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His Name was Nachshon Wachsman

May 28, 2014, by

Remembrance Day, Israel, 9th May, 2000 Yom Hazikaron, Eretz Yisrael, 5 Iyar 5760 By Esther Wachsman A mother, who mobilized the world to save her son — an Israeli soldier kidnapped by Hamas terrorists — tells the story of one fateful week in the history of Israel. My name is Esther Wachsman. I was born in […]

Only in Jerusalem

May 21, 2014, by

Seeing the Kotel for the first time…experiencing Shabbat in the Old City…a memorable interaction with a chayal…a fierce bargaining battle in the shuk… The city of Yerushalyim, or Jerusalem, is unlike any other and for the Jewish people it has been our spiritual center for millennia. In celebration of Yom Yerushalayim (28 Iyyar/May 28) we […]

66 of Israel’s Heroes Share a Powerful Message

May 6, 2014, by

This video from Nefesh b’Nefesh celebrates Israeli Independence Day with 66 Israeli heroes sharing a powerful message! Hear their stories. Live your dreams. Am Yisrael Chai! See the names below (in order of appearance): 0:22 Natan Sharansky — Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel 0:27 Rabbi Jerry Epstein — Former VP […]

Bibi the Builder?

May 6, 2014, by

With preparations for Israel’s 66th birthday running behind schedule, Prime Minister Netanyahu did what any good boss would do:

Burn & Scald Prevention

April 9, 2014, by

Chanukah Specific Reminders: Keep the menorah away from curtains or any other flammable objects. Keep the menorahs away from the reach of small children. When making latkes, keep ALL children away from the hot oil. When making latkes, remember to turn frying pan handles away from the edge of the stove, so that they do […]

The Lights of Chanukah – Laws and Customs

April 9, 2014, by

The Lights of Chanukah The Jewish tradition is that on the first night of Chanukah one flame is lit, on the second night two, and so on until the eighth night when eight flames are lit. Actually, the question of whether to begin the lighting with one flame and proceed, adding one each night, to […]

More Information about the Torah Readings for Chanukah

April 9, 2014, by

1. Because Chanukah is an eight-day holiday, and a week is only seven days, there has to be at least one “Shabbat Chanukah,” when Shabbat and Chanukah coincide. This year, we have a special blessing: two “Shabbatot Chanukah,” which can only happen when the first and eighth days fall on Shabbat, as they do this […]

Chanukah Torah Readings

April 9, 2014, by

The first Chanukah was essentially a reclamation and rededication of the Beit HaMikdash, the Holy Temple, which had been misappropriated and defiled by the Greeks and their assimilated Jewish allies. It was the restoration of the spiritual center of the Jewish People, the earthly seat of the Divine Presence. It was appropriate, in that light, […]

Shabbat HaGadol

April 9, 2014, by

Shabbat HaGadol, the Sabbath preceding Passover, derives its name (The Great Sabbath) from the importance of the approaching festival and from the Haftarah reading of the day that closes with an allusion to the “Coming of Elijah on the Great Day of the L-rd”.

Parshat Parah

April 9, 2014, by

“This is the decree of the Torah, which Hashem has commanded, saying: Speak to the Children of Israel, and they shall take to you a completely red cow, which is without blemish, and upon which a yoke has not come.” (BaMidbar 19:2) This is an example of Law of the Torah which is considered completely […]