Rabbi Josh Weinberg

Rabbi Josh Weinberg

Inside Leadership

It was 70 years ago this week, according to the Hebrew calendar, that a young Jewish girl named Hannah Senesh was executed by firing squad by the Hungarian-Nazi police force. She had been captured after parachuting into Europe with a group of Jewish paratroopers of the Haganah who were sent to rescue Jews from the Nazi war machine.

At the age of 23, Hannah Senesh became an epic and heroic figure largely due to the letters, poems, and diary entries she left behind, exposing to the world her deepest thoughts and feelings. Not long after her death, one poem that she had composed...

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If you need a hammer, I will be a hammer, if you need a nail, I will be the nail… We are as bars of iron, elastic but iron. Metal that can be forged to whatever is needed for the national machine.  A wheel?  I am the wheel. If a nail, a screw or a flying wheel are needed – take me!  Is there a need to dig the earth? I dig.  Is there a need to shoot, to be a soldier? I am a soldier… - Yosef Trumpeldor (paraphrased)

Yosef Trumpeldor (1880-1920), soldier, symbol of pioneering and armed defense in Eretz Yisrael, became a symbol to pioneer youth from all parts of the Diaspora. His...

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