Hanukah: Celebrating Hebrew Sovereignty Over Eretz Yisrael

The Maccabean revolt was not merely a struggle to revoke harsh decrees or secure freedom of worship. HaShem’s Divine blueprint for mankind demands Hebrew sovereignty over Eretz Yisrael

Move Over, Sandy Koufax

While NFL players are running away from their country and refusing to stand during the national anthem, Israel’s professional athletes are doing the complete opposite! They are connecting to their nation and showing just how proud they are to be Jewish.

Shmini Atzeres – Simchas Torah – V’zos Ha Beracha

It is so very hard to leave the holiness of the Sukkah but Shmini Atzeres offers a unique opportunity to attach ourselves to God and enjoy that special relationship.

Simchat Torah: The Unyielding Sefer Torah

Looking at and taking notice of a Sefer Torah is therefore of great value. Here is an item that has not changed an iota. Its physical nature attests to its stability. It is the only thing in the world that would not give in to innovation.

Simchat Torah in Soviet Russia 1928

An inspiring story of Jewish sacrifice and commitment during the early days of Communism

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.

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

The temporary structure of the Sukkah highlights the historical significance of the permanent Jewish State in the Land of Israel Chag Sameach!

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.

The Lulav: Prosecutor Or Defendant?

The thief took his advice and did so. Yet, when the official got up to speak, he informed the court of all the horrible things the highwayman did to him.

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.

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.

For the Sins of 5777 of…

May we be forgiven for these and all our mistakes and sins...

Yom Kippur Guide for the Perplexed, 2017

Wishing all our readers a meaningful Yom Kippur.

ABC’s of Yom Kippur

Guidelines for the holiest day of the Jewish year – the Day of Atonement.
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Rav Bina’s Yom Kippur Message 5778

God will judge you on Yom Kippur based on how you interact, treat and judge other people.

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.

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.

Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Guide for the Perplexed 2017 / 5778

On Rosh Hashanah, one is expected to plan a spiritual and behavioral road map for the entire year. So when one hears the shofar blow,the trip begins.

Make Resolutions, Not Wishes

The secret to change is to stop wishing and to start making real resolutions

Mighty Compassion

When we understand that the greatest expression of God's might is God's compassion, we open ourselves to receive the gift of Lives of Compassion. Once we have been granted Lives of Compassion; compassion for others and for ourselves we can become a society united in compassion, and wickedness will evaporate.

ABC’s of Elul

The last month of the Jewish calendar is actually the most important – serving as preparation for the High Holidays.

Guide for the Perplexed: The Ninth Day of Av

A many-layered day, central to Jewish history.

Tisha B’Av: Turning Mourning into Action

It is not enough to hope for redemption, we must be the catalyst for it. Our job is to make sure we can answer the call of ayeka, where are you? Are you taking responsibility?
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Shavuot: The Scandalous Backstory of Ruth and Boaz

Learn the Book of Ruth like you never have before and discover why it's read on Shavuot.

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