Have a wonderful Shabbat, everyone!
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Interior of the Kadavumbagam synagogue, Cochin, Southern India, date of construction: 1539–44. Preserved at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
From the 16th century, the Kadavumbagam (“by the side of the landing place“) synagogue stood at the edge of the Jewish neighborhood in the town of Cochin, India, apparently built over the ruins of an even earlier synagogue. Its carved wooden interior came to include an exquisite ceiling featuring motifs like those found in the surrounding mosques and Hindu temples.
According to local tradition, the Jewish community of Cochin is approximately two thousand years old. It started out in Cranganore (Shingly) on the southwest coast of India and relocated to Cochin and nearby towns in the 14th century. The Kadavumbagam synagogue, built by the veteran community known as Malabaris, was one of eight synagogues in this area.
A unique feature of Cochin synagogues is the presence of two reader’s platforms: one, used on Sabbath and holidays, is located on the gallery, in front of the women’s section and separated from it by a grill; the other stands in the center of the hall and is used for daily prayers. The synagogue was oriented northwest, toward Jerusalem. Wooden benches were ranged around the lower reader’s platform and adjacent to the walls. The floor was covered with carpets or mats on which worshipers walked barefoot.
In the early 1950s, most Cochin Jews made Aliyah to Israel, and the Kadavumbagam synagogue Torah ark was transferred to Moshav Nehalim. The building, used as a workshop for the production of ropes, was in danger of being demolished. In 1991 synagogue interior was purchased for the Israel Museum and brought to Jerusalem for restoration and reconstruction.
Yesterday was the yahrzeit of Menachem Begin Z’L, a courageous Zionist revolutionary and Israel’s 6th prime minister.
Begin led the revolt against the British empire, which led to Jewish independence in the Land of Israel; he kept alive the Zionist vision of Ze’ev Jabotinsky; he returned the Jewish soul to the government of Israel; he created the united nationalist-classical liberal movement known as the Likud; he began the transformation of the Israeli economy into a free market; he demonstrated that Israel need not be ashamed to defend itself, to fight terror, or to declare its rights to Judea and Samaria to the world; he oversaw the beginning of the flourishing of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria…
May his memory be blessed and may all the current leadership look to his way for guidance.
What’s on your grill? - Parshas Vayikra.
Rabbi Benny’s Weekly Torah Thought… Keeping it short, contemporary and meaningful.
Canadian Minister For Multiculturalism Condemns BDS Vote At University Of Windsor
Tim Uppal, Canadian Minister For Multiculturalism, sees through the BDS BS.
Posted by: Barry Shaw
Repeating a fallacy does not make it kosher no matter how many times the international community tells the lie.
When the Arab-Israeli conflict involved five Arab armies attacking a tiny nascent socialist state, it was bon ton for leftists and liberals to support Israel. The Jewish State was “flavor of the month” and roundly applauded for its spectacular military victories.
It was, I believe, the confluence of two significant factors that drove the Western elites, particularly the left-wing section of that constituency, to abandon the Jewish state and dump their post-colonialism, post-Holocaust guilty conscience onto Israel.
After repeated and embarrassing military defeats the Arabs began to promote Yasser Arafat as the leader of a new Palestinian movement. Adopting the name of Palestine as his cause, they allowed Arafat, the first modern-day Islamic arch-terrorist, to spearhead a Pan-Arabism targeting Israel as the epitome of the West that they hated. He was their terror proxy where conventional warfare had failed them.
Initially, Arafat saw himself as the champion of Pan-Arabism. He even went so far as to deny a Palestinian aim in his fight against Israel. In a 1970 interview with Italian journalist, Arianna Palazzi, he said, “The question of borders doesn’t interest us. Palestine is nothing but a drop in an enormous ocean. Our nation is the Arabic nation. The PLO is fighting Israel in the name of Pan- Arabism. What you call Jordan is nothing more than Palestine.”
What Arafat said was, and still is, factually, legally, and demographically true with the vast majority of people living in Jordan calling themselves “Palestinian”. The “Palestinian people” is an anthropological fabrication. This was admitted by Feisal Hussein after the Oslo Accords when he said that this cause was a “Trojan Horse” to conquer Israel.
Palestinism became the hook on which the Arabs, the Muslims, the radical left, and the European intellectual elite, hung their animus of anti-Western, anti-capitalist, anti-colonialist, all the “anti’s” that fed off European guilt for their past history.
One “anti” was anti-Semitism. The guilt attached to this was their anti-Semitism had been exposed by the atrocities that are an end product of this type of hatred.
As such, it went dormant for decades, waiting to re-emerge as criticism of Israel and support for the Palestinian cause. It merged with the noisy actions of a well-funded, well-organized radical campaign. Triumphant from tactics employed to overthrow the white regime in South Africa, they adopted more of the same in their next experiment, namely the elimination of Israel.
At the same time, Israel turned away from the socialism of the Labor Party. It was a time to liberate and capitalize their economy, the success of which can be seen in the emergence of Israel as “The Start Up Nation.”
But the rejection of socialism was an anathema to the Western left, especially the more aggressive and radical wings who are tireless in plotting and planning a world in their image.
They had by now added a “human rights” element to their argument. By craftily airbrushing out deeply felt Arab hatred of Jews, backed by Palestinian violence and terror that targeted citizens of the Jewish state, they sold a fraudulent picture of oppression when facts on the ground showed that Israel was acting in defense of its people against the assaults of a hateful enemy positioned just minutes away.
Their arguments, however, were a soft sell to a shallow thinking public opinion whose knee jerk reaction is to support the perceived underdog.
Jewish Quarter - Jerusalem.
What does G-d pray for?
R. Zutra bar Toviyah said in the name of Rav,
“May it be My will that My mercy conquer My anger, that My mercy overcome My [sterner] attributes, that I behave toward My children with the attribute of mercy, and that for their sake, I go beyond the boundary of strict justice.”
- Berachos 7a, B. Talmud
Thank You, G-d, for praying that prayer!
Stained Glass Window
Admitting that we have erred takes much courage. The more power we have, the greater the importance of having the intellectual honesty to admit that we have made a mistake. We should take pleasure whenever we are brave enough to admit we were wrong.
(Growth Through Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin)
In the merit of this learning may Galya bat Yehudis be blessed with complete health, happiness, success, clarity, and only revealed good.
Create a beautiful, holy, and restful Shabbat!