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A True Jewish Leader

February 10, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 2

I went outside today, on my way to Yeshiva, and felt something different in the air. It was freezing outside, but that wasn’t it. Everywhere, were kids with different colored shirts, standing in front of their respective party’s banners. Some were handing out fliers and pictures, while others were sharing [Read more…]

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Tears at the Wailing Wall

February 6, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

I write these words, not wanting to believe them. I walked into my Yeshiva this morning, not wanting to believe the sign was posted there. My eyes scanned the white paper, now so bright in the sunlight – not wanting to believe what I was reading was true. Rabbi Noach [Read more…]

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Lessons from a Jamaican Cabby

February 2, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 3

I woke up to bright lights and the sound of screeching brakes, as my Greyhound bus pulled into the station. “Welcome to Downtown Baltimore! This is the final stop,” said the driver in a thick, Baltimore accent. I hurried to get up, making sure not to forget my hat from [Read more…]

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Its Raining in Jerusalem!

January 31, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

I was about to go to sleep, when I heard the faint sound of rain beating on the window sill. I asked my roommate to open the window, and alas – twas rain! We both smiled, and I decided, I must share my happiness with you. This year has been [Read more…]

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Angels in Blue and Green

January 28, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

My thoughts were interrupted, when coming up to the railing right besides us, were none other than two young men with guns and helmets…and of course, clothed in blue. We all laughed as our eyes met, and “Shabbat Shalom”s rang out simultaneously between of our little groups.

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Miracle in Gaza

January 28, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

Former Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, recovering from a life-threatening disease, prayed several times at Rachel’s Tomb before the recent war in Gaza. Informed that an “old woman” saved IDF soldiers’ lives in Gaza, he said, “Did she mention that I sent her?”

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Parashat Va’era

January 27, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 3

As Jews, in the year 2009, we have to asses our situation. How many of us, are in our own “Egypt”, our own troubles in which we cannot see escape? How many of us feel so spiritually distant from our Creator, as if we too were on the 49th level of impurity? How many of us have something in our lives, which we so desperately need to overcome, but cannot?!