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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Jewish Thought

Protecting oneself from spiritual myopia.

[Rabban Yochanon] said to [his students]: Go and see which is a bad way that a person should avoid.

Rabbi Eliezer said: A bad eye. Rabbi Yehoshua said: A bad friend. Rabbi Yossi said: A bad neighbor. Rabbi Shimon said: One who borrows and does not pay back. One who borrows from a person is as one who borrows from God, as it says, 'A wicked person borrows and does not repay, but the Righteous One is gracious and gives' (Psalms 37:21). Rabbi Elazar said: A bad heart.

[Rabban Yochanon] said to them: I prefer the words of Elazar ben Arach over your words, for included in his words are all of yours. (Ethics of the Fathers, 2:14)

After having explained in our previous mishna the five opinions

On Monday, July 24, 2017, the Igud Harabonim/Rabbinical Alliance of America (RAA/IGUD) convened at the Ahi Ezer Yeshiva Congregation, in Brooklyn, New York for its monthly Rosh Chodesh (Av) conference & dinner where its Presidium Member, Rabbi Hanania Elbaz is the Rabbi. Rabbi Yaakov Klass, presidium member and Torah editor of the Jewish Press served as the Conference Chairman.    

The evening was dedicated in memory of HaGaon HaChacham Shalom Ben HaGaon HaChacham Chayim Elbaz, Zt’l father

In all of our offices, for my entire life, there has always been one painting on the wall. It is the painting of a fine, distinguished and handsome man, my great grandfather Joseph A Bibi. I guess all our related family companies find their American origins in him, so it’s fitting that his image graces the wall. What I never noticed until I walked by my dad’s desk and checked the Yahrzeit (or as I was corrected by Dr. Stevan Dweck of California, I should as a Sephardic Jew be using the term

"Rabbi [Yehuda haNasi] said: What is the proper path a person should choose for himself? Whatever brings glory to himself [before G-d], and grants him glory before others. Be careful with a minor mitzvah (commandment) as with a major one, for you do not know the reward for the mitzvos. Consider the loss incurred for performing a mitzvah compared to its reward, and the 'reward' received for sinning compared to the loss. Consider three things and you will not come to sin: Know what is above you

How do we mourn what we do not know?

Tisha B’Av night we sit on the floor and read from the Book of Lamentations. In a mournful voice we chant “Alas, she sits in solitude! The city that was great with people has become like a widow. She weeps bitterly in the night and her tear is on her cheek.”

We grieve for our Temple that was destroyed. We recall a once golden Jerusalem that now sits in darkness, abandoned. The streets of the city run red with rivers of blood. Lamentations describes a