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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.
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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.

Mother Rachel and the Birth of Natural Consciousness

Kabbalah teaches that mother Rachel symbolizes the Jewish People.

The Lulav: Prosecutor Or Defendant?

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.

Lag B’Omer: Better than Love

Rabbi Akiva must have made love of fellow man the very essence of his curriculum. Yet it was his disciples who failed to treat each other with mutual respect. How do we understand the deaths of Rabbi Akiva’s students?

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 Tisha B’Av falls on Shabbat or Sunday

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

Rosh Hashanah Resolutions

I will ask for forgiveness and tell all the people that I spoke Lashon Hara, gossip, about them and lose all my friends. I will give chocolate to all the people who I spoke Lashon Hara about, so they will like me again.

Five Terms Of Endearment – So Why Only Four Cups Of Wine?

The number four seems to play a major role in the Pesach Seder. We have four questions, four sons, four terms of endearment and, of course, one of the major features we soon will be enjoying – the drinking of four cups of wine.

Lag B’Omer Trivia

Some Lag BaOmer trivia you may not know.

The No-Potato Passover: A Journey of Food, Travel & Color

Most of the No-Potato Passover recipes are as casual as the title’s spelling: some include only six ingredients and limited prep time - half to one full hour. They’re good for heart health and waistlines, too.

Purim Guide for the Perplexed 2016

Some background-History, Halacha, hidden truths. Happy Purim to all!

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.

Happy Chanukah!

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

Mishloach Manos – ‘In Those Days, In This Time…’

The mishloach manos of times gone by were sometimes simple and sometimes elaborate, but the main focus was on the preparation of the delicious food they contained.

Chanukah Guide for the Perplexed, 2015

Fun Fact: The organizers of the Boston Tea Party were referred to as “the modern day Maccabees.”

Jewish Press Radio: Journey Into Passover

Special Pesach edition kicks off with Yishai and Malkah sharing the story of their own inspiring journey into Pesach 5772. Then Yishai is joined by Shmuel Sackett, the International Director of Manhigut Yehudit, who tells the moving story of his personal discussions with Jonathan Pollard during visits to see him in prison. The third segment of this week’s show features the true meaning of Pesach, presented by David Sacks, a television writer and producer for The Simpsons, 3rd Rock From the Sun, and more. Finally, Yehuda HaKohen talks about how love breeds courage and destroys fear, and gives an example with a masterful presentation of the history of the Lehi movement.

One Ingredient Three Ways: Cauliflower

Cauliflower is one of my favorite ingredients to cook with – it blends so easily into whatever dish I am preparing.

Video: Under the Prayer Shawl – Secrets of the Priestly Blessing

"Under the Prayer Shawl - Secrets of the Priestly Blessing", was shot on location at the 2011 annual massive blessing by the Jewish Priests...

Rabbi Shimshon Nadel: My Essential Haggadot

With thousands of Haggadot in print, it can be overwhelming to decide what to buy and what to use at the Seder. Just like kashering the home for Pesach requires preparation, so too the material for the Seder. And according to the investment is the return. Below are twenty of my favorite Haggadot.

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.

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