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February 8, 2018 23 Shevat 5778 Volume CX Number 49

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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Rosh Hashanah

13 Mouth-Watering Rosh Hashanah Recipes 16 Rosh Hashanah Message From New Consul General 17 Rosh Hashanah Quiz 18 5 Rosh Hashanah Stories to Read with Your Preschooler 21 A Retrospective by Rabbi Shaul Osadchey: 50th Anniversary of My Visit to Soviet Jewish Refuseniks 25 5781: Year in Review Highlights of the Jewish community, as reported in the JHV 32 Jewish Carpenters: Wood-working project empowers Beren students of history, authors 34 Rabbinic Messages



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May We Turn the Page for a Good Year

s we approach 5782 and search for meaning in our lives and peace of mind, we find ourselves caught in an inexplicable loop. The pandemic. Antisemitism. Racism. Political discord. Financial hardship. Grief and despair. Perhaps, we have not been affected personally by all the above. Yet, the disharmony in our universe wakes us up every morning, much like in the 1993 film, “Groundhog Day.” We are stuck in circumstances that repeat themselves, some of which we have – or think we have – no control. Even more disturbing is the feeling of being absent from life, itself. When our once-normal routine disappeared, it took us with it. In this New Year, how do we find life, and routine, again? Our greatest teachers live among us. They live next door or they may live forever in our memories. They are Holocaust survivors. We look to survivors for guidance on resuming our lives. We learn how they survived the unspeakable; how they regained the strength to speak about their experiences to their children and grandchildren, to schoolchildren, to wider audiences through books and speaking engagements. How did Holocaust survivors find meaning in their new lives? How did they reestablish themselves in community and form relationships? Each of their stories is different, just as each of our stories is different. How do we get out of bed, put one foot in front of the other or transition to a wheelchair, then manage whatever life presents, each minute and hour of the day? Part of finding meaning in life requires finding the positive, diminishing the negative and tempering our expectations. Disappointments come from unmet expectations. With the new school year beginning, do parents and students expect to return to the classroom without masks? Without social distancing? Before the COVID-19 Delta variant, educators planned for students to return to a normal classroom. However, as the JHV holiday magazine went to press in early August, school leaders, once again, were modifying protocols. Modifications were being reexamined, once again, for the health and safety of congregants in synagogues, and in businesses, for employees and customers. In Harris County and surrounding communities, we find ourselves back in the pandemic Red Zone. Our New Year, 5782, is not going to begin the way we hoped for or expected. We must pray for ourselves and community, for the resilience our Holocaust survivors found, so we may regain joy and meaning in our lives, in spite of the emotional casualties of the pandemic, in spite of the political atmosphere. We also can look to the resilience that kept us going, following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters. We have much to look forward to in 5782. There will be weddings and births; there will be simchas with family and friends; there will be a return to synagogues and in-person Jewish learning and programs at the JCC; of visiting our loved ones at Seven Acres. We, at the Jewish Herald-Voice, have expectations, too, for the paper to grow in size again, as businesses that advertise return to normal. As the JHV enters its 114th year of continuous publication, we expect to earn your readership through thoughtful reporting, insightful stories and coverage of members’ life-cycle events. And, if you disagree with our content, we open our pages for you to share your opinion – and hopefully, continue to support your Jewish community newspaper. Because, through the pages of the JHV, readers learn about our worthwhile Jewish organizations, whose mission is tikkun olam, repairing the world. Notably, organizations receive sizeable gifts when a subscriber is moved by a story in the paper, thereby enabling them to expand their mission. As we write ourselves in the Book of Life for another year, may we all be more accepting of our disappointments. May we ever be mindful to thank G-d for all our blessings and to seek G-d for all our needs. Shana Tovah u-Metukah – May you have a Good and Sweet New Year. A

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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Rosh Hashanah

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Impress your friends and family with these little-known facts BY MYJEWISHLEARNING.ORG


osh Hashanah is known for apples dipped in honey, record synagogue attendance and as the kickoff to the Days of Awe, which culminate in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. We’re guessing that even the most-experienced holiday observer, however, won’t know all of these facts about the holiday: 1) It’s traditional to eat a fruit you haven’t eaten for a long time on the second night of

Rosh Hashanah. This tasty custom often is observed by eating a pomegranate, a fruit rich in symbolism (and nutrients). It developed as a technical solution to a legal difficulty surrounding the recitation of the Shehecheyanu on the second day of the holiday. Use it as an excuse to scout out the exotic fruit section of your grocery store’s produce department. 2) Apples and honey (and pomegranates) aren’t the only symbolic foods traditionally enjoyed on Rosh Hashanah. Other foods tradi-

tionally eaten to symbolize wishes for prosperity and health in the New Year include dates, string beans, beets, pumpkins, leeks – and even fish heads. Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews often hold Rosh Hashanah Seders, at which a blessing is said for each food and foods are eaten in a set order. If you want to try this but are a vegetarian or just grossed out by fish heads, consider using gummy fish or fish-shaped crackers, instead. 3) Rosh Hashanah liturgy has inspired


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at least two rock songs. Avinu Malkeinu, the prayer that means “Our Father, Our King,” inspired Mogwai, a Scottish post-rock-trio, to write a 20-minute epic song “My Father, My King.” The song, which borrows the prayer’s traditional melody, is alternately soft and beautiful and loud and raging. More famously, Leonard Cohen’s “Who By Fire” draws on the Unetanah Tokef, which many consider the most important prayer in the High Holy Days liturgy. 4) Tens of thousands of Hasidic Jews make a pilgrimage to Ukraine for an annual Rosh Hashanah gathering known as a “kibbutz.” This lively gathering, which dates back to the early 19th century (and has nothing to do with the Israeli kibbutz movement), takes place in Uman, the town where Rav Nachman of Breslov, founder of the Breslover Hasidic sect and great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov, was buried. Rabbi Nachman believed Rosh Hashanah was the most important holiday, hence the timing of the pilgrimage. 5) It is traditional to fast on the day after Rosh Hashanah. The Fast of Gedaliah is not a cleanse for those who overindulged at holiday meals, but a day set aside to commemorate the assassination of Gedaliah, the Babylonian-

appointed official charged with administering the Jewish population remaining in Judea following the destruction of the Temple in 586 B.C.E. Unlike Yom Kippur, which comes just a few days later, this fast lasts only from sunrise to sundown. 6) Rosh Hashanah is one of four Jewish New Years. It might be the best-known of them all, but Rosh Hashanah is not the only Jewish New Year. According to the Mishnah, there are three others. The first of Nisan, the springtime month where Passover falls, is the beginning of the year, according to the Book of Exodus. Jewish tradition also marks Tu B’Shevat (the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat) as the New Year for Trees, and the first of Elul (usually in August) as the New Year for the tithing of animals. 7) American Jews used to exchange telegrams for Rosh Hashanah. A LOT of them. In 1927, the Western Union Telegraph Company reported that Jewish people sent telegrams of congratulations and well-wishing much more frequently than members of any other group. In particular, they exchanged thousands of messages for Rosh Hashanah. “So great has the volume of this traffic become that the Western Union has instituted a special service similar to those for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Eas-

ter,” JTA wrote. “This special service, started in 1925, showed a 30% increase in 1926.” 8) Rosh Hashanah was not always the Jewish New Year. In the Torah, the beginning of the year was clearly set at the beginning of the month of Nisan, in the spring. However, sometime between the giving of the Torah and the codification of the Mishnah, Rosh Hashanah became the primary New Year. The reasons are unclear, although some scholars theorize that it was because neighboring peoples in the ancient Near East celebrated their New Year at this time. 9) The shofar, the traditional ram’s horn blown on Rosh Hashanah, is stinky. You have to get close to one to notice, but a common complaint is that these horns smell bad. According to online vendor, The Shofar Man, all kosher shofar have a bit of a scent because they come from a dead animal. To mitigate the odor, the vendor suggests applying a sealant to the inside of the shofar. Believe it or not, several competing products are marketed exclusively for the purpose of removing or neutralizing shofar smells. We can’t vouch for any of them, but perhaps if they don’t work for your shofar, you could use them for your bathroom or car. Happy New Year!  A

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Mouth-Watering Rosh Hashanah Recipes The following recipes are courtesy of Chabad.org. Reproduced with permission of the copyright holder. All rights reserved.

POMEGRANATE BRAISED BRISKET From Danielle Renov: This has Rosh Hashanah written all over it. I mean, brisket, pomegranate and apples in one dish. It’s basically the grand-slam meat for the High Holy Days. Although pomegranate is the star of this dish, it’s really the hard apple cider (which is alcoholic carbonated apple cider, not cider vinegar or apple juice) that’s the unsung hero, bringing just the right amount of slightly sweet acidity to balance out the tart pomegranate. Excerpted from “Peas Love and Carrots,” by Danielle Renov.

SIMANIM SALAD FOR ROSH HASHANAH From Chef Zissie: Every year people try to find different recipes for the simanim, but together they make a really unique, beautiful and flavorful salad, all in one! Add pulled salmon to this dish and you are good to go. Serves 4. ½ cup black-eyed peas 4 oz. butter lettuce 1 leek, white part chopped 1 gourd, peeled and chopped 1 carrot, peeled and chopped ½ beet, peeled and thinly sliced 1 pomegranate, seeds removed

6 dates, pitted and sliced 1 apple, chopped ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil ½ cup balsamic vinegar* 2 Tbsp. honey 1 tsp. salt (I like pink Himalayan)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2. Put black-eyed peas in small pot and generously cover with water. Boil on high for 30-40 minutes or until soft but not mushy. Rinse and drain. 3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add leek, gourd and carrot. Drizzle with ¼ cup olive oil and a ½ teaspoon salt. Mix well and put in oven for 35 minutes or until golden. 4. Mix the remaining ¼ cup olive oil with the balsamic vinegar*, honey and salt in a small jar or bowl. 5. In a large bowl, add the lettuce, beet, pomegranate, dates and apple slices. Add leek, gourd and carrots. Mix with dressing right before serving. Serve warm or room temperature. Notes and tips: Be sure that the leek, gourd and carrots all are chopped to the same size, so you avoid any burnt pieces. *There is a custom not to use vinegar on Rosh Hashanah. You can replace the vinegar with lemon juice. Chef Zissie on Chabad.org specializes in flavor. She has created a name for herself in the kosher culinary world by studying international cuisines and using the flavors to help people understand healthy cooking in the least intimidating way. She runs exclusive events and classes for her clients, but if you don’t have the opportunity to have Chef Zissie as your own private chef, don’t fret! On her website, she provides daily meal plans with all relevant details, including shopping lists. Her recipes are unique, yet relatable; easy, yet impressive; healthy, yet bursting in flavor.

