Audio: The untimely death of Rav Chanan Porat

Some thoughts on the shofar and how it resonates, literally and figuratively. Interviews with Michael Totten, and Rabbi Nathan Laufer.
10/5/2011, 1:23 PM

A7 Radio's "Judean Eve" with Eve Harow
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Segment 1

 The untimely death of Rav Chanan Porat is a loss to his immediate
family and to his extended family of Am Yisrael.   The former MK,
lifelong teacher, guide and kibbutznik did not seek glory, he saw
opportunity and shaped the future thru his unshakeable faith, love of
the Jewish people, the Torah and the Land of Israel.  He was laid to
rest today in Kfar Etzion.  Eve and the tens of thousands of other
residents of the communities of Gush Etzion owe him a debt of
gratitude.  The Children have Returned to their Borders, and he was
one of those who led us home.   Thank you, with all our hearts, and
may his memory be for a blessing, as his life was.

'In the Wake of the Surge' is the new release by Michael Totten,
blogger, journalist and political analyst.  It's based on his
dispatches from Iraq while covering the American led Surge against the
Insurgents and like his first book, 'The Road to Fatima Gate' helps us
understand the tensions, loyalties, nuances and mindsets of an Arab
Middle Eastern country.  He speaks with Eve of his impressions of the
Kurds, General Petraeus, what its like to live in a war zone, and
where he's headed next.

Segment 2

 Rabbi Nathan Laufer, educator, author and lecturer on Jewish identity
and leadership, has an explanation for why we do - or don't do- and
say certain things on Yom Kippur and Sukkot.  Our customs reflect a
commemoration of events that occurred in the past and attempts to
'fix' the mistakes and sins that as a nation did not bode well for our
future.  To say the least.  So by not eating on Yom Kippur we avoid
the gluttony and immorality that led to the Sin of the Golden Calf; we
bless the 4 species on Sukkot to show Hashem that we do appreciate the
bounty of Israel and thus try to make up for the Sin of the Spies.
Etc.  A very pertinent and thought provoking message for all of us in
the midst of the High Holy Days.

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Eve Harow, host of Judean Eve is a long-time community activist and tour guide from the Judean hills. Her extensive work in Israel advocacy has taken her all over the world. Each week she discusses archaeology, nature and interviews Israelis on current events in the Middle East and the Jewish world. The Judean Eve podcast airs live every Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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