Is Confessing Your Sins Enough to be Forgiven by God?

How to confess and repent of sin for forgiveness on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

This Yom Kippur, Rabbi Yehudah BenLewi of West African Jews of the Diaspora shares an encouraging teaching on effective confession of sin and what it REALLY means to truly repent of our sins. If you think confessing your sins is to The Most High (“God) …

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Call In for Live Passover-Preparation Class: What Goes on the Seder Plate

Don’t miss out on this free class on preparing your Seder plate for Pesah (Passover/Pesach). Rabbi Yehudah will be teaching us about the origin of the Seder plate, the correct symbolic items we should have on the Seder plate and what they represent. “Passover” or …

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Baking Soft Massah (Matzah) For Passover

How to Make Soft Massah (Matzah) For Passover Our forefathers, or should I say fore-mothers, baked massah daily for Pesah (Passover), in their homes. I believe that this tradition should be revived (or continued, depending on your personal history) among Israel. Tradition has it that Rabbi …

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Hanukkah “Hijacked” by Black Lives Matter? According to Some Jews

Jews Angry over remembering the lives of black victims of police violence and murder during Hanukkah

Do Black Lives Matter? Not According to Some Jews! What happens when a Jewish publication announces that one Jewish organization will be remembering the lives of 8 African-Americans killed by police in the United States during the eight days of Hanukkah? Certain Jews get angry and …

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Something Old, Something New: The Story of Hanukkah

West African Jews of the Diaspora: Black Jews, Hanukkah Articles, History, Lessons, Entertainment & Recipes

The story of Hanukkah is nothing new to those of us who grew up in Jewish households. The years of our youth are filled with the memories of playing dreidel, receiving gelt, and lighting Hanukkah candles. This is how I would describe the celebration of …

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Sukoth: Check Out This Fun Visual Guide!

Sukkoth a quick 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 …

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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 …

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

Israelite man celebrating God's providence for Sukkoth or feast of booths. West African Jews of the Diaspora . Jewish Holidays Series

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 …

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

Jews on Yom Kippur in Israel

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” …

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What To Do When Yom Kippur Meets the Shabbat

What rules apply when Yom Kippur falls on the Shabbat? Do we feast and eat or fast?

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, …

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