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May 6, 2021, 8:52 PM
We Are All Meron
I live in New York, but my heart is in Meron. What a difficult week it’s been for the Jewish people — 45 of our brothers killed in a horrific accident on one of the most joyous days of the...
May 3, 2021, 11:07 PM
Our Aiding Arabs. Why the Surprise?
A recent KAN announcement mentioned that many Arabs were helping victims of the Meron catastrophe and their families. Our Arabs from all corners of our country. Yet the broadcast came as a surprise to too many of our Jewish...
May 2, 2021, 2:58 PM
At Mt. Meron their dancing turned into mourning
Like so many other righteous souls seeking healing and relief, my late father went every Lag B'Omer for 12 years following his cancer diagnosis
May 2, 2021, 12:58 PM
110 years before this tragedy, my great-grandfather died at Mt. Meron
Just as his death at a 1911 Lag B'Omer disaster changed the course of my own history, the families mourning today will never be the same
Sivan Rahav Meir
May 2, 2021, 11:44 AM
For the ascent of their souls, let’s put safety first
Shavua tov. I do not understand how our accounts are settled in heaven, but perhaps on this difficult morning it's worthwhile to settle our accounts right here on earth. Here, on the ground, in the face of the horrible...
May 1, 2021, 9:27 PM
Evil righteousness: the Har Meron aftermath
Friday was an awful, heartbreaking day. To wake up to the horrifying numbers, the stories, the incalculable loss of those celebrating Lag BaOmer. And it did not end even as we entered Shabbat. Even before the dust settled, while...
May 1, 2021, 1:23 AM
Emor: Learning from Our Calendar After Catastrophe
A version of these remarks was delivered before the congregation of Kehillath Israel in Brookline, Massachusetts. When I accepted the honor of sharing a word of Torah this evening, I wrote a few different outlines of subjects I might discuss....
May 1, 2021, 12:15 AM
Embrace the pain, resist the blame
Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord…. and Aaron remained silent (Lev. 10:2-3) A nation mourns. The unfathomable tragedy that took place amidst the exuberant celebrations of Lag BaOmer atop Mount Meron this past Thursday...
Apr 30, 2021, 7:57 PM
Mount Meron and hating the ‘Baseless’
We are all reeling from the devastating deaths of 45 Jews on Lag B'Omer at Mount Meron (and many others critically injured) from a stampede during the bonfire celebration near the grave of the holy Kabbalist, Rabbi Shimon bar...
Apr 30, 2021, 6:20 PM
From bonfire to memorial flame: The teacher learns a lesson
The sad fact is that I am prone to prejudice against the ultra-Orthodox. It took this tragedy to set me straight: these people are my people