Israel Ambassador Sallai Meridor

Israel’s Ambassador to the United States recently attended Shabbat services at our synagogue, Congregation B’nai Tzedek.  He clearly is comfortable in a synagogue – something that unfortunately cannot be said for all Israeli diplomats.   It was truly an honor for us to have him at our services.  His message was very a very simple …

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Weather & Elections in Israel

I recently returned from being in Israel.  I was there when elections were held, the first elections which followed the recent campaign Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.   The weather on Election Day was a strong downpour.  And then, the morning after the elections a heavy fog covered much of the country.  I couldn’t help …

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Visiting Shuls While on Vacation

Many people tell me they like to visit synagogues when they are out of town or on vacation. I encourage you to do so. It is a great way to meet people and to see how much Jews have in common with each other, regardless of where we live.   While on vacation in Puerto …

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While Having Lunch with my Son

Sitting in a restaurant having lunch with my son recently, near a Metro stop, I noticed that most people walked by and ignored the Green Peace activists who were attempting to hand out their literature. I told my son that after we finished eating lunch, I was going to go and speak with them since …

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A Child’s Question

When I was leading the services for our religious school, a child raised her hand and told me that her parents had told her that Jews constitute less than one percent of the world’s population. She told me she did not believe her parents since it seemed that there were a lot more Jews in …

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In a Mall in Virginia

I happened to be wearing my kippah recently when I was in a shopping mall. A young girl working at one of the cart-like booths in the mall approached and asked me if I speak Hebrew. I told her I did but did not have any time to speak with her about whatever product it …

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An Unusual Funeral

I was recently asked to officiate at the graveside internment of an elderly Jewish woman who had been married to a non-Jew for over 65 years. Living in a remote area far away from the Jewish community, her children had not been raised as Jews.   I knew I would not be able to say …

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