Dreaming and working for a better tomorrow

By Rabbi Aaron Gol...
November 14, 2010

I always think of November as a month of broken dreams.

November 1938 Kristallnacht.

November 22, 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated.

November 4th 1995 the night when Yitzchak Rabin, Israeli warrior turned peacemaker, was assassinated.

November 1985, Operation Moses, the fulfillment of the Sigd, the Ethiopian Jews' longing to return to Zion. Today Israel's 120,000 strong Ethiopian community continues to struggle for acceptance and equality in Israeli society. What happened to their dream?

Could it be that the Comic Strip character Pogo, was right when he said, "We have met the enemy and he is us…"

NPLS were delighted to welcome back Carol Brauner from our partner organisation in Israel, the Leo Baeck Centre, Haifa. As usual, Carol's thoughts are eloquent and deeply poignant. Read the full text at:



Sun, 11/14/2010 - 20:44

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How very lovely.

Avraham Reiss

Sun, 11/14/2010 - 20:50

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I find it difficult to understand why a rabbi relates seriously to the non-Jewish calendar. Had you found out that all the events you mentioned occured in Mar Cheshvan (which roughly coincides with and usually overlaps November), then I'd say "that's easy: "Mar Cheshvan" means 'bitter Cheshvan' because it contains no Jewish celebration.

BTW, I haven't checked, but it's quite possible that that is the case. But Kennedy hasn't got much to do with us (his father was an anti-Semite).

But 'november'? Sorry mate, not ours.

jose (not verified)

Sun, 11/14/2010 - 23:19

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That's what I call a bias of selection. I guess anyone could easily do a positive list of the sort (eg searching each November day into Wikipedia) and avoid sinking into depressive thoughts...
Anyway, if Ehtiopian Jews are still struggling (and who would not after such a long time in Africa?) in Israel, 8000 additional ones will join...


Nice move for an "apartheid" country, isn't it?

So let's rejoice over this month of November 2010!


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