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The Talmud (Berakhot 31a) provides guidelines for how we are to approach prayer: “Our sages taught: One must not stand in prayer in sadness or in laziness, or in laughter, or in conversation, or in light-headedness, or in idle matters; but [one should pray] in happiness [of a mitzvah].”

From time to time I receive comments from Institute members about new “humrot” (stringencies) which are being introduced at their synagogues.

A black professional football player recently refused to stand during the pre-game singing of the American National Anthem. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he said after the game.

I write these words of eulogy in New York, being unable to be with you in Seattle for the funeral of Elazar Behar. [The funeral took place on Monday, August 29, 2016.] I write with a heavy heart. Lazar was a lifelong friend and I—along with all of you—feel a profound sense of loss.

A Midrash tells that when the Almighty was about to create Adam, a debate broke out among the angels. Some advised Him not to create human beings, others urged Him to create humanity. Hesed (compassion) said: let human beings be created because they will do acts of kindness.

Did Esti Weinstein die in vain?

When we were in Jerusalem in late June, we heard the news of the suicide of Esti Weinstein, a 50 year old Israeli woman. She left a suicide note: “In this city I gave birth to my daughters, in this city I die because of my daughters.”

Palestinian terrorists perpetrated another heinous attack in Tel Aviv, murdering four Israelis and wounding nine others. Israeli police were quick to neutralize the two gun-wielding terrorists so that no further casualties resulted.

The Jerusalem Post online edition (June 2, 2016) includes an article headlined: “Why Bernie Sanders Hates Israel.” It begins: “Throughout history, the Jewish people have seen fellow Jews turn against their own people.”

In his book “Crowds and Power,” the Nobel Prize winning Sephardic author, Elias Ca

It is with sadness that I record the passing of Dr. Albert Arking of Potomac, Maryland. The world has lost an outstanding human being. Our family has lost a crown jewel. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother—and our distinguished Mehutan, father of our son-in-law Dan.

The Talmud (Berakhot 31a) provides guidelines for how we are to approach prayer: “Our sages taught: One must not stand in prayer in sadness or in laziness, or in laughter, or in conversation, or in light-headedness, or in idle matters; but [one should pray] in happiness [of a mitzvah].”

From time to time I receive comments from Institute members about new “humrot” (stringencies) which are being introduced at their synagogues.

A black professional football player recently refused to stand during the pre-game singing of the American National Anthem. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he said after the game.

I write these words of eulogy in New York, being unable to be with you in Seattle for the funeral of Elazar Behar. [The funeral took place on Monday, August 29, 2016.] I write with a heavy heart. Lazar was a lifelong friend and I—along with all of you—feel a profound sense of loss.

A Midrash tells that when the Almighty was about to create Adam, a debate broke out among the angels. Some advised Him not to create human beings, others urged Him to create humanity. Hesed (compassion) said: let human beings be created because they will do acts of kindness.

Did Esti Weinstein die in vain?

When we were in Jerusalem in late June, we heard the news of the suicide of Esti Weinstein, a 50 year old Israeli woman. She left a suicide note: “In this city I gave birth to my daughters, in this city I die because of my daughters.”

Palestinian terrorists perpetrated another heinous attack in Tel Aviv, murdering four Israelis and wounding nine others. Israeli police were quick to neutralize the two gun-wielding terrorists so that no further casualties resulted.

The Jerusalem Post online edition (June 2, 2016) includes an article headlined: “Why Bernie Sanders Hates Israel.” It begins: “Throughout history, the Jewish people have seen fellow Jews turn against their own people.”

In his book “Crowds and Power,” the Nobel Prize winning Sephardic author, Elias Ca

It is with sadness that I record the passing of Dr. Albert Arking of Potomac, Maryland. The world has lost an outstanding human being. Our family has lost a crown jewel. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother—and our distinguished Mehutan, father of our son-in-law Dan.