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Old 07-15-2013, 02:55 PM
 
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I just want to wish you all an easy and meaningful fast. There's still a few more hours left today to hydrate. It's very hot in some places in the US, so please all take good care of yourselves.
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:15 PM
 
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An easy fast ain't no good. That's like hoping your kid wins every soccer game. We benefit more from a difficult fast.

Which is a more life changing experience - running along an empty street or running in Pamplona being chased by bulls? Life is supposed to thrilling.
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:55 PM
 
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It's forbidden for Jews to run with the bulls in Pamplona. Sorry, running on an empty street is much better.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:07 PM
 
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We recall the teaching of our sages who noted that the Second Temple was destroyed due to the sin of “sinat chinam” — unprovoked enmity. We therefore, on this eve of Tisha B’Av, call on all individuals and organizations to join us in in dedicating our efforts to creating a world filled with “ahavat chinam” — unqualified love for one another.

May each of us who this year mourn the destruction of Jerusalem, merit to see it rebuilt speedily in our days.

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Old 07-15-2013, 07:51 PM
 
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We recall the teaching of our sages who noted that the Second Temple was destroyed due to the sin of “sinat chinam” — unprovoked enmity. ...
This seems to be our biggest obstacle yet today. We are constantly at odds with each other and often treat strangers with more friendliness than we do our brothers and sisters. Perhaps one day soon we will remember that we are all am Yisrael, and then we can begin to prepare the way.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:50 PM
 
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This seems to be our biggest obstacle yet today. We are constantly at odds with each other and often treat strangers with more friendliness than we do our brothers and sisters. Perhaps one day soon we will remember that we are all am Yisrael, and then we can begin to prepare the way.
Amen!
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:14 PM
 
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:18 PM
 
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Is fasting only for the Orthodox~? What about the Conservative movement do they fast, or the Reform~?
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:45 PM
 
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Is fasting only for the Orthodox~? What about the Conservative movement do they fast, or the Reform~?
I'm Conservative, and I fast. I know quite a few others who do as well, but I can't speak for the movement as a whole.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:26 PM
 
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Is fasting only for the Orthodox~? What about the Conservative movement do they fast, or the Reform~?
Fasting is for all Jews, as are all Mitzvos.
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