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After I had exhausted the full range of arty boutiques that seem to populate every 'wine region' in the world, I wandered over to Zichron's 19th century synagogue, hoping to say hello to the old caretaker who Zahava and I had met on our previous visit. But he was nowhere to be found... Read
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Gedaliah By Penina Mellick
Gedaliah fell in battle on 27 Nissan, which in Israel marks the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and Heroism. It has been five years of deep introspection, a need to renew faith in HaShem, a need to forgive Him for taking back our beautiful child. Read
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Rooted: Our Visit to Lithuania and Latvia By Jonathan Dietz
My grandfather lived in Rezekne, Latvia until he was a teenager, and my wife's grandfather lived as a boy in Kovno, Lithuania, both countries were a part of the Russian Empire. My wife and I both grew up hearing stories of 'the old country', and my late father... View photos »
Dolphin Reef By Lisa Alcalay Klug
The sun is bright, the water calm. At the end of my fingertips, a dolphin floats by waiting to be petted. It's been weeks since my last visit... Read entire article »
The First Pesach at the Outpost on Mount Zion By Zev Wallack Land of My Birth - The bloody War of Independence had ended one month before and for the first time, Pesach, the holiday of freedom, was to be celebrated in the State of Israel... Read entire article »
The Damascus Blood Libel - Part 2 By Rabbi Yikhat Rozen, Merkaz Neria, Kiryat Malachi A Lesson For the Children - Now that I have converted to Islam I can tell the truth. It is a very tightly kept secret among the Jewish leaders of this generation that the blood of a Gentile must be mixed into the dough of the matzot... Read entire article »
Parashat Shemini: Consistent Messages By Rabbi Nachman Kahana
Aside from the number four, one would be hard pressed to find a connection between the four sons of the Haggadah and the four species which have only one kosher characteristic. However, there is a great lesson to be learned from them... Read entire article »
Q. Of Parshat Shmini interest, there is only one each among the teams of MLB, the NFL, NBA, and NHL?
What and which teams?
Last Week's Answer
Q. Parshat Tzav provides one of the understandings of one of the Seder questions. How so? A.
In Parshat Tzav, we read about the Korban Toda, which included Menachot of both matza and chameitz.
The Korban Pesach, on the other hand, was accompanied only by matza.
This prompts the question, why is this night different...
On all other nights that follow the bringing of a Thanksgiving sacrifice, we eat (menachot of) chameitz u'matza,
on this night (following the Korban Pesach - which seems to also be a thank you to G-d sacrifice) we eat only matza
Rabbi Jeremy Wieder
Phil Chernofsky is the educational director
of the OU Israel Center and the editor of Torah Tidbits,
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