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Rabbi's Blog: Refuah for Bina + Israel Forum

02/20/2023 12:11:51 PM


Dear OZ family,

You may recall that during Covid, the Wall Street Journal printed a story about  a woman named Bina, who takes a daily stroll in in Central Park, reads Torah and recites Tehillim on the park benches, and squeezes every bit of goodness and joy out of daily activity. Bina was on the kindertransport as a child, that spared her the fate shared by so many of her family members. You would never know that she suffered such upheaval so early in life. She is always so pleasant and has such an optimistic outlook on life. Bina was just rushed to the hospital and needs a refuah. Please say Tehillim for Bina bas Feyga Leah. May she have a swift recovery and may she get back to her bench in Central Park in time for the warmer weather that will soon be upon us.


The political situation in Israel is beginning to boil over and the hatred of Jew against Jew is palpable. This must make us redouble our own efforts of Ahavat Yisrael, to eliminate all vestiges of Sin’at Chinam, and Lashon Hara in our own midst. It may not change the situation in Israel, but it will make us better. I announced last week, that we would have a ZOOM session this Wednesday evening at 7pm, to present the history of the current political struggles between the Knesset and the Israeli Supreme Court. A flyer of the event is attached below, with a description of the program and the presenter, Yotam Eyal -


Stay well and healthy.

Rabbi Allen Schwartz  



Rabbi Allen Schwartz

Congregation Ohab Zedek

118 West 95th Street | New York, NY  10025-6604

Phone 212.749-5150, ext 200 | Fax 212.663-3635




Topic of the ZOOM lecture:

Everything you wanted to know about the Legal Reform in Israel

  • Is Israel facing the end of democracy?
  • Is the legal reform dangerous for the people of Israel?
  • What really motivates the people behind the reform?

Join Attorney Yotam Eyal, CEO of the Legal Forum for Israel, in a fascinating conversation about what the legal reform is, what is behind it and where the State of Israel is going.

About Attorney Yotam Eyal:

  • Yotam specializes in constitutional law in Israel. During the past eight years, he has been involved in many legislative proceedings, appeared dozens of times before Knesset committees, and wrote many legal opinions which were submitted to the Israeli Knesset and the government. He has published dozens of articles on current legal issues in Israel, appears frequently on radio and television on issues related to the legal system and has a regular segment on the TV channel of the Israeli Knesset

About The Legal Forum for Israel:

  • The Legal Forum operates by means of legal measures and public opinion in order to safeguard the interests of the Jewish people in the State of Israel, focusing specifically on Israel’s judicial system.
  • The Legal Forum has hundreds of volunteer lawyers operating in the legal and public arenas.


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