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Jewish Holidays

Fast of the 17th of Tammuz: Historical Background & Customs

July 18, 2011, by

The 17th day in the Jewish month of Tammuz, Jews the world over fast and lament to commemorate the many calamities that have befallen our people on this ominous day. The purpose of such fasts in the Jewish calendar is, according to Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov’s Book of Our Heritage, “to awaken hearts towards repentance through […]

Spiritual Growth for Women During The Three Weeks

July 14, 2011, by

One of Israel’s most influential woman speakers, Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi of Jerusalem, spoke at the Seymour J. Abrams Orthodox Union Jerusalem World Center to a standing-room only crowd of women on “Spiritual Growth for Women During The Three Weeks.” The presentation, part of the new women’s initiative held at the OU Israel Center, L’Ayla, was […]

The Song and the Testimony

July 13, 2011, by

What is the difference between the 2 songs found in the Torah (Haazinu and Az Yashir)? Why are they written differently? How is Haazinu considered a shira? Presented by Rav Aharon Kahn as part of the Lamenting Our Loss OU Tisha B’Av Video 5770. Download the source sheet.

Parshat Ekev: A Rewarding World

July 28, 2010, by

Our parsha commences with a reward and punishment classic; first, the reward: In the future, as a consequence of your heeding these laws, and your guarding and fulfilling them; Ad-noy, your G-d, will guard for you the covenant and the kindliness that He swore to your forefathers. He will love you, and bless you, and […]

Tisha B’Av: Finding Hope in the Destruction

June 29, 2010, by

Finding Hope in the Destruction Presented by Rabbi Yaakov Glasser. Rabbi Glasser’s shiur is geared towards teenagers, but it is appropriate for adults as well. Tisha B’Av is also called a Mo’ed; it’s not exclusively a sad day when we mourn the Beit HaMikdash. There is also an element that focuses on hope, on the future.

Jerusalem Connections: In Our Minds and Hearts

June 29, 2010, by

This program aims to inspire each and everyone of us to focus on Yerushalayim and its meaning to the Jewish people so that next year will realize the millennia-old dream of next year in Jerusalem.

A Hug Forever

June 29, 2010, by

Unfortunately, it still remains the annual rite of a Jewish summer, a jarring contrast to the free-spirited summer fun that occupies Western society; we commonly refer to it as the three weeks, – that saddest period of our calendar – one that commemorates our national tragedies, most significantly, the destruction of the two batei mikdash […]

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