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Mount Morayah: Fulcrum of Exile and Redemption, Sacrifice and Reprieve; other thoughts on unity

by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

December 24, 2009 | 5:18 pm

I am on Sabbatical in Jerusalem for 6 months.  Here is the first of several video highlights of the city/Divrey Torah I hope to do for the folks back home.

On a separate note I have been davening at a small hole in the wall French-Moroccan shul at which I was today number 10 and yesterday number 8 with no one to follow. I like praying with people with whom there is no expectation to speak andwho are so culturally different from myself. Today into this small room of 6:30am schacharit praying sefardim dressed in jeans and small kippot came a Chasid from a very different neighborhood dressed in black and while with long payot collecting money. With no questions asked everyone gave there few shekels. In some strange way I think the Orthodox Jews of Israel are actually more unified than those of the exile, though I know many feel differently.  Thoughts?

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