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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Jewish Thought

Igud Harabbanim – Rabbinical Alliance of America gathers for 29th annual Siyum Hashas

Rabbinic leaders from across the country flocked to the Sephardic Lebanese Synagogue in Brooklyn on Tuesday evening for the 29th annual Chai Elul Siyum Hashas held by the Igud Harabbanim – Rabbinical Alliance of America.

This is the premier annual event of the rabbinical body, which was founded in 1942 by gedolim such as Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky zt”l, Rav Gedaliah Schorr zt”l and Rav Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz zt”l, and encouraged and guided by the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt”l & Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l. The Igud currently has a network of over 950 rabbanim, as well as a Beth Din led by Rav Herschel Kurzrock, and robust clout in the government advocacy

The Jewish calendar is full of notations, red letter days that are meant to be both particular reminders as well as part of a uniform one:  time is passing; the sands of life have run out just a bit more; the beard is a little grayer and the limbs just a touch heavier.  Time.  The Jewish calendar is a watchman of time, ram’s horn that blows not once a year but every time that a new time cycle begins.

Every week is marked by a Sabbath that notes not only the end of the week passed but the

“The righteous, even in death are called living …for [they] gather many workers for the sake of the Torah” (Talmud Berakhot 18a-b).

On September 3rd, Chazaq celebrated the life and times of the 19th century scholar from Baghdad, Rabbi Yosef Haim (often called by the title of his treatise, Ben Ish Hai). Chazaq’s very own Rabbi Ilan Meirov, author of the commentary Pri Ilan on the sefer (book) Ben Ish Hai, was given the honor of opening up the event. He presented the following to an audience

Some speeches are remembered for their content, some for their delivery and some for the circumstances which surround them. It is quite impressive to hear a speech remarkable for all three. I was therefore very fortunate to be present when Rabbi Eli Mansour spoke on behalf of the Chazaq Organization at the Beth Gavriel Community Center on Sunday, September 10th, where he inspired a capacity crowd to understand their ultimate purpose in life. The beautiful Shiur was dedicated for the Refuah

As the final minutes of Rosh Hashanah ticked away, 13-year-old Leo Goldberger was hiding, along with his parents and three brothers, in the thick brush along the shore of Dragor, a small fishing village south of Copenhagen. The year was 1943, and the Goldbergers like thousands of other Danish Jews, were desperately trying to escape an imminent Nazi roundup.

“Finally, after what seemed like an excruciatingly long wait, we saw our signal offshore,” Goldberger later recalled. His family “strode