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Five Terms Of Endearment – So Why Only Four Cups Of Wine?

The number four seems to play a major role in the Pesach Seder. We have four questions, four sons, four terms of endearment and, of course, one of the major features we soon will be enjoying – the drinking of four cups of wine.

Hannukah Starts Tonight So Here’s 18 Differences Between Chanukah & Christmas

Put on your yarmulke, Here comes Chanukah; So much funukah, To celebrate Chanukah; Chanukah is the festival of lights: Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights

The Art of Ignoring – So Safe, So Repulsive, So Dangerous

As one that has trained and followed rabbis throughout their careers, I can generally say that rabbis gain detractors not so much because of their sermons, vision, lectures or the like, but rather when they fail to return phone calls, when they avoid bikur cholim, and when they fail to respond to emails. One can deal with refusal, disagreements, debates and the answer 'no', but how should one deal with being totally and utterly ignored?!

The Sands of the Sea

As we enter the Days of Awe, we must recognize that it is a joy to honor and serve true royalty.

The Revelation On Mount Sinai – A Strengthening In Faith Forever

There is a tradition from the Vilna Gaon that Milchemes Gog and Magog at the time of Moshiach will last only 12 minutes. In that short amount of time 1/3 of the world will be destroyed, 1/3 severely wounded and 1/3 will survive. Until recently this was incomprehensible - how could such destruction happen so quickly?

Mishloach Manos – ‘In Those Days, In This Time…’

The mishloach manos of times gone by were sometimes simple and sometimes elaborate, but the main focus was on the preparation of the delicious food they contained.

The Trouble with Life is That it Doesn’t Come with a Soundtrack

The sages make a fascinating but perplexing comment concerning the actions of Aaron, brother of Moses....

Artifact Found in Time for Shavuot Proves Bethlehem Existed During First Temple

Israel Antiquities Authority and the Ir David Foundation announced that a clay seal was discovered bearing the name of the city of Bethlehem, evidence that the city existed during the period of the First Temple in Jerusalem. The find coincides with the upcoming holiday of Shavuot, during which time Jews from around the world focus on the story of the biblical figure Ruth, set in the city of Bethlehem.

Yom Kippur and the Hidden Jews

Many believe that Kol Nidre was created in response to the conversos’ plight and their need to nullify their conversion vows.

Yom Kippur Guide for the Perplexed, 2017

Wishing all our readers a meaningful Yom Kippur.

Chanukah: Guide for the Perplexed 2014

Chanukah is the holiday of liberty, combining The Book (faith and dedication to God) and the sword

Jews, WAKE UP!

Many think they're serving G-d but they're really asleep-Rebbe Nachman taught stories to wake people

Purim and the Advantage of a Permanent Job

Purim gives us a framework to understand our lives and remain optimistic in the midst of all the darkness

The Making of an Enemy; The Birth of a Nation: Amalek

Amalek is seared into Jewish consciousness as the ultimate enemy of Israel and the source of Haman

Tisha B’Av, a Day that Lives in Infamy

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

Lag Ba’Omer: Guide for the Perplexed, 2018

Happy Lag Ba’Omer and PLEASE BE CAREFUL with your bonfire.

Original Jewish Press Video: Beauty and Joy of Israel’s Heart – Jerusalem

The streets of Jerusalem on the special day commemorating the city's reunification. A celebration of youthful energy, enthusiasm, and love of the Jewish homeland....

May One Wear Crocs on Yom Kippur?

Contrary to popular belief, the Talmud never explicitly limits the ban on footwear to leather shoes.

Pesach: Fear, Discomfort and Growth

What shall we be free of this Pesach? It is the holiday of Freedom, isn’t it?

Purim Guide for the Perplexed 2016

Some background-History, Halacha, hidden truths. Happy Purim to all!

Award-Winning Author Explores the Halakhot of Drinking on Purim

One can drink up to the Talmud's criterion to confuse Mordechai and Haman-but not beyond.

The Basics Of Matanos La’evyonim And Mishloach Manos

One should not give the money before Purim morning or after sunset.

Wielding Our Weapon of Words

“The voice is the voice of Yaakov, but the hands are the hands of Esav” gives great insight to Purim

Simchat Torah: The Unyielding Sefer Torah

Looking at and taking notice of a Sefer Torah is therefore of great value. Here is an item that has not changed an iota. Its physical nature attests to its stability. It is the only thing in the world that would not give in to innovation.

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