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The Orchard: SPRING 2010 - NISAN 5770

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What's Inside This Issue

INTRODUCTORY ESSAYS

From the Rabbinic Cabinet....................................................................................................................2

From the JFNA Chair of the Board and President.................................................................................4
Jerry Silverman and Kathy Manning

Emulating the Wise Son.........................................................................................................................5
Rabbi Steven E. Foster

Thoughts from the Senior Consultant to the Rabbinic Cabinet..............................................................6
Rabbi Gerald I. Weider

PESACH

Raise A Cup to Our Israeli Heroes.......................................................................................................7
Rabbi Allen Lavin

Springtime for Dialogue.........................................................................................................................8
Rabbi Norman M. Cohen

Poem for a Pesach Seder....................................................................................................................10
Rabbi Allen S. Maller

OMER

Sefirah: A Sacred Journey ..................................................................................................................11
Rabbi David J. Zucker

SHAVUOT

A Thought for Shavuot ........................................................................................................................12
Rabbi Paul J. Citrin

Shavuot: Second Day .........................................................................................................................14
Rabbi Harold J. Berman

Yiskor Sermon: The Midrash of Our Lives .........................................................................................15
Rabbi Susan Leider

YOM HASHOAH

For Yom HaShoah ...............................................................................................................................16
Rabbi Larry Kotok

YOM YERUSHALAYIM

Yom Yerushalayim: Bringing Light Where There is Darkness ...........................................................17
Rabbi Larry Kotok

JDC CELEBRATES 95 YEARS...........................................................................................................................19

JAFI: ENGAGING RUSSIAN-SPEAKING JEWRY IN NORTH AMERICA..............................................................22