FOR THE RUB 3 Tbsp. sugar 1 Tbsp. paprika 1 Tbsp. kosher salt 1 Tbsp. garlic powder 1 Tbsp. sumac 1 tsp. cracked black pepper 1 Tbsp. ground mustard powder 1 tsp. cayenne pepper FOR THE 1 (3-3.5 lb.) 2nd-cut brisket 2 Tbsp. canola oil 3 medium onions, halved and sliced 1 tsp. kosher salt 1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper 3 cloves garlic, smashed 1 (11 oz./330 ml) bottle hard apple cider

MEAT ½ cup tomato sauce (not marinara) ½ cup pomegranate molasses (syrup) 2 cups beef stock (or 1 beef bouillon cube dissolved in 2 cups hot water) ¼ cup pomegranate seeds for garnish (optional)

1. In a bowl, combine all rub ingredients. 2. Rinse brisket and pat dry very well. 3. Rub the spice mixture all over both sides of the brisket. (The spice rub makes more than you will probably need. Freeze the rest for another brisket.) 4. Place spiced brisket into a zip-top bag; refrigerate overnight. (If you’re short on time, just let spiced meat come to room temp for 1 hour. Then, continue with the recipe.) 5. Remove from the fridge; allow brisket to come to room temperature. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 6. Heat a large Dutch oven or ovenproof pan over high heat. Add oil and brisket. Sear both sides of the meat for 4-5 minutes per side until nicely browned. Remove from Dutch oven; set aside. 7. To the same pot, add onions, salt and pepper. Cook for 4 minutes until onions are soft and translucent. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute. 8. Add hard cider, using a wooden spoon to stir it in and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. 9. Add remaining ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil; return brisket to the Dutch oven. If you used a pan, pour the sauce and onions over the brisket. 10. Cover the pot tightly. Bake for about 1½ hours. 11. Remove from oven; turn brisket over. Return to oven. At this point, cooking time will vary based on the size of your meat. I suggest giving it another 45 minutes, no matter the size and, after that, checking it every 30 minutes until it is soft and tender. Mine took 3 hours total for a 4-pound brisket. 12. Remove from the oven and allow brisket to cool completely in the sauce. (Taking the brisket out of the sauce while it is hot will result in a dry brisket.) 13. If you want to shred the brisket, wait 45 minutes after you take it out of the oven and, while it is still warm, use two forks to shred it in the pot, where it can stay in the liquid. 14. To slice brisket, allow it to cool completely, then remove from sauce and slice against the grain. Garnish with pomegranate seeds (optional). Danielle Renov on Chabad.org


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BRAISED RAINBOW CARROTS WITH TAHINI-DILL SAUCE 1 bunch rainbow carrots 2 Tbsp. oil 6-8 sprigs dill ½ cup chicken stock ½ cup dry white wine

½ lemon 1 tsp. silan (date honey, can sub with regular honey) Pinch of salt

1. Wash and dry the carrots well. 2. Heat the oil in a wide skillet and brown the carrots for 1-2 minutes on each side. 3. Pour in the stock and the wine, cover the pan and simmer until the carrots are just tender. Add the lemon juice, silan and salt, and cook uncovered until most of the liquid has been absorbed. 4. Serve warm with tahini-dill sauce. TAHINI-DILL SAUCE ½ cup tahini paste ¼ tsp. kosher salt ½ cup water ¼ tsp. garlic powder Juice of 1 lemon Dill from 8-10 sprigs

Blend all ingredients together. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Refrigerates well for at least two weeks. Miriam Szokovski on Chabad.org

APPLE & HONEY-MUSTARD CHICKEN Excerpted from “Peas Love and Carrots,” by Danielle Renov (ArtScroll Mesorah Publications), photos by Moshe Wulliger. FOR THE HONEY MUSTARD ½ cup honey (spray the measuring cup with nonstick spray before measuring the honey; it will slide right out!) 1 cup Dijon mustard 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise FOR THE CHICKEN 1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced 1-2 green apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced 1 whole chicken, cut into 10 pieces (or 8-10 pieces of whatever you like) Kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper, for seasoning the chicken 1-2 cups panko breadcrumbs

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a large Pyrex baking dish or 9-inch x 13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. 2. In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the honey mustard; set aside. 3. Place sliced onions and half the sliced apples into the pan. Top with chicken pieces. 4. Sprinkle chicken liberally with salt and pepper. 5. Use a spoon to coat all the chicken pieces with the honey mustard. 6. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the honey mustard till the chicken is fully coated. 7. Place remaining apple slices in the little nooks and crannies all around the chicken. 8. Spray the breadcrumbs with nonstick cooking spray. 9. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil. Bake for 1 hour, 20 minutes. 10. Remove foil; continue baking until the top is crispy and the chicken is cooked to your taste. Serve hot and enjoy! Danielle Renov on Chabad.org

HONEY CAKE WITH LEMON DRIZZLE FOR ROSH HASHANAH This recipe freezes well and can be made in advance, if you want to get a head start on your Rosh Hashanah baking. Just make and add the glaze later, after defrosting. 3 eggs 1 cup sugar 1 cup honey 7/8 cup oil 1 Tbsp. coffee, dissolved into 1 cup hot water 3 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. allspice ½ tsp. nutmeg Nonstick cooking spray

1. Mix the eggs, sugar, honey and coffee. 2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until the batter is smooth. 3. Spray an 8-inch round pan, or a 9-inch x 13-inch pan with nonstick spray. 4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. FOR THE LEMON GLAZE 1 lemon, zested 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp. hot water 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Mix until smooth. When cake has cooled completely, drizzle with glaze. Rachel Grossbaum on Chabad.org


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Rosh Hashanah Message From New Consul General The High Holy Days are not only a time of new beginnings, but also an important opportunity to reflect on the past. It has been hana Tovah from me, my a challenging year for all of us, family and the entire as we have weathered the heartIsraeli consulate. I am breaking storm of COVID-19. We extremely excited to be starting my remember all of those who have new role as consul general of Israel been impacted by this pandemic, to the Southwest; it is an honor and especially our loved ones we have a privilege to serve Israel and the lost. May their memory be for Jewish People, just in time to cela blessing. ebrate the beginning of 5782. Behind the shadow that this This will be an extra sweet Consul General Livia Link-Raviv season has cast, we have, howevRosh Hashanah for me and my family, as we now get to call Houston our new er, discovered our resilience and the strength of home. I know we all are looking forward to a drawing back into the safety and comfort of our New Year and a fresh start. Rosh Hashanah is families. It is a blessing to learn how to rely on a wonderful time that brings an abundance of one another, and it has provided the stability and change that gives the Jewish People the blessing warmth that has helped preserve our communities for generations. of new beginnings. The love we share within our families is the I am truly overjoyed to be welcomed into this community that I have heard so much about. I foundation that we build off of to cultivate strong know of your warmth, hospitality, resilience friendships and communities, and this could not and the true concern that you show for your be more on display than what we have seen in neighbors. Your proud sense of Zionism and ad- this past year. Just as our families are an important source vocacy for the Jewish state here is commendable, and I am truly honored to build on the years of of strength, so too is the bond between Israel and the Diaspora. Israel cares friendship that exists between Texas and Israel.




deeply about this community; we celebrate your successes and stand with you during times of crisis, as we are one people. I look forward to bringing all of us closer together, getting to know you and sharing my love and passion for the State of Israel. Our shared nation is ready to walk into 5782 with many new friends by its side, including the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco, and soon many more. This is a kind reminder that there are always new beginnings and fresh starts to build a better tomorrow. As we enter into the High Holy Days and I begin my term in my new home of Houston, let us look forward to all of the fresh possibilities that await us. Remember that you always have an open invitation at the consulate, and I wish you a year of health, kindness and a renewed spirit. May we all be inscribed in the Book of Life this coming year. . The Jewish Herald-Voice and the Greater Houston Jewish community welcome Livia Link-Raviv, the new consul general of Israel to the Southwest United States, headquartered in Houston. A



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Rosh Hashanah is a time when Jews reflect on their actions and try to make amends with each other and G-d. How much do you know about Rosh Hashanah? 1) What did Ezra the Scribe do after he assembled the Israelites on the first day of Tishrei? Ο He blessed them. Ο He cursed them. Ο He read the Torah aloud to them. Ο He gave them instructions on how to blow the shofar. 2) During Rosh Hashanah services, in particular, Jews read special religious poems called Ο Mahzorim Ο Brahot Ο Piyyutim Ο Shirim 3) The only reference in the Bible to a “Rosh Hashanah” appears in the sixth century B.C.E. Book of Ezekiel, in a context that refers not to a specific holiday, but to a season of the year. Ο Ο True Ο False Ο 4) The Rosh Hashanah holiday celebration begins with Ο Ο Lighting the candles Ο The appearance of the first star in the skyΟ Ο Blowing the shofar Ο The blessing over the challah 5) Which is NOT another name for Rosh Hashanah? Ο Ο Yom Hadin (Day of Judgment) Ο Festival of First Fruits Ο Ο Yom Teruah (the day of Sounding of the Shofar) Ο Jewish New Year 6) Which is NOT a reason pomegranates are popular during Rosh Hashanah? Ο Ο It is a newly ripened fruit of the season Ο Ο It is mentioned as being one of the native fruits to the land of Israel Ο Ο Some people claim there are 613 seeds in each fruit, which corresponds to the number of commandments in the Torah Ο Ο They are red and pink, colors that represent life in Judaism 7) Apples and/or challah are traditionally dipped in honey to symbolize Ο Ο The hope for a sweet New Year Ο Ο Man’s eternal sweet tooth Ο Ο The hope for peace one day in the future 8) The Hebrew month before Rosh Hashanah has special prayers and moments that help us prepare for the holiday. This month is called Ο Ο Adar Ο Elul Ο Nissan Ο Heshvan Ο Ο9) Where is the term “Rosh Hashanah” referenced by name in the Bible? Ο Ο At the beginning of Creation Ο In the Book of Ezekiel Ο Ο When Moses writes down the TorahΟ Ο In the instructions for sacrifices Ο Ο It isn’t

