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Lessons on Faith in Weekly Parashah: Lekh L’kha

Let us exercise Abraham Avinu’s example of faith in our lives Lekh L’kha, literally means ‘go for or to yourself’. In this parashah (Torah reading), we address the name of the reading ‘go for yourself’ in the context of achieving faith by pondering and researching. Blind faith is discouraged by the TaNaKh (Hebrew …

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Moreh Mordekai Gordan: Thoughts on Parasha Bereshith

“Think about it, your prayers, my prayers on a daily basis help keep things in balance.” Moreh Mordekai was gracious enough to share his thoughts with us on parasha Bereshith and the unity of the people Israel. Read some of the excerpts from the video below. As you can see …

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Sukoth: Check Out This Fun Visual Guide!

Fresh for Sukoth! The creative folks at Aish have made this beautiful and fun info-graphic for the holiday! Check it out! In this Sukoth info-graphic, you will find the sequence of events for this joyous Jewish holiday season, with  traditions such as waving the lulav and etrog, as well as …

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Ten Quick Rules of Sukah Building

Let’s briefly and informally address the laws of building a Sukah. The Sukah must have: Four complete walls, Be big enough for a person to sit and eat in, Be at least 23-28 inches wide, The walls must the same height as the Sukah, The height of the walls must be …

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Sukoth: A Season to Remember God’s Protection and Providence

Sukoth (Shelter/Tents) is a time to remember that HaShem sheltered us when we left Misrayim. This season we once again remember the providence of HaShem, for He protected us from the harsh heat of the sun and from the elements surrounding us. and that we gather in our harvest of …

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Should Jews Recite the Kol Nidre In Contradiction to the Torah?

Should Jews recite the Kol Nidre on Yom Kippur and what does the Torah say about honoring our vows? The opening prayer of  popular, modern Judaism’s Yom Kippur is the Kol Nidrei (or Kol Nidre) (pronunced: coal nee-dray) which is the   “annulment of vows” recited at sundown of Yom …

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What To Do When Yom Kippur Meets the Shabbat

This year, Yom Kippur falls on Friday, October 3, 2014 which is also the Shabbath. When two of the holiest days in Judaism converge, what is a Torah observant Jew to do? Logically, the question follows: WHICH HAS THE HIGHER SANCTITY THE SHABBATH OR YOM KIPPUR? So, what do you do when …

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Yom Kippur: Repenting and Preparing for the Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement “It is taught that even G-d will repent, Hashem will repent for exiling us, even though He (obviously) committed no sin. The lesson in this is that we, too, should not be ashamed to repent. Indeed, if He (G-d) who was not on the …

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