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Written by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg   

Jews praying at the Western WallDear Congregants and Friends,

I just received the e-mail reprinted below from my-son-in law, Zalman, from Efrat. As you will read, my grandson, Tzviki (known only as Tzvi in the army!) just received his purple beret. While this is, of course, a reason for personal nachat for me, I immediately felt the need to share this letter with you. On Tisha B-Av we mourn the horrors which were perpetrated against us in the nations of our dispersal for thousands of years. Now, finally, things have changed. Our people is living in a sovereign nation, defended by our own sons and daughters.

Tziki’s experiences bear this out in the most personal way.

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Written by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg   

Praying at the Wall As the plane approached the shoreline of Tel Aviv/Yaffo, the pull of the “magnet” was clearly felt.  The excitement rose as we touched ground and were surrounded by people clapping, hugging and shedding tears of joyful reunion in the beautiful new Ben Gurion airport.

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Written by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg   

seder plateTo me, the Seder is one of the most unique and sublime experiences of our entire Jewish tradition. We do not study history and relate what transpired in the past. We are asked to actually feel as if each and every one of us personally experienced those great moments of the Exodus.

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Written by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg   

Shofar2.gifAs the Shofar is again heard in the mornings, heralding the approach of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the thoughts of every sensitive Jew turn inward.  What are our true responsibilities in life and are we living up to our potential?

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