Video of the 4th Annual Howard Adelman Lecture with author Robert Rubinstein

November 29, 2011

Click The 4th Annual Howard Adelman Lecture for the video online.
Featuring Robert Rubinstein, author of An Italian Renaissance: Choosing Life in Canada,
Winner of the 2011 Canadian Jewish Book Award, in the category of Holocaust Literature
Delivered at York University, Toronto

Robert Eli Rubinstein, An Italian Renaissance: Choosing Life In Canada 
Published by Urim Publications

The author, a businessman and community leader in Toronto has written a remarkable memoir of the physical and spiritual rejuvenation of his parents, Hungarian survivors of the Holocaust, after the unspeakable horrors they had experienced. With most of their immediate families murdered and the Russians imposing a new tyranny in Hungary, they decided to leave. Early in 1946, they and a few of their surviving relatives escaped to Italy. There, in a Displaced Persons camp located on the grounds of a former psychiatric hospital near Turin, birthplace of the author, they found the healing conditions to revive their hope in the future and their commitment to their faith.

By a fortunate, almost accidental chance, that future led them to Toronto, where the Rubinsteins and their cousins became leading real estate developers and benefactors of the community. This work, however, is not just the record of a remarkable family’s survival in the Holocaust and re-establishment in Canada; it is above all a sensitive tribute by a loving son of the debt he feels to his parents for the character and values they have imbued in him by their actions and example. Beautifully expressed, this memoir is a wonderful contribution to the hitherto largely ignored area of Holocaust survivors’ re-establishment of their shattered lives.


Podcast on Song of Teshuvah book

November 27, 2011

Rabbi Jeffrey Saks discusses Rav Moshe Weinberger’s new edition, translation and elucidation of Rav Kook’s “Orot HaTeshuvah” entitled “Song of Teshuvah” with the book’s translator and adaptor Yaacov Dovid Shulman on this podcast.


Abuse in the Jewish Community: An Orthodox-Friendly Resource List

November 24, 2011

Posted by JewishMom on Nov 2, 2011 on jewishmom.com

 

Recently a famous rebbetzin was brought in to give us Nachlaot moms some chizuk in the aftermath of the pedophile crisis that you moms have been hearing about so much over recent months.

Afterwards, I waited in the line to ask the rebbetzin a personal question. When my turn arrived I told her how much I have enjoyed listening to recordings of her classes over the years, and what an honor it is to finally meet her in person. And then I asked her what I really had on my mind:

“Rebbetzin, maybe it’s a bad idea to remain in a neighborhood this dangerous. Maybe we should move somewhere safer?”

This rebbetzin, who up until then had been searching in her purse for something, abruptly stopped her searching, and looked up at me with sad, piercing eyes. She asked me, “And where exactly is this safe place you are planning to move to?”

The rebbetzin then went on to list, at length, the Orthodox communities throughout Israel and the world that over recent years have been hit by crises similar to the nightmare we are currently enduring in Nachlaot.

Dr. Michael Salamon, a clinical psychologist with 2 decades of experience treating frum victims of abuse, is the author of the newly-released book Abuse in the Jewish Community: Religious and Communal Factors that Undermine the Apprehension of Offenders and the Treatment of Victims (Urim). This excellent, comprehensive book provides harrowing statistics and stories that illustrate the extent as well as the causes of this widespread evil within our midst.

On behalf of all JewishMOMs everywhere I would like to thank Dr. Salamon and his publisher (and mine) Tzvi Mauer as well as Rabbi Blau, who provides the book’s haskama, for taking the brave step to publish and support this controversial book in order to keep our children safe, IY”H.

I am reprinting here the book’s extensive list of Orthodox-friendly links and resources, which I hope will enable prevention of and treatment for abuse in our holy communities throughout the world (feel free to recommend other resources in the comments below):

Abuse Prevention and Treatment Resources

http://www.miklat.org/ Confronting Domestic Violence in Israel:
Offers shelters for women, transitional housing, hostel for teens
and legal aid for all.

http://www.batmelech.org/index-english.html Bat Melech-Miklat
works with families and women of all ages addressing domestic
violence, from economic empowerment to breaking the inter-
generational cycle of violence, and from advocacy in the courts to
lobbying the government.

http://www.stopitnow.com/warnings A comprehensive site
designed for parents to prevent sexual abuse of children.

http://www.darkness2light.org/ Programs for prevention of
childhood sexual abuse.

http://www.ndvh.org/ The National Domestic Violence Hotline:
Education, resources and links.

http://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/programs/types/
sexualabuse.cfm
The Child Welfare Information Gateway for
Prevention of Abuse and Neglect.

http://www.aap.org/publiced/B!_SexAbuse.htm The American
Academy of Pediatrics: Guidelines for keeping children safe from
predators.

