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Jewish Holidays

Humility is Not Weakness

June 6, 2016, by

In the delightful book, “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery there is a scene in which the Little Prince takes credit for the sunrise itself, glorying in his work in bringing about the new day.  We find this scene charming because we recognize in the Little Prince the innocence and astonishment of childhood.   The […]

Craving to See Hashem

June 6, 2016, by

“And HASHEM said to Moshe, “Descend, warn the people, lest they break through to HASHEM to see, and a multitude of them will fall.’” – Shemos 19:21 The moment in history The entire nation – every man, woman and child – was gathered at the foot of Har Sinai for what was to be the […]

The Ever-Repeated Story

Bamidbar takes up the story as we left it toward the end of Shemot. The people had journeyed from Egypt to Mount Sinai. There they received the Torah. There they made the Golden Calf. There they were forgiven after Moses’ passionate plea, and there they made the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, inaugurated on the first of […]

Shavuot: An Overview

May 18, 2015, by

Shavuot, along with Passover and Sukkot, is one of the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals. It is celebrated on the 6th of Sivan in Israel, and the 6th and 7th of Sivan in the diaspora. The Bible describes Shavuot as an agricultural holiday: the festival of Reaping (Jeremiah 5:24, Deuteronomy 16:9-11, Isaiah 9:2). Seven weeks were counted from […]

Shavuot: The Scandalous Backstory of Ruth & Boaz

May 18, 2015, by

Why do we read the book of Ruth on Shavuot and how do we understand the whole seduction story. Where is the story coming from? Learn the Book of Ruth with this video presentation by Rabbi David Fohrman like you never have before and discover why it’s read on Shavuot. See more on Aleph Beta.

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