The Jewish people are now ending the celebration of Hanukah. Christmas will begin next week. On the holiday of Hanukah the Jewish people light a candelabra called a Menorah of eight candles. The first night they light one candle and add a candle each night until the eighth day. Two blessings are recited when lighting the candles. The first blessing is proclaiming that the holiday of Hanukah is a commandment from God to the Jewish people. The second blessing is proclaiming that God did a great miracle to our forefathers at the time of the second temple in Jerusalem.
On August 7, 2020, Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, who was one of the greatest Torah Scholars and representatives of the Jewish people in the world, passed away. He was 83. Steinzaltz was born in Jerusalem on July 7, 1937. His parents were devoted socialists who lived in Israel before the founding of the state in 1948.
Guru means teacher. Receiving a Guru is like receiving God as your teacher. In the Old Age God is called King. In the religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam God is called King. Each of these religions relates to God the King of the Universe. All these religions are connected to the revelation of God on Mount Sinai. Judaism was established after Mount Sinai receiving from Moses the Law of the Jewish people. Christianity came from Judaism connecting more to the Messiah but also with the desire to establish the kingship of God on earth.
Today May 11 beginning at Sundown and all of May 12 Israel celebrates the holiday of Lag B’Omer. Lag B’Omer is translated as the 33 day of the counting of the Omer. In Biblical times from the second day of Passover was the custom in the holy temple of waiving a sheaf of ripe grains from wheats of the new harvest season.
China officially espouses State Atheism. Fifteen percent are Bhuddist. Christianity and Islam less than 3%.
Coronovirus having started in China has become a world problem. Today the world has shrunk and the effects of Coronovirus is difficult to contain in China alone. Russia has closed its border with China one of the largest borders in the world. As much as it is desired to contain the disease in China; these efforts have failed. Already there are cases of Coronovirus in Europe, Japan, America and in Israel. Coronovirus casualties has grown above Sars virus in 2006. Until is found a vaccination it is unpredictable how much this virus can spread outward. China is closed down economically which effects the World economy.
Lubavitch Chassidism is spread out throughout the world but its central location is in Brooklyn, NY 770 Eastern Parkway. They have branches in almost every country in the world where live or visit Jews. Recently their representative in China was interviewed about the effects of the Coronavirus.
On the 10th of the month of Shvat which falls out this year on Febraury 5 representatives of Lubavitch and followers of the Rebbe the leader of Lubavitch will be visiting Crown Heights Brooklyn where is there hometown, the place where lived the previous Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson and his successor Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Rabbi Yosef Schneerson on this day passed away and a year later on this date was crowned his successor Menachem Mendel. Today is the seventieth anniversary.
In the light of the death of Aba Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world has become aware of the danger of religious extremism. It still is not over but the problem of extremism in religion has become more public. It is not only a Muslim problem. It is also Christian and Jewish problem. There has been terrorism from all sides.