I urge you to continue to pray for the security of those living in or visiting Israel, who remain under threat from terrorists in Gaza. It has been a very tense week, with so many who have died ‘al kiddush Hashem’. Every one of us owes a great debt of gratitude to the holy soldiers who have given up their lives to defend our country and our fellow Jews. May their families be consoled in the knowledge that they gave up their lives in the service of the Jewish nation, Hashem Yinkom Damam. We thank Marilyn Sohacheski for her moving letter from Israel, reproduced in on p2 of the Tefilla Notebook, describing the funeral of LA’s fallen IDF soldier, Max Steinberg z”l.
This week we welcome to the shul Benjamin Haddad of Paris, France. Mr. Haddad is a research fellow on European & Transatlantic Affairs at the Hudson Institute. He has worked at the EU’s diplomatic service in the Middle East division, and also served as advisor to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Mr Haddad will speak immediately following mussaf, before kiddush. His subject will be”IS THERE A LONG-TERM PROSPECT FOR JEWS IN EUROPE?” A full Kiddush Lunch and Q&A session will follow, generously sponsored by Larry J. Hochberg and Friends of ELNET.
Once again I am attaching a list of halachot that I have prepared, relevant to the 3 weeks, 9 days, and Tisha Be’Av. If anyone has a question or query relating to this traditional period of mourning, or the fast on Tisha Be’Av, please be in touch with me.
Wishing you Shabbat Shalom,
With warmest wishes,
Rabbi Pini Dunner