For the Jews whose minds are focused on Eretz Yisrael and what it represents, namely, Kedushah (holiness) and Tahara (purity), their Succahs become the embodiment of Eretz Yisrael.
The thief took his advice and did so. Yet, when the official got up to speak, he informed the court of all the horrible things the highwayman did to him.
Sukkot is a holiday that brings a unique inner peace – a peace that would seem to resemble the messianic era, a universal acceptance of God’s moral and spiritual order; an order that is best advanced by helping the Jewish people serve God and further educate mankind.
Yom Kippur’s focus on forgiveness highlights humility, fallibility, soul-searching faith, compassion, thoughtfulness, being considerate, accepting responsibility and magnanimity.
May we be forgiven for these and all our mistakes and sins...
Wishing all our readers a meaningful Yom Kippur.
Guidelines for the holiest day of the Jewish year – the Day of Atonement.
God will judge you on Yom Kippur based on how you interact, treat and judge other people.
Many believe that Kol Nidre was created in response to the conversos’ plight and their need to nullify their conversion vows.
If our teshuva is real, if we feel sincere regret and have resolved to become better, Hashem will look at us as new people.
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.
The secret to change is to stop wishing and to start making real resolutions
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.
The last month of the Jewish calendar is actually the most important – serving as preparation for the High Holidays.
A many-layered day, central to Jewish history.
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?
Learn the Book of Ruth like you never have before and discover why it's read on Shavuot.
Chag Sameach-Happy Shavuout!
Thoughts on the holy chag of Lag Ba'Omer.
What do the fires of Lag B'Omer signify?
The house is clean. The last bit of chametz has been burned. What happens next?
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.
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
With all the talk today about immigration, we asked some ofour rabbanim to answer the following question...
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.