March 15, 2013
This weeks haftorah Vayrikra Isasiah 43:21-44:23.concludes with G-d's enjoinder to always remember Him and to return to Him. In a little more than a weeks time many of us will return to the Passover Sedar, return to family and friends, and return to memories of Sederim past. G-ds enjoined follows a particular difficult set of experiences in the haftorah of the people turning against G-d and Jewis practice. The Sedar, for many is a time of return to Jewish practice of raising our Jewish practice even for just one meal. The Seder is also a time where we think to spring a time of renewal. As the folliage for us in the north, start to bud and grow again, it is a wonderful moment to remember G-d. As the season of Pesach approach may it be a time for you and your family of renewal and return. A time to not only remember the past, but look to the future. L'shannah Haba b'yerushalem. Next year in the land of Jerusalem.
Just as the Seder is a time of questions, I am certain that all our avid readers have realized that the Unraveller has a bais towards the unconventional and perhaps the controversial. We're not looking for the "standard" explanation for a particular passage, we're searching for context, both philosophical and historical in each week's haftarah.
When we began this enterprise, and you can find Rabbi Simon's version in the preface of his book "Understanding the Haftarot: An Everyperson's Guide," we wanted to offer a different sort of publication to reach the members of the FJMC and their friends and family.
"Leadership - Innovation - Community" These words are the FJMC's tagline and are meant to describe what we do. They are not "new" to us; it's reportage. It's about all of the events and efforts that our 20,000 members do in their own communities. It's the innovative programs and ideas that have taken us to the forefront of Jewish life in North America. It's a community that we are not just sustaining but building through our work in South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. It's also about our leadership around the Jewish world, and in and with Israel for our members.
The Unraveller is not the only place these things happen. Our website, FJMC.org, has far more items than anyone can list on a single page. Our "Hearing Men's Voices" blog, Mentschen.org has heartfelt stories by regular Jews about their challenges and their accomplishments in Jewish life. Our community really comes together at our biennial conventions, where there will be more than 400 people, ready, willing and able to learn and experience ways to make Jewish life more enriching.
"Enrich Your Life" is one way to describe what you can do by being an active member of the FJMC. Yes, it's a "men's club" but our little secret is that our programming does not exclude anyone. Everyone can attend our conventions and events. Our speakers and instructors are chosen for their skill sets, not their gender.
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This week's Haftarah commentary was written by
Stan Greenspan, and Tom Sudow
Stan is the FJMC's VP of Communications and the Publisher of the Unraveller and Tom is the FJMC's Chairman of Fundraising. Both are founding members of the International Kiddush Club
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