http://www.prevent-abuse-now.com/ Child protection and abuse
prevention information.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childsexualabuse.html The
US National Institute of Health: Source and reference site for
articles, programs and guidelines for child and domestic safety.

http://www.heroproject.org/ Organized by the Pennsylvania
Coalition Against Rape: Provides consultation.

http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/ace/index.htm The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention: Portal to the study of Adverse
Childhood Experiences.

http://www.endabuse.org/ The Family Violence Prevention Fund: Programs for children and families.

http://www.endabuse.org/userfiles/file/Consensus.pdf National
Consensus: Guidelines on identifying and responding to domestic
violence victimization. Provides specific recommendations
for assessing and responding to domestic violence that may be
applied to health care settings; also useful as a general database.

Some Suggested Readings

For Children
[CJ Weisberg’s additions: After this list was compiled Artscroll released the 1st Orthodox children’s book ever to educate frum kids on how to protect themselves from abuse:
*Let’s Stay Safe by Bracha Goetz (Artscroll)
*No-No the Little Seal by Sherri Patterson is a highly-recommended book that enables Orthodox moms to effectively educate their kids about the dangers of abuse in a modest way.]

• No More Secrets. San Luis Obispo: Impact Publishers.
• Amazing Spider-Man and Power Pack on Sexual Abuse.
• Private Zone. The Chas. Franklin Press: WA.
• What If I Say No! Bakersfield: M. H. Cap. & Co.
• The Silent Children: A Parent’s Guide to the Prevention of Child
Sexual Abuse.
• Once I Was a Little Bit Frightened and Red Flag, Green Flag. Rape
and Abuse Crisis Center.

Adolescents
• Daddy’s Girl. New York: Berkeley Books.
• I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
• Kiss Daddy Goodnight. New York: Pocket Books.
• The Color Purple. New York: Pocket Books.

Adults
• The Right To Innocence: Healing the Trauma of Childhood Sexual
Abuse. New York: Ivy Books.
• Betrayal of Innocence. New York: Penguin Books.
• Victims No Longer: Men “Recovering from Incest and Other Sexual
Child Abuse.” New York: Nevraumont Publishing Co.
• AM I BAD? “Recovering from Abuse (New Horizons in Therapy).
Ewart, III, H. B. Ann Arbor, MI: Loving Healing Press.
• “EPAI” Your Life: A Program for “Recovery from Incest & Child-
hood Sexual Abuse. McKinnon, M. and Taylor, M. Ann Arbor,
MI: Loving Healing Press.
• Gifts From the Child Within: Self-discovery and Self-recovery
through Re-Creation Therapy.
• Breaking Through Betrayal: And Recovering the Peace
Within
• The Trauma Myth
• Tips for survivors of sexual abuse: A pocket book of wisdom

Videos
• The Color Purple
• Nuts
• Something About Amelia
• Winnie the Pooh – Too Smart for Strangers


Review of Innovation in Jewish Law in Shofar

November 23, 2011

by Daniel P. Aldrich

Innovation in Jewish Law: A Case Study of Chiddush in Havineinu, by Michael J. Broyde. Jerusalem and New York: Urim Publications, 2010. 163 pp.

The vast body of Jewish law—halacha—is timeless and unchanging, yet displays a dynamism that allows rabbinic scholars to respond to new social, technological, and economic situations over millennia. As the author points out, “Though the Torah is G-d given, halacha is neither static nor stagnant” (p. 133).

In this new, well-written book by Michael Broyde, the author takes a case-study approach to tease apart the interplay between the timelessness and dynamism of halacha. He argues that within the canon of Jewish law, the most “significant form of change is innovative interpretation,” or chiddush. To provide evidence for this, Broyde chooses to focus on a single prayer, known in Hebrew as Havineinu, which is an “abstract, abridged form of the Shemonei Esrei” (p. 5), literally “The 18,” made up of blessings set down by the Anshei Knesset HaGadolah (the men of the Great Assembly). While the Amidah (Standing Prayer) has become the standard text recited by Jews around the world, the Havineinu was a rabbinically recognized alternative. Beginning with the writings in the Mishna and the Gemara (Oral Law), through the Rishonim (later generations of scholars), the Rambam (Moses Maimonides, 1135–1204), the Rif (Yitzchak al-Fasi, 1013–1103), the Bach (Rabbi Joel Sirkes, 1560–1640), the Taz (David ha-Levi Segal, 1586–1667), and modern rabbis such as Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (1895–1986), Broyde traces how generations of poskim (halachic decisors) have handled this abbreviated form of prayer, arguing that decisors use two main methods—“harmonization” and “ruling”—in their interpretation of Jewish law. The ways in which rabbis interpreted the appropriateness of the Havineinu reflect a singular, unchanging law which is refracted through changing social and technological conditions.

