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Shabbat Parshat Behar 5779

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Yom Yerushalayim and Yovel

Adapted from Rabbi Braun’s sermon in 5778

One of the most famous pictures from the modern state of Israel is of 4 paratroopers who helped liberate the Kotel in 1967. Everyone has seen that picture!

Less famous although very well known in religious Zionist circles is a picture from that very same day of Rabbi Shlomo Goren, chief Rabbi of the IDF at the time, blowing a shofar at the Kotel.

My question for this morning is – was the blowing of the shofar simply a Jewish proclamation or was there more to it?

While I can’t know for certain what was in his mind, I would like to venture a guess.

Let’s begin with a shofar blast recorded in this mornings parsha. Continue reading

Shabbat Parshat Emor 5779

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Kohanim Being Metameh for their Relatives

Adapted from Rabbi Braun’s sermon in 5776

Everyone knows that a kohen is not allowed to come into contact with a corpse, they don’t go to funerals as they cannot even be in the same building.

We also know that for 7 relatives we allow kohanim to become tameh (ritually impure). The question I would like to raise this morning is “can they” or “must they” become tameh?

What if the kohen says- I don’t want to become tameh, I will not go to the funeral!

The last of the permissions given to the Kohen is listed in verse 3. Continue reading

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podcast screenshotRabbi Braun is starting his next podcast series November 5, 2018.  This year, he is switching gears from Mishnah to Gemara and will be covering Tractate Makkot.  Rabbi Braun will record a 10 minute podcast daily.  You may access the podcast a few different ways.  New installments will be posted on our website daily.  You may stream or download the content directly from our website.  Please visit www.brothersisrael.org and find “Podcast” under Content on the right-hand side.   Check back daily for new installments.  Please download and print the Project Log Sheet to keep track of your completed learning.

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Congregation Brothers of Israel is pleased to offer audio podcast-based education.  A podcast is a digital audio (or video) file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer, portable media player, or smartphone.  Typically this is a series, and new installments can be automatically received.

podcast screenshotThis week, Rabbi Braun started his second Mishnah podcast series.  He will record a 10 minute podcast daily.  You may access the podcast a few different ways.  New installments will be posted on our website daily.  You may stream or download the content directly from our website.  Please visit www.brothersisrael.org and find “Mishnah Podcast” under Content on the right-hand side.   Check back daily for new installments.  Please download and print the Mishnah Project Log Sheet to keep track of your completed learning.

You may also listen to the podcast on the go with your smartphones and other mobile devices using a podcast app.  A podcast app can automatically fetch new installments as they are released.  The podcast player gives you the ability to pause playback and return to where you left off later on.  

Some podcast apps, such as Apple Podcasts on iOS, sync with the cloud.  If you have multiple devices, your subscriptions and the point where you left off are fully sync’d.

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There are many podcast apps for both iOS and Android.  These are some top apps to consider.

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Test your glucose level without drawing blood

Israeli maker of GlucoTrack believes its noninvasive meter will encourage people with Type 2 diabetes to check glucose levels more often.

People with diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance are advised to spot-check their blood-glucose levels several times daily to reduce the risk of serious complications. That’s a lot of finger-pricking, considering that about 700 million people fall into one of those categories.

The Israeli company Integrity Applications put more than a decade into developing GlucoTrack, described as the first truly noninvasive system for self-monitoring glucose levels.

Instead of drawing blood, you clip the GlucoTrack sensor to your earlobe. A patented combination of ultrasonic, electromagnetic and thermal technologies works with a proprietary algorithm to measure physiological parameters correlated with glucose level.

Read the full story by Abigail Klein Leichman

 

4 Israeli companies named in 2017 Global Cleantech 100

The latest edition of the Global Cleantech 100 has been published and Israel’s BreezoMeter, Kaiima, TaKaDu, and Netafim are among the companies picked by Cleantech Group as poised to make significant market impact within a five- to 10-year timeframe.

This year, 9,900 distinct companies from 77 countries were nominated for the eighth edition of the Global Cleantech 100 list, featuring companies best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges.
An 86-member expert panel narrowed down the finalized list of 100 companies from 17 countries.

“These companies represent the most innovative and promising ideas in cleantech and that are best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges,” says Cleantech Group, the creator of the annual list.

The Israeli companies on the list include: BreezoMeter, a leading global air quality analytics provider; Kaiima, an agro-biotech startup company that increases crop productivity by using Clean Genome Multiplication (CGM) technology; TaKaDu, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that provides water utilities with water infrastructure monitoring; and Netafim, the global leader in smart drip and micro-irrigation solutions.

Read the full article by Viva Sarah Press of ISRAEL21c 

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podcast screenshotThis week, Rabbi Braun started his second Mishnah podcast series.  He will record a 10 minute podcast daily.  You may access the podcast a few different ways.  New installments will be posted on our website daily.  You may stream or download the content directly from our website.  Please visit www.brothersisrael.org and find “Mishnah Podcast” under Content on the right-hand side.   Check back daily for new installments.  Please download and print the Mishnah Project Log Sheet to keep track of your completed learning.

You may also listen to the podcast on the go with your smartphones and other mobile devices using a podcast app.  A podcast app can automatically fetch new installments as they are released.  The podcast player gives you the ability to pause playback and return to where you left off later on.  

Some podcast apps, such as Apple Podcasts on iOS, sync with the cloud.  If you have multiple devices, your subscriptions and the point where you left off are fully sync’d.

Podcast Apps: 

There are many podcast apps for both iOS and Android.  These are some top apps to consider.

For iOS

Apple Podcasts – Free

Android

Pocket Casts – $3.99
Player FM – Free

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