In the book of Numbers (8:2), Aaron, the high priest and first Rodef Shalom (pursuer of peace), is charged with lighting the menorah of 7 lights in the Temple. Rabbi Yackov Yosef HaCohen (mid 18th century, student of the Ba’al Shem Tov) and Hassidic master, explains that Aaron was worthy of lighting the candles because as a pursuer Continue Reading »
There are many ways your organization can commemorate 9 Adar. Following are a number of suggestions to get the juices flowing… If you are a synagogue, school or campus, go to the bottom of this page for links for more ideas. Traditional Fast Day Customs (Minhagim) Fast (ta’anit) — Forgo your daily latte and instead donate your $5 Continue Reading »
Click here to read the full report. The purpose of this report is to attempt to capture the articles, events, ways people promoted 9Adar, and as much information that could be gathered in order to give a picture of what occurred. This document is also a tool to help determine next steps toward achieving the Continue Reading »
The Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution will be offering a MCLE session on mediation and ADR in Jewish law and Los Angeles practice on July 29 at noon in LA. Cost is $50; kosher lunch included. Click for more information and register here.
The 9th of Adar is waking up our community to the need for conflict resolution skills. This Op Ed helps to frame the issues in terms of our history and our future. Submitted by: Rachel Eryn Kalish, M.C., Founding Facilitator of JCRC’s Project Reconnections and Year of Civil Discourse
Daniel Roth examines the socio-political climate of Pharoah’s Egypt and asks why one nation would oppress another nation. How can we understand both sides of the story, and how can we use this model to help understand conflicts in the world today? Click here for the Haggadah handout. For social justice and educators’ seder Haggadah Continue Reading »
The Ramah Fellows of Metro-Detroit were proud to introduce the 9th of Adar to some Hillel Day School students, albeit a few days after the 9th! After asking the children questions about the schools of Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel, and what they know of their disagreements, we asked them to think more thoughtfully on Continue Reading »
I submitted the following article for the rabbi’s column in the February issue of our local Jewish newspaper, The Jewish Journal (Ocean County, NJ) and for the February issue of our synagogue bulletin, The Vine.
For the past couple weeks and the next, we have been learning the Parashas that deal with the construction of the Tabernacle and the Divine Service therein – in Synagogues all over the world – which is in itself a wonderful sign of Jewish Unity. The following Torah essay expresses a fact of this unity.