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R"H Elul 2017 

 

 

Tisha B'AV 2017 Message

 

 

 

Questions and Answers about the Western Wall Crisis and Conversion Bill: A Guide for the Perplexed

    

 

   

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Masorti Voice Hanukkah Podcast 2015  

This is a pilot podcast made by Sam Rotenberg, a rabbinical student at Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, currently studying in Israel.The podcast explores the concept of miracles through the eyes of Noam Youth, Rabbi Elisha Wolfin of V'Ahavta - The Masorti Kehilla of Zichron Ya'akov and and Vered Hollander-Goldfarb a teacher at the Conservative Yeshiva. We welcome your feedback and suggestions as it is a pilot project.
 
To listen to the audio podcast, mouse over the link below and click. Open iTunes to download and subscribe to podcasts.

 

 

 

 

October 16 2015 Thought about the recent days  

As the wave of terror continues to engulf the streets of Jerusalem and other cities and communities across the country, our minds are filled with thoughts and prayers for a more peaceful time. Images that we saw through social media shocked us to the core and some footage was eerily reminiscent of memories from the Second Intifada. One of the ways for us to deal with these days of tension, unrest and fear is to respond with acts of love and kindness. In order to counter hate and bloodshed we spread comfort and a sense of gratitude.

Here are a couple of examples which took place this past week.

 

1.      Noam youth members, Members of the Mechina (gap year) at Hanaton, along with members of the kibbutz took part in a demonstration yesterday at the Zarzir Bedouin village, Jews and Muslims calling together "we refuse to be enemies".

 

  2.      Members of the Noam youth movement joined representatives of the Tag Meir Forum yesterday and visited the wounded at the Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem. They visited an Ultra-orthodox man who was seriously injured on Ammunition Hill and a resident of Kiryat Arba who was critically injured in Hebron -both the men are starting to recover. They also went to Hadassah Hospital in Ein Karem and visited a Christian Dutch resident and a Jewish man who were injured in the Armon Hanatziv attack on the bus Tuesday.

 

               

 

 3.      Every year, the Masorti Kehillah in Kfar Vradim, Haminyan Hamishpachti Hamsorati, hosts an annual ‘Sukkat Shalom’ event, an event that brings together people of different faiths from the area. This year, at one meeting, the youth of the community met with the youth of the nearby Druze village, Yanuh-Jat.

Sami Bebar, of the Yanuh-Jat Youth Council wrote the following about the meeting: “While our country is bleeding, while our country sheds blood, while our country lies injured, there are people who work for peace, building a link between different people, to live together, for the sake of regional cooperation and cooperation between different sectors. Here we act; we don’t talk.We need peace in our country.

    

During these difficult times, we thought it was fitting to share the song "Here Come the Days of Quiet" written by Yarden Bar Kochva. This song is a midrash on the story of Noah's Ark. It was written after a wave of suicide bombings, soon after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin. The message of the song is simple: the calm and quietness after the storm is very precious – a quiet that is much more appreciated and needed. We have included the translation below.

 

 

 

 

 

Here they come, the days of quite

After the great and awful tumult,

We can rest a little on the balcony

And gather up the wreckage of the storm.

 

Here they come, the days of quiet,

Here they come, the days of quiet.

I’d forgotten what they looked like.

We can open the door now

Release the birds to the wind.

 

Here they come, the days of quiet,

Let’s look out of the window

To see if the waters have receded.

Maybe there’s land on the horizon

Two by two,

We’ll leave two by two.

Look up at the sky,

Let’s wait together for the dove.

 

Here they come, the days of quiet,

After we’ve already lost everything.

Sit with me now on the balcony

Weep with me about yesterday.

 

Here they come, the days of quiet,

Let’s look out of the window.

Here they come, the days of quiet

The two of us together on the mountain

The waters have receded

And there’s a rainbow too.

We can get up now

The end of the world has passed

Here they come, the days of quiet…

 

 

 

September 7th, 2015 

In the past few weeks Israeli society has been shaken by acts of violence invoked by fellow Jews in the name of Judaism.

The Masorti Movement joined the thousands of people protesting these recent acts, raising a voice against those who educate for hatred, distorting Judaism.

We are pleased to present you with the stiker "וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ" made by the Masorti Movement with the hope to spred the message that tendentious use of verses can justify almost any wrongdoing, yet the legacy of Israel throughout all generations has always known to maintain a firm moral rule, “Do the right and the good” (Deuteronomy 6:18). 

If you would like us to send stikers please write to devora@masorti.org.il

 

 

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