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Jewish Holidays

The Third “Beit HaMikdash,” Tisha B’Av, and the Birthday of Mashiach

July 19, 2011, by

The “Beit HaMikdash” of the “Mashiach” According to Jewish Tradition, the Mashiach is born on Tisha B’Av. According to the RAMBAM, it is the Mashiach who will lead the Jewish People in the building of the Third Beit HaMikdash, that is never to be destroyed. All of the Prophets prophesied concerning the “Acharit HaYamim,” the […]

The Sanctity of Time

May 19, 2011, by

The sanctity of time as it relates to 4 times on the Jewish calendar: chol, Rosh Chodesh, Shabbos, and Yom Tov. The lesson we learn from Rosh Chodesh. The latest episode of The Good Vort, presented by Rabbi Yosef Grossman, OU Director of Kosher Education. Recorded live at OU World Headquarters, NY, NY, on May […]

The Art of Being Happy

February 17, 2011, by

The megillah is full of sad people who don’t know what to do with their sadness. When a woman is happy her whole house is happy. How do we make the members of our household happy?

Recipes with Apples

August 25, 2010, by

When it comes to healthy eating I’m first in line to utilize all the fresh fruits and vegetables suggested by the USDA food pyramid. Most of us get our suggested daily recommended dose of fat and empty calories way before the lunch bell rings, so grabbing an apple as a snack or using in a […]

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 […]

Facts and Figures about the New Year (5771)

August 11, 2010, by

Facts and Figures about the New Year AT A GLANCE 5771 has 385 days, including 55 Shabbatot, the longest possible year in the Jewish calendar. Calendar 5771 is a 13-month year, known as a Jewish “leap year” (shanah me’uberet), in which the month of Adar is doubled (intercalated). The Jewish calendar works in cycles both of […]

From the Desk of Rabbi Steven Weil, Executive Vice President

August 11, 2010, by

Have you ever wondered why Avraham was the first patriarch of the Jewish people? Probably not; the reason is so obvious. We have grown up hearing the stories of the young boy Avram, who questioned the irrational idolatry of his time. We have followed him on his journey of discovery; how he investigated nature, science, […]

Rosh Hashanah Thoughts: Absent Neighborhoods, Absent Tears

August 11, 2010, by

In my childhood, a half-century ago in Buffalo’s North Park neighborhood that served as a passage point between the East Side of Eastern European immigrants (mostly Orthodox) and the Amherst- Williamsville suburbs of the upwardly mobile (mostly Reform and Conservative children of the émigré generation), the Jews who chose to join a synagogue had a […]

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 […]

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