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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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Rabbi Yehudah BenLewi Releases First West African Jewish Prayer Siddur!

West African Jews of the Diaspora proudly announces the release of our Siddur Projects. Authored by Rabbi Yehudah Ben Lewi, our Friday Night Siddur and complete Shabbath Siddur are monumental projects in the history of West African Jewry.  The Siddurim celebrate our rich history as Jews of the West African …

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A Morsel on the Shabbath Evening Amidah

Many of us say most of our prayers (“yoshev la-ares”) sitting on our knees upon the ground. It is relatively easy to make “kiddah al apayyim” (bowing onto one’s face) from that position. But the Amidah, which means “The Standing Prayer”, has great significance in our tradition (minhag).  The Amidah, is known as The Eighteen …

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A Morsel On The Laws & Customs of Lighting the Shabbath Candles

WHERE DOES THE CUSTOM OF LIGHTING CANDLES FOR THE SHABBATH COME FROM? The custom of lighting the Shabbath candles is ancient. Although there have been many explanations given, the primary purpose of the Shabbath candles was to illuminate the Shabbath house, meal and to bring pleasantness, a sense of warmth …

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