs, Calif., where he served as the rabbi for several years. He then retired from the rabbinate to the East Coast. But his career continued to thrive; for many years he held the chair in professional rabbinics at YU’s rabbinical school, RIETS, as well as serving on the faculty at Stern College for Women. He also continued to write and publish books. His last one, Consolation – in some ways a sequel to The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning – has been one of his most critically acclaimed and popular volumes.

Shlomo Greenwald

A Tribute to Humanity’s Teacher

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

ELIE WIESEL was my teacher, my “rabbi,” my mentor, my colleague, and my dear friend. Over the past 50 years, we worked together on numerous human rights projects. Elie did more to bring the word “human” into human rights than any person in modern history. For him, it did not matter whether the victims of genocide were Jews, Christians, Muslims, black, white, from the left, or from the right. Human rights were equally applicable to all.

Elie was deeply involved in campaigns on behalf of the victims of genocide in Darfur, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, and the Middle East. My last substantive conversation with him was about the genocide currently taking place in Syria, where hundreds of thousands of Muslims are being slaughtered by both sides of an intractable conflict. He bemoaned the unwillingness of the international community to stop the slaughter. “Have we learned nothing?” he asked rhetorically. For Elie Wiesel, the worst sin was silence in the face of evil. The worst crime was indifference to genocide, and the worst people were those who stand idly by the blood of their neighbors. Though he and his family were victims of the Holocaust, he never dwelled on his personal pain, but rather on the pain of those currently being victimized.

I first met Elie after the publication of his book “The Jews of Silence,” which dealt with the plight of Soviet Jews who were being persecuted in the Soviet Union. He inspired me to go to the Soviet Union with a legal team in order to defend those who were being criminally prosecuted for doing nothing more than practicing their religion. We continued to work together on matters involving non-Jewish victims of persecution around the world. I began as his student, and then became his colleague, and finally his friend. We shared a world view and a commitment to repairing a badly damaged planet. He would call me on the phone frequently to complain that we were not doing enough. He always wanted to do more.

Elie Wiesel was one of the most important people in the post-World War II period. He spoke truth to power, regardless of who was in power. He loved and respected President Ronald Reagan, and yet he lectured him and urged him not to go to Bitburg, Germany, to commemorate the Nazi killers who were in the SS. He spoke up when others were silent. He spoke up for those for whom no one else championed. For that he justly received the Nobel Peace Prize.

I was honored to be among those who nominated him for that prize, which he used as a platform to rail against injustice. He spoke softly — so softly that one had to lean forward to hear his hushed tones. But what he said inspired, stimulated, and produced results. He saved many lives by his quiet advocacy. He called world leaders on the phone and persuaded them to act, taking no credit for their life-saving actions.

Among his most enduring contributions will be his great memoir “Night,’’ which has become required reading in many schools around the world and has influenced many young people to join the enduring battle against injustice.

Elie did so many things in his life. He wrote books, he advocated for justice, he ran a foundation for humanity with his wonderful wife, Marion. But whenever he was asked what his job was, he would reply, “I am a teacher.” He loved to teach more than anything else. He loved his students and his students love him. He saw the world as a large classroom, with his role as one of its teachers. Shortly before his final illness, Elie and I agreed to teach a course together at Boston University. We had scheduled the first preliminary joint lecture, but his illness required a postponement. It was never to be. But even in death, professor Elie Wiesel will continue to teach generations of students through his passionate writing and by his uncompromising example.

I will miss my friend Elie every day of my life. The world will miss Elie Wiesel for as long as the quest for justice continues.

Alan M. Dershowitz

Israeli-Arab Woman Who Tried to Join ISIS Sentenced to 22 Months in Prison

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Haifa (TPS) — Iman Kanjo, a 44-year-old teacher from the Arab town of Shfaram in northern Israel, was sentenced on Tuesday morning to 22 months in prison for attempting to join the Islamic State terrorist organization, also known as ISIS.

