by David Breakstone A beautiful summer day in Budapest by a tranquil park on the Danube. An incongruous backdrop to the harrowing account we are listening to of events that transpired here on a freezing winter day 67 years ago. In an excerpt from Yair Lapid’s biography of his father, Yosef “Tommy” Lapid, the 13-year-old future Knesset member is being marched out of the ghetto with his mother and hundreds of other Jews to the edge of the frozen … [Read more...] about Keep Dreaming: A Zionism with No Future
Archives for September 2011
Message of the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, to the Jewish Communities in the Diaspora on the occasion of the Jewish New Year 5772 September 2011 Hopefully, the coming New Year will herald the realization of our aspirations for peace, greater security and economic growth, as we continue to strive to safeguard the future of the Jewish people and strengthen the ties between Israel and our Jewish brethren in the … [Read more...] about Rosh Hashanah Message from President Shimon Peres
by Rabbi Jason A. Miller Like every other rabbi around the world I am currently hard at work on my sermons for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I've always enjoyed writing and public speaking, so this exercise is enjoyable rather than stressful for me. However, finding the right words to inspire the congregation during this time of year can be challenging. The basic themes of the holiday haven't changed in thousands of years: forgiveness, … [Read more...] about Do Politics Belong in Sermons?
Children from the Bnei Menashe community prepare to celebrate Rosh Hashana in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur. The Bnei Menashe are descendants of one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel who were exiled by the Assyrian empire more than 27 centuries ago. Several months ago, an Israeli government committee approved in principle a request made by the Shavei Israel organization to bring on aliyah the 7,200 Bnei Menashe still in India. photo … [Read more...] about Bnei Menashe of Northeast India Celebrate Rosh Hashana
World Jewish Relief (WJR) has announced a new program that will support Jewish refugees of Nazi persecution in Ukraine and Moldova. The humanitarian aid charity has allocated an initial £2.2 million over three years to provide critical welfare support to Jewish people born while in evacuation from their homelands during World War II. The new welfare project has been introduced due to recent changes to eligibility criteria for the Claims … [Read more...] about £2.2m Fund for Jewish Refugees Established by World Jewish Relief