The author of the book Ronit Treatman, the daughter of Israeli diplomats who speaks several languages and lives in Philadelphia, was inspired to write the book after she became involved with the Bnei Anousim, the tens of millions of people around the world descended from forcibly converted Spanish and Portuguese Jews through the organization Reconectar.
The fact that we can taste something as bitter is an affirmation of how sweet our lives generally are.
Rabbeinu Tam has an ingenious solution for how to have Seudah Shlishit on Erev Pesach: eat matzah ashirah [egg matzah].
The Shulchan Aruch does not even mention the opinion of the Rif and Rambam and states explicitly that the requirement of guarding applies only to the matzah used for the Seder.
The Purim Edition 2021
Purim will essentially mark a full year of living through a pandemic that has radically changed our lives. While we are beyond grateful for the progress with treatments and vaccinations, the return to some sense of normalcy doesn’t seem imminent.
In Mishnaic times, the Megillah was read as early as the 11th of Adar in some towns.
One can only marvel at the transformation of the landscape described by Mark Twain to that of today and look forward to a future when the native forest species described in the Bible dominate the landscape.
From almond trees and veganism to ancient languages and Middle Ages sources, Tu B’Shevat is one fascinating festival.
On this day we learn to not only look at tragic events, but also on what led up to them. This is all the more important when talking about the Holocaust
Be a visionary-Happy Chanukah 2020
All agree that the Chanukah candles represent insights
On December 11, the second day of Chanukah, British troops marched into Jerusalem. British commander and chief, General Edmund Allenby respectfully entered its walls by foot through the Jaffa gate as the city’s thirty-fourth conqueror.
A concise, comprehensive guide to the holiday of Hanukkah.
Through this pleasant and special light, may we merit to continue to illuminate and enlighten ourselves and others, long after Channukah is over
In the past, a question came to mind that had been bothering me regarding Succos. My difficulty was with respect to the Succah itself. I...
On Sukkot we are told to be joyful, but why should we be more joyful on Sukkot than any other holiday, and what is the message for us today?
Since a sukkah is a diras aray, a temporary structure, we don’t need a reminder of the dwelling place being temporary compared to Olam Habah.
It seems unlikely that even the stringent opinion requires that sukkah walls be completely motionless when a wind blows.
Wishing all a healthy and festive Sukkot
Fascinating insights into Yom Kippur
All of our good deeds should be rooted in this truth that Hashem commanded us and that is why we are doing the mitzvos.
Rosh Hashanah is a seemingly a "deprived holiday." Almost nothing is written about this festival in the Torah, certainly less than about any other festival. Even the shofar is not mentioned explicitly in the Torah in the context of Rosh Hashanah. All that is mentioned is that Rosh Hashana is Yom Teruah - “a day of blasting”, or Zichron Teruah - “a remembrance of blasting”, but nothing more.
May you all have a very Good Shabbos, a Kesiva V’chasima Tova
The Maharil explains that the custom of Tashlich – like many other Rosh Hashanah minhagim – is intended to evoke G-d’s mercy by recalling Akeidat Yitzchak.
Six events occurred on Tu B'Av, the 15th of Av, making it a festive day in the Jewish calendar.
Dare I say that, the fact that we keep the Temple alive 2000 years after its destruction, continue to connect to God even after the Holocaust, and we pray even on this horrible day, INSPIRES God?