Valencia, Spain. In the dead of night, the rabbiis awakened to a summons by the enigmatic Señor Fernandez. What follows is afascinating tale of courage, triumph, glory – and loss.
“Who wouldfashion a god or a molten statue that has no purpose?”
The commandment to place salt on every sacrifice is repeatedthree times. Why so much emphasis?
I’m pathetically biased, but I embrace my bias. I feel sated with pride, although my children haven’t done anything uniquely successful or unusually brilliant—not yet. I wonder: is this the way G‑d feels towards us?
Passover 1950: The village of Kfar Chabad in central Israel had been settled just months earlier by a group of hardy survivors of Stalinist oppression and Nazi destruction.
Rabbi Mendel Lifshitz started visiting Cherry Gulch, an Idaho-based therapeutic boarding school for boys, more than a decade ago.
It’s very hard for me to let go of friendships or relationships. I am a very loyal person, and once I become connected, I want to stay connected.
Mezuzah scrollsare rolled up and affixed to the doorposts of Jewish homes, reminding those who live there of their connection to G‑dand their heritage.
On a basiclevel, that is exactly why we do it—so you should ask the question “why?”
Maybe identity isn't such a bad thing after all.