- Kinda liked this article on Yom Ha'atzma'ut.
- Anyone else notice that the names of the 2 main dividers of Eretz Yisrael and Yerushalayim are Otniel and Ehud - which happen to be the names of the first 2 (righteous) leaders of the Jewish people who lead from start to finish while in the land? (See Shofetim 3:9 and 3:15)
- Rafi G. asked me to post about the aforementioned Hachnassat Sefer Torah celebration. It was very nice. I heard estimates that about 1000 people participated - coming from many area shuls - not just Adas Yeshurun. It started at Rabbi Cohen's house, and included a float that had a band playing on top. (Apparently, there was a heter for this occasion to be done during Sefirat Ha'Omer, which is why there could be music.) Crossing Touhy was a scene in and of itself. Cars were stuck every which way and needed to be diverted. At the shul, there was a nice amount of dancing in the main room and it soon became packed. Later, Chaim Suss spoke, followed by Joey Abramchik, then Rabbi Cohen, and finally, Rav Salomon, Shlit"a. Mincha followed. Refreshments were served in the social hall. All in all, it was a great event.