in Jersusalem where you can virtually visit and even leave a message that will
be placed on the wall by a student in Jerusalem.
In my life, I have encountered so much knowledge, love, kindness and friendship from Jewish people around me. Many of my best friends have been of this faith, and I had even considered converting myself on more than one occasion. The tradition, the community, the history and the dedication is stirring to the soul and inspiring to me.
Because of this, this page is and probably will always be only in it's infancy.
It is dedicated to some of the patients of mine who I have known to survive the Nazis and to succumb to some other fate later on that had taken them from my life. They weren't only patients, they were friends and more than that, they were Peaceful Warriors.
Gertrude Freudenthal was taken to the camps when she was a teenager. Her father was in politics and she was a jew. She herself was an acrobat, or gymnast, and after the war and surviving the Nazis, she came here and married her husband Herman. I loved this lady, and I wished that I had more of a chance to hear her stories and share with her.
Herman Freudenthal was also such a victim, and although I don't know much about his experience during the war, I do know that he was a sweet, honorable, funny and wonderful man who was talented in Marketry, an art where various pieces of wood are cut and stained and placed like a puzzle to create an image. He taught this art in his later years and made an image of my office which sits in the waiting room to this day.
Salome Green was someone I didn't get to know too well, but I remember that she bore the brand from the Nazis on her arm. She died suddenly and I never got to learn more about her story, but I remember that she was a remarkably beautiful woman although she was in her seniour years.
Some Facts on Judaism:
The Least You Need to Know
~ The history of Judaism is intimately related to, but not synonymous with, the history of the ancient kingdom of Israel.
~ The lineage of Judaism can be traced back to the patriarch Abraham.
~ Both Christianity and Islam have been profoundly influenced by the Jewish tradition.
~ The Torah teaches about Abraham and the Covenant he formed with God.
~ Judaism's tireless emphasis on a single true God represents a significant turning point in the history of religious observance, and the keystone of the faith itself.
~ The importance of the Covenant (God's agreement with the chosen people of Israel) and the Law (the written account of God's revelation) cannot be overstated within this faith.
~ The Ten Commandments-the core of Jewish Law-have profoundly influenced not only Judaism, but Christianity and Islam as well. These 10 injunctions can be seen as central elements not only of the Jewish tradition, but of the entire monotheistic tradition.
~ According to the Hebrew Bible, prophets were chosen by God to remind the people of the love of God and of the necessity of their obedience to the Law.
~ Judaism is a distinctively community-based tradition.
What is Kosher?
Ritual cleanliness and the avoidance of unclean animals remain all-important parts of the Jewish tradition, just as they were an important part of survival in Biblical times. Like the circumcision of males, specific dietary demands help to define and distinguish both the Individual and the community he or she is a part of. To the practitioner, however, such considerations are secondary. These injunctions are, first and foremost, God's law.
A Variety of Jewish Values
¨ Orthodox Jews take a fundamental approach to the dictates of the Law, seek to pass along existing traditions without changing them, and strive to incorporate the dictates of their faith into a wide range of daily activities and social interactions.
More information? See Chassidism
¨ Conservative Jews acknowledge the need to make some accommodations to external society, but nevertheless grant an important, and usually dominant, role to the traditions of the past.
¨ Reform Jews do not see the dictates of the Hebrew Bible as specific, binding regula-tions on daily contact with others, but rather seek to honor tradition and faith by making religious observance accessible to contemporary practitioners.
Rosh Hashanah celebrates both the religious New Year and the creation of the earth as described in the early chapters of the book of Genesis. Some branches celebrate both days of this holiday; others (i.e., the majority of Reform congregations) only the first day. Work is not performed.
On this day, which takes place shortly after Rosh Hashanah on the 10th day of Tishrei, practicing Jews the world over observe the Day of Atonement. From the sundown that marks the beginning of Yom Kippur until the sundown of the following day, believers forego food and drink, do no work, and repent for misdeeds of the year just past.
The harvest celebration known as the Feast of Booths lasts for eight days and generally takes place late in the month of October (using the secular Gregorian calendar). It is common to perform no work at the beginning and end of the celebration, but the number of days observed in this manner vary.
