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Jonathan Sacks – Leadership Means Making Space TETZAVEH

Jonathan Sacks – Leadership Means Making Space TETZAVEH Tetzaveh is, as is well known, the parsha in which for once Moses take second place. In fact, he is not mentioned by name at all, and all the focus is on his brother, Aaron, and on the role he

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How Do You Observe Judaism In Outer Space?

When to pray? When is Shabbat? What to do when time and space are not what they are on earth?

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When a Young Hero Dies - Chabad

There are long lives with little meaning. And there are short lives that never cease to shine.

History | History

The Search for the Ten Lost Tribes

What happened to the ten tribes and where are they today?

Miscellaneous | Jewish Life

The Best Response to Antisemitism

An open letter to an American Jewish college student.

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Jonathan Sacks: The Power of Ruach BESHALLACH

Jonathan Sacks: The Power of Ruach BESHALLACH In September 2010, BBC, Reuters, and other news agencies reported on a sensational scientific discovery. Researchers at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado were able

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If Your Synagogue Is A Temple To Leftism, It’s Time To Go

<p>College campuses across the country were erupting in Jew-hating outbursts, and parents were rightly worried about their Jewish college-aged kids caught up in the frenzy of hate. On Facebook, a group called Mothers Against College Antisemitism (M.A.C.A.

Politics | The Left

‘New York Times’ to Jews: Forget thy right hand

Marc Tracy, a culture reporter at the paper, penned an article: “Is Israel part of what it means to be Jewish?”

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Taking Responsibility in the Judaic Tradition

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Taking Responsibility in the Judaic Tradition Why were the Jewish people eventually named after Judah – the fourth son of Jacob and Leah? This is not merely an academic question; rather, it offers not only a major biblica

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Genesis, Genetics, and AI

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Genesis, Genetics, and AI Around the world, more and more people are worried that artificial intelligence (AI) will render vast swaths of humanity unemployed. As Jews once again start the annual Bible cycle reading with Bre

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The Prevailing Power of Holiness

A federal court’s ruling and the everlasting celebration of ‘Hei Teves’

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Howard Epstein – AGAIN WITH THE JEWISH QUESTION!

Howard Epstein – AGAIN WITH THE JEWISH QUESTION! Last week, I ended this column with a note of optimism thus: “If the disgraceful performances in Congress last week come to be seen as the highwater mark of wokeism, then – albeit at a cost we sho

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Meineket Rivka – The First Published Book by a Jewish Woman

Released posthumously in 1608, this work serves as a Torah-inspired ethical manual for social and spiritual conduct.

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What’s Special About the Fifth Night of Chanukah?

This night is reserved for celebration and (extra) gelt. Here’s the reason why.

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Why Add a Light Each Night of Chanukah?

The Talmud gives two reasons: to indicate the night and because we always ascend rather than descend.

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How to Light the Menorah - Chabad

Breeze through the Chanukah Menorah lighting with a step by step guide on everything from which menorah is kosher to how to arrange and light your own menorah.

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Fight Hamas: Fire your (liberal) rabbi - Israel365 News

Your liberal rabbis lied to you. They sold you a watered-down version of the Torah. and convinced you that supporting Hamas is a Jewish political imperative.

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What Does HYD Stand For? - Chabad

The abbreviation, often appearing after the names of those who have been murdered, stands for Hashem yikom damam—may God avenge their blood.

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The Signature Element of Chabad Psychology that Few Understand

The signature metaphor in Tanya to describe all human activity, popping up in some form or another on almost every page, is clothing. Life, according to Tanya, is less about who you are and more about what you wear.

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21 Talmud Facts Every Jew Should Know

The bulk of the Talmudic texts contain analysis of Biblical verses and Torah law, but it’s interspersed with everything from medical advice to stories, from folk sayings to fabric dying tips.

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Thanksgiving Meets Chanukah - . . . and they find they have a lot in common.

Hi, America, I’m Thanksgiving. And I’m also Chanukah. Hold my hand. Take a deep breath. Exhale. Now say, “Thank G‑d, we’re free.” Doesn’t that feel good?

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Fight Hamas: Fire your (liberal) rabbi

Your liberal rabbis lied to you. They sold you a watered-down version of the Torah. and convinced you that supporting Hamas is a Jewish political imperative.

