The Harp

In memory of A. J. Heschel Jerusalem I hear the yearning in your voice Rashi’s commentaries are hidden in the rustle of trees The stones are full of mystical light Music seeps in the garden of sounds The Psalms of David echo eternity In the shadows of the past I find the promise Of peace The harp drowns out The cry of war

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Rabbi Avigdor’s Haggadah of the Holocaust

Isaac Avigdor, son of a respectable Rabbi Jacob Avigdor, etched permanently in the history of Drohobych. In his youth, he attended the rabbinical seminars in Europe. He was one of the most important religious leaders of eastern Galicia. He studied philosophy in Lviv. He served as Rabbi in Galicia and Drohobych. During the second world war he was in a number of concentration camps. After the liberation by the American army he took care of the children of refugees in religious villages and kibbutzim in France, Italy, Belgium, Austria and Hungary. Rabbi Avigdor was the author of books in Hebrew, Yiddish and English and religious articles in periodicals. His first collection of English sermons was released in 1960, the dissertation was devoted to the person of Baruch Spinoza. In 1973 he was awarded the Rabbi Herzog Prize. During his stay in the United States he has been President of the Yeshiva of the name Solomon Kluger and later Yeshiva on Long Island. He was active in the national and international field. His memoirs from the period of the second world war has been published in the work: From Prison to pulpit. Sermons for all Holidays of the Year and the Stories from the Holocaust. In fifty sermons he tells the unique story of the Jewish people, with particular attention to the suffering and persecution of the Jews. Author is struggling with questions of faith in Judaism from many points of view trying to understand the phenomenon of the survival of the nation, whose existence in the story is a paradox. Avigdor compares Jews to phoenix recovering among the Nations of the world. The book of Rabbi Avigdor consists of two parts, sermons and stories (written on the model of the haggadah) that allow the reader to get to know the destruction of Eastern European Jewry. Description of the experience of the Holocaust has been led in a dynamic narrative interspersed with comments of the ancient prophets and commentators. The most interesting remains the second part From Prison entirely dedicated to the liquidation of the ghetto and stay in the concentration camp. Rabbi, despite the torture and family tragedy has not lost faith. It is the fusion of fact and fiction, personal relationship told by a religious...

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Israeli Mother and Baby looking for Sitter in May

Hello all! My name is Dorit and I’m an Israeli Social worker and a mother of two. I’m traveling to St. Louis this May (19-26th) for a five day EMDR therapy course, and my adorable, nursing, one year old munchkin is joining me. I’d like to try and find an experienced, attentive sitter who’ll be there with us, during the days (a couple of nights also would be extremely helpful, yet optional). I would need the Sitter to join us on Friday and Saturday the 19-20 of May, for a few hours each day, so baby gets acquainted. The course itself takes place in Kirkwood, dates are 21-25 and is approximately 8-9 hours a day. If baby is very jetlagged, the job may include joining us for two nights (5.21-5.22). I would love it if the person joining us is open to back carrying for when baby is having a rough time (also optional). Hebrew and a car would be an amazing plus but definitely not a make or break criteria. Salary as per going rate plus expenses, and overnight when staying over **References needed** My contact details: Dorit.halpern@gmail.com This awesome opportunity came along very expectantly and I have a week to commit to it, so I’m really hopeful I can find the help I need quickly. If you Know anyone who might be qualified and interested, please pass along and share. Thank you so much, and Chag Sameach Dorit Halpern Tivon,...

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Jewish Community Mental Health Awareness Program

Come to an afternoon of teaching, learning, listening, and sharing to help break the stigma of mental illness. Speakers will include rabbis, mental health professionals, community activists, people affected by mental illness, and others who can empathize. Sunday, January 29, at the Jewish Community Center Arts and Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive, from 2:00 to 3:30PM. Sponsored by the St. Louis Rabbinical Association with financial support from the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Inclusion Initiative. Free and open to the public. Reservations are requested but not required, to slra@mindspring.com. For more information, please contact Rabbi James Stone Goodman at...

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The Synagogue: Hellish Prison or God’s House??

I go to synagogue and temple a lot, to many different ones, sometimes hoping to do some matchmaking! But I mainly go because I have always liked Jewish services. All of them. Reform, conservative, and orthodox. I feel cozy and safe, like I am in God’s house! A big difference between me and most Jewish people is that I get it. Praying is a tremendous joy and comfort for me, and one of the most important things you can do. I know that religious services are boring as hell for most Jews and meaningless, prison-like. And that is the biggest reason most people avoid it. It is not boring for me, because I get it. It is not foreign to me but it is foreign to most Jews. Many Christians get it, in part because their prayers are in English, they sense a deep spiritual connection, and an hour a week is easier to take than our three-hour Saturday morning Shabbat services, four-hour Holy Day services, 1½ hour Friday night Shabbat services, and daily morning and evening services. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are coming and a lot of people will show up for that. Because you are afraid something bad will happen if you don’t? Or because you think two days covers you for the entire year? It is really important to pray every day, all year, to thank God for every big and little thing we have, to always have gratitude, and to ask for help. You can pray in English (although there is real power in original Hebrew prayers which connect us with our ancestors)! And it does not have to be in synagogue or temple (although there is definite power in community prayer). I feel like I’m in God’s house when I am in the synagogue, but when I am outside, I’m in God’s universe! If you want a great relationship and it is not happening for you, asking for big help is important. I cannot manufacture a partner for you. There is only one Manufacturer. Keep asking God to help you work on getting where you want to be. Ask every day, not just on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. We must uphold our end of the bargain: become more loving, caring, giving, kind, and sensitive, and less judgmental and slower to criticize others. These are things we must work on always~that is key. Even if you don’t relate to God as Avinu Malkeinu, our Father our King, it is worth asking because God is the ULTIMATE MATCHMAKER! Wishing you success in finding your relationship in the New Year 5777! Who is Paula? Sparks Matchmaking strives to connect Jewish individuals for the purpose of dating, marriage, and Jewish continuity.  So far, 18 couples are married~with a 0% divorce rate and 14 Jewish children from those marriages. Eight additional couples are happily dating or in long-term...

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Help with my wedding?

Hello! Greetings blessings and shalom! My name is Brittany and I will be getting married next May. I am a Christian who believes in giving back to Israel and blessing Israel as often and as abundantly as possible. For my wedding I am really looking to find Jewish vendors for my cake, my flowers comma and to purchase a ring for my future husband. I’m having a hard time with just basic internet searches. So I am reaching out on here hoping that some of you will be able to help me find what I seek. This is incredibly important to me has my heart has always had a special place in it for Israel and for the Jewish people and culture. I am hoping this does not offend anyone and I’m simply looking to do what I feel in my heart is right. Please feel free to contact me by email if you have any ideas. My email is brittanyjt726@gmail.com Thanks so much in advance! Future bride and lover of Isreal…...

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