The beneficiary, perhaps, of undue media attention because of its (coincidental) placement near the Christian observance of the birth of Christ, Chanukah is often presented as a "Jewish alternative" to Christ-mas. This is unfortunate, as the Festival of Lights deserves honor, attention, and recognition on its own terms and within its own tradition. The holiday known as the Festival of Lights celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrians in the 2nd century B.C.E. It begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev (usually early- to mid-December). Work is permitted during Chanukah.
Hanukkah lamp, Vienna, circa 1900
A festival celebration commencing on the 14th day of the Hebrew month Adar (usually late February or early March), Purim commemorates the deliverance of Persian Jews from destruction, as recounted in the book of Esther. This joyous festival is preceded by a day of fasting, and soon gives way to general merrymaking. Work is permitted on Purim.
This major holiday, which begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan, honors the delivery of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. According to the book of Exodus, God issued a set of instructions for the Israelites: They were to prepare a special feast in great haste before the departure from Egypt. With no time for bread to rise, the bread at the meal would have to be unleavened. Exodus also reports that God arranged for the Angel of Death to destroy the first-born males of the Egyptians, and to "pass over" the marked houses of the Israelites, killing no one within. The Passover celebration, during which practicing Jews abstain from foods prepared with yeast or any other leavening agent, is observed (usually beginning in late March or early April) for seven days by Reform Jews and for eight by members of the other major branches. Many Jews (espe-cially those who follow the Orthodox tradition) perform no work on the first and last two days of the period, but observances vary.
This holiday celebrates both the spring harvest season and God's gift of the Torah. It takes place on the sixth and seventh days of the month of Sivan, which corresponds to May or June in the secular Gregorian calendar. As a general rule, Orthodox Jews do no work on these days; a number of Conservative and Reconstructionist practitioners follow the same practice, but Reform Jews celebrate Shavout for a single day.
The baby boy is at the center of the brit milah (covenant of circumcision), the ritual removal of the foreskin enacted in accordance with Genesis 17:10. This ceremony takes place on the eighth day of the baby boy's life. A parallel naming ceremony for infant girls is known as the brit hayyim (covenant of life) or brit bat (covenant of the daughter). This, too, occurs on the eighth day of life.
At the age of 13, a Jewish male marks his entry into the community as an adult during his bar mitzvah (son of the commandment). The female counterpart is known as a bat mitzvah (daughter of the commandment), and can be held for females as young as 12. The bat mitrvah was first celebrated in the twentieth century.
The Jewish marriage ceremony is known as the kiddushin (sanctification). It takes place under a wedding canopy known as a huppah, and incorporates the ritual breaking of a glass underfoot, an act that commemorates a sad event in Jewish history, the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 G.E.
Funeral observances in the Jewish tradition follow distinct guidelines that may vary depending on the branch of Judaism in question. (Reform Jews, for instance, permit cremation, while Jews of most other traditions observe injunctions against the practice.)
The Least You Need to Know
Jewish customs, rituals, and dietary guidelines provided both social cohesion and rules for law abiding life among ancient Israelites, just as they do for practicing Jews today.
The moment-to-moment celebration of life itself, in all its diversity, underlies Jewish worship, observance, and ritual, although different branches of the faith take different approaches to the ideal forms of this celebration.
Major Jewish holidays include Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Passover.
The Ten Commandments
Note: The division points between the commandments vary between Jewish and non-Jewish observance. The Jewish divisions of the text-Exodus 20:2-1 7are used here.) 1. I am the Lord thy God who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
2. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any manner of likeness, of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; thou shalt not bow down unto them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy unto the thou-sandth generation of them that love Me and keep My commandments.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.
4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; but the seventh day is a sabbath unto the Lord thy God, in it thou shalt not do any manner of work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day, wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
5. Honor thy father and mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
6. Thou shalt not kill.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.
The Heart of the Torah
Heed not unreal Gods:
You shall be holy, for I your God am holy. When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges for your field nor gather the gleanings of you harvest. You shall not strip your vineyard bare, nor gather the fallen gapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien. You hall be holy, for I your God am holy. You shall not steal, cheat, or lie to one another. You must not take a false oath in my name. You shall be holy, for I your God am holy. You shall not defraud nor rob; and you shall not keep for yourself the wages of a laborer until the morning. You shall be holy, for I your God am holy. You must not curse a deaf person, nor put obstacles in the way of a blind person.
