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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Jewish Thought

Divine Providence or coincidence? The choice – and challenge – is yours.

The Talmud relates that after the destruction of our Holy Temple, Rabbi Akiva and the Sages of Israel were walking on the streets of Jerusalem. As they came to the Temple Mount, they beheld a devastating sight. There, where the Sanctuary had once stood in majesty and splendor, where the Holy of Holies had been, were only ruins, and wild foxes were roaming about.

The Sages broke down and wept.

"Woe is us," they wailed, "that we have seen this with our own eyes."

But Rabbi Akiva did not weep. Instead, he smiled.

"How can you smile at such a time?" his colleagues asked, shocked.

"I smile," Rabbi Akiva answered, "because today I have seen the fulfillment of

If I were a Reform rabbi; if I were a leader of the Establishment whose money and prestige have succeeded in capturing for him the leadership and voice of American Jewry; if I were one of the members of the Israeli Government’s ruling group; if I were an enlightened sophisticated, modern Jewish intellectual, I would climb the barricades and join in battle against the most dangerous of all Jewish holidays – Chanukah.

It is a measure of the total ignorance of the world Jewish community that

The Medrash Rabba at the beginning of Parshat Miketz, the parsha that is read on Shabbat Chanukah this year (and in most years), speaks about a Chanukah-appropriate theme — light and darkness:

“It was at the end of two years.” The verse (Iyov 28:3) states “An end was set for darkness,” [The Almighty] set a time limit on how many years the world will operate in darkness because as long as the evil inclination is in the world, darkness and the shadow of death are in the world as is stated (ibid)

Access to Jewish events are made easier by Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter

Usually, Chanukah means live parties, but when that’s not possible, online is the next best thing, encourages Devlin. “All the more so,” he says, noting how late in the month the holiday falls. “We’re stepping up our presence on social media.”

Now in their second school year on campus, he and his wife like the casual tone of Snapchat for messaging and use it to advertise events they post on Facebook. “We

This Hanukkah choose to create your own miracles.

During Hanukkah we celebrate miracles. The miracle of a few inexperienced Maccabees defeating a huge, powerful army. The miracle of one small jar of pure oil lasting for eight days instead of one. The miracle of the survival of the Jewish people for thousands of years despite endless challenges and obstacles.

These miracles also represent a choice. A choice that Mattisyahu made when he announced, “We will fight!” A choice that the Jews made