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The Ninth of Av: Throwing the Keys Up to Heaven

When offering words of comfort to a mourner we reference the destruction of the Temple. The traditional invocation expresses our wish that the mourner be comforted “among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem”. It is generally understood that the two are connected because they both…

Passover: The Holiday of Redemption

The origins of Pesach (Passover) lie in the spring celebrations of the first grain harvest. The holiday celebrates God's great redemptive act of the Jews' exodus from slavery in Egypt to freedom. Together with Shavuot (Pentecost) and Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles), Pesach is one of the…

Adar I: You Have Been Vindicated!

This year in the Hebrew Calendar we are in what is known as a leap year or a pregnant year. There are seven years in a 19 year cycle on the lunar calendar that are a leap year. So in these years a whole additional…

Tu B’Shvat: New Year for the Trees

This week marks a significant date in the Jewish agricultural calendar, but for most of us city-dwellers, it would have gone unnoticed if not for the Jewish people’s undying connection to the Land of Israel. According to Jewish tradition, there are four “new years” in…

Month of Tevet: Strengthen My Rear Guard

During this month of Tevet, the tenth month on the Jewish calendar and the first month on the Gregorian calendar, as we start the new year, the Lord is showing us vital truths that need our attention. The month of Tevet is a very interesting…
This breathtaking view of the Temple Mount was photographed by Noam Chen. As we all know, Jerusalem is holy to three major religions, watch this video to learn more about the religious intensity attached to the ancient city of Jerusalem.

Kislev: A Time for Leaders

In the last 3 months, starting with the tribe of Gad back in Elul, we have been learning much about how to prepare for battle, be valiant warriors, and finish well. Just like the tribes of Gad, Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh, Benjamin was also known…

Bringing in the Hebrew Month of Kislev

The Hebrew month of Kislev is the third month in the calendar, counting from the Jewish new year of Rosh Hashana. It marks the beginning of the winter and always falls out during the darkest days of the year. It is therefore a fitting time…

5 Thoughts for Your Passover Seder

  1. Inscribe the Story on the Hearts of our Children The central mitzvah of the Seder is to tell the story of leaving Egypt. Our Sages term the telling of the story, in Hebrew, sippur yetziat Mitzrayim, “the story of the Exodus from Egypt.” Rabbi…
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