SUMMER 2013 ISSUE of Klal Perspectives – Community Leadership Infrastructure
KLAL PERSPECTIVES is an electronic journal dedicated to addressing the unique challenges facing today’s Orthodox communities. Each issue consists of a symposium in which a diverse group of rabbinic and lay leaders share their different perspectives on a given topic.
Click here to view a short video about the parsha.
My brother in law wrote a beautiful and inspiring article about the Parsha.
Here is an excerpt of the article:
Rabbi Yehuda Leib of Gur (1847-1905), a great Chassidic commentator, explains the verse as follows: A lion is an extremely resilient animal. It does not back down when attacked or hurt. To the contrary, when wounded, it fights with even more vigor.
The Jews, God was saying, would have a similar nature. They would fall – but they would rise again. Indeed, the Babylonians destroyed our first Temple but we regrouped and rebuilt our second Temple. The Romans destroyed our Second Temple and scattered us throughout the world, but shortly thereafter the great Seminaries of Nahardea and Pumbedisa produced the Babylonian Talmud, which would be the source of inspiration for the Jews for the next millennium. We were persecuted by the all-powerful Church for nearly 1000 years, but have survived to an era where that is no longer the case. We were terribly devastated by the Nazis, who wiped out a third of our people, but have outlived them and experienced the birth of Israel. Today, more Jews attend Jewish schools and engage in daily Torah study than in any time in the last 2000 years.
Rav Chanan Morrisson has a very interesting article about The Kotel Affair.
Rabbi Zvi Yehudah Kook recalled the tremendous pressure placed upon his father, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, that evening in 1930 in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood of Jerusalem.
|“How intense, how grave, how dire were the warnings and intimidations at that time, with all of their menacing threats. Two nations [the Arabs and the British] were goading us with lies and murderous traps, to sign an agreement and relinquish [Jewish] ownership over the Kotel, the remaining wall of our Holy Temple…” (LeNetivot Yisrael vol. I, p. 65)|
The Mufti’s Ambitions
Already in the time of the first British High Commissioner, Hajj Amin al-Husseini was appointed Mufti of Jerusalem, spiritual and national leader of the Arabs. One of the many devices that the infamous mufti employed in his fight against the Jewish national return to Eretz Yisrael was to repudiate all Jewish rights to theKotel HaMa’aravi, the Western Wall.
Click here to read the rest of the article: http://ravkooktorah.org/YOM_YER65.htm
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.
To continue reading Click on the link: Wk Drasha Emor
I thought I’d share a post from a magazine I saw on line…. Of all things, the name of the magazine is “Relevant!”
This past Shabbat I addressed the challenge of talking in shul. For further inspiration on the topic, here is a link to an article that has a very creative effort by Rabbi Yaakov Luban addressing the issue.
Nope – I am not referring to the ongoing issues at Rutgers… Click on the following link to read this week’s Sermon. Have a wonderful Shabbos!