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The Trump Siddur(Jewish Prayer Book)

sachAs I have been doing on a regular basis for the past 3 months, I went to my local synagogue this past Shabbat( Saturday) morning. As I walked in I grabbed a Siddur, Jewish Prayer book, and a Chumash, the 5 Books of Moses.  When you open the Art Scroll Siddur, my personal Siddur of choice, on the right mostly everything is in Hebrew, and on the left mostly everything is English.  That is, usually it is. As I sat down to pray this particular prayer book had no English in it at all.  Where I usually read the English it was now replaced entirely with Russian.

After I made a double and triple take to make sure this was actually Russian and I wasn’t having a stroke, I decided to call this particular Siddur the Trump Siddur.  I then opened the inside cover and in my imagination at least, saw the words, Dedicated to Jared Kushner. Well not really, but I imagined it to be so.  I also imagined the second I put it back on the shelf a lacky from CNN was going to come collect it to see to it that it would be displayed as evidence on the next episode of Anderson Cooper 360.

Just before I stopped trying to be funny and got back to the business at hand of praying, I came to one conclusion.  Art Scrolls is clearly guilty of collusion.  That being said, until I hear evidence they influenced the election at all, I have every intention of keeping them as my Siddur of choice.

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A Day of Sadness

Temple-Destruction (1)The 9th Day of the Jewish month of Av, known in Hebrew as Tisha B’Av, is the day commemorating the destruction of the first and second Temples that once stood in Jerusalem.  It is a day of tragedy and commemorates some of the worst moments in Jewish history.  Simply put, it is the saddest day of the year, and it begins tonight.

On this Tisha B’Av let’s pray that all the tragedy and sadness stops, and that we see a world of peace and kindness.  We have seen so many days of sadness recently but lets stay hopeful for a brighter future. I know it sounds unrealistic at this moment, but if it was easy we wouldn’t need to pray for it.  To all those fasting I wish you an easy fast.

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Post #100-In loving memory

Weeks ago when I saw I was approaching 100 posts, I started to mull over what would be the perfect way to celebrate the blogosphere milestone.  Little did I know at the time that fate would lend a hand.  On June 13, 2007, my father Rabbi Nardus Groen, passed on from this world.  The English date coincides with the Hebrew date which falls next Saturday night and Sunday.  Being that this blog is set up to introduce the book Jew Face, any milestone relevant to the book is appropriate blogging material.  It is with that in mind I had determined a  long time ago that this week I would be focusing my efforts on here towards honoring my father.  This blog is called Holland’s Heroes because of the heroic behavior of the people in the book.  Jew and non-Jew, relative or not,  whose behavior during the worst of times in Holland, showed unimaginable bravery.  The book speaks of many, but it is primarily the story of my parents, Nardus and Sipora Groen.  With that premise I make this post, post number 100, an introduction to a week where I will be honoring and remembering my father.  If anyone has a story they wish to share it will be very welcomed.   I would love to post it in here or leave it as a comment.  And if you choose to buy the book this week in his memory let me know and I will be glad to post it.  Thanks to all of you.