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It Is Time to Declare the Truth About the Jews and Israel

The Torah grants Israel to the Jews and obligates them to protect her people

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Hamas Killed Ariel's Family. This Is What He Asked For - Chabad

Ariel's bar mitzvah is this week, and he is inspired by his Holocaust survivor grandfather.

History | History

The Meaning of Am Yisrael Chai

We always knew how to die together. The time has come for us to know also how to live together.

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Psalms for Times of Distress - Chabad

"...if we only knew the power of verses of Psalms and their effect in the spiritual realms, we would recite them constantly." – The Tzemach Tzedek

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

I Am an IDF Fighter and My Faith Will Carry Me Through

God has handed us a mission, and with your support, we will do what we need to.

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7 Paradoxes About the Sukkah That Help Us Break Through Illusions

We depend on our touchstones: psychological security, a stable income, protection from crime. Clothing, food, warm shelter

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What Is Sukkot?

Sukkot is a Jewish holiday celebrated by taking off work, celebrating in a hut, and waving unusual bouquets. This video will give you the whole story.

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13 Facts About Sukkot Every Jew Should Know

Sukkot is a weeklong festival celebrated by dwelling in the sukkah, taking the lulav and etrog and joyous feasting.

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Yom Kippur: What Is Kol Nidre?

Kol Nidre is the opening prayer of the holiest day of the year. But is it even a prayer? What is its purpose and meaning?

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Can Prayer Really Change Your Reality?

Our very own Queen Esther teaches us that while practical actions are necessary to succeed in any endeavor, spiritual efforts have the real impact in drawing down God’s blessings.

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Vandals’ Prank at UC Berkeley Spurs Kosher Awareness Event

Rohr Chabad Center seizes the opportunity to educate community about kosher

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5 Ways the High Holidays of 2023 Are Unique

The 2023 High Holidays feature a full week of Selichot, and Rosh Hashanah over a weekend.

Miscellaneous | Jewish Wisdom

What Can the Hebrew Word for “Parenting” Teach You?

The Latin word parente, the origin of the English word parent, means to bring forth, to give birth, or to produce, highlighting the physical role parents play in the creation of a child.

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Rosh Hashanah: What’s It Really All About?

How the Jewish New Year is celebrated and what it tells us about every human being and our relationship to God.

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The 96-Year-Old Survivor Who Did a Last (and First) Mitzvah

The younger of the two boys shared a story. “You know, it seems very quiet now, but this past Friday I experienced the greatest moment of my life.”

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17 Rosh Hashanah Facts Every Jew Should Know

Brush up on basic facts, traditions, and more associated with the Jewish New Year.

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Why Are Tefillin Square?

The Talmud gives no actual reason but the Kabbalah provides clues.

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20 Amazing Converts to Judaism You Should Know - Chabad.org

Throughout history the Jewish nation has been enriched by
converts—upstanding men and women who opted to enter the covenant and become
part of the Chosen Nation.

Miscellaneous | Jewish Life

The Mystery Convert of Jerusalem

The Rabbinic Controversy of Warder Cresson's Circumcision.

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – In Judaism, BOTH Sides Can Be Correct

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – In Judaism, BOTH Sides Can Be Correct Tisha B’Av is now behind us – a historical debacle (actually several) borne of serious disagreements between Jewish camps that led to internal civil war and ultimate loss of soverei

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What Is Tisha B’Av?

Why do we mourn on Tisha b'Av? A historical overview and a digest of the day's laws.

Miscellaneous | Jewish Wisdom

I’m a Chassidic Woman, Here’s My Story

My life is a balancing act. I don’t see the two halves of myself as contradictory.

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Why On Earth Do We Need a Third Temple? - Chabad

The Third Temple is not a building, but a state of harmony between God, humanity, and nature.

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Jonathan Sacks – The Complexity of Human Rights MATOT-MASEI

Jonathan Sacks – The Complexity of Human Rights MATOT-MASEI The book of Bamidbar comes to a close that is very strange indeed. Earlier in the parsha of Pinchas we read of how the five daughters of Tzelophehad came to Moses with a claim based on just

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What Is Kosher? - Chabad

What do you know about kosher? What makes some foods kosher, and what does kosher mean? Get the answers here!

