|Finjan - Lag B'Omer Songs|
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
From the Rabbi's Bunker: May 12: No Summer Camp? Lag B'Omer Saves the Day! It's Now Up to Us to Light the Fire
From the Rabbi's Bunker
Another great music video to share
I've shared music from the Jerusalem Youth Chorus before. But this is too lovely to miss. David Broza, Mira Awad, Achinoam Nini, stars from Hamilton and YouTube, legendary vocal activists, and a hundred of JYC friends from around the world joined to create and share music and community, each of them from their homes.
Lag B'Omer and a Year Without Summer Camp
A Chance For Us to Be the Flame
OK, maybe Lag B'Omer can't fully replace summer camp, but at least we can hear the crackling sound of the bonfire, virtually, by clicking on the video above.
I feel so badly for all the kids who will be missing camp this summer - and even worse for their parents! I know first-hand of the incomparable impact of Jewish - particularly Zionist - camps on the American Jewish community.
Let's sing some of those old campfire songs... we can start with the Finjan, an ode to that old, creaky coffee pot.
In Israel last night, not everyone could keep to the social distance guidelines.
Lag B 'Omer and Akiba's Plague
The Talmud teaches that a great plague afflicted Rabbi Akiba's students in the 2nd century, and that it ended on Lag B'Omer. Here are two sources:
Many believe the true source of plague was the Roman soldiers, who enforced a strict prohibition on Torah study. It's interesting to note that sages saw the cause of the plague as a lack of mutual respect among the students.
In the text below, see mention of the custom of mourning by not having weddings or haircuts during the Omer, as recorded in the Shulchan Aruckh, the great code of Jewish law.
May our time of plague and mourning soon end, as it did for them....
Words and Deeds...
Yankees' Montana Semmel dodged coronavirus, now he's helping defeat it - Thanks to my cousin, NY Post sportswriter Ken Davidoff, who wrote this beautiful piece about a Stamford native and in the same piece, gave a shout out to my bool "Mensch-Marks." I guess it proved to be good quarantine reading!
- David Goloinkin, Schechter Institute. A comprehensive, clear, andwell-researched response to this current question, as only David Golinkin can.
The Moment to Change the World Is Right Now (Time) - Right now, we are in the biggest crisis since the Second World War. The economic impact of COVID-19 is greater than the impact of the Great Recession of 2008, and may be even greater than that of the Great Depression of the 1930s. And if history teaches us anything, it's that extraordinary things are possible.
The Kabbalist's Guide to Haircutting - And what does it have to do with Lag B'Omer?
How to Stay Optimistic When Everything Seems Wrong (NY Times) - Optimism isn't about ignoring negative feelings. It's about being hopeful about the future, even when the present seems wholly negative.
Highly Anticipated New Movies for Home Screening
INCITEMENT - Acclaimed writer-director Yaron Zilberman (A Late Quartet) chronicles the disturbing descent of a promising law student to an intransigent ultranationalist obsessed with murdering his country's leader, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Incitement is a gripping and unnerving look through the eyes of a murderer who silenced a powerful voice for peace.
Abe - Twelve-year-old Abe (Noah Schnapp) is an aspiring chef who wants his cooking to bring people together--but his half-Israeli, half-Palestinian family has never had a meal that didn't end in a fight. Ditching his traditional summer camp, Abe begins working with Chico (Seu Jorge), an adventurous street chef who encourages him to think outside his old cuisines. But when Abe's deceit is uncovered, he must grapple with his family, his background, and his passions, and whether even the most lovingly-cooked family dinner can heal old wounds. Also see: "This New Movie About Jewish and Palestinian Foods Is Streaming on Amazon Prime."
Resistance - Before he was the world-famous mime Marcel Marceau, he was Marcel Mangel, an aspiring Jewish actor who joined the French Resistance to save the lives of thousands of children orphaned at the hands of the Nazis. Jesse Eisenberg stars in this compelling drama about a group of unsung heroes who put themselves in harm's way to rise above hatred and oppression during World War II. As a young man growing up in Nazi-occupied Europe, Marcel has no intention of getting involved in the war - his pursuits include impersonating Charlie Chaplin in burlesque clubs, painting backdrops for his plays, and antagonizing his obstinate father. His life is thrown into upheaval when he is recruited into the French Resistance, putting his acting skills to the ultimate test in teaching orphaned Jewish children how to survive in the horrifying reality of the Holocaust. Based on the inspiring true story, RESISTANCE follows the revolutionary tale of a selfless act that would forever change countless lives.
Much love, from the Bunker
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman