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Dvar Torah

Surviving a Tornado on the threshold of Pesach brings new messages of freedom in the face of disaster,
Ha Lachma Anya in the context of social justice.
American Jewish World service publishes divrei Torah for each major Jewish holiday, which explore themes of social justice that emerge from that holiday. Visit http://tinyurl.com/chagvchesed to sign up to receive this publication by e-mail
American Jewish World service publishes divrei Torah for each major Jewish holiday, which explore themes of social justice that emerge from that holiday. Visit http://tinyurl.com/chagvchesed to sign up to receive this publication by e-mail
At Purim, Esther is made to "be prepared" to respond to a pending disaster in her community. Her message is enduring - that being prepared transcends to all potential calamities - including, of course, natural disasters.
A very famous poem from the Rosh HaShanah liturgy, known as Unetanneh Tokef, bespeaks a multitude of calamities which might befall one during the upcoming year. We can take action. We can prepare. September is designated as National Preparedness Month across the United States.
Lessons of Torah that influence our response in times of disaster.
This is part of the on-gong series of Divrei Torah being published on the NECHAMA, Jewish Response to Disaster web site and subsequently sent to our e-mail community.
Traditionally, during the upcoming holiday of Sukkot, one relocates outdoors, living within the sukkah, the temporary dwelling that is the embodiment of the holiday.
November is often a month without any Jewish holidays. But, can we count Thanksgiving as a Jewish holiday?
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