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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

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book-inside-purim
 

Posted on: March 1st, 2012

JudaismJudaism 101

These are excerpts from the sefer “Inside Purim” which contains additional answers to the following questions and much more.

Cohanim praying at the Kotel
 

Posted on: March 1st, 2012

JudaismParsha

While the transgression of the Golden Calf had caused Aharon to feel a sense of distance from HaShem, the miluim was intended to bring him close again through spiritual perfection. The priestly vestments play a central role in this process and great detail is offered in describing them.

Miller-Rabbi-Avigdor
 

Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismParsha

The wardrobe Hashem designed for those who served in his Mishkan served not only to distinguish them but also to impress upon them the importance and significance of the service for which Hashem had selected them. Clothing itself is a form of serving Hashem.

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Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

"When someone completes his job faithfully you must pay him fully, even if no benefit comes from the work. For example, if a person ordered a delivery of medicine for a critically ill patient, and the person died or recovered meanwhile, the driver must be paid."

Orthodox man praying
 

Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Do older Jews have a rebbe?

Weekly Luach - Shabbat Shalom
 

Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismWeekly Luach

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Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

At most a navi, through prophecy, can institute a temporary modification of a Torah law. However, if he seeks to introduce a permanent change in the Torah or to add a new mitzvah, he and his prophecy should be rejected.

Reading the Book of Esther on Purim
 

Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

To properly fulfill the mitzvah of listening to the megillah, each word must be heard. If a word is missed, the listener should read it quietly to himself from the text in his hand. The principal purpose of reciting the megillah is to publicize the miracle of Purim. Accordingly, many poskim permit the megillah to be read in English if the reader does not understand Hebrew.

Jewish woman reading Megillat Esther on Purim
 

Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismParsha

The Sefer HaChinuch states in mitzvah 603 that women are exempt from the mitzvah of remembering what Amalek did to us. He explains that this is because it is not upon women to wage war against and avenge the enemy.

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Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismAsk the Rabbi

The term yotzrot refers to a grouping of special prayers that all fall under the same heading, and are also referred to as piyutim. Rabbi Yosef Grossman discusses this topic at length in his masterful work “Otzar Erchei Ha’Yahadut” ot peh, 377). He writes: “Piyut – these are prayers, poetic refrains, or sanctified songs that entered the liturgy of our special machzorim for festivals and special occasions, for the Days of Awe, as well as those solemn fast days that mark our national tragedies.”

 

Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismParsha

There is a deeper message in Parshat Tetzaveh - the principle of the separation of powers, which opposes the concentration of leadership into one person or institution. All human authority needs checks and balances if it is not to become corrupt. In particular, political and religious leadership (keter malchut and keter kehunah) should never be combined. Moses wore the crowns of political and prophetic leadership, Aaron that of priesthood. The division allowed each to be a check on the other.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

I dare not remain silent. I dare not ignore the wake-up calls and the catastrophe they portend. So I ask you to read my ensuing columns on the subject with open minds and receptive hearts. I will limit myself to the wake-up calls we have witnessed over the past couple of years, though they began considerably earlier.

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Jewish women lighting Shabbat candles
 

Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

Shabbat is a time of menuchah, of rest. It is also a time of simcha, of happiness. We are often too busy during the week to stop and think about how we can do something simple to bring simcha into someone else’s life. When we can combine the menuchah of Shabbat together with its inherent simcha, we can bring ohr laYehudim, light to all of us.

Religious Jews Celebrating Purim
 

Posted on: February 28th, 2012

Judaism

The word the Gemara uses to get drunk on wine is “l’besumai,” literally - to become fragrant. Not stinking drunk, but rather like the incense in the Holy Temple; a sweet smelling aroma.

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Posted on: February 28th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Malkah and Yishai discuss Canadian dedication to Israel, and simple but deeply important aspects of distinctly Jewish life, experts from Brookings get real on Middle East dynamics, and, finally, Rebbitzin Mizrachi teaches how to be truly happy.

book-inside-purim
 

Posted on: February 24th, 2012

JudaismJudaism 101

These are excerpts from the sefer Inside Purim, which contains additional answers to the following questions and much more.

Shaking hands
 

Posted on: February 22nd, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: Is there any halachic rationale for men to shake hands with women?

 

Posted on: February 22nd, 2012

JudaismParsha

It is not what G-d does for us that transforms us, but rather what we do for G-d. A free society is best symbolized by the Tabernacle. It is the home we build together. It is only by becoming builders that we turn from subjects to citizens. We have to earn our freedom by what we give. It cannot be given to us as an unearned gift.

Raphael Grunfeld
 

Posted on: February 22nd, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Batei arei chomah are structures (of at least six to eight square feet) in towns consisting of at least three courtyards with two buildings each, with a predominantly Jewish population – provided that such towns were surrounded by a wall in the time of Joshua even though they may no longer be surrounded by a wall at the time of the sale or buyback.

Weekly Luach - Shabbat Shalom
 

Posted on: February 22nd, 2012

JudaismWeekly Luach

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