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Abigail Hirsch's Newsletter: recent tweets

To give you an overview of my week, I have collected my recent tweets and copied them below.
<Who is Adin Steinzaltz?

Gotta get ready to attend synagogue and lead our discussion group on Tarek Fatah and Daniel Gordis.

Montreal site for global day of Jewish learning Sunday Nov. 7: Gelber 5151 Cote St.Catherine: 9-3 francais: 1-3 English.Be there.

Maggi Anton's passion is Talmud. She references homosexuality- 12th century:

I also completed my dvd of Dr. Shera Aranoff Tuchman, dermatologist and torah scholar.

I just posted this two minute clip comparing Zen Budhism to rabbinic Judaism by Rabbi Lew who was both a Rabbi and a Zen priest.

Here was a facebook post;

Old ideas die hard. Who knew the Christians are still after us...  some of them not all... It came out loud and clear via the vatican announcement this last week that "Jews do not have a right to the state  of  Israel based on their ancestral claim to peoplehood. " Oh really?  Do the Christians? Do the Moslems? This is getting interesting...

Those of you who know me, from the Montreal community know that the last six months have been extremely difficult for me and my family. We have all been dealing with our personal tragedy, the sudden loss of my dear sister Anita Silverman, (z"l), who suffered a stroke from which she did not recover ...

 To close, I refer you to this amazing talk by Rabbi Jonathon Sacks on this last week's parsha which was personally moving, as it compares the mourning process of Noah and Abraham.

I quote the last few paragraphs:

Noah grieves and is overwhelmed by loss. Abraham grieves, knowing what he has lost, but then rises up and builds the Jewish future. There is a limit to grief: this is what Abraham knows and Noah does not. 
Abraham bestowed this singular ability on his descendants. The Jewish people suffered tragedies that would have devastated other nations beyond hope of recovery: the destruction of the First Temple and the Babylonian exile; the destruction of the Second Temple and the end of Jewish sovereignty; the expulsions, massacres, forced conversions and inquisitions of the Middle Ages; the pogroms of the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries; the Shoah. Yet somehow the Jewish people mourned and wept, and then rose up and built the future. This is their unique strength, and it came from Abraham as we see him in this week’s parasha.
            Kierkegaard wrote a profound sentence in his Journals: “It requires moral courage to grieve; it requires religious courage to rejoice.”[2]Perhaps that is the difference between Noah the righteous, and Abraham the man of faith. Noah grieved. Abraham knew that there must eventually be an end to grief. We must turn from yesterday’s loss to the call of a tomorrow we must help to be born.
Have a great week. Shavua tov.

And don't forget to participate in person or via the WEB in the Global Day of Jewish Learning 2pm EST this Sunday is the broadcast itself from Jerusalem.

Abigail Hirsch

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