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hances are, your preschooler isn’t an expert on Rosh Hashanah celebrations (they’ve only been alive for a few of them so far). But, it’s never too early to teach them about the traditions that make Rosh Hashanah so special. Between learning the colors and practicing how to write their own names, preschoolers’ days are filled with learning – and that learning won’t stop during Rosh Hashanah. The Jewish New Year, itself, has a lot of traditions for little ones to understand, such as why you dip apples in honey, blow the shofar and bake round challah. Help your child become acquainted with Rosh Hashanah using the following books, all of which are perfect for the preschool-age child. “Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride” By Deborah Bodin Cohen Illustrated by Shahar Kober Ages 3-5 years • Kar-Ben Publishing Israel’s first train chugs from Jaffa to Jerusalem just in time for Rosh Hashanah, taking treats to children for a sweet New Year and seeing sights all along the way. “Happy Birthday, World” By Latifa Berry Kropf Illustrated by Lisa Carlson Ages 6 months-3 years • Kar-Ben Publishing With simple text, this book explains symbols and customs of Rosh Hashanah by comparing a child’s birthday celebration with the rituals of the Jewish New Year. A birthday cake or honeydipped apples and a shofar or party horns are just two of the comparisons.

“Happy New Year, Beni” By Jane Breskin Zalben • Illustrated by Jane Breskin Zalben Ages 3-5 years • Macmillan Beni loves getting together with family on Rosh Hashanah – if only it weren’t for his mischievous cousin, Max. Max is making trouble for everyone! But Grandpa has a few words of wisdom about starting off the New Year right. Page 18

ner, Little Red Rosie wants to make a round challah to celebrate the holiday. Who will help her make the challah – and then eat it? You might be surprised! “It’s Shofar Time!” By Latifa Berry Kropf Illustrated by Latifa Berry Kropf Ages 3-4 years • Lerner Publishing Group Hearing the shofar is an exciting experience for children. After beginning with this important holiday tradition, the author then introduces dipping apples in honey, making greeting cards and baking round challah. “Little Red Rosie” By Eric Kimmel • Illustrated by Monica Gutierrez Ages 2-3 years • Apples & Honey Press With Rosh Hashanah just around the cor-

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A Retrospective by Rabbi Shaul Osadchey

50th Anniversary of My Visit to Soviet Jewish Refuseniks


Jewish refuseniks accompany Rabbi Shaul Osadchey, right, to Babi Yar.

s a child, I was taught in Hebrew School that Jews had a special bond that transcended national boundaries, language and culture. “Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh BaZeh – All Israel is Bound to One Another.” This idea became clearer in the wake of the Six-Day War and with the emerging Soviet Jewry movement in the 1960s. Still, as a Jewish teen growing up in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, these concepts would remain abstract until I traveled to the former Soviet Union in August 1971 to visit Soviet Jewish refuseniks. Twenty years after the Holocaust, Jews in the Soviet Union were in peril from the daily barrage of anti-Zionism that accompanied decades of official policies aimed at eradicating Jewish religious and cultural life. With hopes of living a productive life dashed, Soviet Jews saw their only alternative to be immigration to Israel. The Soviet response was oppressive, and

those who were refused visas (hence, “refuseniks”), were fired from their jobs and placed under surveillance by the KGB, the Soviet secret police. By the end of December 1971, a group of Jews from Leningrad had planned a daring attempt to hijack an airplane and fly it to freedom. They were arrested and put on trial, which led to the death penalty for two, and long prison sentences for the others. A significant portion of the Jewish leadership of the emigration movement were incapacitated, and questions arose as to who would succeed them. It was two months later, in August 1971, that Doug Kahn and I made a commitment to travel to the Soviet Union to meet with emerging leaders of the movement and to establish a connection between them and activists in the West. We both were active in the Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry and became rabbis. Doug served the San Francisco Jewish community with

distinction for more than 34 years Our trip followed a summer at Kibbutz Ga’ash with a group of fellow University of Berkeley Jewish students. At our stopover in London, we prepared for our 14-day visit to the Soviet Union with briefings from the World Union for Jewish Students. They supplied us with the most up-to-date information and telephone numbers for the refuseniks, which we coded in our personal phone books. They also gave us Hebrew and Judaic literature, that was unobtainable in the Soviet Union, for distribution to the refuseniks. After arriving at our Moscow hotel and settling in, we walked a block away to phone Gavriel Shapira and arrange to meet with a small group of the new leadership. By day, we went on our officially arranged Intourist tours of Moscow, but after dinner, we were picked up by Shapira and taken to an apartment for our meeting with refuseniks.


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We learned about their dire straits – lost jobs, harassment and threats of imprisonment, and the urgency of having their story told in the West to put pressure on the Soviet government to let them emigrate. During the next several days, we met with other Jewish refuseniks, such as Vladimir Slepak, z”l, and kept notes on their individual histories. From Moscow we traveled to Lvov but had no names of Jewish refuseniks to meet and simply toured the city whose population at one point was a third Jewish. Our next stop was Kiev, from where my own grandparents emigrated at the turn of the 20th century. On our first night in Kiev, we met a group of Jewish refuseniks in a small apartment until midnight. As we emerged from their apartment building, a car turned on its headlights and followed us back to the hotel – the first sign that we were being surveilled by the KGB. The next day, two young Jewish refuseniks took us to Babi Yar, the site of the mass killing of 34,000 Jews, Sept. 29-30, 1941, which culminated in the overall shooting of 100,000 civilians of whom 90,000 were Jews. The site was a forested ravine that now lay on the outskirts of Kiev. A small memorial stone marking the Nazi atrocity made no mention of Jews. It was dedicated to the “victims of the Great Patriotic War.” We left Kiev to fly to the city of Odessa on the Black Sea. We had one purpose in Odessa,

Rabbi Shaul Osadchey (tallest in the back) with Kiev refuseniks.

which was to meet with Katya Palatnik, whose sister, Raiza, was imprisoned for applying to immigrate to Israel. Fortuitously, Katya had visited Raiza several days prior to our visit and so we able to get an update on her health and treatment in prison. Her situation was deteriorating, but she survived to be released two years later and allowed to leave for Israel. The last leg of our trip was a return to Mos-

cow where our refusenik friends had prepared written pleas for support, along with petitions to be distributed publicly in the West. These I rolled up and shoved into the hollow tubing of my orange backpack, in the hope of thwarting the anticipated full-body search at the airport. We also set up a telephone network between them and Jewish activists in the West to maintain current communication and to partially

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protect them by raising their public profile. Our trip was the first one to meet with the newly emergent Jewish leadership following the Leningrad 11 trials. At a time when few Westerners traveled to the Soviet Union, our contact with refuseniks infused them with great hope that they would not be forgotten. Rabbi Kahn and I returned to Berkeley to energize the Soviet Jewry movement on the West Coast and to honor our pledge to the refuseniks through regular phone calls to them, sending thousands of postcards and petitions to U.S. government officials, and even sending matzah and other religious items to them for the various Jewish holidays. Two years later, following the end of my first year of rabbinical school in Jerusalem, my contacts in the Israel Ministry of Absorption gave me permission to visit the Soviet Jewish transit camp at Schonau Castle, outside of Vienna. It was inspiring to see some of the impact of our trip with the beginning of the flow of Soviet Jews and the opportunity for them to live their lives freely as Jews in Israel and the West. What were the lessons that I draw from my trip 50 years ago? Twenty years after the Holocaust in the mid-1960s, the slogan, “Never Again,” galvanized Jewish teens, college students and young adults to act upon the mitzvah of pidyon shevu’im (redemption of captives), to prevent the religious and cultural genocide of more than 3 million Soviet Jews. These young American Jews comprised the initial voice of protest until the “Jewish establishment” took up the cause. It teaches us, once again, that individuals acting in concert can effect change on an international level. The Soviet Jewry emigration movement became one of the most successful human rights campaigns of the 20th century, due to the millions of postcards, phone calls and petitions that arose on the grassroots level. These voices of conscience altered the course of the lives of millions of Soviet Jews, as well as those who protested their oppression, including Rabbi Kahn and me. A


