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President Obama, the best President in US history. By Abraham Habib

If you are African American, or if you are Jewish American, or both, you voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama twice, to elect him President of the United States of America, for two consecutive terms.
President Obama has had, in working terms, the most successful presidency in American history, to end his country’s history of institutional racism, gender inequality, and social gaps. As we all know, he faced the fiercest opposition any President ever had to confront in the US Congress, where (...)

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Black-American Jews and their names

The American Jewish community includes Jews with Black-American background, many of mixed marriages. Black Jews belong to each of the major American Jewish denominations—Orthodox, Conservative, Reform—and to the smaller movements as well. Like their white Jewish counterparts, there are also Black Jewish secularists and Black Jews who may rarely or never take part in religious practices.
Robin Washington, an American journalist and filmmaker, became to be one of three founders of the (...)

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Wayechi (Gn 47:28–50:26)

Jacob lives the final 17 years of his life in Egypt. Before his passing, he asks Joseph to take an oath that he will bury him in the Holy Land. He blesses Joseph’s two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, elevating them to the status of his own sons as progenitors of tribes within the nation of Israel.
The patriarch desires to reveal the end of days to his children, but is prevented from doing so.
Jacob blesses his sons, assigning to each his role as a tribe : Judah will produce leaders, (...)

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Police in Israel actively preparing for Messiah’s arrival

No one knows the day or the hour, but the Israeli police seem to believe the Messiah is coming soon. The Israeli commissioner of police, Roni Alsheikh, stated at a recent Jewish celebration that his department is preparing for the arrival of the Messiah. “When the Messiah comes, everyone will want to [approach] him so it will get very crowded,”
Alsheikh was quoted as saying in Breaking Israel News. “That will be a time when we will have to be very strong in respecting our fellow.” The (...)

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Wayigash (Gn 44:18–47:27)

Judah approaches Joseph to plead for the release of Benjamin, offering himself as a slave to the Egyptian ruler in Benjamin’s stead. Upon witnessing his brothers’ loyalty to one another, Joseph reveals his identity to them. “I am Joseph,” he declares. “Is my father still alive ?”
The brothers are overcome by shame and remorse, but Joseph comforts them. “It was not you who sent me here,” he says to them, “but G‑d. It has all been ordained from Above to save us, and the entire region, from famine.”
The (...)

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