The Syrian Refugees and The Giving Pledge

As Canada begins welcoming 25,000 Syrian refugees, it behooves us to think of the flourishing Jewish community that once existed in Syria. The Jewish world owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Judy Feld Carr who, at great personal risk, rescued over 3,000 Syrian Jews. They were remnants of a once great and glorious community dating back thousands of years, most of whom had fled in the first half of the twentieth century. 

Rosh Hashanah 6: My Word Is My Bond

"The first of Nissan is the New Year for festivals" (Rosh Hashanah 2a). There is no holiday that begins on the first of Nissan. Rather, the Gemara explains, the first of Nissan is the month in which the first of the holidays (Pesach) occurs. While we observe the technical details of Pesach for seven (or eight) days, the holiday of Pesach fills an entire month. This celebration is even explicit in the Torah itself: "The month that you left Egypt" (Shemot 23:15); "Guard the month of the spring and make Pesach" (Devarim 16:1).

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