new year rosh hashana

When most people get back from Uman, I’ll tell you more of the story of what happened with the Rav this year. In the meantime, almost 30,000 people made it out to spend Rosh Hashana with Rabbenu, which is truly awesome, and I take my hat off to every single one of the people who […]

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Urgent Fundraising Appeal for Uman

I just got an urgent message from Uman.   == We’ve just recieved an urgent message from Ukraine, that they urgently need to raise $100,000 before Rosh Hashana. There is a much larger story to tell, which BH we will give more details…
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The light in Uman

So, what's going on in Uman right now? If you're still holding by the 'news', you're probably expecting something very different from what is really going on there. Here, take a look for yourself (from Thursday afternoon, yesterday): ==== These…

Meet the Sepulvedas

Ireland's first head of state (and Yitzhak Herzog's 'chevruta') was a man named Eamon de Valera. If you had your cup of coffee this morning, you probably will have already recognised something strange: The man's name is Spanish, not Irish. ==== Again,…
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On ‘Chief Rabbis’ and spin

You know, I really think that 5783 is going to be the year of 'thinking for ourselves'. Maybe that doesn't sound so impressive, but it's actually the basic 'plank' required for a person's soul to really wake up in this world, and for a person…
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Royals and bankers – some more connections

Well, what can I tell you? Yesterday, for the 18 millionth time, I wrapped up all my 'family trees', closed down nearly all my tabs, and decided I'm having at least a week off from 'Frankist-hunting'. This morning, I put up a couple of updates…
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Shana Tova – and an apology

In less than a week, it's going to be Rosh Hashana 5783 - and I am feeling totally unprepared for it, spiritually. The last couple of years, I feel I've been typing up a whirlwind, trying to figure out stuff, warn people, piece mysteries together…