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From Rabbi Binah Wing
From Rabbi Binah Wing
Often, my December article has focused on some aspect of Hanukkah but this year, because of the quirks of the Jewish calendar, it doesn’t make sense to talk about a holiday that is almost over. Instead, I want to share with you something personal that’s been on my mind a great deal these days.
As you may remember, during my Kol Nidre sermon on the topic of "The Gift of Life" I mentioned a young boy named Sam. Sam is the son of two colleagues of mine, Rabbis Phyllis and Michael Sommer. He just turned 8. As I mentioned in my sermon, I recall walking around the meeting of the Chicago rabbis with our babies all those years ago. I told you of how Sam had undergone a bone-marrow transplant and was, thankfully, doing well. The community of people surrounding the Sommers (which includes thousands of people around the world) was so hopeful for Sam’s prognosis.
Sadly, it was not to be. Sam has relapsed and there is nothing they can do. This precious boy, their precious child, is dying. If you are interested in reading some of Sam’s story, I encourage you to look at the blog about him. The URL is http://supermansamuel.blogspot.com/. For a particularly moving entry read the entries "520 Days Later" and "Tears." I admire my colleagues so much for being willing to share their story with thousands. They write with such honesty, courage and openness. And we, the wider community around them, are lost in grief as well, wishing there were words we could say or actions we could take.
by Alona Nir One of the names that will be mentioned at the URJ Biennial this week is Arik Einstein. Those of us who spent time in Jewish activities during our childhood, especially in NFTY or at summer camp, are familiar with famous song “Ani Ve Ata Neshane Et Ha’Olam,” which translates to “You and […]
Anyone who has attended a URJ Biennial knows that the experience touches your soul, lifts your spirits, increases your Judaic knowledge, and improves your singing ability. Now, the 2013 Biennial will also help congregations and individuals understand how to include those with disabilities as welcome and appreciated full members of your community. This Biennial will […]
Can’t join us next week at the URJ Biennial? You can be a part of the convention from the comfort of your own home! We’ll be live-streaming all plenary sessions and Shabbat worship at www.urj.org/biennial, or you can watch the sessions on cable when they play live on JLTV. You can also join the conversation […]
OSRUI's Father and; Son Kallah provided Neil Rigler the chance to focus exclusively on his boys for the weekend in a dynamic Jewish context. He was also able to connect with other dads and talk about the challenges of being a father in today's world, and what the Jewish component of that can and should be.