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Leading Washington-area rabbis took a stand this week against the name of D.C.’s NFL team.* The two faith leaders have joined a growing number of clergy across the country calling for the Washington...
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“If Thanksgivukkah can be a spark that allows us to bring a little bit of the Hanukkah light into a Jewish person’s Thanksgiving table, then that’s a gift.” Watch more of our interview about the rare convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah with Rabbi David Paskin at Kehillah Schechter Academy in Norwood, Massachusetts.
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ASHLAND, Ore. (JTA) — It’s a crisp fall day in southern Oregon and Josh Shupack, 32, is gently whispering in a chicken’s ear.
“We’re going to return your soul to heaven, your blood to the earth,” he says, petting the bird’s bright red comb. “And nourish our bodies with your flesh.”
This is what Shupack tells every chicken before he cuts its esophagus and trachea with a razor-sharp blade and holds it by the feet as it bleeds out into the dirt below. Its body quivers and shakes for a minute, black and orange feathers flapping, before it goes limp in his hands.
After the birds are cut, he and his sister, Jamina, 26, hang them from a backyard arbor and spend half an hour plucking each one, their bodies still hot. Then the innards are removed and their hearts, gizzards and feet are placed in Mason jars lining a blood-spattered table.
A freelance web programmer from San Diego, Shupack is one of a small but growing number of observant Jews who are taking matters of shechitah, or ritual kosher slaughter, into their own hands — literally. Long considered the sole province of rigorously trained Orthodox men, these backyard slaughterers are hoping to liberate kosher meat production from the massive companies that dominate the industry and help kosher keepers forge a closer connection to the animals that nourish them.
“I want to empower people to have the experience to learn shechitah,” said Yadidya Greenberg, a Boulder, Colo.-based animal welfare educator and shochet, or ritual slaughterer. “The point is that I want people to connect with the animals, to connect with death.”
Shupack’s interest in kosher slaughter was sparked by the 2008 federal raid on Agriprocessors, then the largest kosher meat supplier in the United States and long a target of critics concerned about worker and animal abuses in the kosher meat industry. The raid on the Iowa slaughterhouse inspired a small group of dissatisfied Jews to apply the doctrine of Do-It-Yourself to ritual slaughter.
“I realized that all the kosher meat is factory-farmed from the Midwest,” said Shupack, who lives in Ashland with his wife, a cantorial soloist at the local Renewal synagogue, and their 17-month-old son. “And when the Agriprocessors thing happened, it started me thinking.”
Shupack soon linked up with Greenberg, one of the loudest voices in the growing chorus of “eco-kosher” Jews, who was organizing a weeklong course led by an Orthodox Brooklyn rabbi. Following a class in which he killed 15 chickens and a duck, Shupack studied the trove of Jewish law related to killing animals for consumption. Eventually he was certified as a shochet for poultry only by Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, the former Chabad rabbi considered the founder of the Jewish Renewal movement.
Raised on a kibbutz in the north of Israel, Greenberg, 29, first learned to shecht after he became religious 10 years ago and wanted to establish ethical eating practices around animals. After completing three months of study with Yisrael Landsman, the rabbi who taught Shupack to shecht, Greenberg made it his mission to demystify the process and help others do the same.
On his blog, The Kosher Omnivore’s Quest, Greenberg has gained a legion of followers in the Jewish food movement. People contact him on a regular basis wanting to learn shechitah, he says. And it’s not just men. According to Greenberg, more than five women have reached out to him in the past 18 months seeking a rabbi who will teach them kosher slaughter.
But Greenberg doesn’t know where to point them. While there is no specific Jewish law barring women from performing the ritual, and Greenberg believes women have as much of a right to shecht as men, Orthodox tradition is that women do not slaughter.
“No Orthodox rabbi will teach a woman how to shecht,” said Tami Berman, who raises chickens in her New Jersey backyard and is planning to teach herself how to ritually slaughter them.
“So I’m going to have to just wing it at some point,” she said.
A homemaker from Fair Lawn, Berman, 46, recently paid a shochet $100 to travel from nearby Passaic to slaughter just two chickens. She had to do all of the plucking and clean-up herself.
