Litvak, a blogger dedicated to analyzing Gemara on his "Accidental
Talmudist" blog, has taken the famous Gemara of "The Longer Shorter Way"
and presented the Rebbe's fascinating explanation on it And, what's the
connection to Sefiras Ha'omer?
File Photo: Chabad Yom Kippur Minyan on the Cayman Islands.
As some of
you may know, this week is a big week for us Children of Abraham. It’s
Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur, our big holidays, when even if you don’t do
another Jewish thing all year, you gotta do this. We used to hate it as
kids, having to go to services FOUR WHOLE TIMES in the space of about 10
days. I guess as you get older, you don’t mind so much – either because
you like the ritual or because you’re getting close to your “Use By”
date and you want to have all the bases covered.
"The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles” (Mahatma Gandhi)
The difference between ice-hockey athletes of today and those of yore, in a word, is helmets.
boys and their counselors gather in front of “770” for a memorial
service called Gimmel Tammuz: As the Chabad-Lubavitch website puts it:
"The anniversary of passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem
Mendel Schneerson of righteous memory.
better part of July, my wife and I and our two youngest children were at
a Hasidic camp for boys. My wife was employed there for the month as a
camp nurse, and our oldest boy, aged nine, was there attending camp for
the first time at a sleep-away camp. (I did some writing, working on my
novel.) It was a good trial to see if he would like it. Actually, we
weren't far from him, but he was still in a bunk with other boys his own
age. We were curious and slightly nervous how well he would fit in with
the other boys, who were outwardly more religiously observant than our
“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” (John Quincy Adams)