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n pre-pandemic years past, eighth-graders at Robert M. Beren Academy participated in an annual school trip to Washington, where they explored our nation’s capital and learned, more in depth, about U.S. history and the function of the federal government. COVID, however, halted all middle school trips at Beren during the 2020-’21 school year. Upset by this, the students’ social studies teacher, who typically helps chaperone the Washington trip, came up with an alternative, yet still meaningful, project for his students – and one that could serve them for years to come. “The Washington trip helps bring to life subject matter we study in class,” said Beren social studies teacher, Michael Duke, formerly associate editor of the Jewish Herald-Voice. “Since we were confined to our campus this past year, due to the pandemic, I wanted to create an experience for our students that would achieve a similar goal, while also giving them the opportunity to do something special that could only be done inside a classroom.” The idea, itself, that Duke came up with was rooted in U.S. history. As part of their U.S. history curriculum, the eighth-graders read, annotated and analyzed Henry David Thoreau’s essay, “Civil Disobedience” (1849). The assignment challenged students to research why Thoreau made the decision to spend two years of his life living in a tiny cabin he built on the banks of Walden Pond. In their research, Beren students learned that the desk on which Thoreau penned “Civil Disobedience,” in opposition to slavery and the MexicanAmerican War, is on display, today, in the Concord Museum in Massachusetts. “I assigned the class to read Thoreau as an entry point to discuss and debate the current state of U.S. politics and the tactic of using acts of civil disobedience to oppose policies that we deem unjust,”



king project empowers ents of history, authors Duke said. “And, the timing couldn’t have been better, given all of the political discord that we witnessed, as a nation, this past year.” The Thoreau assignment wasn’t limited, alone, to reading and discussion. To encourage Beren students to confront and oppose injustices with the power of one’s pen, the eighth-graders spent several class periods building writing desks of their own, based on the one Thoreau used at Walden Pond. The students built their desks almost entirely with hand tools, similar to those that Thoreau would have used. The challenge gave students the opportunity to learn how to dimension timber with hand planes, and to cut and fit dovetails, as well as mortise-and-tenon joinery. No metal fasteners were used in the build, apart from a brass lid hinge. The desks, themselves, were constructed out of solid American ash and are of heirloom quality, Duke bragged. His students agreed their desks are heirloom quality. “I have the satisfaction to say: I built this desk myself,” said eighth-grader Liel Vaknin. “It was very rewarding to make something that I’ll use and that’s all my own,” she said. Most of the desks were finished by late January. They remained in the social studies classroom where they were used for various writing assignments, including those related to checks and balances in government and the role of civil disobedience in political activism and social justice causes. “The students produced some impressive writing on their desks this past year,” Duke said. “And, I hope the desks will continue to serve them well for years to come.” Duke praised Beren’s administration for greenlighting the project. The front office granted his request to move into a new classroom, large enough to accommodate a wood-working workshop. Before the students could build their desks, they had to construct a pair of traditional joinery benches. Those benches will remain in the classroom for

use in future projects, aimed at bringing history to life. “Beren is home to some real Jewish carpenters,” Duke joked. “This past year’s eighth-grade class was impressive,” Beren’s social studies teacher said. “They embraced the subject matter and took the lessons of U.S. history to heart. “I wouldn’t be surprised if, down the road, in future U.S. history classes, we’d read something substantial and important that was authored by former Beren middle schoolers, on their handbuilt writing desks,” Duke added.  A


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Rabbinic Messages The More Things Change ...

People often quip that the only guarantees in life are death and taxes. I actually think the only REAL guarantee in life is change. Every single day, the world is changing. hen I was a rabbinical student, I was afforded the The earth is changing. Politics change. And WE change, opportunity to lead services for a small Reform too – every single day, in ways big and small. Sometimes, (Progressive) community in Bombay, India. We change is thrust upon us by positive and negative life were thrilled to be there, and eager to learn some Indian events. Sometimes, we resist any change at all and somemelodies for the prayers. When we met with the Ritual vice times, we actively seek change and look for ways to reshape president of the congregation, he told us there were not that our lives. We often cannot control what changes in our many melodies he could share, and we had freedom to do lives; all we can control is our response to those changes. whatever we wished. However, he told us, there was one And whew! The past year has been a big one for change. melody that had been part of their community for generaBetween COVID, elections, vaccines, shifting science – it tions, brought by their founding rabbi, and we simply MUST has been hard to keep our feet under us with everything include it in the worship services. that has changed. My then-husband and I eagerly leaned in to hear him I heard over and over again, that “I just want things to Rabbi Annie Belford sing. Imagine our surprise when he sang the familiar melogo back to normal.” In fact, my HHD message in the JHV last dy of Oseh Shalom by Nurit Hirsch that we both had grown year was that I refused to call COVID times “the new norup singing. You know the one – O-o-seeeh Shalom bimromaaaaav – in the mal.” Now that many of us have enjoyed time without masks, it might seem typical Jewish minor key. We looked at each other and in great seriousness that we are returning to “normal.” The thing is – we are not. We never will. told the Ritual VP that we thought we could handle that melody. Will we return to worshipping in person? Absolutely! Will we return to In truth, we still sing that melody at our temple today. People love it, close some of the familiar routines and life? Yes! But, will we return to normal? No their eyes and sing with great kavannah/intention. However, we also sing a – as long as we define normal as everything staying the same. The REAL new few other versions of Oseh Shalom, as well – the one by Debbie Friedman, the normal, what has always been normal, whether or not we wanted to admit newer one by Nava Tehillah and still others. Sometimes, people come up to it, is that everything changes, all the time. Our choice right now? To embrace the changes, lean into them or resist me and ask, “Rabbi, why have you changed the music? Why don’t we sing the them. You get to choose how you respond to these changes. In this New Year, real melodies?” When people say this, I know what they mean. Changing melodies at services can be disorienting and hard. Despite that, will you resist what comes or embrace it? My prayer is that this New Year of melodies ALWAYS are changing, for almost all communities. When congre- 5782 brings us all goodness, hope and love. Rabbi Annie Belford gants ask me why I keep changing the melody, I reply, “Because we are alVillageFrame_JHVad_4x5.25_HR.qxp_Layout 1 3/17/20 5:19 PM Page 1 ways changing, too.” Temple Sinai


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Being Wholehearted Means the Broken Parts, Too

oth the latest Mahzor and siddur of the Conservative movement have the name, Lev Shalem, which means a “whole heart.” It is a reference to pray with our whole heart. I want to spend some time exploring what it means to be wholehearted. Our whole includes the parts that aren’t whole. Our pain, our hurt, our struggles, our mistakes, our missteps all are parts of our whole. Frequently, we bury the unpleasant parts of life. We compartmentalize and lock away those things with which to interact are difficult or painful. Rabbi Gideon Estes Leading up to the High Holy Days, we are encouraged to engage in the process of cheshbon hanefesh, an accounting of the soul. This is where we reflect on our past year and acknowledge what we did well and where we were off the mark. In order to do this properly, we have look at our whole selves, including those boxes that are under the old bed frame in the basement behind the Passover dishes. In getting myself ready for this season, I am strengthened by remembering what was stored in the Ark of the Covenant. Many know that the Ark of the Covenant held the tablets that Moses inscribed at G-d’s command after the sin of the Golden Calf. However, our tradition teaches that is not the only thing in the Ark. The Ark also contained the shattered pieces of the first set of tablets, the tablets that were written by the Finger of G-d. The Ark of the Covenant was the centerpiece of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness and later of the Temples in Jerusalem. It served as a Divine throne where the presence of G-d would descend and be made manifest in the world. So, one of the holiest items in our religious history was only complete with two sets of tablets, those that were intact and those that were broken. Our mistakes don’t define us, but they shape us. We, as human beings, are imperfect and fallible. The instruction of Torah is the ideal toward which we work. This High Holy Days, let us all be inspired to stand before G-d with a whole heart. In other words, let us bring our whole imperfect selves. This past year has been full of pain: Loved ones have been sick; many of us lost friends and relatives. We learned the limits of our abilities to teach and tolerate members of our families, and we all spent more time looking at screens than we really want to recall. And, this year was full of light and joy: Babies were born; communities found ways to connect across miles and across oceans. We had innovation and creativity. People learned new skills, like baking bread or Zooming. Life is not just one thing; it is a complex beautiful mosaic. My hope is we can find strength in our vulnerabilities and stand before G-d and our community in wholeness as we are blessed with the possibility of a beautiful New Year. Shana Tovah U’Metukah, A Sweet and Good New Year. Rabbi Gideon Estes Congregation Or Ami

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True Forgiveness Includes Forgiving Ourselves

forgave you!” The greatest theme of these High Holy Days is found in the word, Forgiveness. At this time of year, we seek forgiveness from loved ones and friends and even strangers, for when we have hurt them by accident or by inadie and Saul’s marriage was the most perfect tent. We seek forgiveness from G-d, in whose image we marriage, loving and giving for more than 50 all are made. years. Of course, there was that one time that The need to seek forgiveness from others and from Saul deeply disappointed Sadie by doing something reG-d may seem to be obvious. Each of us does things that ally stupid, and whenever there was any disagreement do not make us proud. We say things we should not, and between them, on any subject, Sadie would remind Saul we hold our tongue when we should speak up. It is beof his mistake. cause we value our relationship with others, and with One day, when Sadie brought up his stupid mistake G-d, we seek to reconcile with them. again, Saul asked Sadie, “I thought that when we first got Every U.S. citizen owns the Lincoln Memorial in married, you said anything either of us did would be forRabbi Stuart Federow Washington, D.C. However, this does not mean that I given and forgotten?” can walk up to the Lincoln Memorial and write my name Sadie replied, “Exactly! I don’t want you ever to forget that I on Lincoln’s forehead, even if it is mine, as well. Why not? Because, not only would I be hurting public property, I also would be hurting Lincoln, because I would be hurting the image of Lincoln. This is what happens when we hurt another, we hurt the One in whose image they are made. The need to forgive others, and to forgive G-d can be rather obvious. But, it is not always so easy for us to understand that we, too, must forgive ourselves. We forget, sometimes, that we, too, are made in G-d’s image and are deserving of forgiveness from ourselves for the mistakes we make. These High Holy Days remind us that, when others repent of what they did to us, and when we repent of what we have done to others, we begin the New Year with a clean slate. Unlike Sadie, we never would remind another of their transgressions against us, and we also should offer this true forgiveness to ourselves, as well! May you and yours have a Happy, a Healthy and a Jewish New Year! Rabbi Stuart Federow Congregation Shaar Hashalom



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ne of the most powerful prayers of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is the popular Unetaneh Tokef, where we ask “who will live and who will die.” Who can’t help but be moved when we think about our fate in such direct terms? One of the key lines in that prayer: “On Rosh Hashanah, all creatures pass before Him like [benei maron].” What does kivnei marom mean? Most prayerbooks translate it as sheep. However, the Talmud teaches that Rabbi Barry Gelman it also can refer to the soldiers of the house of King David. (There is one more interpretation offered, as well.) Accordingly, on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we pass before G-d resembling soldiers of the house of King David. What is the message of this image? How, on the High Holy Days, are we like soldiers, and what idea is that illusion supposed to convey? I would like to suggest three answers. The soldier concept reminds us of the stakes of the day – it is yom hadim – our judgement day. It is a serious time and soldiers need to be serious. Perhaps, the message is that we must live lives of consequence. It is true, not every day is Yom Kippur, but it also is true that every day is an opportunity to do great things. Hence, we should take ourselves seriously, not in the sense of lacking the ability to joke, but in the sense that each of us can accomplish important and substantial feats. Second, the symbolism of the soldiers reminds us about partnerships and shared responsibility. We do not pray only for ourselves on Rosh Hashanah, we pray for others. Seeing ourselves as soldiers on Rosh Hashanah can inject the year with renewed commitment to others. It challenges us to look around and identify who needs us. Finally, like a soldier, we take comfort and find safety with others.

