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Yom Kippur and the Hidden Jews

Many believe that Kol Nidre was created in response to the conversos’ plight and their need to nullify their conversion vows.

Yorkers – But Are They Kosher?

In honor of Sukkos, The Jewish Press decided to feature pictures of six of the winning designs.

A New CD By Chazan Benny Rogosnitzky Looks To Inspire Daveners and Baalei Tefillah...

“When you realize that you are the one carrying them and taking their tefillos to the Ribono Shel Olam, that shift puts everything into perspective.”

The Meaning of Tu B’av

Six events occurred on Tu B'Av, the 15th of Av, making it a festive day in the Jewish calendar.

Is it Time to Abandon Kitniyot?

Rabbi David Bar-Hayim argues it is time for Ashkenazim to abandon the prohibition against Kitnyot. What do you think?

The Bucket List and Rosh Hashanah

The High Holy days represent the time when we need to mentally create a bucket list not of places we haven’t yet been but of good deeds we haven’t yet done.
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.

Mourning the Loss of Mourning

What is the connection between feeling more connected to God and having the Temple? And why does that require sacrifices?

Matza’s Mixed Message: Are We Victors or Victims?

We have great difficulty accepting our role as Victor, rather than Victim. We apologize for how well our country functions, for our victories, and for our stubborn refusal to roll over and die.

Kitnyot: Truly a “Has-Bean”

This is one of those posts that falls into the category of “If only I had the power to……..”

ABC’s of Elul

If you had an important court date scheduled – one that would determine your financial future, or even your very life – you'd be...

SUCCOT

For the Jews whose minds are focused on Eretz Yisrael and what it represents, namely, Kedushah (holiness) and Tahara (purity), their Succahs become the embodiment of Eretz Yisrael.

When This is Finally Over….

When we return to our routines, things don’t have to go back to exactly the way they were.

The Battle for Eretz Yisrael, Then and Now

At this time of the year, "Jewish eyes are smiling" as we look back to our Egyptian experience of 3300 years ago and the great salvation that HaShem had brought forth for us. But on this 10th of Nisan, corresponding to the general calendar of April 2, the eyes of all enlightened nations are on Egypt, but for different reasons. The Moslem Brotherhood political party in Egypt, that now controls the two houses of the Egyptian Parliament, is going to have their man as the next president of that country. This group is among the most radical Islamists in the world, and they have an unabashed, open, straightforward Islamic agenda. Not only will they turn Egyptian society back 300 years, their end game is to uproot the Jewish State.

Fire and Faith

What do the fires of Lag B'Omer signify?

Passover Guide for the Perplexed, 2015

German poet Heinrich Heine: “Since the Exodus, freedom has always been spoken with a Hebrew accent.”

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

Combatting the Haman of Today

The Holocaust was the latest attempt of Amalek to destroy the special bond that we enjoy with God.

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.

Rabbi Shimshon Nadel: My Essential Haggadot

With thousands of Haggadot in print, it can be overwhelming to decide what to buy and what to use at the Seder. Just like kashering the home for Pesach requires preparation, so too the material for the Seder. And according to the investment is the return. Below are twenty of my favorite Haggadot.

Chanukah: Guide for the Perplexed 2014

Chanukah is the holiday of liberty, combining The Book (faith and dedication to God) and the sword

Throwing Off The Burden Of Sin The Real Meaning Of Tashlich

If our teshuva is real, if we feel sincere regret and have resolved to become better, Hashem will look at us as new people.

The Most Calamitous Jewish Day of the Year

The 9th Day of Av Guide for the Perplexed

Sukkot Video

A musical offering from the Jerusalem troubadour, David Herman. Chag Sameach!

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