"My grandfather told me that he once attended the Cantonist Shul on Simchat Torah. The Cantonists could dance like Cossacks. They were huge, strong men, and the heavy Torah scrolls would seem like toothpicks in their arms. Despite being looked down upon by other Jews--they were not very learned and really couldn't observe the Torah properly--they were nonetheless able to rejoice in their Judaism and celebrate the Torah. It was truly amazing."
Simchat Torah sameach!
In honor of Sukkos, The Jewish Press decided to feature pictures of six of the winning designs.
According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the “correction of the world” will only happen when we first repair the relations between people.
A meaningful and easy fast to all.
At the start of a new year, we need to realize that we absolutely can change if we want to. Yes, we have predispositions and predilections, but they don’t have to define us; we can do whatever we want with them.
Repentance is arduous. But the outcome, in reach of each of us, is cleansing, renewal, and restoration.
The High Holy days represent the time when we need to mentally create a bucket list not of places we haven’t yet been but of good deeds we haven’t yet done.
1. Rosh Hashanah (“the beginning of the year” in Hebrew), the Jewish New Year (5,779), is celebrated on the first day of the Jewish...
Being a Torah Jew means "Making It Happen" 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. It requires determination, focus and lots of positive energy but it's all worth it because we were chosen for this job above 99% of the world so Hashem knows we can do it.
The sages make a fascinating but perplexing comment concerning the actions of Aaron, brother of Moses....
I will ask for forgiveness and tell all the people that I spoke Lashon Hara, gossip, about them and lose all my friends. I will give chocolate to all the people who I spoke Lashon Hara about, so they will like me again.
“When you realize that you are the one carrying them and taking their tefillos to the Ribono Shel Olam, that shift puts everything into perspective.”
my reply to those who seem to groan when they hear about the 40 days of Selichot, my answer is that I love them and look forward each year to reciting them
The last month of the Jewish calendar is actually the most important – serving as preparation for the High Holidays.
Our job is to make sure we can answer the call of ayeka, where are you? Are you taking responsibility?
Although Tisha B’Av marks the day in which both Jewish Temples were destroyed, the Jewish People endured many tragic events on this specific day throughout history. Despite this, we endure and are the Eternal People
What is the connection between feeling more connected to God and having the Temple? And why does that require sacrifices?
The 9th Day of Av Guide for the Perplexed
Wishing you a Tzom kal (an easy fast)
Overview and laws of the Jewish national day of mourning.
Let us use these Nine Days for self-reflection about the issue that first led to our crying during these days. And let us consider what Shlomo Mula was willing to do to make it to Israel, crossing a desert by foot.
Rules and guidance for the Jewish national period of mourning.
‘What can a person do against the trend of the times!’” A question in every generation. Compromise at home is good; compromise in Torah is not. Knowing the difference will bring the final ge’ulah.