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What I Truly Desire

October 2, 2011, by

Aseret Yimei Teshuva (10 Ten Days of Atonement) is a time for deep reflection and personal inventory individually and collectively, of our past deeds, misdeeds and omissions. It is a time when G-d is particularly near and entreats us to redouble our efforts and determination to correct ourselves, advance in our spiritual growth and access

Shabbat Shalom – Parshat Nitzavim-Vayeilech

September 23, 2011, by

  The Great Disappearing Act: Black Holes of Time By Rabbi Yaakov Luban Is the eradication of time inevitable? Are we helpless to prevent this phenomenon from occurring? The Torah provides a way to halt this process… Read More » Featured Articles NCSY: What’s New for 2011 and Beyond By Rabbi Steven Burg. Rosh Hashana

Masechet Hullin – 89a-95b

September 22, 2011, by

The Coming Week’s Daf Yomi by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz This essay is based upon the insights and chidushim (original ideas) of Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, as published in the Hebrew version of the Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud. Hullin 89a-b – Recognizing the blue of tzitzit Following the quote from Avraham that appeared on

Masechet Hullin – 96a-102b

September 22, 2011, by

The Coming Week’s Daf Yomi by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz This essay is based upon the insights and chidushim (original ideas) of Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, as published in the Hebrew version of the Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud. Hullin 96a-b – When eating is considered significant In Jewish law, in order for food to

Nitzavim-Vayeilech – Symbolism of the Shofar Blasts

September 22, 2011, by

The Torah tells us that Rosh HaShana is a “Yom Teruah”, meaning a “day of sounding the shofar” (Bamidbar 29:1). However, the sages of the Talmud inferred from the nuances of the verses that actually we sound a fanfare of three different blasts: a “tekiah”, which is a simple blast; a “tru’ah”, which is a

NCSY: What’s New for 2011 and Beyond

September 21, 2011, by

Rosh Hashana is a time for new beginnings. In American culture, one might make a “New Year’s resolution” to quit smoking or lose weight. In Judaism, a similar though profoundly different concept exists. Rosh Hashana marks the start of the Ten Days of Repentance, culminating in Yom Kippur, when all of our slates are wiped