You shall be holy, for I your God am holy. You shall not be guilty of any injustice,neither partiality to the poor, nor deferring to the powerful, but judging fairly. You shall be holy, for I your God am holy. You shall not play the part of a talebbearer against your people. You shall not avenge yourself not bear a grudge, but you must love your neighbor as you love yourself. I am the Eternal. ---Leviticus 19---
IN THE BEGINNING
In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the Earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, " Let there be light," and there was light. And God saw the light , that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, " Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, "Let the waters under the heaven be gathered unto one place,and let the dry land appear": and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called the Seas; and God saw that it was good. And God said, " Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth": and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
In The Beginning
In the Beginning When the King conceived ordaining he engraved engravings in the luster on high. A blinding spark flashed within the concealed of the concealed from the mystery of the Infinite, a cluster of vapor in formlessness, set in a ring,
not white, nor black, not red, not green, no color at all. When a band spanned, it yielded radiant colors. Deep within the spark gushed a flow, imbuing colors below, concealed within the concealed of the mystery of the Infinite. The flow broke through and did not break through its aura. It was not known at all until, under the impact of breaking through,
one high and hidden point shone. Beyond that point, nothing is known. So it is called Beginning. "Then enlightened will shine like the zohar of the sky, and those who make the masses righteous will shine like the stars forever and ever. " Zohar, concealed of the concealed, struck its aura.
The aura touched and did not touch this point. Then Beginning emanated, building itself a glorious pa;ace. There it sowed the seed of holiness to give birth for the benefit of the universe. Zohar, sowing a seed of glory like a seed of fine purple silk. The silkworm, wraps itself within, weaving itself a palace. This palace is its praise, a benefit to all.
With Beginning, the unknown concealed one created the palace, a palace called God. The secret is " With Beginning, ............. created God."
---- Moses de Leon
|Torah Crown, circa 1750|
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Project Genesis- Information about the Torah, including classes from the basic beginner to the advanced Scholar, all online....
Kosher Living- What is it and why... join newsletters and talk to others who live in a Kosher lifestyle.
World Jewish Congress
Graphics and links largely came from The Mining Company
A tourism picture of
The Golan Heights
A few links to Jewish/Israeli music, I was impressed... :)
( I know it looks like a link to cards, but it is a link to her Jewish Music)
Just a couple Midis... :)
oh, go to the above sites, they have MANY!!!
Released from Buchenwald, Germany, 1945, photo from Webshots
Remembering the Six Million.........
(A reading for individual voices)
Bring only your determination to serve and your willingness to be free.
Don't wait for the bread to rise.
Take nourishment for the journey, but eat standing, be ready to move at a moment's notice.
Do not hesitate to leave your old ways behind - fear, silence, submission.
Only surrender to the need of the time - to love justice and walk humbly with your God.
Begin quickly, before you have time to sink back into old slavery.
Set out in the dark.
I will send fire to warm and encourage you.
I will be with you in the fire and I will be with you in the cloud. ...
I will give you dreams in the desert to guide you safely home to that place you have not yet seen.
... I am sending you into the wilderness to make a new way and to learn my ways more deeply....
Some of you will be so changed by weathers and wanderings that even your closest friends will have to learn your features as though for the first time. Some of you will not change at all.
Some will be abandoned by your dearest loves and misunderstood by those who have known you since birth and feel abandoned by you.
Some will find new friendship in unlikely faces, and old friends as faithful and true as the pillar of God's flame.
Sing songs as you go, and hold close together.
You may at times grow confused and lose your way....
Touch each other and keep telling the stories....
Make maps as you go, remembering the way back from before you were born.
... So will you be only the first of many waves for deliverance on these desert seas.
It is the first of many beginnings - your Paschaltide.
Pass on the whole story. ... Do not go back.
I am with you now and I am waiting for you.
---- Alla Renee Bozarth
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