According to the holy Zohar, the term Shabbat can be used to refer to an exceptional tzaddik, such as Ribbi Shim’on bar Yohai. Just as the spirit of Shabbat gives life and meaning to the rest of the week, the tzaddik gives life and meaning to his generation. Reflecting on the life and deeds of Maran Hakham Ovadia Yosef, zt”l, we might say that the term fits him aptly—he was the Shabbat of our generation.
An agreement was signed recently by European and American rabbinical councils, in which world rabbinic leaders declared that the Chief Rabbinate of Israel leads the Jewish world. The agreement was signed during a conference in Berlin by the chief rabbis and representatives of the European Rabbinical Council as well as the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA). Deputy Minister of Religious Services Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan also signed the treaty.
The Peruvian Jewish community is small. Out of a general population of about 27,000,000, there are fewer than 3,000 Jews. Almost all of them reside in the capital city of Lima. There are traces of remains of other Jewish communities in other cities, but most of these consist of intermarried descendants and are not counted in the official community calculation. Stories also surface occasionally of Converso communities in remote jungle areas but, once again, as these rumors remain unsubstantiated, members of such groups are not considered part of the contemporary community.
Super storms like Sandy, major floods and other natural disasters remind us of the devastating impact a long-term power outage can have on a community. But it doesn’t take a major disaster to take down the power—and make life difficult—for days. A basic winter storm with heavy snow and ice can do the trick, too.
Many of us have been living in our homes since the beginning of time—or so it seems. While some people update their appliances often, others have had the same refrigerator and dishwasher forever. For those who have not replaced their kitchen appliances recently—maybe it’s time. There are lots of new trends and amazing new technology.
Doctors around the world still hold the writings and manner of care of medieval philosopher-physician Moses Maimonides (Rambam)in high regard. His teachings have left a significant mark on modern medical practice. Famously dubbed the Prince of Physicians, Maimonides’ 10 influential medical texts find their basis in Jewish law and advance a philosophy with significant implications for modern doctors, nurses, and hospitals.
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On the second day of Yom Tov Shavuot in 2012, Rabbi Shlomo Braun, Director of the Aleh Foundation passed by the Bikur Cholim Hospital on Rechov Haneviyim in Jerusalem where he had the accidental privilege of meeting and greeting the late Great Rabbi Ovadia Yosef zt”l as he was exiting the hospital.
In this Mishna, Rabbi Yehoshua lists three personality flaws which “remove a person from the world.” The implication is not simply that G-d will punish such a person, but that such behavior itself will actively “remove” him from the world. One who possesses these evil traits will make himself miserable, unable to enjoy the blessings he has been granted.
Few Biblical struggles, few familial conflicts—in a book filled with stories of intra-family struggles—are as tragic as the confrontation between Jacob and Esau. The twin grandsons of Abraham and Sarah were, from their birth onwards, locked in a constant struggle over inheriting leadership over the family, and of course, inheriting the riches of the land which G-d had first promised to Abraham.