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ABC’s of Chanukah (Hanukkah)

The Hebrew word Chanukah means "dedication." When the Greeks challenged Jewish life, a few courageous Jews took to the hills of Judea in open revolt against this threat.

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles): Guide for the Perplexed, 2016

Sukkot has played a key role in the reconstruction of the Jewish Homeland and the ingathering of Jews – and their transition - to the Land of Israel.

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.

A Practical Approach to the Ten Days of Repentance

We are humans. We have failings. We make mistakes. It is how Hashem created us. But, we have also been given a wonderful gift: Teshuva/repentance.

Rosh Hashanah Guide for the Perplexed 2016

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

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.

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

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