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Lag B’Omer & Shavuos

mosesThe holiday of Passover begins a seven-week period of time in the Jewish calendar known as the "Sefirat Ha-Omer, known in English as "The counting of the Omer." There are forty-nine days between Passover and the holiday of Shavous. On the second day of Passover, we begin counting the Omer. On each day of the counting, we make a special blessing. There are some people who say a special prayer after the blessing as well.

During these forty-nine days, there are many customs of mourning that are kept such as not listening to music or getting married, and etc. The reason for this is because during the time of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, the students were not behaving properly towards one another and there was a plague which killed 24,000 students. These were Rabbi Akiva's students. On the thirty-third day of the Omer, the dying stopped because the Jews did Tshuva, Repented.


Interpreter’s Corner

inter2Deaf/Hearing Team Interpreters

Since October of 1998, I have become a full-time 'free lance" interpreter. That means I am finally getting a taste of the secular interpreting world. This month I would like to discuss a topic that is not specifically related to Jewish Interpreting: Deaf/Hearing Team Interpreters.

Here in Philadelphia, both Interpreter Referral Services have a policy which requires the use of a Deaf and Hearing Team for all Legal and Mental Health Situations. A Deaf Team member may also be used in other situations where it is determined that the Hearing Interpreter may need additional assistance.


Young Adults Corner

stone39  Here's More Than One Way To Be Jewish!

Q: How many Hassidic Rebbes does it take to change a light bulb?
A: What is a light bulb?

Q: How many Orthodox Rabbis does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Change?


Surviving The Holocaust

A Strong Willed and Brave Woman Who Never Gave Up Hope

Marion Schlessinger Intrator
intratorMarion Schlessinger was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1929. She became deaf at two years old as a result of scarlet fever. She went to school at the Israelite Institute for the Deaf in East Berlin, Germany in 1935. Her parents, brother and sister received visas to go to America. She stayed behind because the American Government wouldn't allow deaf or handicapped people into the United States. They left in a hurry since they found out that the Gestapo wanted to arrest the family. They did not have a chance to explain anything to Marion, nor did they say good-bye. The Director of Israelite Institute for the Deaf, Dr. Felix Reich, a Jewish man who was hearing told her parents to go ahead and promised that he would take care of her. In July 1939, Dr. Reich took ten students, including Marion on a train to Holland. From there they took a boat to England. She attended a Jewish School for the Deaf.

Dr. Reich wanted to return to Germany to bring over more children but they thought that he was a German spy so they arrested him for a while and then found that he was innocent. Unfortunately, at this point it was too late to go back to Germany as the war had already started.