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The Rebbe Writes to George Bush About July 4th - Chabad

"It is well to remember that
the founders of this Nation considered Independence Day as 'a day of
deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to G‑d Al-mighty'"

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Tsvi Bisk – Are The Haredim Not Authentic Jews

Tsvi Bisk – Are The Haredim Not Authentic Jews In the Mishnah Yehoshua ben Perachia says, “Make for yourself a Rav. Maimonides (the Rambam) and the Maharal both explain that the Mishnah is careful to say “make” for yourself a teacher, not to

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Judaism's Stance on Gender Is Clear, Despite Attempts To Rewrite Torah

Judaism teaches that G-d Created male and female so that they might partner with Him in creating a next generation.

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What Is Tikkun Olam? - What does Tikkun Olam mean, who came up with it, and how do I do it? - Chabad.org

Tikkun Olam: In Jewish teachings, any activity that improves the world, bringing it closer to the harmonious state for which it was created.

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18 Facts About the “12 Spies”

Moses sent 12 spies to Canaan; 10 gave negative reports, causing 40 years of wandering.

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The Menorah: Its Story and Mystery

Explore the design, positioning, lighting rituals, and rich symbolism.

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How I Made it Through the Talmud - Chabad

It took over eight years, but I complelted all 2,711 pages of the Babylonian Talmud.

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Is there anything wrong with taking animals from the wild and confining them to restricted living quarters. In other words, are zoos “kosher”?

It could well be that their goal in visiting the zoo was not (only) for simple entertainment or leisure, but to be able there to marvel at the wondrous creation of Hashem’s world.

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Who Made G-d? - The Classic Jewish Answer in Clear Modern English

The Creator of all boundaries is unbounded by any definition. Otherwise, He too would require a creator.

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Priority: Jewish Unity

Just before this year’s Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), a horrifying, and not at all surprising, report came out of Tel Aviv University (TAU) called “The Annual Report on Antisemitism Worldwide–2022.” The study found that there were roughly 3,700 attacks on Jews in the United States last year. The year before that, 2021, saw 2,717 attacks. Each set a record for attacks on our people. The incidents included beatings, being spat on, having objects thrown at people, verbal abuse, etc.

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What Is the Significance of a Rainbow in Judaism?

It is a beautiful and colorful aspect of G‑d’s world, but it’s also a reminder of tragedy. We are taught not to stare at it, but we do make a special blessing when it appears in the sky. Let’s see what the Torah has to say about the rainbow.

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What Are Tefillin?

What are we to make of this ancient Jewish ritual and what do they mean to us today?

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11 Shavuot Myths and Misconceptions

Ready to challenge some things you think you always knew? Let's go!

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May the Morning Shema Be Recited All Day?

Analysis of the argument that kriat shema may be recited the entire day.

Miscellaneous | Chabad

The Rebbe’s Lag BaOmer Message of Hope to Soviet Jewry

The 1980 Russian-language address that took the world by surprise and placed the Soviet regime on notice

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How the Universe Came to Be: Torah and Science

Religion is often accused of explaining a scientific discovery after the
fact. But the record on how the universe came to
be presents a different sequence of events.

Miscellaneous | Jewish Life

Lag BaOmer in Israel a Demonstration of Jewish Unity

People of all backgrounds and political persuasions to join in festive holiday events

Miscellaneous | Jewish Life

17 Facts About Ashkenazi Jews - Chabad

Rooted in France-Germany, Ashkenazim are the largest stream of Jewish people today, with unique customs, culture, language, and history.

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Chabad Lubavitch: The Rebbe’s Lesson From an IDF Emblem

Official homepage for worldwide Chabad-Lubavitch movement that promotes Judaism and provides daily Torah lectures and Jewish insights. Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, a movement, and an organization. Chabad is considered to be the most dynamic force in

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18 Facts About Rabbi Akiva - Chabad

Akiva started at the very beginning, learning the Hebrew alphabet alongside his son, and went on to be foremost rabbi in the post-Temple era.

Miscellaneous | Jewish Life

Jews Around the World to Complete Study of Maimonides’ Works

42nd study cycle concludes April 22, with major celebrations also taking place on Lag BaOmer

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10 Songs in Jewish History

The Midrash tells us that there are 10 songs of praise (shirot) in the history of our people, culminating with the song of the Final Redemption.

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What the 10 Plagues Teach Us About Dealing With Difficult People

Expressing anger not only hurts others but destroys the person who is expressing anger.

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How Moses Saved Egyptian Civilization

Wherever your soul has taken you, there must be something of profound value that you uncovered there.

