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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!

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