According to the indictment filed at Haifa District Court, Kanjo, an Israeli citizen, mother of five and a doctoral student in Islamic studies, intended to use her educational background to teach Islamic State’s extremist Sunni ideology, which centers around sharia (Islamic religious law) and jihad (holy war), to the young generation of the group’s combatants.

The indictment states that Kanjo went to Turkey with her father in August 2015 for a family trip and then disappeared.

On discovering that Kanjo was missing, her father told her husband in Israel, and her husband contacted the authorities. A cooperative effort by the Israel Police, the Shin Bet, and the Turkish authorities found that Kanjo was attempting to cross the border into Syria to join Islamic State. She was caught and arrested by the Turkish authorities along with some 30 other people from around the world who were attempting to join Islamic State as well.

Kanjo was taken back to Israel and put under arrest at Ben-Gurion Airport. She was indicted in September 2015.

During her interrogation by the Shin Bet, Kanjo revealed that for years she had wanted to live under a strict Islamic regime such as Islamic State. She began sharing updates from ISIS on Facebook and Twitter, and made contact with an operative who told her that he could help her enter Syria.

Kanjo has no previous criminal record, and her family knew nothing of her plans. In addition to the 22-month prison term, the judges gave her a one-year suspended sentence and a fine of 30,000 shekels (approximately USD 7,800).

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israel Gay Pride Police Arrest Nursery School Teacher to Protect Parade

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

After their abysmal failure to stop ultra-Orthodox murderer Yishai Schlissel, who in 2015 stabbed to death an Israeli teenage girl at the Jerusalem gay pride parade, police have gone several shades of crazy on the eve of the Tel Aviv Friday parade. According to the legal aid society Honenu, police have been raiding the homes of rightwing activists, warning them against attending and protesting the parade.

According to attorney Itamar Ben Gvir, despite the fact that an Israeli court refused to sign restraining orders without the shred of a proof against individuals, police nevertheless showed up in their homes and demanded that they sign an agreement to stay away from the parade.

“The police have forgotten that the right of free speech also includes the right to protest the gay pride parade,” Ben Gvir said, noting that “although the activist who was made to sign had no intention of going there, and certainly had not planned to, the very notion of knocking on people’s doors and asking them to sign such a prohibition is contrary to the laws of the State of Israel.”

At 2 AM Friday, police officers and detectives raided the home of a family in Samaria and detained for interrogation the mother, a nursery school teacher and mother of four. The forces came equipped with a search order signed by Tel Aviv Magistrate Court Judge Shlomit Ben-Itzhak, woke up the family and confiscated the woman’s smartphone and computer. Then they took the woman for an interrogation without any court order, with her husband and baby tagging along.

In her interrogation, the woman shared that she had no idea there was going to be a gay pride parade, and that she has no connection to any related activity.

It is obvious that police are terrified of a repeat of the Jerusalem parade murder, where they allowed near the parade a known violent attacker of gays, who had just been released from a long prison term for attacking marchers in the 2005 Jerusalem gay pride parade. It’s bewildering to think what the police might do in preparation for the Jerusalem gay pride parade in two months. Rightwing activists are encouraged to give interviews and publish blog entries in favor of acceptance, embracing the other, and respecting people’s right to experiment with their sexuality — or face jail.

David Israel

Beis Ya’kov Girls Get Passover Gift: Multiplication Table Printed on Cleaning Rags

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

The 3rd grade students at the Beis Ya’akov school for girls in Netanya, Israel, which is part of the Independent (Haredi) school system, on Wednesday received an unusual gift from their teacher on the last day before the Passover break: cleaning rags printed with the school’s name, the multiplication table (1 through 100) and the following ditty (translated from the Hebrew, where it also rhymes):

To the bright schoolgirl,
Who scrubs and brightens with the rag in her hand,
Learn and memorize the multiplication table,
And honor your parents multiple times.

The parents of said schoolgirls told Yedioth Aharonoth the gift is offensive to the girls as well as to their families. They said the message that emanates from it is that “a woman is not too bright and her role is to clean the house.” One of the mothers who’s kids attend the girls’ school, said that if it turns out the rag was actually handed out by the school principal and not as a prank by one of the teachers, she would consider looking for a different school for her girls after Passover. Another mother called the incident “serious” and said “it is inconceivable that a teacher in Israel would express herself in such a way that represses the student’s self-esteem.”

