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Rav Bina’s Yom Kippur Message 5778

God will judge you on Yom Kippur based on how you interact, treat and judge other people.

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.

Throwing Off The Burden Of Sin The Real Meaning Of Tashlich

If our teshuva is real, if we feel sincere regret and have resolved to become better, Hashem will look at us as new people.

Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Guide for the Perplexed 2017 / 5778

On Rosh Hashanah, one is expected to plan a spiritual and behavioral road map for the entire year. So when one hears the shofar blow,the trip begins.

Make Resolutions, Not Wishes

The secret to change is to stop wishing and to start making real resolutions

Mighty Compassion

When we understand that the greatest expression of God's might is God's compassion, we open ourselves to receive the gift of Lives of Compassion. Once we have been granted Lives of Compassion; compassion for others and for ourselves we can become a society united in compassion, and wickedness will evaporate.

ABC’s of Elul

The last month of the Jewish calendar is actually the most important – serving as preparation for the High Holidays.

Guide for the Perplexed: The Ninth Day of Av

A many-layered day, central to Jewish history.

Tisha B’Av: Turning Mourning into Action

It is not enough to hope for redemption, we must be the catalyst for it. Our job is to make sure we can answer the call of ayeka, where are you? Are you taking responsibility?
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Shavuot: The Scandalous Backstory of Ruth and Boaz

Learn the Book of Ruth like you never have before and discover why it's read on Shavuot.

LAG BA’OMER

Thoughts on the holy chag of Lag Ba'Omer.

Fire and Faith

What do the fires of Lag B'Omer signify?

Seder Customs From Around The World

The house is clean. The last bit of chametz has been burned. What happens next?

Matza’s Mixed Message: Are We Victors or Victims?

We have great difficulty accepting our role as Victor, rather than Victim. We apologize for how well our country functions, for our victories, and for our stubborn refusal to roll over and die.

Pesach: Then and Now

Today, over half of world Jewry resides in Israel. Despite wars, terrorism, economic boycotts, and isolation by detractors, Israel continues to thrive-- the realization of visions foretold long ago

As we were once strangers in a land that was not ours, how does...

With all the talk today about immigration, we asked some ofour rabbanim to answer the following question...

Marshmallows, Frogs And Bugs, Oh My!

Whether you decide to go formal and proper or playful and laid back, just remember that Pesach is all about transmitting a powerful legacy from one generation to the next.

Passover Guide for the Perplexed, 2017

Some history, some fun facts, some Halacha and... Next Year in Jerusalem

Kitnyot: Truly a “Has-Bean”

This is one of those posts that falls into the category of “If only I had the power to……..”

The Pesach of Today

Open your eyes. Read and absorb the Haggada and realize, at the end of the seder, when we say “Next Year in Jerusalem,” we commemorate not just the Pesach of the past, but the Pesach of the present!

Purim Guide for the Perplexed

Rules, halachot, laws and history for Purim. Have a Happy Purim!

The Isaac Covenant Part III: Menorah: Symbol of Exile or Redemption?

Considering the menorah through history. What is its meaning?

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