The Temple as seen in the Holyland Model of Jerusalem, a 21,520 sq. ft., 1:50 scale-model of the city of Jerusalem in the late Second Temple Period.

The Tisha B’Av of Yesterday AND Today

A few years ago, I realized something that changed the way I look at Tisha B’Av and while I can’t say I look forward to Tisha B’Av I started to focus on what I call “The Tisha B’Av of Today”. I focus on the national tragedies of what is happening right now – and what I can do to prevent them from continuing.

Yom Yerushalayim

Today the 28 day of the month of Iyar in 1967- the world changed for every Jew on the face of planet Earth.

19 Ways you Know it’s Passover in Israel

If you've never heard an Arab calling out “alter zachen” (“old things”) in Yiddish, then you've never experienced pre-Passover preparations in Jerusalem. It's part of the clean-up mania that grips the city in the run-up to the holiday.

You Do What on Pesach??

Surprisingly enough, there are even those who avoid matza over Pesach, eating only the required amount at the Seder.

Going Dry, Going To Grape Juice: Prohibition, Wine, and Hilchos Kiddush

In some cases, non-Jews joined synagogues to reap the alcoholic benefits of Judaism under Prohibition!

From Pork Dinners To Baking Matzah

Various great rabbis tried to influence its residents – the place was visited twice by the saintly Rav Kook, zt”l – but it seemed pointless.
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Ari Fuld on the Holidays | Passover: Freedom vs. Responsibility – 5778 (2018)

Ari Fuld discusses: What are we celebrating on Passover and what are the lessons to be learned?

The Four Cups: Moscato Or Merlot?

Rashi, the Rif, and some Ge’onim go even further than the Rambam in their attitude towards mevushal wine; they maintain that it is not even full-fledged wine, and one should make a shehakol – not a hagafen – before drinking it.

Should You Say Hallel in Shul On Seder Night?

It should be emphasized that if an Ashkenazi is in a shul on Seder night that recites Hallel, it is imperative that he or she not show any disrespect to the local custom.

Who Is Haman Today? Who Is Mordechai?

Many of the so-called Western world leaders can also stand in for the false and power-hungry king who had no scruples about participating in the annihilation of millions of Jews.

The Secret History Of Purim

Much like the leadership of the Zionist Entity today, Haman came up with a dastardly plan to destroy...every living Palestinian.

Are We Really Supposed To Drink On Purim?

The Orchos Chayim... writes that full inebriation is certainly prohibited, "and there is no greater sin, as it leads to sexual impropriety, bloodshed, and other sins."

The Magical Power of ‘If I Have Found Favor in your Eyes’

In the phrase I appear to be passive, but a deeper examination reveals that I am the active component: it is my active seeking of your grace that ingratiates me in you.

How Late May One Eat the Purim Se’udah?

Many authorities rule that it is preferable to continue the meal after nightfall as a way of acknowledging the semi-festive character of the next day, i.e., Shushan Purim.

Celebrate Purim With Your Kids

Here are some fun ways to dress up, make some noise and have a raucous good time at your next Purim party.

Building Israel and Battling Terrorism, One Tree at a Time

Alan and Rosaline Barron are kicking off their new mission sponsored by JNF right before the Jewish festival of Tu B’Shevat—the “New Year for Trees”—a time of renewal, and a celebration of nature and the environment. They are encouraging others to do the same.

Chanukah Scheduling Conflicts: The Time Frame For Lighting Menorah

Nowadays, however - thanks to artificial light - most peoples' workday or school day extends well beyond twilight during Chanukah... Must one leave work or school early to light Chanukah candles on time?

Hannukah Starts Tonight So Here’s 18 Differences Between Chanukah & Christmas

Put on your yarmulke, Here comes Chanukah; So much funukah, To celebrate Chanukah; Chanukah is the festival of lights: Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights

Undying

Daughters and sons were washed away: many drifted, some drowned. Each child that left the woman dealt her a fresh salvo of pain.

Baked Falafel Latkes With Tahini

Because it is a tried and true favorite, I decided to shake up the recipe a bit to create a healthier and more festive Chanukah feel.

The Fight Of Our Lives

The routing of Antiochus’ mighty army was accomplished by strong, brave Jewish fighters possessing minimal munitions but one most powerful weapon: Heavenly assistance.

More Than Just Candles: Chanukah in Kenya and Beit Shemesh

My quest for knowledge became life-changing. Like a bat (I didn’t mind the negativity associated with the flying mammals – I’m short-sighted anyway so there was a ring of truth to the simile), I honed in on the answers I’d been searching for.

Why Do We Light With Olive Oil?

For the Greeks, everything that was externally beautiful was good; to the Jew, everything that is inwardly good is beautiful.

When Bubbles Burst

The universal lesson of Chanukah through the prism of fluted glass

When Chanukah Gets Personal

I knew very little about Chanukah as a child and much of what I knew centered around the traditional eight nights of presents.

Dancing with the Torah

"My grandfather told me that he once attended the Cantonist Shul on Simchat Torah. The Cantonists could dance like Cossacks. They were huge, strong men, and the heavy Torah scrolls would seem like toothpicks in their arms. Despite being looked down upon by other Jews--they were not very learned and really couldn't observe the Torah properly--they were nonetheless able to rejoice in their Judaism and celebrate the Torah. It was truly amazing."

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