“It’s not cost effective,” she said. “I wouldn’t do it again.”
While Berman may be comfortable teaching herself to shecht the chickens that roam her backyard, some bristle at the thought. Yitzchok Alderstein, an Orthodox rabbi who teaches Jewish law and ethics at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said it was “risible” that amateurs believe they are capable of deciphering complex instructional texts on religious slaughter.
But even some in the small but growing world of ethical kosher meat suppliers frown on the notion of DIY slaughter.
Naftali Hanau, who with his wife, Anna, founded Grow and Behold, a New York-based company that distributes pasture-raised kosher meat, says he has “some reservations and questions” about the idea of someone taking a weekend class, then starting to shecht without supervision.
Hanau himself underwent a rigorous three-month training process in Brooklyn and Scranton, Pa., in which he killed at least 1,000 chickens before he received his first letter of reference toward certification, known as kabala.
“We have a very strong tradition of only letting those who are very qualified and trained and regularly checked up on by the community’s rabbis do this,” Hanau said. “And I think there’s value in that.”
Greenberg, who hopes one day to open a school for kosher slaughter, clearly disagrees — though on one point at least, he and Hanau are in perfect accord.
“This is not pickling,” Greenberg said. “This is life and death.”
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By Rabbi Richard Sarason
Memorialization of deceased relatives and of Jewish martyrs has figured in the liturgical observances of Yom Kippur since the massacre of approximately 8,000 Rhineland Jews at the time of the First Crusade (1096). Indeed, many of the Jewish mourning customs that have continued down to our own day originated in that time and place in response to the emotional challenges faced by the survivors.1 An extensive Jewish memorial literature of chronicles and poetry (particularly liturgical poetry, piyyutim) was created in the wake of those sad events.2
One of those liturgical poems is Eileh Ezkerah (“These do I recall”), which recounts the legend of the Ten Martyrs (aseret harugei malchut) – ten Rabbis (including Rabbi Akiva) who, according to rabbinic tradition, were executed at the time of the Jewish revolt against Rome during the reign of Hadrian (the “Bar-Kochba Revolt” in 132-135 C.E.) for the crime of actively propagating Jewish tradition: teaching Torah and practicing circumcision and other forbidden Jewish rites.
The legend of the Ten Martyrs begins in several scattered talmudic traditions about the martyrdoms of Rabbi Akiva (Babylonian Talmud Berachot 61b), Rabbi Hanina b. Teradion (b. Avodah Zarah 18a), and Rabban Shimon b. Gamaliel and Rabbi Ishmael (Avot deRabbi Natan, recension A, 48; recension B 41). The number ten is formulaic, occurring in the Midrash on Psalms (9:13) and the Midrash on Lamentations (2:2); there is no agreement in the sources on the names of the ten martyrs. The extended legend is medieval. It was particularly elaborated in the Rhineland after the Crusades and exists in at least ten different prose recensions as well as our liturgical poem. In the extended legend, the deaths of the ten Rabbis is explained as atoning for the guilt of the ten sons of Jacob who sold their younger brother Joseph into slavery. (The book of Jubilees, which dates from the late Second Commonwealth period, claims that the sale of Joseph into slavery took place on Yom Kippur and identifies this as the rationale for communal fasting on this day.) Here, then, is a theodicy (that is, a justification of God’s ways) for the martyrdom of the righteous – both at the time of Hadrian and at the time of the Crusades: the deaths of the righteous, pious martyrs effect atonement for the past sins of the people. Additionally (in the prose versions), the deaths of the righteous martyrs provide an ironclad guarantee that, in the future, the wicked kingdom of Rome (=the yoke of Christian rulers) will be destroyed and Israel redeemed.
