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Halachic Questions

Once this took place, no Beit Din could annul its practice but for an entirely different reason. A minhag accepted by klal Yisrael becomes an obligation that must be practiced.

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.

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

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!

Yom Kippur: Guide for the Perplexed

Yom Kippur’s focus on forgiveness highlights humility, fallibility, soul-searching faith, compassion, thoughtfulness, being considerate, accepting responsibility and magnanimity.

Lag Ba’Omer: Guide for the Perplexed, 2018

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

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

Nature’s Guide to Purim

Purim is the battleground of extremes, Amalek and Yisrael, with Zoroastrian Persia in between.

Purim: Concealing and Revealing

Does Hashem ever go away and not pay attention to us?

Matir Assurim — A True Teshuvah Story

She was followed by the shadows of the Six Million, by the ever so subtle awareness of their vanished presence.

Rav Bina’s Yom Kippur Message – 5774 (Video)

The Yom Kippur video message of Rav Bina, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh at the Kotel,

Calling All Souls: The Eloquent Shofar

In every generation, the shofar blow is not like other sounds. Those sounds we listen to with our ears, but to the shofar we listen with our souls. ALL Jews always thirst for this cry of longing.

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....

Sukkot-‘Hodu’ L’Hashem

What is the nostalgia for? The answer comes with Succot.

Yom Kippur Guide for the Perplexed, 2017

Wishing all our readers a meaningful Yom Kippur.

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?

Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg zt”l: Exile and Its Egregious Effects

The Three Weeks determines the "who we are and how we live" as Jews.

Leather – Nail Head Sukkos Wall Hangings

I’m excited to introduce my new Sukkos decoration concept. I couldn’t help but notice the variety of interesting leathers and vinyls available on the market. Sorting through the many different colors and textures, it dawned on me that I could easily create Sukkos décor using one of my favorite combinations, leather and nail heads.

A Pathway To Teshuvah

Yom Hadin is almost here and this time of year brings with it a range of emotions. Some people are excited - a new year, the start of school, new clothing. For others, Rosh Hashanah instills fear - the need to correct wrongdoings, to beg for forgiveness and make promises to be better. For still others, there is a feeling of being overwhelmed - either by the awe of the Yom Hadin or perhaps the reality of so many days of Shabbos, Yom Tov, Shabbos (that's a lot of cooking and baking). We are often so busy taking care of all the “things" that need to be done, that we don’t have enough time for spiritual and emotional preparation. It feels like most years I come to Selichos feeling as if I haven't done enough to prepare.

Israeli Innovations Changing the Jewish World for Purim

A series of new innovations coming out of Israel are making life better, easier, and more fulfilling for Jews around the world.

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Guide for the Perplexed, 2014‏

Sukkot is a universal holiday, inviting all peoples to come on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

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