Spending Rosh Hashanah viewing ourselves as soldiers can bring a sense of safety and contentment. Just like a soldier is not alone on the battlefield, we are not alone as we navigate this complicated world. Taken together, the Unetaneh Tokef prayer propels us to consider how we will undertake the business of living in the next year. The soldier representation teaches us that our actions matter. It teaches us to look beyond ourselves in order to do good. Finally, we are comforted knowing that if we fall, our community will lift us up. Find a way to connect to community this year and you will find yourself uplifted to achieve great things, even as you extend yourself to others. Shana Tovah. Rabbi Barry Gelman Evelyn Rubenstein JCC



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Moving to an Age of Well-Being

We have no loom to weave it into fabric of meaning. And, such a disconnection between information and meaning inevitably leads to anxiety. It’s even been suggested that ’m probably not the only one who likes technology but the 20th century began as a continuation of the Age of Enalso fears it. Some of us are anxious about our inability lightenment but quickly turned into the Age of Anxiety. to meet the complications of the 21st century with the The response to this age of anxiety has been a religious same basic human hardware and software given to us as reawakening in this country on a scale not seen since the was given to our Neanderthal ancestors. Edna St. Vincent beginning of the 19th century. Science, itself, has begun to Millay, a great poet of the early 20th century, put it well: reconsider the wisdom of religion, even as religion appreciUpon this gifted age, in its dark hour, ates anew the insights of science. For no amount of medicaRains from the sky a meteoric shower tion or psychotherapy will relieve the anxiety we feel. What Of facts … they lie unquestioned, uncombined. we need is an overarching religious context to help us place Wisdom enough to leech us of our ill our worry into perspective. Is daily spun, but there exists no loom Rabbi Edwin Goldberg As we celebrate Rosh Hashanah, I believe the time has To weave it into fabric … As the poet suggests, in the last century-and-a-half we have discovered or come to consider how our Jewish heritage can help bring relief in this age of created so much information. We have invented so many technological won- anxiety. The ancient rabbis considered Rosh Hashanah to be the birthday of ders. We have remade the world with the telegraph, photography, the tele- the world, and don’t we often use our own birthdays as opportunities for soul phone, the typewriter, the phonograph, the transatlantic cable, the electric searching? Indeed, Jewish tradition not only declared that, on Rosh Hashanah, “halight, radio waves, movies, the locomotive, rockets, the X-ray, the computer, yom harat olam,” the world was conceived. We also are taught that on every the cell phone and even the safety pin. There is no question that the quality of our life has greatly improved be- Rosh Hashanah, G-d calls on us to renew creation, to create a new world. cause of such items. Vaccines, anyone? The past was not so pleasant. Often, G-d expects us to examine where the world is and where we would like the a hospital stay back then was worse than the disease, itself. Until the advent world to go. This year, especially, we should consider how we might help our world of the telegraph, it could take weeks to have an urgent message delivered to a loved one. There was no refrigeration, no antibiotics, no incubators or mod- move from an age of anxiety to an age of well-being, of hope. And, as Jews, ern sanitation devices. There is no question that our technological advances we should ponder how the insights of our Jewish heritage might help us. For what we need is to identify the core values that will give us the spiritual tools have created a better life for us. But our technology has come with a price. Unlike the Sorcerer’s Appren- we need to confront the confusion and uncertainty that plague us. tice in “Fantasia,” we are “awash in information without even a broom to Rabbi Edwin Goldberg help us get rid of it. What has happened is that the tie between information Congregation Beth Shalom of The Woodlands and human purpose has been severed” (Neil Postman).


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We Were ALL There This Time

been changed by this time period. None of us will forget what it’s like to remain masked and not see another’s face. We won’t forget observing High Holy Days on a computer screen. radition teaches that we all were present at Sinai The isolation, remaining far from loved ones in the to hear the Ten Commandments. We all were interest of safety, was uncomfortable, frustrating and poredeemed from Egyptian bondage; we all experitentially devastating. enced the horrors of slavery. We all missed simchas, missed watching young peoBy extension, it makes sense that any past Jewish exple grow and often were unable to be with dear ones who perience affects us all. were sick or dying. We all should understand how it felt when the Temple There were missed opportunities for graduations, was destroyed twice. The Spanish Inquisition, expulsion proms, B’nai Mitzvot and weddings. Emotional scars defrom Spain, the Crusades and other events all are part of veloped when we could not pay our respects at a funeral our collective memory. Rabbi Dan Gordon or shiva visit. Many had economic trauma that may be Many in our community were alive during the Holopermanent. caust, some experiencing those terrors firsthand. More The entire world has changed. What’s next? recently, the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center affected our lives After the Temple was destroyed, we developed rabbinic Judaism that deeply to this day. With each of these events, the world changed, and we remains vibrant to this day. When we were expelled from Spain, many responded with changes. I admit I actually was not present for any of those events. Even the immigrated to the Americas to develop thriving Jewish communities. Afrecent ones. I was not alive during the Holocaust, though I know many ter the Holocaust, it was apparent to the Jewish people and the United who were, and I have been able to learn from their personal experiences. Nations that it was time to establish the State of Israel. Rosh Hashanah celebrates the beginning of Creation. When the modI was alive during 9/11, and my life changed; but not as dramatically as ern world changes, it becomes our responsibility to re-create. We’ve found those who were in New York and lost loved ones. As a Jew, I have collective memory of ancient experiences, but not as new ways to worship and connect. In the coming years, we’ll continue to real as those who ACTUALLY were at Sinai, or in Egypt or in Europe when re-create the world as we know it, just as our ancestors did. Challenges help motivate us to work together to make the world, this world, what it those powerful, world-changing events happened. The COVID-19 experience is different. Every city, town, village and should be. L’shalom. country has been affected by this virus. Those who became ill or lost loved ones experienced the most intimate trauma. Some coronavirus victims Rabbi Dan Gordon have lingering symptoms; others had mysterious relapses. Even those of Temple Beth Torah us who escaped the illness, or had mild symptoms and recovered, have


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Context, in Judaism, is everything

e’re all hunkered down again for Round 2 of the coronavirus, masking and social distancing, seeking meaning and connection with loved ones and friends through challah recipes on Facebook and online classes and studies. Many of you even are joining Shabbat services via Zoom. This is a good thing. Tradition tells us to utilize the time leading up to the High Holy Days for self-reflection. We begin heshbon hanefesh – soul searching – immediately after Tisha B’Av and continue this process throughout the seven weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah.

Into the midst of all this, between us and the reassuring glow of our computer monitors walks our ancestor, Abraham. He’s headed out the door, under orders from G-d to lech l’cha, get going, start walking – gay avecht, as they say in Yiddish. G-d commands Abraham to leave his family, his home, his comfort zone to go forth and self-actualize. Should we follow Abraham? Should we leave the safety of our computers to experience the enormity of unfamiliarity that leads to spiritual blessings? G-d reassured Abraham his journey would bring great blessings upon himself, his family and upon us, his descendants. Rabbi Marcy Greene This year we travel with our fingers, seeking new meaning by traveling with our keyboards, forsaking typical comfort zones like Netflix and YouTube (and online gaming) to find new ways to self-reflect and expand our own horizons, and connect to one another and our communities. The journey is hard for us, too, but in pandemic times, it’s safer and perhaps more instructive, to travel inward. Abraham transformed himself with his feet. This year, we especially are tasked to look within, to channel Abraham and walk with him online, in prayer and perhaps even on Facebook. This High Holy Days, remember Abraham and the blessing he has imbued upon us throughout the generations. Life, itself, the greatest journey, can be joyous and instructive under any circumstances. In the near future, I am sure we all will walk freely again, venturing outdoors to meet again in synagogues, coffee shops, homes – without masks and other limitations. Until then, we will walk with Abraham within, finding new ways to explore G-d’s many blessings. Rabbi Marcy Greene L’Chaim Center

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he High Holy Days direct us to examine the ugliest aspects of our lives, to unleash our darkest memories and to seek ways to rectify the wrongs of the past year. Like a sacred pedometer, our faith lays out a 10-day journey into the core of our character. Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we will navigate a course which will lead us from reflection to reconciliation. This journey is different for each of us, but the final destination is set for all of us. Whether or not we recognize the work we must do, whether or not we have finished our task, whether or not we find the capacity and Rabbi Steven M. Gross courage to change ourselves – each of us has been given the same amount of time to contemplate and act. We have 10 days and, if we take these days seriously, our journeys will be rich and meaningful. Why do we embark on this inner voyage every year? Because each of us wants to do better. Each of us wants to be better. Each of us wants to find ways to behave and react better in situations that led us astray in the past. According to the great 20th-century Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, there are two very distinct ways to approach this journey. One path calls for a complete obliteration of the past. The other involves allowing our sins to help us navigate a better future. The first path is paved in absolute terms. It recognizes that some situations necessitate a clean break. Sometimes, we must completely wipe the slate clean in our efforts to eradicate this part of our lives. In dealing with sin in such an absolute way, we recognize that nothing good can come out of that experience. The second path leads us to see and understand that repentance can enable us to learn and grow from our wayward deeds. As Rabbi Barry Gelman likes to say at this time of year, “We should never let a good sin

