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Jewish Holidays

Yom Yerushalayim 5774

May 28, 2014, by

Rabbi Wolicki contrasts Yom HaAtzmaut and Pesach on the one hand and Yom Yerushalayim and Shavuot on the other.Pesach and Yom HaAtzmaut are celebrated by all Jews. They aren’t just celebrated by the Torah observant. A shiur by Rabbi Yosef Wolicki at the OU Israel Center.

Only in Jerusalem

May 21, 2014, by

Seeing the Kotel for the first time…experiencing Shabbat in the Old City…a memorable interaction with a chayal…a fierce bargaining battle in the shuk… The city of Yerushalayim, or Jerusalem, is unlike any other and for the Jewish people it has been our spiritual center for millennia. In celebration of Yom Yerushalayim (28 Iyyar/May 28) we […]

Yom Yerushalayim Community Event

July 26, 2011, by

Yom Yerushalayim Community Event with a shiur by Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb and introduction by Rabbi Josh Blass. Recorded at Kehillas Bais Yehudah, Wesley Hills, New York. There are 3 dimensions to Yerushalayim & human existence as a whole– space, time, and soul. Rabbi Weinreb examines Yerushalayim from these 3 dimensions.

Forgetting Jerusalem

May 21, 2009, by

At many Jewish weddings, the custom of breaking a glass is often accompanied by the recitation or singing of ‘Im Eshkachech’: “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not; if I set not Jerusalem above […]

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai: Rabbi Weinreb

May 14, 2009, by

“U’mikdashi Tirau” – “and you shall fear my Temple” (Leviticus 26:2): Yom Yerushalayim in the Parsha. Yom Yerushalayim isn’t just a celebration of a military victory, we celebrate recapturing the holiest place on Earth, even though we don’t have full access.

Capturing the Wall: The Story of Shavuot 1967

June 4, 2008, by

A brilliant flash shattered the darkness. The lonely climber saw in that blink of an eye that he was almost at the top of the peak, and around him a gorgeous valley spread with lakes reflecting the awesome mountain. And then it was dark again. Life flashes with those moments where everything is clear. So […]

From Ruin to Renewal

June 26, 2006, by

Sefirat HaOmer and the Four Days of Remembrance The period of time beginning the second night of Pesach and climaxing forty-nine full days later with the Festival of Shavuot can be called a time of “Ruin and Renewal” for the Jewish People. The period includes the following six elements, one encompassing the entire forty-nine day […]

Yerushalayim: The Physical & The Spiritual (1997)

May 18, 2006, by

Yerushalayim – The Physical & The Spiritual- presented by Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union. This shiur is part of the OU’s Torah Dimensions series focusing on Jerusalem. There are 2 aspects to Yerushalayim – fear and peace; awe and harmony, as reflected by its 2 names in the […]

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