In response to the barrage of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Be'er Sheva, Tel Aviv and Ashdod in recent days, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President-elect of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
Whoever saves one life in Israel [i.e., of a Jew] is as if he had saved an entire world.
– Mishnah, Sanhedrin 4:5
Whoever saves one life is as if he had saved an entire world.
After a surprising snowfall in Jerusalem last Shabbat, this week we got a preview of spring. The sun was shining and the wildflowers were in bloom. There are few things more beautiful than a field full of wild tulips, primrose, and cormorants.
Saperstein: I am here today because when Jews mark the Passover holiday, we read that in every generation, we are to see ourselves as if we personally had been liberated from Egypt. The movement from slavery to freedom was not only then and there; it is here and now.