Friday, 24 October 2014

Calling all Jewish USA Military Chaplains, Past and Present

R Ben Samson:
If you are presently serving in the armed forces as a chaplain, or have served our country, this is for you. 
For the first time, chaplains will be marching in the Veterans Day parade in New York on November 11.
I am proud to to be the initiator of this project and I am hoping that many of you will join me.
I feel it will be a true Kiddush Hashem  that  Orthodox Chaplains who have served our country, will be part of the parade.
We will be seen by the thousands who will see the parade as well as the millions who will be watching it on television.
I hope may of you will join us. If you can come, please let me know by e-mail or call my office.
WE will also be served a breakfast before  the parade.
I look forward to hearing from  you.
Ben Samson

Kol Tuv,

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Is Terrorism Really New to Canada?

«This week's terror-related events in Ottawa and Quebec are not the first Canada has faced. Here's a chronology of some of those incidents:...»
A Chronology of Terror-Related Threats and Attacks in Canada - Canada Real Time - WSJ

Kol Tuv,

Shooting at Canadian Parliament in Ottawa Raises Fears of ISIS-Prompted Attack - US News
«The Canadian parliament voted in early October to contribute war planes to the U.S.-led international coalition, which is conducting aerial attacks on Islamic State group positions and fighters in Syria and Iraq.

The Islamic State group – also often referred to as ISIL, for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – specifically threatened Canada and urged its followers to target Canadian citizens in a recording released in late September. A man who recently converted to Islam also reportedly struck two Canadian soldiers in his car in Quebec on Monday. He was killed by pursuing officers.»

Kol Tuv,

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Nishma-Parshah: Noach

Take a look at what's on
for Parshat Noach

Metzitzah and the Halachic Process - by Rabbi Yerachmiel Seplowitz

«The Metzitzah controversy is nothing new.

In the 1800's, in Germany, the elements of Reform sought to ban circumcision entirely, attacking the "barbaric" practice of Metzitzah b'peh (MBP), where a Mohel would suck the blood away from the circumcision site.

A little earlier history is in order. The Talmud requires that after a Bris is performed, the blood must be suctioned away from the wound. The reason given is for the safety of the baby. Presumably, the purpose of Metzitzah is to cleanse the wound area of any germs and prevent infection.»
Metzitzah and the Halachic Process | Cross-Currents

Kol Tuv,

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

BETHANY S. MANDEL: A "Bill of Rights" for Jewish converts

A bill of rights for Jewish converts

«Much of what is written about conversion is from the perspective of born-Jews and rabbis. Few converts are willing to speak out. We are afraid. We are victimized. We are threatened and judged. Which is why I've decided to make for myself and other converts a Bill of Rights. These are the things I deserved during my conversion and deserve now, afterwards, but have been too afraid to demand.»
«8. The conversion process for those of Jewish heritage should be accelerated and unique. I was born to a Jewish father and was raised Reform. I didn't know I wasn't halachically Jewish until a college Birthright trip (thank you to my tour guide who gently explained that inconvenient truth to me). While in the process I was treated with the same unacceptable dismissiveness and disdain afforded to girls who were converting for marriage. Intermarriage is the biggest threat to Jewish life in America. Help those of patrilineal descent, many of whom try to convert Orthodox, correct the mistakes of their fathers. They should be welcomed back into the Jewish people, not turned away like mutts at a dog show»

A bill of rights for Jewish converts | Bethany S. Mandel | The Blogs | The Times of Israel

Kol Tuv,

Priestly Temptation - Torah Musings By Rabbi Barry Kornblau

«R. Blau's reply to me was direct: "Barry, I'm not worried about you." Incredulous, I asked him why. "It's simple: the very fact that you're asking me these questions and that you're self-aware, as well as aware of the pitfalls in this area, means that, while I certainly can't predict your future, I'm not particularly concerned. It's the people who are not self-aware, who are not concerned about the issue, and who are not asking my advice about this topic who concern me far more."

A few short months later, a woman sat in my office at the shul where I then served, seeking my assistance with a personal matter. She told me how, one night, a rabbi who had been previously been trying to help in this matter appeared at her apartment where she lived alone. Invoking a fictional 'halachah', he implied that he could better assist her ...»
Kol Tuv,

Monday, 20 October 2014

The Shabbos Project

Courtesy of KAJ, NYC.

Here is the link to Rabbi Kamenetsky's remarks.


Kol Tuv,