The poem Eileh Ezkerah was, as we noted, written in Germany in the aftermath of the Crusades. The author identifies himself in an acrostic as “Yehudah,” but we do not otherwise know who he was. The poem is a selichah (a petition for forgiveness), belonging to that genre of penitential prayers and hymns that we discussed several weeks ago and that characterize the liturgy of Yom Kippur and the month leading up to it. It appears in the traditional Yom Kippur Musaf service directly after Seder Ha’avodah, according to the following logic:
The traditional Seder Ha’avodah ends with a series of laments, penitential prayers, and confessions dealing with the loss of the Temple and its rituals: “On account of our sins and the sins of our ancestors we are lacking all of these things,” followed by, “Remember, Lord, Your compassion and loving-kindness . . .We have sinned, our Rock; forgive us, our Creator.” Eileh Ezkerah follows immediately upon this. Its first line is a poetic inversion of Psalm 42:5 – “When I think of this, I pour out my soul,” understood by the poet as, “When I call to mind/remember these ones . . .” The poem goes on to recount the martyrdom of the ten righteous Rabbis, whose deaths are understood to have atoned for the sins of the people (although in one verse, the angels cry out bitterly: “Is this the reward of Torah?” – to which a divine voice responds, “This is my decree: Accept it or else!”; this interchange is based on, but is more unrelenting than, b. Berachot 61b). Every verse is followed by the (interpolated) refrain: “We have sinned, our Rock; forgive us, our Creator.” The poem concludes as follows:
All this befell us – we have told it, repeatedly,
pouring out our crushed, mournful hearts;
listen to our supplications from heaven above,
Adonai, Adonai, compassionate and gracious God.
O Gracious One, look down from Your heights,
see the spilled blood of the righteous, their vital essence,
from Your concealed place behold this
and remove the stains of sin,
God, King, who sits upon a throne of compassion.3
Suffice it to say that none of this is promising material for a Reform Yom Kippur machzor! The theology of the poem is, to say the least, highly problematic. Indeed, the poem was dropped from all Reform prayer books before the Holocaust. But it was precisely the impact of the Holocaust that prompted Rabbis John Rayner and Chaim Stern to include an extended martyrology in the Musaf service of their 1973 British Liberal machzor, Gate of Repentance, following immediately upon Seder Ha’avodah, which included (only) the first verse of this poem in a collage of Hebrew texts – biblical, rabbinic, and modern – that respond to various historical catastrophes and mourn their victims.4
This material was then carried forward, in a slightly adapted form, into the North American CCAR Gates of Repentance (1978). The sensibility reflected in this liturgical adaptation/creation is very much that of the generation that lived through the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel – scars that were re-opened in the days leading up to the Six Day War in 1967 and the prolonged Yom Kippur War of 1973. It remains to be seen how a younger generation, further removed from these experiences, will reinterpret these issues, and how a new Reform machzor will reframe these materials.
- This is spelled out in a fascinating way by Ivan G. Marcus, The Jewish Life Cycle: Rites of Passage from Biblical to Modern Times (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004), 221-244.
- See, for example, Jeremy Cohen, Sanctifying the Name of God: Jewish Martyrs and Jewish Memories of the First Crusade )Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004), and Susan L. Einbinder, Beautiful Death: Jewish Poetry and Martyrdom in Medieval France (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002).
- The translation is that of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, from the Koren Yom Kippur Mahzor (2012).
- Besides the first verse of Eileh Ezkerah, these texts include the first verse of Eli Tsiyon, the well-known dirge (kinah) from the liturgy for the Ninth of Av; the poem “An Oath,” by the Israeli poet Abraham Shlonsky; and a series of thematically relevant biblical verses: Joel 1:2ff., Is. 64:10, 22:4, 9:17. 24:4-6a. (All of these selections except for the biblical verses were taken over into the CCAR Gates of Repentance, although the Shlonsky text is only given there in English.) Rayner and Stern note that they took their inspiration here partly from Mordecai Kaplan’s 1948 Yom Kippur Prayer Book, which follows Eileh Ezkerah with a series of texts commemorating the martyrs of the Holocaust (the first of which is Hannah Senesh’s poem, Ashrei hagafrur/”Blessed is the Match.”
Dr. Sarasonis Professor of Rabbinic Literature and Thought and the Associate Editor of the Hebrew Union College Annual. He was ordained at HUC-JIR.
