Beschneidungslerntag – Schlußworte (Multimedia)

September 23, 2012

Deutschaudio-input-microphonevideoFazit — wie ist die Drohung auf der Beschneidung in Deutschland einzustufen? Meine Schlußworte anlässlich des Lerntages Read the rest of this entry »

Welche Bünde gibt es zwischen Mensch und G”tt? (Multimedia)

September 23, 2012

Deutschaudio-input-microphonevideoDie Beschneidung ist das Zeichen des Bundes zwischen dem Juden und G”tt. Was für andere Bünde gibt es in der Torá, und was vermittelen andere Bünde zur Verständnis der Beschneidung? Vortrag von Rabbiner Jechiel Brukner Read the rest of this entry »

Ist Rosch haSchaná hart?

October 30, 2011

Deutsch64px-John_E_Fry_Steadicam_Operator_UKUntanè Tókef ist ein liturgisches Gedicht, der im askenasischen Brauch an Rosch haSchaná — und in vielen Gemeinden auch an Jom Kippúr — die Verkündung der Heiligkeit G”ttes, die Keduschá, einführt. Dort heißt es “… Engel erzittern, Angst und Beben fasset sie, und sie sprechen: Siehe, es ist der Tag des Gerichts … wer leben soll und wer sterben, wer das Lebensziel erreiche und wer vor seiner Zeit hingehe, … wer in Ruhe leben, wer in unstät irre, wer in friedlicher Stille, wer mit verwirrtem Sinne, … wer sinken soll und wer emporkommen.”

Herr Marian Offmann, Vize-Präsident der IKG München und Moderator der Sat1-Sendung jüdisches Leben in Bayern, findet das hart. Klicken Sie hier für meine Antwort zu diese und einige andere Fragen zu Rosch haSchaná (Jüdisches Leben in Bayern #5).

Speaking To Your Kids About Personal Safety

July 25, 2011

We are all devastated by the horrible murder of Leiby Kletzky. Slowly but surely, the suspicion is growing that Leiby knew his attacker. Indeed, most children who are abused or abducted suffer at the hand of people they knew, not complete strangers. Abusers may come from the circle of family and friends, or they may be strangers who have slowly groomed the kids, and even their families, to trust them.

Hence, to protect our children, it is not enough to teach them not to talk to strangers, tough that remains important, as ever. It is instead important to empower our children to seek protection even from people who may be close to them, and it is the parents’ responsibility to empower their kids, by talking to them about these matters.

However, parents who try to raise their kids in a wholesome, innocent environment stand before a dilemma, as they try to warn their kids without prematurely explaining the nature of sexuality and sexual abuse to them. In the following 30 minute video, the noted educater, R’ Yakov Horowitz shows how to go about developing this aspect of the parent-child relationship and how to protect both the integrity of the child’s body and soul. [Hat tip CF]
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Why is Birkat HaMazon So, So Long? (Video Lecture)

March 15, 2011

Explore the structure of the Birkat HaMazon (Grace After Meals). This lecture is based upon a previous lecture given in German (Danksagung ausserhalb der Synagoge: Das Benschen), and answers some of the questions raised at the conclusion of that lecture. Read the rest of this entry »

Was Esther Slow on the Uptake? (Multimedia)

March 9, 2011

After building up to a very thrilling, potentially tragic moment, which is most pregnant with potential for salvation, when Queen Esther gathers her courage and enters the inner palace of the king, uninvited, King Achashverosh extends his golden sceptre to her and proclaims his readiness to fulfil every desire she harbours.

But, in a most anti-climatic moment, Esther fails to use this opportunity to request that the king spare the Jews, and two more days must pass until she finally reveals herself and beseeches he king on behalf of her brethren. Why? Read the rest of this entry »

HonestReporting Reunites Victim and his Defender 10 years later

September 1, 2010

This reunion is inspiring, evokes themes of Rosh haShanna and also reminds us of the terrible injustice of media as. A defender of a helpless victim was proclaimed throughout world media as a vicious would be murderer, when in fact he saved someone’s life. But the media would not take interest in who the would be murderers really were.

On September 30, 2000, The New York Times, Associated Press and other major media outlets published a photo of a young man — bloodied and battered — crouching beneath a club-wielding Israeli policeman. The caption identified him as a Palestinian victim of Israeli brutality — with the clear implication that the Israeli soldier was the one who beat him.

That young man was, in fact, Tuvia Grossman, a Jewish student from Chicago, who was beaten within inches of his life before being rescued by the Israeli border policeman in the photo.

The resulting outrage generated by the gross distortion of the photo “launched” HonestReporting.

Now, ten years later, we caught up with Tuvia in an exclusive interview.
[read an additional interview transcript]