Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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Rabbi Yehuda Lave

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Right this moment, there are a multitude of people all around the planet involved in serving you. Many of them you will never meet in person, but you will benefit greatly from their activities. There are farmers who are planting and harvesting for you. There are people in the clothing industry who are weaving the cloth and designing clothing you will eventually wear. There are trucks, boats, and planes that are shipping the food you will eat, the clothes you will wear, and many other items that you will buy or use. There are people who are involved in making certain that you have water, electricity, phone service, and books. The postal authorities are busy at work delivering the letters you sent and bringing you mail that others have sent you. There are inventors who are working day and night on items that will one day be yours. There are engineers, mechanics, and a wide variety of laborers all around the globe who toil for your benefit. There are medical researchers working to find cures for illness that might one day save your life. Whenever you see a large crowd of people, it is a reminder to be grateful to all of those who are involved in one way or another in enhancing the quality of your life.

Love Yehuda Lave

Our world: David Friedman's Jewish antagonists--very important perspective Significant discussion of J Street and major Jewish organizations (U.S.)


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The moment you discover your eyebrows

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We are greatly disturbed that Jewish Refugee Day – the Israeli national holiday created to remember the 860,000 Mizrahi Jewsexpelled from Arab lands beginning in 1948 – was not only forgotten by the entire local Jewish community, but that, in a painfully ironic contradiction, a number of local congregations and two Jewish agencies actively working to resettle non-Jewish refugees from an Arab land were among those failing to commemorate the event.

The Knesset designated Nov. 30 as Jewish Refugee Day three years ago, to mark the forced exodus of Jews from Arab and Muslim countries that began around the time of the founding of the State of Israel. Since then, the Jewish population in Arab countries has declined 99 percent, to less than 8,000, with 600,000 Mizrahim becoming Israeli citizens.

Jews had thrived across the Middle East and North Africa since biblical times. In this post-Holocaust ethnic cleansing, we suffered physical threats, state-sanctioned legislation and pogroms, as well as plenary, uncompensated loss of property.

More Mizrahim immigrated to Israel after 1948 than Palestinians were displaced by the War of Independence. Today, Mizrahim comprise slightly more than half of Israel's population, which is one reason why the Ashkenazi-dominated government chose to commemorate them. Another reason is to use the confiscated property issue in negotiations toward a Palestinian peace settlement.

Perhaps it is U.S. Jewry's overwhelmingly Ashkenazi bias that makes us overlook Jewish Refugee Day. We have no trouble marking Yom HaShoah or Israeli Independence and Memorial Days, which commemorate, primarily, the Ashkenazi experience. For a community that claims to be inclusive and egalitarian, that in itself is shameful.

The current effort by HIAS, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest and several congregations to resettle a dozen Syrian refugee families here, recounted on page one of this week's newspaper, illustrates this bias.

We take no issue with the good intentions of Jews who want to help refugees. However, we cannot endorse Jewish groups resettling Syrian refugees when it occurs simultaneously with those groups blatantly disregarding the experience of 40,000 Mizrahim who unlike these Syrians who fled, were intentionally driven out of Syria


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Rabbi Shlomo carlebach Gravesite 22th Yahrzeit 2016. he is buried in Har HaMenuchot, Jerusalem, Israel.

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