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.
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
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?!
As we enter the Days of Awe, we must recognize that it is a joy to honor and serve true royalty.
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?
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 sages make a fascinating but perplexing comment concerning the actions of Aaron, brother of Moses....
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.
Many believe that Kol Nidre was created in response to the conversos’ plight and their need to nullify their conversion vows.
Wishing all our readers a meaningful Yom Kippur.
Chanukah is the holiday of liberty, combining The Book (faith and dedication to God) and the sword
Many think they're serving G-d but they're really asleep-Rebbe Nachman taught stories to wake people
Purim gives us a framework to understand our lives and remain optimistic in the midst of all the darkness
Amalek is seared into Jewish consciousness as the ultimate enemy of Israel and the source of Haman
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
Happy Lag Ba’Omer and PLEASE BE CAREFUL with your bonfire.
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....
Contrary to popular belief, the Talmud never explicitly limits the ban on footwear to leather shoes.
What shall we be free of this Pesach? It is the holiday of Freedom, isn’t it?
Some background-History, Halacha, hidden truths. Happy Purim to all!
One can drink up to the Talmud's criterion to confuse Mordechai and Haman-but not beyond.
One should not give the money before Purim morning or after sunset.
“The voice is the voice of Yaakov, but the hands are the hands of Esav” gives great insight to Purim
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.