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Jewish Holidays

Elul: Opening the Gates

September 13, 2011, by

Certain times during the year speak to a person but Elul, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, & Hoshana Rabbah lure every Jew. The entire basis of the year is established during this time. What should we be working on during the month of Elul?

The Power of Forgiveness: A True Story from the Six-Day War

July 19, 2011, by

adapted for this series from Rabbi Yaacov Haber’s “REACHINGS” A true story from the Six Day War: Many areas of Jerusalem were being shelled, including Mea Shearim, which contained a number of yeshivot. The students of one of these, the famous Mir Yeshiva, just like everyone else, spent their time in a bomb shelter. They […]

On Jewish Optimism: Pre Selichot Reflections

August 22, 2010, by

There are those who view Jewish way of life as confining, a pessimistic mode of life, filled with restrictions and a life long agenda of obligations and repetitive serious occasions; praying three times a day with some Tehilim to add. There is Yom Kippur preceded eight days earlier by Tzom Gedaliah, fasting on Tisha B’Av […]

Shoftim: Fearfully Yours

August 18, 2009, by

One afternoon, Bill Clinton was sitting in his office when his telephone rang. “Hello Mr. Clinton,” a heavily accented voice says. “This is Yankel down in Tel-Aviv Israel. I am ringing to inform you that I am officially declaring war on you!” .. “Well, Yankel,” Bill replies, “This indeed is important news! Tell me, how […]

Re’eh: A Cloak of Mercy

August 12, 2009, by

A triplet of deviation plays a starring role in our parsha [Chapter 13]: First the false prophet [navi sheker] If a prophet arises among you or a dreamer of a dream, and he gives you an omen or a miracle, .. And the omen or the miracle happens— the one he told you about—saying, “Let […]

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