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Warriors: There is a battle to wage

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 12:42 pm
Posted by Rabbi Elie Estrin

What do I do? What can I possibly do?

I see the images and reflect on the tens of thousands of guys my age heading out into battle. Heading out, ready to sacrifice limb and life to stop the thousands of rockets threatening dozens of Israeli cities and millions of our people. Those brave and talented men, backed by tens of thousands of other men and women on the ground and in the air, fighting desperately against an enemy that cares nothing for life.

What can I possibly do? I’m no soldier, and I’m in a different country… I feel helpless, and desperately want to be at your side and lend my own hand. What do I do?

Come to think of it, though, I am a warrior. And I have a battle to wage – one far less physically... ( Read More » )

How Does My Mitzvah Help a Soldier in Gaza?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:27 pm
Posted by Tzvi Freeman

Dear Ask-the-Rabbi,

My rabbi visited my clinic today and asked me to wrap tefillin. He said it was for our boys in Gaza. So I did.

On Friday my wife lit Shabbat candles—which she doesn’t always do. She said it was for our boys in Gaza. Somehow that made sense to her. And to me.

But now I started thinking. I’m an educated man, a doctor, and I try to make sense of things. But once I’m thinking, I don’t have an explanation. How does it work? What’s the mechanism—the cause and effect? And why did it make sense before thinking?

—Puzzled Jew... ( Read More » )

Living for Gilad, Eyal and Naftali

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 10:56 am
Posted by Sara Esther Crispe

As we were about to light our Shabbat candles the news broke. There were three young boys who would not be home to spend Shabbat dinner with their families. We knew their names: Gilad, Eyal and Naftali. And that they had been stolen from us.

We were in Tzfat, the quiet, mystical city in Northern Israel. I was there as scholar-in-residence for the first women’s only IsraeLinks program—thirty young women from thirty universities, all connected through Chabad on Campus. Though from different schools, different backgrounds and with very different personalities, we stood together, united, as we lit our candles. We were all in Israel for the same main reason. To experience. To learn. To grow.

Following the blessing we recited... ( Read More » )


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