Miscellaneous | Jewish Wisdom

In The Zechus of Moshe Rabbeinu

Later at night I got a phone call from my younger sister that lives up north in Israel. She wanted to talk to me about an incident that happened between us, which she felt she had never really asked f

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Q&A: How the Jewish Holidays Can Be a Valuable Tool for Growth

With the Season of our Freedom approaching, it’s a good time to remember that we have everything we need packed inside of us. We can leap over our hurdles and reach our goals—all we need to do is take that inner potential that G‑d gives us and expand it into all its possibilities.

Miscellaneous | Jewish Wisdom

It Took Years, and I’m Finally Proud to Be Jewish

I found out I was Jewish when a girl on my street told me I was a “dirty Jew.”

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Why Purim Isn't The Jewish Halloween

Purim tells a story of the victory of life. Halloween contains an awful lot of the opposite.

Miscellaneous | Chabad

The Tehillim App You’ve Been Waiting For!

Kehot Publication Society and Chabad.org have released a new app that makes &#8220;saying Tehillim&#8221; easier than ever.

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UNPACKED: Watch-Unsafe Spaces: When Being Jewish Means You Don’t Belong

UNPACKED: Watch-Unsafe Spaces: When Being Jewish Means You Don’t Belong Everyone knows that Israel is a tough subject, but something has been changing recently. In the past, Jewish students were openly attacked for defending Israel but now they are

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ARMED | The story behind the launch of the Rebbe’s Tefillin Campaign

A riveting and unprecedented cinematic experience, ‘Armed’ tells the fascinating story of the launch of the international tefillin campaign. Featuring newly ...

Miscellaneous | Jewish Wisdom

How Much Is G-d Involved in Our Lives?

Our journey has value—not merely as a means to a greater end, but in and of itself.

News | Abortion

Abortion Is Not a Jewish Sacrament

“Our Jewish brothers and sisters,” squad member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explained during a recent rant, “are able to have an abortion according to their faith.” Many religions...

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12 Facts About Judah Every Jew Should Know

Judah was the fourth son of Jacob and Leah. Compared to a lion, Judah was the ancestor of the royal House of David. He made mistakes and rectified them, blazing a path for others to follow.

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Antisemitism: Why the Jews?

Over the centuries, numerous “reasons” have been advanced to explain the phenomenon of Antisemitism. But perhaps there is no reason!

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What Does Jacob’s Ladder Symbolize?

Jacob’s simple ladder foreshadows the trajectory of human development.

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

The Mutating Virus: Understanding Antisemitism | Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

"The hate that begins with Jews never ends with Jews." On 27th September 2016, Rabbi Sacks delivered a keynote address entitled 'The Mutating Virus: Understa...

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Howard Epstein – GOOD DEAL OR BADDIEL?

Howard Epstein – GOOD DEAL OR BADDIEL? Call me hypersensitive if you will, but I have an visceral aversion to anyone who says (worse, writes) “f**k Israel”. It’s bad coming from a gentile, it’s delusional from a Jew and utterly bizarre in th

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My Strategy for Avoiding Drowning in Stress

When I leave the ark of my morning prayers, it’s a beautiful world—one that I can work with and add light to.

Miscellaneous | Jewish Wisdom

Battling My Eating Disorder, Day by Day - Dealing with Challenge

I have an eating disorder.The doctors call it anorexia nervosa, but I resent being put in a box with a nice little label.

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I Never Thought I’d Have My Own Sukkah - Sukkot, Hoshana Rabbah & Simchat Torah

That diffident child peering through the fence at her neighbors never dreamed that when she grew up, she would one day have the joy of sitting in her own sukkah year after year.

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14 Sukkah Facts Every Jew Should Know - Sukkot & Simchat Torah

The sukkah is the space where we spend as much time as possible during the holiday of Sukkot. Covered with organic material, it reminds us of God's kindness in generations past and in the present times.

Politics | Leftists & Antisemitism

Leftists Most Likely To See Judaism As 'Incompatible' with French Values

Those on the left are far more likely to believe that Judaism is not compatible with French values, while being the most positive about Islam.

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UNPACKED: Watch – When Did Judaism Become a Religion?

UNPACKED: Watch – When Did Judaism Become a Religion? Throughout the ages, people have debated whether Judaism is a religion, a culture, or a nationality…and where Israel fits into the mix. In fact, the Jewish experience encompasses all of these.

