Monthly Archives: November 2014

Addressing the Atrocities in Har Nof

Rabbi Haber’s message regarding the atrocities in Har Nof:

In the wake of yesterday’s heart wrenching news, we join Jews around the world in mourning our terrible loss of those who were murdered as well as the tragic loss of Officer Zidan Saif who, along with his fellow police officers, acted heroically to protect them. We echo the words of the Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America:

“We absolutely condemn — and call upon all people of good will to condemn — this heinous attack against the “Kehilat Yaakov” synagogue in Har Nof. Targeting innocent civilians during their morning prayers reflects a complete and utter disregard for the sanctity of life and religion. By desecrating and violating one synagogue, these terrorists have desecrated and violated all synagogues; indeed every place of worship.

“We express our deepest condolences to the families of Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Rabbi Kalman Levine and Rabbi Moshe Twersky, and particularly to more than two-dozen orphans who have lost their beloved fathers. The lives of others were spared, but some sustained serious injuries; we pray for each to merit a speedy and complete recovery.”

May God comfort the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.


It is difficult to articulate feelings or to understand  the horrific murders this past Tuesday.

I found the attached video to be inspiring. It was taken at the shul in Israel where my father is rabbi on this past Tuesday evening.
May we have only good news to share,

(UJFT) CRC Condemns
Horrific Terror Attack at Jerusalem Synagogue

The Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is appalled at the horrific attack of worshippers at the synagogue in Jerusalem early this morning. Our hearts and prayers go out to families for the loss of their loved ones, Rabbi Moshe Twersky, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Rabbi Kalman Zeev Levine, Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, and Officer Zidan Saif.

Such violence on innocent people in their place of worship is an affront to all humanity, and must not be tolerated. We call on leaders at all levels to condemn this action.

At this time of unfathomable loss and tragedy, we renew our solidarity with the State of Israel and the residents of Jerusalem, pray for the recovery of the wounded and extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved.  “May they be comforted among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.”


Almanos Plea 

L’hitra’ot, Updated Nov. 1

Nov. 1: Again, to Meir, Bassi, Ephraim, and Batsheva Price . This is the weekend you’re moving, and we all want to wish you the best and hope to see you when you visit.

Oct. 22: To Meir, Bassi, Ephraim, and Batsheva Price – “…your presence here in Norfolk has enhanced our community in ways no one will ever know” – Michele‘s words, the whole community’s sentiments.

After Tisha B’Av, Cantor Allan and Nancy Berman and daughters, Rochel Sarah and Eliana, return to Baltimore. We’ll miss you, but don’t be strangers!