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This afternoon, rabbis across the country participated in an online “Google Hangout” about comprehensive immigration reform, featuring Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the RAC. The call was organized by Just Congregations and the Religious Action Center and was an exciting opportunity for our rabbis to plug into the Reform Movement’s efforts to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.
Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) is the first Hispanic woman to serve in Congress and a former chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. As an important leader on the issue of immigration reform, a prominent member of the House of Representatives and someone familiar with the Jewish community in her district and around the country, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen is well-positioned to give our rabbis an honest update on the progress of this vital moral issue. She is also a key co-sponsor of H.R.15, a comprehensive immigration reform bill recently introduced in the House and modeled off of the bipartisan bill that passed the Senate in June. The House bill currently has 190 co-sponsors and is expected to pass if brought up for a vote. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen honored our rabbis by talking about the important work they do in advocating for the most vulnerable in our society, including their efforts on immigration reform. She then discussed the prospects of immigration reform in the House, which has stalled since the summer. Afterwards, Rabbi Saperstein reiterated the Jewish obligation to comprehensive immigration reform and discussed ways for rabbis to advocate for immigration reform both within their communities and at a broader, national level.
Today’s “hangout” is just one component of Rabbis Organizing Rabbis’ national effort to engage and mobilize the Reform rabbinate in advocating for comprehensive immigration reform. Rabbis Organizing Rabbis, a project of Just Congregations, is comprised of a group of diverse rabbis from across the country who have been advocating on the issue of immigration reform over the past year, working to drum up support for reform in their communities and showcasing the Jewish commitment to the issue. You can watch today’s “hangout” with Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen and Rabbi Saperstein here.
(JTA) — A former hotel security guard pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights charge for defacing a Jewish school’s Torah scroll and prayer books.
Justin Baker, 25, of Jackson, Tenn., pleaded guilty Monday to civil rights intimidation for violating the civil rights of students of the Margolin Hebrew Academy’s Cooper Yeshiva High School of Memphis, as well as felony vandalism.
Baker will be sentenced on Dec. 30 in Madison County Circuit Court. He faces two to four years for civil rights intimidation and two to four years for vandalism over $10,000, according to the Jackson Sun.
He was arrested in January after the school’s students and faculty discovered the scroll and prayer books damaged and covered with graffiti as they entered a conference room at the DoubleTree Hotel in Jackson for Sabbath services. The graffiti included “Gentiles win, Jews lose” and “Submit to Satan.”
Approximately 50 students and faculty from the school were spending Shabbat at the motel on their way to a ski trip in the Smoky Mountains.
BOSTON (JTA) — A gift-giving, angst-ridden purple gorilla featured in “Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster” is among the characters who help enliven the Hanukkah celebration in new holiday books for children, families and young adults.
Master storyteller author Eric Kimmel adds to his award-winning collection of Hanukkah books with “Hanukkah Bear,” a reimagined rendition of his earlier book, “The Chanukkah Guest.” Kimmel, author of the Caldecott honor book “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins,” illustrated by Giora Carmi, tells JTA his original inspiration was a combination of Mr. Magoo cartoons, his favorites growing up, and his grandmother, who loved bears.
Tilda Balsley, the author of many children’s books, including four Jewish-themed “Sesame Street” titles about Grover, Big Bird and friends, brings two new offerings, “Eight is Great” and “ABC Hanukkah Hunt.”
“Thank You For Me!” is perfectly timed for the confluence this year of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving.
For young adults, award-winning writer Ruth Feldman in a coming-of-age novel spins an intricate tale of historical fiction and fantasy set in 1964 Berkeley, Calif., at the dawn of the city’s free speech movement.
One of the books, “With a Mighty Hand,” is not about Hanukkah but will be a treasured gift to add to a family’s bookshelves.
