May 12, 2017
Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
In addition to counting the Omer now, we are in a unique period of the year where Israel is concerned. We celebrated Yom HaAtzma’ut, Israeli Independence Day last week, Israel’s 69th birthday, and in less than two weeks, on May 25th, we will rejoice on Yom Yerushalayim, the day that commemorates the reunification of the city of Jerusalem in 1967. This will mark the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War and the remarkable, miraculous Israeli victory that allowed Jews to return to the holiest place on earth for us, the Kotel, the Western Wall, and to the Old City of Jerusalem. This anniversary, while extraordinary, is also controversial. You cannot help but see criticism of Israel and its half-century long “occupation”, whatever that means to you, and see criticism of how the nation has handled a highly complex and challenging situation for the past five decades.
Over the next weeks I’ll continue to explore this theme, and discuss the West Bank and the possibility of a Palestinian State.
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May 5, 2017
Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
With the advent of the internet and its daily overdose of information, nowadays you can learn how to do almost anything just from watching a YouTube video.
Want to know how to erect a barbed wire fence? Watch a YouTube video. Need to build your own septic system? Watch a YouTube video. Trying to learn to dance the skanky leg? Watch a YouTube video. Have to make baked Alaska? Watch a YouTube video. Wish to sing opera? Watch a YouTube video. Seek to pilot a jet airplane? Watch a YouTube video. Have to deliver a baby in the back seat of an Uber ride? You got it: watch a YouTube video.
If only United Airlines had watched a YouTube video on how to treat customers when you oversell a commercial airline flight…
But for one thing there is, as yet, no YouTube video available. I know this because I looked for it this week. There is no YouTube video for the commandment given at the very beginning of Kedoshim.
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