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understand the nuances she is so well-versed in hearing and noticing. To wit, she shared with me that it made her laugh when our pianist and she began rehearsing B’rosh ive music is a big part of our Rosh Hashanah and Hashanah, the prayer many of us anticipate and possibly Yom Kippur experience. We are not a “halakhic” dread, that asks, “Who shall live and who shall die? Who community; in place of the mostly fixed ritual of by fire and who by water? etc. the more conservative among us, Congregation Shma Apparently, the pianist jumped in, playing the piece Koleinu utilizes music as the means by which we all are in major scale, not the minor scale with which it is incalled to these moments of profundity and search for ultended. At which point, Hannah read him the translatimate meaning. tion of the text, “Who by fire and who by water? ... Who Shma Koleinu is working with a new pianist this by war and who by beast? … Who by earthquake and year for the High Holy Days. Earlier this month, our canwho by plague? ...” Immediately, the pianist understood torial soloist, Hannah Madeleine Goodman, was in from which scale would be correct. New York to engage in some early rehearsal. There is a redemption offered in this prayer that noneI love having Hannah in town and, in truth, I love theless offers uplift, even if it cannot be entirely rescued Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss getting to hang out with the impressive musicians from the minor chords in which it toils. And that is, the we are able to recruit. (It makes me feel “cooler” than nechemta (comforting note) at the conclusion: I deserve!) Moreover, Hannah speaks to me like I’m a musician, able to Utshuvah, utfillah, utzdakah maavirin et roa hag’zeirah. “But through return to the right path, through prayer and righteous giving, we can transcend the harshness of the decree.” Not that we can change our fate, but that we can change the measure of our lives when that fate inevitably visits us. This piece of liturgy I believe, is meant to be sung, to inspire, to uplift, to hearten and to remind us that our lives are beautiful, short-lived things, no matter how long we get to sojourn on this earth. None of us escapes our mortality, but every one of us can infuse it with greater weight and substance when we show up in the fullness of the Divine image in which we were created. The “minorness” in the big picture of life, history and the world of each of our lives nonetheless can be sung with the major quality of knowing that our existence matters. For why else would G-d have made sure you and I were here, as we are? That is a notion worth singing.


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Finding the Sanctity Within Us

ne of the brightest lights of the renowned Hasidic communities of Eastern Europe in the 18th century was the revered Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev. He was a second-generation disciple of the great Baal Shem Tov, the founder of modern Hasidism, and a charismatic leader of the communities he guided in Poland and Ukraine. Rabbi Yitzhak was known for his unique approach to personal spirituality, and he left behind countless legends of having led his followers to live lives of fervent prayer Rabbi Oren Hayon and devotion to the core values of Jewish conscience in deep relationship with G-d. Most importantly, perhaps, he lived as a passionate defender of the Jewish people and stood up for their preservation and well-being under all circumstances, earning him the honorific nickname, “The Defender of Israel.” The Days of Awe are considered a sort of courtroom proceeding, in which the Jewish community finds itself on trial for deeds over the preceding year. G-d is the presiding Judge, of course, and the holy days are our time to plead our case and hope that the Court will return a merciful verdict. Rabbi Yitzhak was renowned for the impassioned prayers and sermons he would offer during the High Holy Days. According to legend, one year he pleaded out loud, addressing a plea for mercy and forbearance directly to G-d: “A-mighty G-d, Ruler of the Universe! As You well know, if any of us – even the humblest and least learned Jew! – should come across a holy book in the street, lying on the dusty ground, we would pick it up tenderly, kiss it and replace it on the shelf with dignity. And are not we, Your beloved people Israel, also a sort of holy book? Your words are inscribed in our hearts! And are not we, too, lying in the dust? Are not we, too, strug-

gling with pain and difficulty? And so, A-mighty G-d, will You pass us by and not pick us up?” As we enter this New Year together, we may be feeling a deep resonance with this metaphor. The difficulties of the past year-and-a-half have left many of us feeling like a holy book abandoned in the street: trampled and crushed and yearning to be reminded of our innate sanctity. But perhaps, we can find some comfort in the Berditchever’s prayer: that G-d, who loves us deeply, will lift us up from our suffering, dust us off carefully, and place us upright in a position of dignity and pride. May this be the year that all of us become reacquainted with the deep and abiding sanctity within us, and within all members of our holy community. Rabbi Oren Hayon Congregation Emanu El

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ne of the tricks of rabbis, including myself, is to share ing faster than NASA’s Parker Solar Probe. life lessons in the third person when, in reality, we • G-d says, “If you don’t do my mitzvos, you will have are talking about ourselves. For example, Pirkei a meaningless life, you will never achieve true happiAvos (Ethics of our Fathers) teaches us that we should greet ness, you will be punished in this world and not receive everyone with a smile. When I teach this, I’m reminding any reward in the Afterlife. If you do my mitzvos, you myself how I really need to live up to this beautiful lesson of will have the most meaningful and happy life, I will bless Judaism. That’s one of the reasons I love teaching Torah. Beyou and your family and you will have the greatest life cause the more I learn and teach the principles of Judaism, possible in this world and the Afterlife.” The person who the better the chances that I will apply these life-changing takes this message to heart has to refocus many of his Torah lessons in my own life. so called “priorities” and align them with G-d’s. InterestIn the last line of the first paragraph of Aleinu (Deuteringly, G-d is our boss, doctor, father and so much more. onomy 4:39) we read, “You are to know this day and take to Deep down, we all know this message, yet we struggle your heart that Hashem is the only G-d – in Heaven above in stagnancy. Changing takes too much work and someand on earth below – there is none other.” We should medihow, when it comes to the most important thing in the Rabbi Gavriel Jacknin tate on this verse daily (meaning I should meditate on it daiworld, our growth, our spirituality, our Judaism, we tend ly). There are so many truths we know; yet, we don’t follow to take it too easy. We will work harder to lose the weight through with emotion or action. The masters of Mussar explain this verse to than to develop our spiritual muscles. (Remember, I’m talking to myself.) mean that an abstract belief in G-d is not sufficient to make people observe When you are heading the wrong direction for years, you either can keep the mitzvos/commandments as they should. After obtaining knowledge, we going that way because you’ve been going that direction your entire life or must take it to heart; that is, develop an emotional commitment to act upon you can choose to say, “I’m a little embarrassed and I’m so sorry but I’ve been the knowledge. going the wrong way for years now and it’s time to turn around and head the • The boss says, “If you don’t start coming to work on time, we will look right way. …” A gift the A-mighty gives us is once we start heading the right for your replacement.” The person who takes the message to heart will start direction, it only gets easier. showing up on time (unless he doesn’t really care about the job). Wishing each of you a year of tremendous spiritual growth, true hap• The doctor says, “If you don’t cut down on your unhealthy eating habits, piness, a new and profound relationship with the A-mighty, improved and you will probably have a heart attack in the next three to five years.” The per- deeper relationships with your friends and family, success, overflowing blessson who takes his message to heart changes his eating habits for the better ings, and may all of your prayers be answered for the good. and alters his lifestyle completely. Happy 5782! G-d bless y’all! • The parent says, “If you don’t do your chores like you are expected Rabbi Gavriel Jacknin to, the consequences will be that you will not go to Six Flags this weekend Bellaire Jewish Center with your friends.” The child who takes the message to heart starts clean-

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The Future is in Our Hands

purpose of examining the past always has been to make us whole again. On the High Holy Days, even as we tremble before the Eternal’s decree, the Mahzor makes clear, avid Ben-Gurion once said, “Everybody’s an ex“Prayer (tefilah), repentance (teshuvah), and charity (tzepert about the past; nobody’s an expert about dakah)” temper the severe decree. the future.” In Jewish history, even the Hebrew Wholeness comes with justice after we make amends prophets didn’t foretell the future. They only foretold and change our ways. We begin with prayer. Commuwhat would happen if circumstances remained the same. nally and privately, prayers express our deepest commitWe’re not prophets, nor children of prophets, but we ments to the Covenant. Next, acts of repentance demcan do the same. The High Holy Days provide us time to onstrate our ability to apologize for errors committed examine the past with expertise. Reflection and repenknowingly and unknowingly and then to do something tance are tools we use to acknowledge the past squarely about them. And, generous gifts to the synagogue and and without illusion as we prepare for a sweet New Year. institutions of Jewish life help restore what we failed to The challenge is what we choose to remember about build. The threefold formula prompts the Eternal’s reply, Rabbi David Lyon the past. It’s said that “the victors write history.” If we “I have forgiven according to your plea.” It marks the emerged as victors or relatively unscathed from the past, we might prefer moment for potential human wholeness in the New Year. to refine our recollections of it to serve our own purpose. But, the greater Validation enables us to begin the New Year to see that whatever may befall us – joy or sorrow, health or sickness – it is all part of life’s vicissitudes, but not a product of human success or failure. So, in joy we express gratitude, and in sorrow we seek consolation. In health we choose life, and in sickness we seek medicine and hope. All are available in Covenant with the Eternal, and nothing is unavailable to those who seek it. On the High Holy Days, we are told, “It is not My desire that the wicked shall die, but that the wicked turn from their [evil] ways and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways, that you may not die, O House of Israel!” (Ezekiel 33:11). The past is what it is, and our stories can’t change it. But, the future is in our hands to shape into the best stories we wish to be told about times we share with family, friends and community. L’Shana Tovah. Senior Rabbi David Lyon Congregation Beth Israel


