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Jewish Holidays

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 […]

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 […]

Elul Thoughts: Part III

September 28, 2008, by

Elul Thoughts: Part III – Third in a series on thoughts for the month of Elul by Rochi Lerner, host of Torah Sessions on OURadio.org. How can we be commanded to feel an emotion – to love God? The more we strive to know Him, the more we will come to love Him. For part […]

The Train to Change

September 28, 2008, by

Is change possible? Why do we need Elul? The challenge of Elul is to begin the process of changing our lives. Elul allows us to map out who we are and where we want to go so we can begin to change.

A Majestic Amidah: Part II

September 26, 2008, by

For part 1 click here In the Rosh Hashanah Mussaf we discuss the themes of Malchuyot, Zichronot, & Shofarot in the past, present, and future for a prayer that transcends time. Presented by Rabbi Yaakov Mendelson, Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kosher.

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