MEANWHILE IN A PALESTINIAN VILLAGE…
Ilan Ramon - June 20, 1954 – February 1, 2003 The second video below is a last interview on earth with the astronaut.
Why I am pleased with the OU decision on female clergy
When Jewish men put on tefillin in the morning, why is the tefillin strap wrapped around the left arm exactly seven times? Almost every observance we perform in Jewish life is full of deep symbolism. Wearing tefillin is no exception. Almost every aspect of tefillin has a metaphoric or kabalistic aspect connected to it. The reason we wrap our tefillin seven times around our arm is because each winding corresponds to the seven words of the following pasuk: “Poteach et yadecha umasbia lechol chai ratzon”, “You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.” As we wrap our arm, we ask God to open His, so to speak, and provide sustenance for all He has created.
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About a month ago I went out for lunch with a colleague who is from Iran. The manner in which she recited birkat hamazon is indelibly etched in my memory, particularly the way she cupped her hands upwards and looked to the Heavens as she recited, poteach et yadecha umasbia lecho chai ratzon. It was a lesson for me how to pray with kavana and I was reminded of the incident when I stumbled upon the video below.