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In the US, some fading Reform and Conservative synagogues go Orthodox to stay afloat

Chabad Hasidic outreach programs reverse decline and bring growth to congregations through a host of programming designed to foster a more traditional community

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In the US, some fading Reform and Conservative synagogues go Orthodox to stay afloat

Chabad Hasidic outreach programs reverse decline and bring growth to congregations through a host of programming designed to foster a more traditional community

Miscellaneous | Judaism

The Not-So-Dead Sea Scrolls

How the Dead Sea Scrolls, considered by many to be the most significant archaeological discovery of the 20th century, speak to Jews in the 21st century.

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Jews Worldwide to Celebrate Mystical Spring Holiday of Lag BaOmer

Day also marks 41st annual completion of Mishneh Torah and Sefer Hamitzvot

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Passover: Who Authored the Passover Haggadah?

The Haggadah evolved over time, starting from the Second Temple period until it reached its present form.

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Shushan Purim - Why Jerusalem celebrates a day later

All cities that were walled at the time when the Israelites, under the leadership of Joshua, entered Canaan, observe Purim on the 15th. This results in the occasional unique phenomenon of a “triple” or three-day Purim.

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Thousands of Ukraine Refugees in Europe and Israel Take a Joyous Break For Purim

Late on Tuesday, Miriam Moskovitz, a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary to Kharkov, Ukraine with her husband Rabbi Moshe Moskovitz, received a text from a woman in her community and a photo of fresh-baked hamantaschen.

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Towards the End of Conservative Judaism?

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Towards the End of Conservative Judaism? Conservative Judaism in America is in deep trouble with several recent news items illustrating just how ominous the situation has become. How did it get to this position? And does it

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17 Facts About Moses Every Jew Should Know

Moses was born in Egypt during the enslavement of the Jews. His parents, Amram and Yocheved, were from the illustrious tribe of Levi.

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The Moses Connection - The Daily Dose of Jewish Wisdom

“Command” in Hebrew is tzivah, which also means “connect.”

History | History

How the Science of Racism Led to the Holocaust - The war against the divine image in man

Can the world survive on ethics devised by human reason? Well, we tried. It’s called the 20th century.

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13 Facts About Jewish Leap Years - Jewish Calendar

The Hebrew leap year ensures that the Jewish calendar remains true to the solar cycle

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Understanding After Doing - The Daily Dose of Jewish Wisdom

At Sinai, we declared, “We will do and we will understand!”

Angels descended from heaven and placed two crowns upon our heads.

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12 Women Who Impacted Torah Scholarship

Culled from the span of Jewish history, from the Talmudic era to pre-war Europe

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Women First - The Daily Dose of Wisdom

When it came time to give the Torah to the Jewish people, G‑d told Moses to speak with the women first.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Why Did G-d Smite the Firstborn? - Parshah

Our job is to find the divine sparks hidden within each person, each object and each event, and let that shine.

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UNPACKED – The Modern Shift That Divided Judaism | The Jewish Story

UNPACKED – The Modern Shift That Divided Judaism | The Jewish Story As the Age of Enlightenment spread across Europe, 18th-century Jews still faced persecution and were banned from assimilating into modern civilization. A young Jewish German philoso

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When Do Jewish Boys Begin to Wear Their Tallit? - And why do some Ashkenazim wait until after marriage?

The answer to this question really varies depending on your ancestry and/or community custom. Allow me to share some information...

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Do Jews Really Believe In Reincarnation?

Every descent of the soul into this world has a specific Divine purpose. This is the case whether it is the soul’s first descent or a subsequent reincarnation. There are many aspects of gilgul haneshamot—reincarnation of the soul—that are complex and intricate beyond the scope of this response. However, to understand the general purpose for reincarnation, we can look to the three reasons outlined by Rabbi Yeshaya HaLevi Horowitz, as provided by the Kabbalists, in his classic work Shnei Luchot HaBrit (Shaloh).1

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UNPACKED – The Origins of Hasidic Judaism: The Ba’al Shem Tov

UNPACKED – The Origins of Hasidic Judaism: The Ba’al Shem Tov In the aftermath of historical events that impacted Jews of Eastern Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, two groups rose up that inspired generations of Jews to revolutionize the

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z”l – 8 Short Thoughts on Hanukkah

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z”l – 8 Short Thoughts on Hanukkah H/T Aish.com 1. Inspired by faith, we can change the world Twenty-two centuries ago, when Israel was under the rule of the empire of Alexander the Great, one particular leader, Antiochus

Miscellaneous | Chanukah

Were the Maccabees Wrong to Fight? - Chanukah

When we kindle our Chanukah candles each year, the light that glows is the spirit of faith and determination of the Maccabees.

