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Suffering, Sin, and the Ways of G-d

Can there be a misfortune in a city and God has not brought it? (Amos 3:6)
On January 12, 2010, a catastrophic earthquake hit the country of Haiti, causing widespread devastation and massive loss of life and limb, and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. The international community, shocked by the indescribable human tragedy, immediately galvanized efforts to bring relief to, and express solidarity with, the suffering people of Haiti. Prominently included among those expressing solidarity and offering humanitarian aid was the State of Israel and the Jewish community—including the Orthodox Jewish community.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! — Corona Update and Thought

Dearest Friends,    When I first sent out an email about ourShul closing, I wrote —    “Thecurrent plan is to reopen Wednesday, April 1st for Shacharis at7:15″     That would be tomorrow.    How much wishful thinking and naivety thatstatement had.     The painful reality is that as of now, itdoes seem that our …

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Welcome Home!

This year, the recently completed festivals, always a time of joy, were even more joyous than usual. Why? Because he’s home.  Gilad Shalit is home. Everyone’s son, everyone’s brother, is finally home.    Home to his immediate family, and home to his extended family — all of Kelal Yisrael, the entire Jewish people.  People from all …

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