Here are the new titles for Hanukkah:
Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Holiday House ($16.95; eBook available)
Think of “Hanukkah Bear” as a gift from Kimmel, one of the country’s most skilled storytellers, who serves up a scrumptious and endearing Old World Hanukkah tale that will have everyone giggling. On the first night, a huge, hungry bear arrives at Bubbe Brayna’s doorstep, lured by the aromas of her frying latkes. Bubbe thinks the bear is the rabbi who is expected later with other villagers to celebrate. Kids will delight in the ensuing case of mistaken identity. (The lively bubbe winds up leaping and playing dreidel with the bewildered old bear.)
Wohnoutka’s cartoon-like illustrations glow in warm browns and golds.
“Eight is Great”
Tilda Balsley, illustrated by Hideko Takahashi
Kar-Ben ($5.95 board book, $4.95 eBook)
Simple rhymes and illustrations enliven the colorful toddler board book that plays on the theme of the eight nights of Hanukkah.
“Thank You For Me!”
Rick Recht; illustrated by Ann Koffsky
Jewish World Publishing ($10)
The illustrated lullaby, which can be read or sung, encourages young ones to appreciate themselves and all that surrounds them. A free download to Rick Recht’s companion song, “Kobi’s Lullaby,” and a link (www.annkoffsky.com) to a coloring page by illustrator Ann Koffsky are included.
“ABC Hanukkah Hunt”
Tilda Balsley; illustrated by Helen Poole
Kar-Ben ($17.95 hardcover; $7.95 paper; $6.95 eBook)
A lively rhyming alphabet romp through Hanukkah provides plenty of entertainment for young kids. Each large-format page is filled with cartoon-like illustrations and a simple riddle that can be solved by looking at the pictures of flames on a menorah, a maze to Jerusalem’s Holy Temple and plates full of sugar-coated doughnuts, or sufganiyot.
“Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah”
Jamie Korngold, illustrated by Julie Fortenberry
Kar-Ben ($17.95 hardcover, $7.95 paper, $6.95 eBook)
What preschooler won’t relate to young Sadie when her carefully crafted and painted clay menorah shatters into a million pieces? Sadie’s spirits are lifted when she discovers that the shamash helper candle holder did not break.All’s well when Sadie uses the pink-and-blue shamash to light all the household menorahs, starting a new family tradition.
Julie Fortenberry’s colorful illustrations allow kids to tell the story through the expressive and energetic art.
“The Eighth Menorah”
Lauren L. Wohl, illustrated by Laura Hughes
Albert Whitman ($16.99 hardcover)
In this delightful story, a young boy named Sam makes a Hanukkah menorah in Hebrew school using a shiny rock he picks at a park outing. But he frets: What will his family do with one more menorah? In phone conversations with his grandmother, Sam confides that he’s keeping a special Hanukkah secret for the family. Their relationship feels authentic and warm. Readers will wonder along with Sam as he tries to figure out the perfect new home for the menorah.
Laura Hughes’ illustrations convey a contemporary, real-world feel. Grandma lives in a condo in an urban high-rise, and there’s a refreshingly diverse group of kids at Hebrew school. Rules for how to play dreidel are included.
“Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster”
Jane Sutton, illustrated by Andy Rowland
Kar-Ben ($17.95 hardcover, $7.95 paperback, $6.95 eBook)
Poor Esther: The endearing purple gorilla is looking forward to celebrating Hanukkah with her jungle friends, but all the gifts she selects turn out wrong. Worse, the friends give her the “perfect” Hanukkah gifts. But Esther makes it all right at a Hanukkah party where good friends celebrate together and swap the gifts.
“Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster” is a new favorite book for Barbara Krasner, the author of many children’s stories who is active in the Association of Jewish Libraries. “The illustrations are hysterically funny,” she writes in an email.
For young adults
“The Ninth Day”
Ruth Tenzer Feldman
Ooligan Press ($13.95)
Older teens and up
Hope Friis, the teen protagonist here, has an enviable relationship with her grandfather, who as his health declines gives Hope the gift of a tallit that belonged to her grandmother, Miryam, for whom she is named. The blue threads woven into the tallit call forth a mysterious visitor, Serakh, who beckons Hope on a journey back in time to 11th century Paris, where she is challenged to save the life of a Jewish baby.
