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Song of Mourning – Song of Hope

The Three Weeks are a time of national mourning.  Historically, the Jewish people have suffered during this period of time. From the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem to the expulsion from Spain, this span of days has been a time of sorrow.  The song below is composed, arranged and preformed by Ari Goldwag.  It stirs the heart and comforts the soul. The words come from the Lamentations that are recited on Tisha B’Av eve.  It translates as: “For how long will we cry?  For how long will we mourn Jerusalem? [G-d] have mercy on Zion and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.”

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Leading a Spiritual Life

Spirituality and religion are two familiar terms.  What exactly do they mean?

Religion is the way we act, the way we behave. The things we do. Rituals tradition etc.

Here in our parsha we have mention of many commandments.  Many commandments regarding the holidays. Commandments are a function of religion.  They are ritualistic in nature. However, they have the potential to be more that. For they have the potential to be spiritual as well.

Spirituality is the covert thought process. The ideas. The fantasies. The emotions. The sense of wonder.

Years ago I watched “A Stranger Among Us,” a film written by a close friend of mine’s father.  Written by an Orthodox Jew.  And I remember thinking to myself as I saw the scenes in the shteeblach in Williamsburg, that looks so strange. It bothered me. So I was thinking – what was the film lacking?  What was missing? I think that the actors got the ritual right.  The behavior is imitate-able.  But there was something missing.  There was no soul.  There was no neshamah.

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