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he is not the most important person, does not know everything, and that without listening to other people, he could not learn anything. n the Mishna, Ben Zoma asks, “Who is wealthy?” Secondly, optimism is essential to overcoming setHe answers, “The one who is happy/contented with backs. “When you have a failure,” he said, “what you their portion.” During the High Holy Days, we, too, have to do is learn from it but move on and not let that ponder questions about our state of happiness. Did our happen again.” accomplishments outweigh our shortcomings? Did Lastly, Wong asserted that learning to laugh at onewe focus on the people and activities that enhance our self is crucial. “Happiness is that I don’t think of myself sense of physical, mental and spiritual well-being? too seriously,” he said, “If you can’t laugh at yourself, In the midst of celebrations, inevitable losses and then you’re going to go through life a very unhapa pandemic that turned life upside down, the looming py person.” question is how do we balance these challenges with a Wong has gotten it right: Humility, resilience and daily desire to discover simcha – joy – in life? Perhaps, Rabbi Shaul Osadchey humor are three key ingredients to leading a happy life. a starting point in our search for happiness can come These values are accessible to all of us. Simcha can be from identifying and imitating an example of a truly found in the context of humility when it replaces kvetching/complainhappy person. Several years ago, the New York Times asked pollster Gallup to as- ing with positive and affirmative comments along with acts of chesed/ semble a statistical composite of the happiest person in America. Gallup’s loving kindness. We can infuse our lives with simcha by discovering the joy that redata painted a surprising picture: The hypothetical happiest American would be a tall, Asian-American man over 65 years old, who lives in sides in our homes and with the people we care about by conveying to Hawaii, is married with children, owns a business, earns a household them our love and gratitude. We can find simcha by enjoying the blessings in what we have, rather than in what we think we need. We can income of more than $120,000 a year – and is an observant Jew!” In other words: Alvin Wong, a 5-feet, 10-inch Honolulu senior citi- find simcha in prayer, in study, in doing tikkun olam/social justice, in zen born to Chinese parents, happily married with two children, a con- deepening friendships and making new ones, in cooking and eating, in vert to Judaism, active in his synagogue, who kept a kosher home and singing, in being a leader and in being part of a community whose roots owned a health care management business and who earned more than are in a wise and timeless tradition. May we be contenders in 5782 for Alvin Wong’s title as the “Happiest $120,000 a year. Wong became an overnight celebrity. The downside was that he be- Person in America” and may our year be filled with simcha – happiness gan to receive calls from all over the world from unhappy people who and health! Shanah Tovah u’Metukah – Best Wishes for a Sweet and Joyous New Year, wanted to know his secret for happiness. While Wong admitted there was no magical formula, he did offer Rabbi Shaul Osadchey three insights. First, the virtue of humility taught him to realize that


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We are Collectively Responsible for One Another


hough we brush our teeth (and hopefully floss), we still visit the dentist (with those tiny mirrors and the tortuous metal toothpicks). Though we can (attempt) to cut our hair, we still see the salon/barber (probably fixing what we’ve done ourselves). We count on fitness instructors. Teachers. Doctors. And lawyers. Even rabbis (I don’t suggest officiating your own wedding). We rely on various experts and professionals who can recognize and resolve problems in their respective fields. Ones that we may overlook. As I’ve learned the hard way, YouTube isn’t an online de-

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gree. And, calling a plumber is probably the best way to go. Let’s just admit it. We need others. We’re better together. As we encounter our Day of Atonement and forgiveness, we ask G-d to wipe clean our slate of wrongdoings. But, even if you’re home alone with a mask on, Yom Kippur is STILL a day of togetherness and communal identity. This is indicated by one of the most important prayers, the Vidui. We say these words aloud in unison. We announce our transgressions. “We are cruel. We scheme. We are violent. We slander.” It’s important to note that the terms of this prayer are in the plural – indicating that WE, as a Jewish community, are collectively responsible for one another. We look out for one another. And, we keep one another on the

right path. And thus, we enter our Days of Awe: May we not only make promises to do a little better in the year to come, but we help support others in our community with their promises to themselves. Yom Kippur is a time to reflect upon how we can commit to helping share the burden of others and assist them in their yearlong journey towards the next New Year. L’Shana Tovah! Rabbi Aaron Sataloff Congregation Beth Israel

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he past one-and-a-half years have taught us a great deal, including that none of us is an island. What one person does can deeply and widely affect the rest of us; thankfully, sometimes positively, and unfortunately, other times negatively. Many of us belong to a variety of concentric communities. Community is an integral aspect of Judaism. For example, there are rituals for which a minyan is required. Often, when we think about community, we think about physical community. Rabbi Deborah Schloss In the past one-and-a-half years – and perhaps almost as far back as the internet connecting us to others with whom we share common interests, religion and other mutual values – we have expanded our notion of community from physical to virtual, and from physical to spiritual. What designates purposeful affiliation with any of the communities to which we belong? To uniquely answer this question, let’s turn to South African author Laurens van der Post, and his definition of two different types of hunger: “The Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert talk about a Great Hunger and a Little Hunger. The Little Hunger wants food for the belly; but the Great Hunger, the greatest hunger of all, is the hunger for meaning. ... There is ultimately only one thing that makes human beings deeply and profoundly bitter, and that is to have thrust upon them a life without meaning. “There is nothing wrong in searching for happiness. But, of far more comfort to the soul is something greater than happiness or unhappiness, and that is meaning. “Because transfigures all. Once you are doing has for JHV meaning Rosh21 copy.pdf 1 8/6/21 11:34 what AM





you meaning, it is irrelevant whether you’re happy or unhappy. You are content – you are not alone in your Spirit – you belong.” In this new Jewish year, 5782, whether it is within a physical community, spiritual community or a hybrid, may we strive to do what’s most meaningful to us, helpful to others and our environment and, in the process, find contentment and belonging. Eljay and Priya join me in wishing you a 5782 filled with health, contentment and wonderful ways to reengage in our magnificent world! Rabbi Deborah Schloss Temple Beth Tikvah

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hroughout the coronavirus pandemic, each of us has faced challenges: personal, professional and communal. It’s been a period that has been full of loss, obstacles and helplessness. And, through it all, the ebbs and flows of our sacred calendar have kept us on an important path of finding holy moments in spite of difficult times. We’ve experienced every emotion as the once familiar became unfamiliar and then became familiar once again. The cycle of the year kept us going, even if we needed to keep checking the calendar to remind us of the time and season. Without the regular routines and schedules, we sought a constant that we knew we could rely upon – that of Shabbatot and chagim.

These days took on greater meaning; we found ourselves at home without many other distractions so we could truly focus on our kavannah, the intent with which we approached each day. We found a way to make our homes into holy sanctuaries, just as we are taught in our tradition. We came together by cooking delicious meals that filled our home with familiar and comforting smells. We powered our computers and joined Zoom celebrations, all the while recalling how grateful we were for our health and that of our family. We took nothing for granted, as we adapted to the rapidly changing times. We sought comfort in our families and communities, be they near or far. We powered through our days, finding meaning in both the mundane and sacred. While we are still far from being past the pandemic, we Rabbi Adrienne P. Scott look ahead to a New Year that will bring a greater sense of purpose and meaning. We will share our prayers and songs in community, whether in-person or online, with a renewed sense of hope. We will remain ever grateful for the power of modern medicine and medical professionals who helped us throughout a tenuous and challenging period. The month of Elul is our time for preparation. In order for the sacred season of Tishrei to be all that we anticipate, we must put in the holy work to collect ourselves both physically and spiritually. A section from the Mishkan HaLev prayerbook offers these insightful verses: “Before we enter the places of prayer, let us find within ourselves a place of calm. Before we revel in the wonderous and sublime, let there be an honest, inward gaze. Before the rites and ceremonies of Awe, let there be quieter days, an island of attentiveness.” In this New Year of 5782, may we have the strength to restore ourselves to leading meaningful and heartfelt days that are within our comfort zones. May we find the right path that allows us to return to the familiar, even as we are inspired to find a new path towards achieving sustainable peace. Rabbi Adrienne P. Scott Congregation Beth Israel




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hen I was 13 years of age, in my Bar Mitzvah year, my father and I would go to shul on Saturday mornings, return for lunch, then he would study with me the wisdom of the ancient rabbis. One of his favorite selections was an ancient one that said: “Pray for the peace of your country … because if it does not exist, man will eat man up.” I remember how he would tell me how proud he was of my mother’s cousin who was a detective in Brooklyn, when we lived in Brooklyn. My mother’s cousin would visit our home and tell us of his activities with the criminal world and he would tell us, “People take our police force for granted, but if we didn’t exist, this nation would be one of chaos, disRabbi Jack Segal order and turmoil.” I never gave much thought to his words but, in recent months, it now has become obvious to me how true were those rabbinic words. In recent months, cities galore have had marches with hundreds and hundreds of people shouting and screaming: “Defund the police.” Many actually have even decreased the annual allotment to their police forces. In fact, New York has even removed $1 billion dollars from its police annual allotment. The attitude was: Many of our police forces have not treated all our private citizens properly and, therefore, we should cut the size of our “men in blue” and downsize their budgets. However, this attitude borders on senility, declining thinking and mental infirmity. What resulted should have been obvious. The number of criminal acts grew and grew, increased and increased, and expanded and expanded. It was like an explosion. As of this writing (July 26), there have been 171 “duty deaths” of police in the U.S., including 13 female policewomen this year. Criminals just wait for such opportunities. Each one of us, this year, should recite a regular prayer for our police personnel. Instead of resigning their positions or retiring from their departments and having the number of police decline, we should pray that their number increases. Look at Chicago, New York, Portland, Baltimore, Seattle and so

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ach year, as Rosh Hashanah rolls around, we are supposed to engage in teshuvah, repentance. But, do we really have the capacity to change? Are we able to take charge of our lives? Will this next year really be the year that we become the people we want to be? Our tradition teaches us to be confident that yes, we can grow and change. In Deuteronomy, we read, “When all of these things come to pass ... and you will return to Hashem, your G-d” (Chapter 30). Maimonides, in his magisterial Laws of Repentance (7:5) tells us this is a promise to the Jewish people that eventually we will repent as a people. In fact, he seems to apply this notion of inevitable reCONGREGATION EMANU EL

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pentance to each of us as individuals: “If a man has violated any commandment of the Torah ... when he repents and turns away from his sin, he is obliged to confess before G-d, blessed is He …” (ibid. 1:1). The Rambam says, “if” a person sins but, “when” he repents. Apparently, in his opinion, sinning is a possibility, but personal growth is inevitable. Similarly, Rabbi Abraham Kook writes in his “Lights of Repentance” that “The primary repentance, which immediately illuminates the darkness, is for a person to return to oneself, to the root of his soul, and he will immediately return to G-d …” (16:10). That is to say, in Rav Kook’s opinion, teshuvah is a natural process, the outcome of knowing ourselves and living up to the most Rabbi Yitzy Sprung spiritually exalted version of our lives. Last, we note that G-d is referred to as Kel Emunah, a Faithful G-d (Deut. 32:4). The rabbis comment in the Midrash (Sifrei 307:3) that G-d is referred to as a G-d of Faith, Kel Emunah “because He believed in the world and created it.” G-d made us with free choice, with the possibility of failure, but only because He believes that we will live up to our potential. Going into this High Holy Days season, we should not be filled with doubt, but with confidence. We should not think little of ourselves, despair of great dreams or give up on spiritual greatness. Our tradition teaches us to be confident in our ability to become the people we want to be, and that a change into a better version of ourselves is just around the corner if we seek it. Kel Emunah, the G-d of Faith, believes in us. We should, too. Rabbi Yitzy Sprung United Orthodox Synagogues

