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Blessed Are Those Who Eat Chametz!

Pesach, the holiday that symbolizes the formation of the Jewish people, reminds us that sometimes we need to remove the evil inclination entirely so as not to fall victim to it.

Pesach: Fear, Discomfort and Growth

What shall we be free of this Pesach? It is the holiday of Freedom, isn’t it?

Waiting On The Sideline

In this week's portion, the man, having been officially declared impure, is now ready for the end of his nightmare beginning his process of purification,

The Making of an Enemy; The Birth of a Nation: Amalek

Amalek is seared into Jewish consciousness as the ultimate enemy of Israel and the source of Haman

Purim Guide for the Perplexed 2016

Some background-History, Halacha, hidden truths. Happy Purim to all!

Purim – the Festival of Masks

The entire Book of Esther's a story of masks-Esther, Mordechai, and Haman-even God-conceal something

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

Do Hold Your Breath

Purim's lesson, relevant today & always, is about our belief that God is always present in our lives

Think Inside The Box

It's nice to step back and appreciate the mitzvah in a fresh and minimalist way.

The Fast of the 10th of Tevet

We cannot ask God to listen if we continue to shut our ears to Him.

Happy Chanukah!

Perhaps the greater miracle of Chanukah was the Chashmonaim's envisioning a miraculous Jewish future

Chanukah Joy and Jubilation

Hanukah Cheer from David Herman, Jerusalem's troubadour.

Queen Shlomtzion: In the Spirit of the Maccabees

The 10 year reign of Shlomtzion, one of only 2 women to rule over Judea, was peaceful & prosperous

PARSHAT VAYESHEV & CHANUKAH

The great Jewish mistake was thinking the more we became like others, the more accepted we'd become

Chanukah Guide for the Perplexed, 2015

Fun Fact: The organizers of the Boston Tea Party were referred to as “the modern day Maccabees.”

Is It Bad To Be Vulnerable?

Sitting in your Sukkah remember: No one is so powerful, wealthy, smart or talented to not need God

Sukkot Video

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

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Guide for the Perplexed, 2015

Sukkot is a universal holiday, inviting all peoples of the world to come on pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

Sin

Caring for each other & improving the world, according to Judaism, is life's purpose

Yom Kippur Guide for the Perplexed, 2015

Yom Kippur commemorates God's covenant with the Jewish people & forgiveness for the Golden Calf sin

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