While the law is unchanged, conditions allowing or dictating its use have, and hence poskim must understand both the law and their own times to illuminate the proper course of action.

Broyde begins with Read the rest of this entry »


Abuse In The Jewish Community

November 22, 2011

Occasional FailedMessiah.com contributor Dr. Michael Salamon’s new book, Abuse in the Jewish Community: Religious and Communal Factors that Undermine the Apprehension of Offenders and the Treatment of Victims (Urim), documents ongoing coverups of child sex abuse in the haredi community.

Salamon also explains the trauma that comes from child sex abuse, and explains the haredi understanding of Jewish law and the haredi community mores that make it especially difficult for haredi victims to report haredi predators to police, and for the victims to get the therapy they need.

The book doesn’t deal with prevention or treatment, but Dr. Salamon hopes to publish a second volume that will.

Abuse in the Jewish Community would make a nice gift for any Orthodox or haredi rabbis you know.

If they read it, it will make it much more difficult for them to deny the truth, and it might force them to make make changes that will actually protect their community’s children.

Post appeared online on FailedMessiah.com


Headquarters of Children (on Parashat Vayera)

November 21, 2011

Excerpt from The Torah Commentary of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Genesis, Part I.

And God had remembered Sarah as He had said, and God did or Sarah as He had spoken. (Bereishis 21:1)

HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED THAT UNDER THE chuppah the man says something to the woman, but the woman doesn’t say anything? So I want to say the deepest Torah in the world. The man says to the woman, “I want you to be holy.” Do you know what the woman wants? She wants more than that, she wants the holy of holies, the holy of holies.

You know why the woman is the one to bring children into the world? Because she is connected to the holy of holies.

For us, it’s the mother who makes the children deeper.

Here I want to share with you a gevalt Torah.

Vayera Elav Hashem, God gave over to Avraham the secret of the holy of holies. So when the angels come to Avraham, they sense how deep and special this meeting is. They ask him, “Ayeh Sarah ishtecha,” where is your wife Sarah? Now that God revealed to you the secret of the holy of holiest, what level is your wife Sarah on?

He answers “Hinei ba’ohel,” she’s always in the tent. She is always in the holy of holies. She was there long before me.

You know my beautiful friends, imagine if Avraham and Sarah got married and had a son right away. What would it sound like to you? It might be beautiful, but something is missing because Jewish children are not just born because man and woman get together and decide to have children.

The Heilige Beis Ya’akov says that Avraham and Sarah prayed for all the Jewish children to ever come down to the world. Sarah and Avraham already prayed for all generations to come.

I wish it would be again like it’s supposed to be. There is something so special about holy Jewish families. Gevalt, gevalt, gevalt is Read the rest of this entry »


Shlomo Katz and The Torah Commentary of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach at Pomeranz

November 20, 2011

JOIN POMERANZ BOOKSELLER for an evening with:

Shlomo Katz featuring his new book:
“The Torah Commentary of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach”
When? Monday evening November 21, 2011 7:00 pm
Where? M. Pomeranz Bookseller Be’eri 5, Jerusalem

The Torah Commentary of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach
Carlebach Beresheit
Beresheit – Genesis Part I
Beresheit * Noach*
Lech Lecha * Vayera *
Chayei Sarah * Toldos *

Edited by: Rabbi Shlomo Katz

Hardcover, 263 pp.

With purchase of book receive a full Sefer Hakiddush! 150 pages! Artistic! and useful!

Description: The Torah Commentary of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach provides a glimpse into the unusual way in which the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach received and transmitted Torah. It also aids the reader in bridging “Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach the great composer/singer” and “Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach the great scholar/teacher.” Those who sing his songs, but do not learn his Torah, only sing half a song. When Reb Shlomo speaks of Abraham and Sara, you are sure he is speaking about his own grandparents. When delving into the lives of Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel and Leah, it is as if he is speaking of his own parents.

The teachings in this book of commentary are not just meant to be read – they are intended to be enjoyed and experienced as “holy music.” Ultimately, they are intended as a lesson in living a “holy life.” Wherever Reb Shlomo traveled in the world, he brought several suitcases of holy books with him. This book makes Reb Shlomo’s teachings accessible to help us carry on our journey through life.

About the Editor: Rabbi Shlomo Katz is a world renowned musician. In the summer of 2006, Shlomo received his rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Chaim Brovender and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin at Yeshivat Hamivtar. Shlomo has been an integral part of building the Shlomo Carlebach Legacy Trust, which has been working to preserve, to publish, and to distribute the legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach ztz”l as a Jewish national treasure.