The mature material, which includes references to LSD and tragic Jewish history during the Crusades, is not overly dark or depressing. Through curiosity and courage Hope, who has a stutter, finds her own voice as she faces tough, consequential decisions.
The book takes place during the eight days of Hanukkah, which that year fell very close to Thanksgiving, mirroring this year’s confluence.
Great for a gift
“With a Mighty Hand: The Story in the Torah”
Adapted by Amy Ehrlich, paintings by Daniel Nevins
Readers of any age will savor the beautifully designed “With a Mighty Hand,” Amy Ehrlich’s adaptation of the five books of the Torah with stunning art by Daniel Nevins. Based on the original biblical text, Ehrlich approaches the Torah’s stories as a lyrical narrative. She includes the nuanced details and weaves a story line that brings the characters to life as humans, with strengths and flaws.
Nevins’ illustrations draw from a rich palette of purple, red, brown, blue and ocher. In a full-page illustration of one of Joseph’s dreams, a copper-skinned Joseph stands tall and regal in his multicolored coat looming above the stars and moon. A two-page Torah genealogy, Ehrlich’s introduction and end notes offer readers helpful explanations to supplement the narrative.
The first official music video for Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” is making the rounds on the internet. And Dylan’s endorsement is only half the reason why.
The video, produced by media start-up Interlude, includes a novel interactive channel-tuning button, each channel mimicking a different cable channel or news program, featuring cameos by Drew Carey and a matzah-eating Danny Brown. The video was filmed under creative directorship of 27-year old Vania Heymann, an Israeli graduate of the Bezalel Arts school.
In just two years, Heymann’s video portfolio has grown from student film trailer about Yiddish-speaking hitman “Der Mentsh” to a digital shorts series on Eretz Nehederet (Israel’s Saturday Night Live), a Pepsi Max commercial and now a Bob Dylan music video — 48 years after the original release — with the artist’s blessing.
Seems as if Heymann isn’t pacing himself between achievements in digital advertising. As long as he doesn’t tire out, that could be a good development for digital media consumers and brands.
(JTA) — A Ukrainian billionaire living in London is being sued by his rabbi over a joint property venture.
Rabbi Yonah Pruss claims that he and Gennadiy Bogolyubov, a philanthropist who is involved in the Chabad movement, entered into a deal to find, purchase and manage investment properties in Britain along with a surveyor, Colin Gershinson, according to the Times of London.
Bogolyubov put up the money for the properties identified by Pruss and Gershinson, the newspaper reported. Pruss and Gershinson were to share in the profits.
But the rabbi, who reportedly eased Bogolyubov’s way into London Jewish society, discovered that two of the most valuable properties were placed into trust for Bogolyubov and his family. Pruss and Gershinson are now demanding millions of dollars for their share of the deals.
A lawsuit has been filed in a lower court, according to The Independent, and Pruss has threatened to take the case to Britain’s High Court.
Missouri serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, who killed one victim as he left a synagogue for a bar mitzvah, was executed by lethal injection early Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for him to be put to death, a corrections spokesman said.Click here for the rest of the article...
(JTA) — A white supremacist was executed in Missouri for killing a man at a St. Louis-area synagogue in 1977.
Joseph Paul Franklin, 63, was executed early Wednesday morning for the sniper shooting of Gerald Gordon, who was killed outside of the Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel synagogue in October 1977 as he left a bar mitzvah. Franklin also was convicted of seven other murders throughout the United States and claimed credit for 20 deaths between the years of 1977 and 1980.
The Missouri conviction is the only one that carried a death sentence, according to The Associated Press.
The execution had been stayed Tuesday evening by two district court judges due to concerns over the drug used for the execution. The U.S. Supreme Court early Wednesday morning upheld the death sentence and the use of the drug, leading to the execution.
Franklin also bombed a synagogue in Chattanooga, Tenn., in July 1977.
United Hebrew of New Rochelle Skilled Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center Names Ellen Wright, LMSW – formerly of Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley, as Director of Home Care Services.
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The House of Yahweh in Abilene, TX put up a webpage where visitors can request information to find out why their prayers aren’t being answered and how to reverse it.
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