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When Tisha B’Av falls on Shabbat or Sunday

8 Av 5776 – August 11, 2016
What are the main changes when Tisha B'Av falls on Shabbat or Sunday?

ABCs of Tisha B’Av & the Three Weeks

21 Tammuz 5776 – July 27, 2016
Napoleon said referring to the Jews, "Certainly a people which has mourned the loss of their Temple for so long, will merit to see it rebuilt!"

Harvesting Our Blessings

4 Sivan 5776 – June 10, 2016
On Shavuot, the Nation of Israel approached the Temple rejoicing in our blessings, rejoicing in each others' blessings; In Rashi's famous words, "As one person, with one heart."

The Smoke of Lag B’Omer

18 Iyyar 5776 – May 26, 2016
As Lag B’Omer bonfires blaze across Israel, we know that the holy essence of Am Yisrael guarantees that the Nation will return to its roots no matter how secular it looks on the outside.

An Unyielding Marriage of 3500+ Years: Yom Ha’atzmauth

5 Iyyar 5776 – May 12, 2016
No marriage has lasted so long, been so deep in its commitment and so overwhelming in its love as the one between the Jews and their homeland-more than 3,500 years and going strong.

Uruguay Introduces Prayer for Israel Independence Day

3 Iyyar 5776 – May 10, 2016
The new prayer, titled "Al Hanisim le'Yom Haatzamaut" (For the Miracles for the Day of Independence), was composed by Chief Rabbi Ben-Tzion Spitz, and Dr. Avi Shmidman

The Great Yiddishkeit Adventure

20 Nisan 5776 – April 27, 2016
Jews of the exile cannot truly understand Passover, a festival of national faith, of a free people returning from exile to their home.

When A Goat Came To The Seder Table (Dayenu!)

15 Nisan 5776 – April 22, 2016
The song only became popular with Sephardic and Mizrachi Jews much later, and it was eventually translated into Ladino, Arabic and other languages. But what is it doing in our haggadah?

The Israel–Passover-USA linkage

The Passover legacy contributed to the foundation of the culture, justice and liberty of the USA, and the support of the American people towards the Jewish state.

Blessed Are Those Who Eat Chametz!

13 Nisan 5776 – April 21, 2016
Pesach, the holiday that symbolizes the formation of the Jewish people, reminds us that sometimes we need to remove the evil inclination entirely so as not to fall victim to it.

Pesach: Fear, Discomfort and Growth

13 Nisan 5776 – April 20, 2016
What shall we be free of this Pesach? It is the holiday of Freedom, isn’t it?

Waiting On The Sideline

8 Nisan 5776 – April 15, 2016
In this week's portion, the man, having been officially declared impure, is now ready for the end of his nightmare beginning his process of purification,

Passover Palate 2016/2776

7 Nisan 5776 – April 14, 2016
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Purim Art Contest 2016

14 Adar II 5776 – March 23, 2016
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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

Purim Guide for the Perplexed 2016

13 Adar II 5776 – March 22, 2016
Some background-History, Halacha, hidden truths. Happy Purim to all!

Purim – the Festival of Masks

The entire Book of Esther's a story of masks-Esther, Mordechai, and Haman-even God-conceal something

Purim and the Advantage of a Permanent Job

11 Adar II 5776 – March 20, 2016
Purim gives us a framework to understand our lives and remain optimistic in the midst of all the darkness

Do Hold Your Breath

Purim's lesson, relevant today & always, is about our belief that God is always present in our lives

Think Inside The Box

9 Adar II 5776 – March 18, 2016
It's nice to step back and appreciate the mitzvah in a fresh and minimalist way.

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