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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Jewish Thought

Ritual bath is another sign of increased Jewish observance in and around Merrick, N.Y

Cindy Knoll, her husband Lawrence and their three grown children welcomed “Mikvah Mei Leah” when its doors opened at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Merrick, N.Y.

Knoll, who has been involved with the center since its establishment a decade ago, even helped local designer Caroline Wilkes map out various elements of the new amenity. Like other mikvahs built around the world in recent years—from Moscow to Mexico—an emphasis was placed on aesthetics and contemporary features, offering “a spa-like atmosphere where women could relax for the hour they’re there,” Knoll, a resident of Merrick, tells

As such, every detail was attended to

“After the first set of Shofar blasts, a second set is sounded – in order to confuse the Soton.” Rosh HaShanah 16b

On Rosh HaShanah we are obligated to hear the Shofar. To fulfill the Torah requirement, thirty sounds are sufficient. Yet, Chazal (our sages) instituted an extra series, adding many more blasts. Tosfos explains why: The Soton counts the sounds, and after the required amount is reached, he begins to wonder. Why are they continuing to blow? It must be a different sounding of the

The three weeks between the seventeenth of Tammuz and Tish’a b’Av, between the anniversary of the breach of the wall of Yerushalayim and the anniversary of the destruction of the Mikdash, are a period of mourning. But this time is also considered a period of special danger: “Caution is needed from the 17th of Tammuz until Tish’a b’Av not to walk alone from four hours to nine hours; and students should not be struck during these days.”

(Shulchan Arukh Orach Chaim 551:18. The prohibition applies

The Jewish national period of mourning

The "Three Weeks" between the 17th of Tammuz and the Tisha B'Av have historically been days of misfortune and calamity for the Jewish people. During this time, both the First and Second Temples were destroyed, amongst other tragedies.

These days are referred to as the period "within the straits" (bein hametzarim), in accordance with the verse: "All her oppressors have overtaken her within the straits" (Lamentations 1:3).

During this time, various

Attendees recalling the Allied invasion write final letters in the scroll, amid prayer and song

Jewish residents, community members and guests gathered in Normandy this month to mark the 73rd anniversary of the invasion by Western allies in World War II and to dedicate a new Torah scroll for Jewish soldiers who lost their lives in the course of battle there.

The event, which was sponsored by Chabad centers in the Normandy region, opened with a memorial ceremony in the Canadian cemetery, where many