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Jewish Holidays

Rabbi Hauer’s Erev Yom Tov Message 6/9/23

June 9, 2023, by

Dear Friends, On Erev Shavuos, 5783, the White House released its 60-page National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism. Note that this is not the “National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, Islamophobia, Anti-Asian Hate, and More”. In a political and social environment where any discussion of antisemitism is often absorbed within a rubric that includes every other kind […]

Support for Tzahal in “Operation Shield and Arrow”

May 9, 2023, by

Today is Lag B’Omer, a joyous day in the Jewish calendar. While on days like this many omit the daily recitation of the twentieth Psalm which asks G-d to respond to us at a time of distress, today we ought to say it with extra fervor. Our sincere prayers are with the members of TZAHAL, […]

A Thought on Yom HaShoah 5783

April 18, 2023, by

Jewish identity is steeped not as much in history as in collective memory. Just two weeks ago at the seder, we recited (and hopefully felt): בכל דור ודור, חייב אדם לראות את עצמו כאלו הוא יצה ממצרים. In every generation, we are obliged to see ourselves as if we left Mitzrayim. What an astounding concept!  […]

Responses to Parsha Questions

March 9, 2023, by

Behaaloscha Answers: View the parsha questions Answers to Warm-up Questions: From the Parsha 1. The Leviim, in the process of them becoming purified to be able to do their avoda. (8:7) 2. Miriam, who had tzarass. (12:10) Pesach Sheni. The people who were tamei said “Lama Nigara” (why should we lose out on the  mitzva of Korban Pesach) […]

A Time for Unity and Prayer

March 2, 2023, by

 לך כנוס את כל היהודים  “Go and gather together all of the Jewish people.” (Megillat Esther 4:16)  Queen Esther brought on the miracle of Purim by calling upon the Jewish people to overcome their differences and come together to fast and pray to G-d for their future. That call needs to be repeated as we […]