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Yom Kippur Guide for the Perplexed

Yom Kippur aims at coalescing the entire Jewish public – not just observant Jews - around critical values

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

Nature’s Guide to Purim

Purim is the battleground of extremes, Amalek and Yisrael, with Zoroastrian Persia in between.

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."

As we were once strangers in a land that was not ours, how does...

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When Tisha B’Av falls on Shabbat or Sunday

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World’s Largest Menorah On Fifth Avenue

Over the years, the World's Largest Menorah has been lit by New York City Mayors Abraham Beame, Ed Koch, David Dinkins, Rudolph Giuliani, Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio – and Governors George Pataki and David Paterson, as well as other dignitaries.

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.

Chanukah and Our Current Darkness

Israel projects global material illumination not always the light of "morality" meant by the Navi

Weekly World Wide Havdalah to be Introduced Online

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The Sukkah and Exile’s Positive Side

Sukkot is a holiday that brings a unique inner peace – a peace that would seem to resemble the messianic era, a universal acceptance of God’s moral and spiritual order; an order that is best advanced by helping the Jewish people serve God and further educate mankind.

A Pathway To Teshuvah

Yom Hadin is almost here and this time of year brings with it a range of emotions. Some people are excited - a new year, the start of school, new clothing. For others, Rosh Hashanah instills fear - the need to correct wrongdoings, to beg for forgiveness and make promises to be better. For still others, there is a feeling of being overwhelmed - either by the awe of the Yom Hadin or perhaps the reality of so many days of Shabbos, Yom Tov, Shabbos (that's a lot of cooking and baking). We are often so busy taking care of all the “things" that need to be done, that we don’t have enough time for spiritual and emotional preparation. It feels like most years I come to Selichos feeling as if I haven't done enough to prepare.

Are Candles In The Sukkah A Fire Hazard?

Some people make the blessing over the candles in the sukkah and then bring the candles into the house to avoid the danger of fire. This is a non-kosher practice, however.

Kosher Certification for Maccabees

It's fascinating how sources attain the status "traditional," or its equivalent level of kashrus.

Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) Guide for the Perplexed, 2017

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.

Chanukah Joy and Jubilation

Hanukah Cheer from David Herman, Jerusalem's troubadour.

Tunnel Vision

Hamas' tunnels were destroyed as were plans for their unparalleled terror attacks on Rosh Hashana.

Seder Customs From Around The World

The house is clean. The last bit of chametz has been burned. What happens next?

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.

The Eternal Flame Of The Jewish Soul: True Story With A Chanukah Message

I have wanted to tell this story for a while. There are experiences in life that help us find our soul, the candle of God within us. This was such an experience. It is a true story about the eternal flame of the Jewish soul - with a Chanukah message.

A Hanukkah contemplation: ‘To Another Year’

To lead meaningful Jewish lives, our personal journeys must be actively shaped by the events and populated by the personalities of our peoples’ past.

5,000 Christians Show their Support for Israel at Jerusalem’s 64th Sukkot March

“The whole world is learning that the gentiles can come celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles with the people of Israel,” said spokesman David Parsons of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

Undying

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

Candy Bouquet

Looking for a bouquet of flowers that will satisfy everyone’s taste – have we got a sweet idea for you! This beautiful “arrangement” (as easy as an Alef Bais Vase” can be simply assembled and is sure to be the most popular bunch of flowers. All it takes is a trip to the candy store, and let your creativity blossom, as you fill the skewers with candy. As an added bonus these flowers are sure to stay looking fresh throughout Yom Tov…unless they’re not eaten first.

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