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Regular readers have probably discerned that I have a special place in my heart for passionate people – for all those filled with a sense of mission and the determination to complete that mission.
Sometimes that passion loudly proclaims itself. Other times, it is not immediately evident. Only as the person in question starts speaking about his project does it burble to the surface and then burst through from deep recesses within.
Reb Yitzchok Bell's passion is definitely of the latter sort. One's first impression is of an understated, soft-spoken Englishman of impeccable manners. As he starts speaking about his passion – Tehillim — however, his speech remains soft, but takes on a certain urgent tone, and he is fairly pleading that the
Kehot publication merges insightful commentaries with meaningful translation
The sacred words of Tehillim (Psalms) have always been a primary means by which the tears, hopes, fears and aspirations of the Jewish people ascend to the Heavenly Throne. Indeed, no single book of Scripture has been borrowed from so freely by the architects of the daily prayer service. And no volume is reached for so readily in times of trouble.
Yet scholars since the time of the Talmudists also have seen it as a text
One hundred and fourteen years ago, a government rabbi at the office of Nikolayev’s Jewish community opened the purple-covered Registration Book of Jewish Births of 1902-03 (5662-63) and filled out the second entry box on the page:
Dates of Birth and Circumcision:
Jewish: Born, 11 [Nissan]; Circumcised, 18 [Nissan]
Secular: Born, [April] 5; Circumcised, [April] 12
Place of Birth: Nikolayev
Father’s Rank and Name; Mother’s Name: Father—Hereditary Honored Citizen Levi son of Zalman Schneerson
A work on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s insights into human suffering
A Time to Heal, Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson’s rendering of the responses of the Lubavitcher Rebbe(Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory) to tragedy and suffering, has received the “Best Book Award” under the general category of religion in the “Best Book Awards” international competition.
A beautiful meditation and compilation, this book explores numerous instances throughout the Rebbe’s four decades of leadership, where
For trainee and therapist Rabbi Levy Pekar, it’s an opportunity to serve
Discussing his work with gusto, Levy Pekar sounds like any other young professional starting a career in full force. Pekar, 29, is training to be a U.S. Air Force chaplain, beginning what will be nearly six months of back-to-back training programs. He’s also a bearded rabbi—one of just a handful serving the U.S. armed forces—and counseling and supporting airmen, and their families, will be his mission.