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) […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
HaRav Grossman, the renowned chief Rabbi of Migdal Haemek, speaks to hundreds of women at the L’Ayla Women’s Initiative “Reaching Higher” Event on Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan in Jerusalem. This is a unique opportunity to hear Rav Grossman give an hour-long shiur in English. The L’Ayla Women’s Initiative is sponsored by OU Israel. For more information […]
The goal of Tehillim is to integrate its messages, words, and ideas into every part of ourselves so as to cause transformation. How does Tehillim chapter 27 help us accomplish this during the month of Elul? Presented by Mrs. Rivka Segal at the OU Israel Center in Jerusalem.
The very phrase “days of awe” connote fear and anxiety. The flip side is that they are also days of extraordinary opportunity and closeness to God. Presented by Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz at the OU Israel Center in Jerusalem.