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Written by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg   
WeinbergRabbi-and-Susan-inIsrael 2014-05-18 04.30.38This picture was taken at Machane Yehuda, the famous marketplace in Jerusalem.  Although Susan and I are here for only a short time, every minute is precious. 
Our Chamula (the Arab word we have adopted for clan) is growing by leaps and bounds.  My grandson, Gershon Rossman, is engaged; and we took him and his lovely fiancé out last night.  My granddaughter, Nomi Magence, is expecting any minute and we hope she will have the baby before we leave.  The streets and malls are filled with happy people and I believe that this is as close to Gan Eden as one can get in this world!
With all this, we still miss our extended family in Newton and look forward to seeing you all soon.

Shalom .... Rabbi and Susan Weinberg"

Written by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg   

WeinbergRabbi-150x200As I was about to take my leave from Israel, the very sad news of the passing on of our member and dear friend, Saul Aronow, reached me. It gave me the opportunity of reciting a memorial prayer for him in Jerusalem.

Saul had the distinction of being the most senior member of our congregation. But his membership was not merely a card-carrying one. For many decades, his help and know-how were crucial to the growth of the shul. He was a constant member of our Board of Directors and he was a past Treasurer. But perhaps his greatest contribution was his chairmanship of the Facilities Committee. He knew where all the wires, nuts and bolts, locks and screws were situated. In his quiet and amiable way, he sorted out all the physical problems which assailed our older building.

Modesty was the hallmark of his life. Everything he did was with a sense of love for the shul and his faith. There was always a smile of tolerance, understanding and light humor on his face. I always felt a sense of goodness when I was in his presence.

Written by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg    Weinberg RabbiIt is hard to believe that by this time next week, I will already be scheduled to be back in Newton!  Last Shabbat, four generations of my family were sitting around the table in my rented apartment.  It was a wonderful beginning of a Shabbat in Jerusalem.  The following morning, Judy and I went to the Great Synagogue for services.  The others went to shuls of their choice.  The average Israeli likes quick services. Read more...
Written by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg    WeinbergRabbi_200x194Dear Congregants and Friends,

Although hard to believe, three quarters of my visit is about over. Every day seems to add new inspiration and excitement.  I spent last Shabbat in Alon Shvut, where Nomi, my granddaughter, lives with her family. Alon Shvut is smaller than Efrat, but I was astonished at the huge building which is the main synagogue and its beauty.

On Friday night, we sat toward the back. Because of its huge size and noise in the lobby, it was hard to hear the cantor, so on Shabbat morning, we sat much further to the front. One of the people who received an aliya was an elderly man who had just moved to Israel. The rabbi made a special mi shebayrach for him and the whole congregation sang , “ … and the children shall return to their home.” I was assured that you can get that mi  shebayrach, too!

Did you ever get TWO Aliyot on ONE Monday morning? I did and here is how it happened.  Read more...
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