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The Rabbi's Desk

07/19/2019 03:28:08 PM

Jul19

This Shabbat I will be Speaking
in the Benaroya Sephardic Center*. My Derasha Topic is

The First Words We Say in Shul

* Rabbi Kuessous will be speaking in the Straus Main Sanctuary

Inside: (see below)
•  Special Classes on SUNDAY, fast of 17 Tammuz
•  Free '3 Weeks' Download from Maggid Books
•  From the “As If My Job Wasn’t Hard Enough” Department
•  25 Years Since the AMIA Bombing in Argentina
•  Recent Archeology News

•  From the Department of Interfaith Relations (Warning: Nepotism)
•  For this, Hashem did NOT make the internet…

Special Classes on SUNDAY, fast of 17 Tammuz

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Free '3 Weeks' Download from Maggid Books (pdf)

From the “As If My Job Wasn’t Hard Enough” Department

New Poll Shows Growing View
That Clergy are Irrelevant

As a religious leader, this article naturally caught my attention. It discusses a study which contains both concerning data about how the society we live in views religious leaders as well as some important lessons. Though there are some parts of this article that do not apply our community, I'm still curious to hear your feedback after reading it.

25 Years Since AMIA Terrorist Bombing in Argentina

The AMIA bombing was an attack on the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA; Argentine Israelite Mutual Association) building in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 18 July 1994, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds. Argentina is home to a Jewish community of 230,000, the largest in Latin America and sixth in the world outside Israel (from Wikipedia). This attack was carried out by Hezbollah, supported by Iran. Nevertheless, no one has ever been brought to justice.

The bombing came two years after the March 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires which killed 29 and wounded 242. The day after the AMIA attack, a suicide bombing on a Panamanian commuter plane killed all 21 passengers, 12 of whom were Jews. Investigators determined that the bombing was perpetrated by a "Lya Jamal" – thought to be "an Arab traveling under an alias, using fraudulently obtained Colombian documents."

Eight days after the AMIA attack, the Israeli embassy in London was car-bombed, and thirteen hours later a similar car bomb exploded outside a Jewish community centre in London. No one was killed but 22 were injured and "millions of pounds of damage" was done. Five Palestinians were later arrested in London and two convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison in connection with the bombings.

These attacks are one of many reasons why it is very difficult to distinguish between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. 

To read more about the AMIA Bombing, see the Wikipedia article where much of the above info was copied from, as well as this article from the Times of Israel.

The following are two helpful videos on YouTube about the bombing:
Chilling Account of the AMIA Terror Attack

TV Coverage of Yesterday's Commemoration in Argentina

Woodrow Wilson Institute Symposium on the Attacks

CUNY Queensborough Program - An Unsolved Case: The AMIA Bombing

Recent Archeology News

First evidence of Crusader siege from July 15, 1099, uncovered at Old City walls

A project to excavate the Vilna Great Synagogue and Shulhoyf has recently made some fascinating discoveries:
Facebook Post from the organization performing the excavations

TOI Article: Discovery sheds light on Jewish life in Lithuania before Holocaust

From the Department of Interfaith Relations (Warning: Nepotism)

On Jews and Israel, White Evangelicals Aren't One-dimensional Messianic Caricatures is an article co-written by father, Rabbi Yehiel Poupko, that adds  nuance to our understanding of Evangelical support for Israel

For this, Hashem did NOT make the internet…

A very important read from the Jewish Link that challenges us to give more thought to the threat posed to our children by the Internet.

Internet Overexposure: An Open Letter to My Student’s Parents

Mon, December 6 2021 2 Tevet 5782