Sun, 14 September 2014
Rabbi Daniel Rapp, whose permanent home is in New York, might be dubbed the "Commuter Rabbi," because he regularly shuttles between Manhattan and Denver in order to serve and enrich our community in his capacity as the Interim Rabbi at East Denver Orthodox Synagogue.
Rabbi Rapp and his family were in Denver for much of this past summer and will return again soon so that he can help lead Yom Kippur services at EDOS.
Rabbi Rapp is a recognized Torah scholar and a Dayan (judge) at the Beth Din of America. His impressive credentials include serving as Associate Dean of Students of Undergraduate Torah Studies at Yeshiva University, where he is a visiting professor of Talmud. Rabbi Rapp received his juris doctor from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was twice honored for academic excellence.
In mid-August, shortly before he returned to New York, Rabbi Rapp sat with Radio Chavura co-host Dean Rotbart at The Jewish Experience Center to share his thoughts on how the Jewish community can prepare for the High Holidays this year. The interview was not originally intended for broadcast and thus was not recorded in our regular radio studio. (Which explains the music, voices and noise in the background.)
"There is a spiritual gravity out there. If you're not pushing up, you're sinking down."
But the Rabbi's insights were so on target and valuable, we thought it best to let our readers and listeners hear what he had to say directly.
Our pre-Rosh Hashanah interview with Rabbi Rapp is the second in our series of 5775 conversations with prominent Colorado spiritual leaders on the topic of High Holidays preparations.
Sun, 1 September 2013
The Palestinian Authority continues to hide its true intentions toward Israel from the non-Arab world, while consistently pushing a three-part anti-Israeli message to the Palestinian people, says Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch, and the special guest on this week's final installment of our three-part High Holidays series.
"When people understand the true Palestinian ideology, they realize that the victimhood [storyline] is a mask," Marcus explains during a pre-recorded telephone interview from Israel. That internal Palestinian message has three consistent components, he says: First, to deny Israel's right to exist; second, to demonize Israel and Jews, and third, to promote violence.
Since 1996, PMW has monitored the Palestinian media, speeches and schoolbooks to showcase what the Palestinians are saying - in their very own words, and how their Arab-language messaging differs from the mask the Palestinians present to the English-language world.
While numerous global news organizations do report on PMW's findings, Marcus tells Radio Chavura that too often the news media miss a critical aspect of the Palestinians' messages to their own people - what the journalists call "incitement."
"We say there is no incitement," says Marcus, who grew up in the U.S. and now lives in Israel. "They're expressing their honest beliefs and opinions. They're saying it and we should listen to them and believe them."
The PMW has a staff of nine translators who read the Palestinian newspapers and watch the newscasts of two Palestinian TV stations.
Read more about Itamar Marcus and Palestinian Media Watch on our website.
Recent Palestinian Media Watch Articles - "In Their Own Words":
Sun, 18 August 2013
Our Special 5774 High Holiday Programming: Featuring Dr. Neil W. Levin, Milken Archive of Jewish Music