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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The Rosh Hashannah Simanim, the “Soul Food” of Redemption

The Rosh Hashannah Simanim, Is Certainly ‘Soul food’ Both Literally and Symbolically. Throughout the history of mankind and across all cultures, symbols have been used to express an awareness of the Creator and the creative forces that benefit mankind.  These expressions resulted in symbolic stories known as myths, legends or …

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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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Siddur Hokhmath Israel: Preview and Purchase

Enjoy excerpts of commentary  from ‘Siddur Hokhmath Israel‘. Purchase option available at the bottom of the page. The order of lighting candles for the Shabbat. Reciting the Shema for Shabbat evening service. Why we are not required to recite the ‘Modeh Ani’ blessing upon awaking. Halakha and customs on the Aliyoth (approaching the …

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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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The Shema: Affirmation of Love & Faith in G-d

The Shema is HaShem’s criteria for our ‘faith’ (emunah) and teaches us how to love the Most High, for  loving Him, means that it has to be an act that is holy (based on HaShem’s criteria), and not left up to an individual’s interpretation. It is a commandment to recite …

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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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