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Lessons, Loss and Paul Mirbach

13th June, 2024 Shabbat Shalom! I hope this letter finds you well. On Monday, I sent myself an email message so that I would remember to tell you about the hundreds of Iranian rockets that were launched by Hezb-Allah, 950 missiles 146 drones. That was Monday. Over the beautiful harvest festival of Shevuot, the festival…

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Shabbat, Shevuot and Hope

7th of June 2024 Shabbat Shalom! A belated Jerusalem Day, the miracle of the 6 Day War, an early Shevuot  and a belated Whitsun “If I forget thee oh Jerusalem” 57 years ago, we beat 5 Arab countries who attacked this tiny nation simultaneously. We did it in 6 days and to quote Ephraim Kishon…

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Am Yisrael fights back

31st May, 2024 Shabbat Shalom dear friends. The world is full of surprises, of “firsts” and the USA is no exception. For the first time in American history a President of the United States has been convicted in a criminal trial. The jury determined that he falsified documents and acted in violation of the law…

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Heroines and heroes one and all

Friday 24th of May 2024 16th Iyar Shabbat Shalom. Hardly a Shabbat of sweetness and calm for those of us who saw the short and terrifying video of the capture of the young Israeli women and the savagery of Hamas toward them. I forced myself to watch, but behind my horror at what I saw…

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Dedicated to Valeri Eran Silver z’l

17th May 2024 Day 224 of October Shabbat Shalom dear friends. This has been a week that left me so exhausted, and for so many reasons, that I just hope I’m able to talk to you with some sense of reason.  A war is going on around us, the policies of our current government mean…

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Prayer, Pain and Pride

10th of May 2024 Shabbat Shalom dear friends. Yes I really think of you as friends, even those of you I haven’t met! It’s strange but you have become my catalyst for rational thought. When I write to you I have no choice but to think in a rational, pragmatic manner because otherwise you may…

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Yom haShoah 5784

6th of May, 2024 28th Nissan 5784 Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel A few minutes ago, Zvi and I stood outside in the rain, the skies weeping with us as the wail of the siren echoed our sadness, the siren whose wail brought Israel to attention. Today is the Hebrew date, the 28th…

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The Times They Are A’Changin’

3rd of May, 2024 Shabbat Shalom, I wish you a quiet weekend Where do I start? Students, George Soros, Iran, Police, demonstrations, hate, more hatred, and even more hatred? I suppose I should begin with the Students. Let’s face it, students demonstrate against power, always have, always will. In fact they demonstrate against almost anything…

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Pots, Pans and Pesach

26th April, 2024 October the 203rd Shabbat Shalom, Moadim le Simcha (what one says in the middle days of a festival wishing joy) I hope that your Passover Seder was meaningful and introduced a little joy into our complex lives. I promise to tell you all about our Seder later, but want to begin with…

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Missiles, Matzo and Hard Boiled Eggs

19th April 2024 11th Nissan, 5784 195 days since October 7th Tonight we begin Shabbat haGadol, the great Shabbat, directly before Pesach. We read from Leviticus 14 – 16 and learn all about Elijah whose role in Judaism and Pesach are fundamental. Shabbat Shalom to all who care, Shabbat shalom to all who believe in…

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