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Leading Role of Women in the Exodus and in the Shirah

February 13, 2014, by

In the Exodus The Midrash teaches that Jewish women played a major role in the Exodus, by keeping alive the spirits of their husbands, preventing them from becoming depressed under the burden of slavery, and giving up in despair. They accomplished this by paying special attention to their appearance, and charming and enticing their husbands, […]

Cheshvan

February 13, 2014, by

Sign: Akrav (Scorpion) – because the earth is thirsty for water Other Names: Mar Cheshvan, Bul, Hachodesh HaShmini Significance: Cheshvan, the month following Tishrei on the modern Jewish calendar is referred to in the Tanach as Yerach Bul (Kings I, Chapter 6:38). Bul refers to the idea that during this month the grass withers (baleh) […]

The Translation of the Seventy

February 13, 2014, by

At the beginning of the period of the Second Beit Hamikdash, the Second Temple, the people of Israel lived under Persian dominion. After the fall of the Persian Empire, Greece inherited her place, and Israel was subjugated to Greece. Ptolemy, one of the Greek Kings who succeeded Alexander (The ‘Great’) of Macedonia, wanted the Jewish […]

The Miracle of Translation

February 13, 2014, by

This task which Ptolemy imposed on the 72 Elders was beyond human capacity. The Torah was written so that its content might be open to a great variety of possible interpretations. The Torah was given in the Hebrew together with a prescribed method for interpreting its words, verses and letters; thereby eliciting the wide range […]

Psalm 120 – “I am for Peace, and They are for War” (Tehilim 120:7)

February 13, 2014, by

The Chapter appears to be divided into three parts, all of which are related in one way or another to the human faculty of speech: Passuk 1, P’sukim 2-4, and P’sukim 5-7. In the first part, David is expressing the awesome power of “Tefila,” Prayer, and also the fact that it is possible for some […]

Tisha B’Av – History and Laws

February 13, 2014, by

Tisha B’Av – The “ninth day” in the Jewish month of Av, which starts at sundown on the eighth day and concludes at sundown on the ninth day of Av. This is the day when the intensity of the entire three week mourning period reaches its peak (keep reading below for details and use our […]

11 Cheshvan – Rachel Imeinu Passes Away

February 12, 2014, by

On the eleventh of Cheshvan, while giving birth to her 2nd son, Binyamin, Rachel, the beloved wife of Ya’akov, died, and was buried on the road to Bethlehem. The site of her burial in Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem, known to us by tradition, is covered by a stone edifice. Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, Israel For […]

OU Kosher Pre-Pesach Webcast 5773 (2013)

March 14, 2013, by

Download the Audio In this extra-special VIDEO, OU Kashruth’s Senior Poskim, Rav Yisroel Belsky, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, and Rav Hershel Schachter, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Rabbenu Yitzchok Elchanon, provide practical guidance for the Seder and for Pesach preparations. Tune in as they address such questions as: Is quinoa Kitnios? Must I check […]