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he Jewish holidays, like life, are always in motion. One year they’re early. The next year they’re late. One year you can’t wait for them to get here. The next year, like this year, they’re on you before you know it. And yet, they do follow a pattern. There is what I like to call, an ordered randomness to them. Because the holidays follow a lunar calendar, which is only 354 days long, rather than a solar calendar, which is 365 days long, seven times every 19 years a leap year adds an entire month. The result is, in a non-leap year, the holidays are 11 days earlier than the year before, and in leap years, they

are about 17 days later. So, while they are constantly moving around, they do so in a pattern. It strikes me that this is not unlike our lives, which have both order and randomness. We have schedules – daily, weekly, monthly, yearly. And, most of the time our lives fall neatly into place. But then, the unexpected happens. It can be as trivial as a traffic jam making us late to work or as momentous as a car accident that threatens our life. Both things happen all the time, but only occasionally do they happen to us or to someone we know. And, we never know where or when. Order and randomness. When our lives follow the pattern ways we’ve set for Rabbi Roy A. Walter ourselves and the randomness is negligible, we don’t think about it. But, when life takes one of those nasty random turns, we are uprooted. Sure, those things happen. They happen all the time. They are part of the pattern of human existence. But, when they happen to us, the pattern of our lives is thrown off course and we feel threatened. This past year has been a harsh example of a weird randomness happening to all of us. Sadly, there are some whose lives have been devastated. But, things are returning to “normal” for most of us. And, we are certainly ready for “normal.” So, my prayer for this year is simple: a return to “normal.” We all are ready for it. May G-d grant that it be so. Shana Tovah to all. Rabbi Emeritus Roy Walter Congregation Emanu El

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e experience two types of pain: physical pain and mental anguish. When hearing the word, “pain,” out of context, my first thought goes to physical pain, even though mental anguish may be more severe and incapacitating than physical suffering. In Chapter 18 of his book, “How to Be an Antiracist,” Ibram X. Kendi writes about the necessity of pain during the healing process. Kendi observes that, with regard to dealing with the impact of racism in our society, “we want to heal AmerRabbi Kenny Weiss ica without pain, but without pain, there is not progress.” The High Holy Days are a time for healing – healing the emotional wounds we experienced during the past year, along with those we inflicted upon others. Kendi’s words carry tremendous meaning at this time of year. In order to heal, we must experience and endure pain. But, focusing just on the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur validates Kendi’s observation that we want to heal without pain. By truncating the healing process and assigning it to the 10 Days of Awe, we artificially shorten the healing process, and thereby deny that pain is an integral part of a full and complete healing. This past year we have seen many examples that illustrate the long and arduous healing processes in which our world is currently engaged, from Olympic athletes choosing uniforms that remove sexualization from their sports, to enduring uncomfortable masks as we work to recover from COVID, and holding people responsible for acts of bias that still take place too often – and confronting those who deny that bias exists at all. May each of us realize that pain is an inevitable part of moving forward, and may we use these High Holy Days as a time for beginning a healing process of our choosing, recognizing that our pain will continue beyond the final shofar blast on Yom Kippur. Rabbi Kenny Weiss, Houston Hillel

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Why Does Torah Mandate Loan Amnesty Every Seven Years? BY YEHUDA SHURPIN | CHABAD.ORG


his coming Jewish year (5782) is a Shemitah year. In a year of Shemitah, in addition to not working fields (in Israel), all debts are forgiven. Why is that? Wouldn’t this commandment just serve to make people hesitant to lend out money, knowing that the debtor could just run out the clock and have the debt canceled every seven years? Here is some background on this unusual law. The Torah commands us that every seventh year, starting from when the Jewish nation settled the land of Israel, is a Sabbatical (Shemitah) year and, in addition to the agriculture laws, all personal loans are forgiven. This law applies even outside of Israel, and only to personal loans, not public loans or debts incurred for other reasons (e.g., rent, purchase). As you correctly intuited, at a certain point in history it does indeed seem that this law caused a hesitancy to lend out money close to the Shemitah year. But, perhaps counterintuitively, this law was meant to evoke the opposite response.

Faith and generosity The classic 13th-century work, Sefer Hachinuch, explains that forgiving our debts every seventh year trains us to become more generous. And, letting go of money that is rightfully ours ingrains in our hearts a strong faith that ultimately all comes from G-d. When we trust in G-d and act generously toward others, we are fit to receive kindness and blessing from G-d. Indeed, this seems to be the implication of the verses regarding debt amnesty: “This shall be the nature of the remission: Every creditor shall remit the due that he claims from his fellow … There shall be no needy among you – since the L-rd your G-d will bless you in the land that the L-rd your G-d is giving you as a hereditary portion – if only you heed the L-rd your G-d and take care to keep all this instruction that I enjoin upon you this day. For the L-rd your G-d will bless you as He has promised you: You will extend loans to many nations, but require none yourself. …”

Preventing theft Additionally, the Chinuch explains, this mitzvah trains us to distance ourselves from envy or even the desire to commit theft. After all, we can draw an a fortiori argument (kal vachomer) from this law: “Even with my own money that I lent out, the Torah said to forfeit it to the borrower when the Shemitah year arrives; I should certainly not covet or steal that which was never mine in the first place!” Page 58


Taking your belongings with you

Nothing to pay back

Our life and work in this physical, material world are only temporary. We are not here to accumulate wealth and belongings, but to serve G-d, to whom the entire world belongs. Releasing our hard-earned money teaches us not to be overly invested in our business and material affairs, thinking that the harder we work the more we’ll have. After all, a single Shemitah can come and wipe it all out. Rather, everything comes from G-d, and our efforts toward earning a livelihood should not come at the expense of our true purpose.

While all these answers, thus far, have focused on the lenders, others see this mitzvah as a reprieve for the borrowers. Since no one can work the fields during the Shemitah year, it makes sense that the poor borrower has no means of earning the money to pay back his debts. As such, the Torah declares all debts null.

Amnesty of our debts to G-d The Torah, as it exists down here on this physical plane, is but a reflection of the Torah in the spiritual realms. The Rebbe explains that, like a creditor, G-d gives us an abundance


of blessings with the expectation that we “pay Him back.” For example, if we are blessed with children, we owe it to Him to educate them to follow His ways. If He grants us wealth, we must be careful to give charity and otherwise use it in accordance with His wishes. G-d, however, knows full well that, at times, the debtor falls short and is unable to pay back His loan. Thus, from time to time, G-d grants “amnesty” and forgives us for misappropriating that which He gives us. So, as a reflection of this, in the year of Shemitah, we forgive those who may owe us. By curtailing our work in the fields and, instead, dedicating the year to serving G-d, we are, in a sense, putting aside our former selves that have sunk deep into the materialistic world. We now are like a new person with a clean slate, which in turn causes our previous “debts” to G-d to be canceled.

The hesitancy to lend money Forgiving debts seemingly would cause lenders to hesitate lending money close to Shemitah. Indeed, about a hundred years before the destruction of the Second Temple, Hillel the Elder observed that people were becoming hesitant to give loans, close to Shemitah, to those who needed it. So, he established the concept of a pruzbul, a process that transfers personal debts to the courts, thus making them collectible, de-

spite the Shemitah laws. Although the rabbis generally are not empowered to circumvent a Torah precept, Hillel was able to do this since the Shemitah loan amnesty, itself, no longer is in effect on a biblical level. The Talmud explains that many of the Torah’s agricultural laws, including the agricultural rules of Shemitah, are dependent on all 12 Tribes living in the Holy Land. These conditions ceased to exist in the 6th century B.C.E., when the Assyrians conquered the Northern Kingdom of Israel and sent the majority of its population, the “Ten Lost Tribes,” into exile. The laws of Shemitah are inextricably tied to each other. Thus, biblically, Shemitah’s loan amnesty is in effect only when its agricultural rules are biblically observed. It is quite possible that the fact that the Shemitah amnesty laws were only in effect rabbinically, coupled with the deteriorating spiritual level of the masses at that time, led some to hesitate to lend money, perhaps mistakenly believing that G-d’s promise of physical abundance only applies when Shemitah is biblical.

Positive within the negative The Rebbe explains that although the reason for the enactment of the pruzbul was a sign of the deteriorating spiritual level of the Jewish people of that time, there was a positive aspect to it, as well. After all, the whole concept of the

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pruzbul is that, despite our lowly spiritual level, we can continue to do acts of kindness by lending and giving money to those in need. We pray for the day when these laws once again will be biblically in force, when all of the Tribes of Israel will return to the land with the coming of the Moshiach. Amen! Note: Although loans are not canceled until the end of the Shemitah year, once the Shemitah year begins, there are those who rule that a lender may not demand payment of a loan (although he may accept it without demurring if the borrower wishes to repay on his own). For this reason, many have the custom to make a pruzbul before Rosh Hashanah, immediately prior to the Shemitah year, to be able to collect payment throughout the Shemitah year. Once the pruzbul has been made, any additional loans will require an additional pruzbul. Others simply make a pruzbul at the end of the seventh year, just before the loans are suspended. To cover all grounds, there are many – including Chabad – who make the pruzbul twice, once before the Shemitah year and once again just before it concludes. A noted scholar and researcher, Rabbi Yehuda Shurpin serves as content editor at Chabad.org and writes the popular weekly “Ask Rabbi Y” column. He is the rabbi of the Chabad Shul in St. Louis Park, Minn., where he resides with his wife, Ester, and their children. A

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