The Netanya municipality issued a statement saying that since the school is part of the Independent system, it is not part of the general public school system programs. However, the city spokesperson added, “the content is entirely contrary to the values being taught by the municipal education administration, which fosters openness, achievement and innovation.”

The spokesperson announced there would be an inquiry with the Beis Ya’akov school management.

The school principal was not available to comment. However, several Haredi sources told the ultra-Orthodox Kikar Hashabbat website that the entire thing is a tempest in a teapot, and there’s no problem with schoolgirls memorizing the multiplication table while scrubbing the house for Passover. In fact, those mothers, instead of being offended, should be proud of their industrious daughters.

JNi.Media

UNRWA Teacher in Jordan Promotes Hatred of Jews on Facebook

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

A teacher working for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Jordan is actively promoting on his Facebook page a Palestinian Arab return to “Falastin,” a reference by Palestinian Authority leaders to all of the State of Israel as well as the current Palestinian Authority territories.

Among the photos posted by Nasreen Hammoud supporting the cause one can also find a rabidly anti-Semitic cartoon, apparently uploaded sometime last year.

It is worth noting that UNRWA requires all of its employees to sign neutrality agreements as a condition for employment.

The cartoon depicts a Jewish man (his face is not seen) wearing a blue-and-white shirt (the colors of the Israeli flag) emblazoned with a Magen David (Jewish star) on his chest, eating dinner.

It is an active promotion of the ancient blood libel that caused rivers of Jewish blood to flow in streets around the world.

The drinking glass is filled with what appears to be red blood – a blatant reference to the old blood libels that claim Jews drink the blood of their “victims” and also use it in ritual sacrifices, such as making matzos on Passover.

The back and tines of the fork are colored and adorned with the American flag. The blade of the knife bears Arabic writing (which this writer has been unable to translate, with apologies to the reader.)

The main course lying on the plate, which the Jewish diner is in the process of cutting, is a dead and bleeding Palestinian Arab child. The boy is wearing the black-and-white keffiyya (Arab scarf) of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority’s ruling Fatah faction, led by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Although the cartoon garnered 13 “Likes” on Facebook, only one person wrote a guarded two-word comment in Arabic in response: “No comment.”

Relations between Israel and Jordan have been diplomatically firm but somewhat tense at the grassroots level. Jewish tourists to the Hashemite Kingdom are warned to remove any overt signs of their faith. A recent observant Jewish visitor to the country was bluntly told by one tour guide not to bring his tefillin (phylacteries) with him due to security issues.

Nevertheless, a number of hareidi-religious groups who are careful not to buy produce grown in fields located in the Land of Israel during the shemitta, or “seventh” year — when the Torah commands farmers to allow the Land to lie fallow and “rest” — instead import their produce weekly from farmers in Jordan for the duration.

The “Treaty of Peace Between the State of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was signed between the two nations on October 26, 1994.

Although there have been many times in which tensions have since threatened that peace, particularly over problems at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, both sides have repeatedly reiterated their commitment to peace.

H/T Eldad Tzioni / Elder of Ziyon

Hana Levi Julian

Air Raid Drill Sirens Sound Nationwide

Monday, February 24th, 2014

As part of a nationwide drill, air raid sirens sounded at 10:05 AM all across Israel.

The purpose of the drill is to test and prepare the schools, teachers and students in case of a missile attack, such as from Iran, Gaza or the Palestinian Authority.

During the drill, students from nursery schools on up, went into bomb shelters.

At least some schools are testing out an Internet based “remote-learning” system, playing out scenarios where students or teachers are unable to physically make it to the school. As part of that test, classes are taught (or learned) remotely with one, some or all of the participants sitting at home. That part of the drill will take place at 3 PM this afternoon.

Parents were asked to talk to their children before going to school today, to prepare them so they wouldn’t be scared when the sirens went off.

Shalom Bear

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