From the Community

To 120: Growing Old, Staying Young

By: Rabbi Sacks On 27 March 2012, to celebrate the diamond jubilee of the Queen, an ancient ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace. A number of institutions presented Loyal Addresses to the Queen, thanking her for her service to the nation. Among them was the Board of Deputies of British Jews. Its then president, Vivian Wineman, included in his speech the traditional Jewish blessing on such occasions. He wished her well “until a hundred and twenty.” The Queen was amused and looked quizzically at Prince Philip. Neither of them had heard the expression before. Later the Prince asked what it
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The Spirituality of Listening

By: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks It is one of the most important words in Judaism, and also one of the least understood. Its two most famous occurrences are in last week’s parsha and this week’s: “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one,” and “It shall come to pass if you surely listento My commandments which I am commanding you today, to love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul” – the openings of the first and second paragraphs of the Shema. It also appears in the first line of the parsha:
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Grief and Tears as Rabbi Michael Mark, Hy”d, Is Laid to Rest

By: Hamodia Staff For the second time in less than a week, thousands of Israelis gathered to mourn the victim of a savage terror attack, this time in Otniel, where Michael “Miki” Mark, Hy”d,was laid to rest on Sunday morning. Mark had been the director-general of Otniel Yeshiva. His 14-year-old daughter Tehila, who was also injured in the attack, delivered a heartbreaking eulogy in homage to her father: “I saw you in your last moments … You didn’t let go of the steering wheel, you didn’t try to protect yourself. Until your last breath you tried to save us. I
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How Can We Grieve Genuinely for Tragedies that Occurred Millenia Ago?

By: Chief Rabbi Mirvis We are currently in the three weeks between Shiva Asar B’Tammuz and Tisha B’av. These are three weeks of Jewish national mourning. Rav Soloveitchik pointed out that when it comes to personal sadness, we commence with the most intense day of our sadness. G-d forbid somebody has passed away and then there is a funeral. That is followed in turn by the first three days of the shiva, the most intense period of mourning, they are followed by the rest of the shiva, then the shloshim, the thirty days after the funeral and then for parents,
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