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When Tisha B’Av falls on Shabbat or Sunday

What are the main changes when Tisha B'Av falls on Shabbat or Sunday?

ABCs of Tisha B’Av & the Three Weeks

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

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

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

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

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

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!)

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!

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

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

Waiting On The Sideline

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,

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

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

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

It's nice to step back and appreciate the mitzvah in a fresh and minimalist way.

The Fast of the 10th of Tevet

We cannot ask God to listen if we continue to shut our ears to Him.

Happy Chanukah!

Perhaps the greater miracle of Chanukah was the Chashmonaim's envisioning a miraculous Jewish future

Chanukah Joy and Jubilation

Hanukah Cheer from David Herman, Jerusalem's troubadour.

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