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UNPACKED – Watch Why So Many Jewish Teens Study This Ancient Music Notation

UNPACKED – Watch Why So Many Jewish Teens Study This Ancient Music Notation   Ta’amei Hamikra, or as it’s called in Yiddish, “trope,” is a millennia-old system of music symbols that determines how each word in the Torah is recited. Alth

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RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT VAYISHLACH:RESTORING THE BROTHERLY LOVE OF YAAKOV AND ESAU

RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT VAYISHLACH:RESTORING THE BROTHERLY LOVE OF YAAKOV AND ESAU “וַיִּשְׁלַ֨ח יַעֲקֹ֤ב מַלְאָכִים֙ לְפָנָ֔יו אֶל־עֵשָׂ֖ו אָחִ֑יו אַ֥רְצָה שֵׂעִ֖יר שְׂדֵ֥ה א

Miscellaneous | Jewish Wisdom

Jewish Wisdom: Mothering Teens Is Harder Than I Thought - Vayishlach

On the one hand,
I saw myself traveling, working long hours, being busy with a busy career; on
the other hand, I always had this desire to be a mommy.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Judaism: Why Is the Contemporary Prayer Book So Long?

During the days of the First Temple, no formal prayer was needed.

News | Jewish Community

An American Rapper and a Soviet Child: Parallel Journeys of Return

My childhood could not have been more different from that of Nissim Black.

Miscellaneous | Chanukah

Chabad: Chanukah Basics

The Chanukah story, Chanukah observances, Chanukah FAQs and the menorah lighting procedure in succinct form -- with a plethora of links that lead to the unabridged version...

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Uncertainty, Unknowability, and Free Will in Kabbalah and Quantum Mechanics - Torah & Science

Developments in the physical and biological sciences over the last two millennia have, in the minds of many, challenged the belief systems of the major Western religions. Consequently, many Jews and others longing to understand the nature of reality and the meaning of human existence have been lured away from their faiths in a quest for more ‘objective’ truths.

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Learning From Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks - Jewish Life

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, who passed away on Shabbat, 20 Cheshvan, 5781, was an international religious leader, philosopher, and respected moral voice. The author of over 30 books, he served as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013 and took his seat in the House of Lords in October 2009.

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UNPACKED – How The Protestant Reformation Affected Jews

UNPACKED – How The Protestant Reformation Affected Jews In the early 16th century, life for the Jews remained unstable as they faced violence perpetrated by the Catholic church. After years of devotion, Martin Luther sparked one of the largest revol

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UNPACKED: Maimonides: The Philosopher Rabbi – The Jewish Story

UNPACKED: Maimonides: The Philosopher Rabbi – The Jewish Story Every day, tens of thousands of students study the Mishneh Torah, The Guide for the Perplexed, and dozens of medical works written by Rambam, also known as Maimonides, one of the most fa

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UNPACKED: How a 500 Year Old Book Shaped Jewish Practice | The Jewish Story

UNPACKED: How a 500 Year Old Book Shaped Jewish Practice | The Jewish Story At the dawn of the 16th century, both Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews relied on oral traditions of Jewish law – Halakha. Both groups passed down their own unique customs. Howeve

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Anti-Semitic Attacks in 2020 Outnumbered Attacks Against Muslims, Asians, Transgender People Combined

More American Jews suffered hate crime attacks in 2020 than Asians, Muslims, and transgender people combined, according to FBI crime tracking data.

Miscellaneous | Jewish Wisdom

How a Rock Song Started Me on My Journey

thank the Byrds for their introduction to a lesson in Kohelet, Ecclesiastes.

Miscellaneous | Sukkot

10 Tips for an Amazing Sukkot @ Home - Sukkot & Simchat Torah

You can create an over-the-top joyous Sukkot at home, one to
remember fondly long after the pandemic has been relegated to the dusty annals
of history.

Miscellaneous | Sukkot

How to Build a Sukkah - The basics of building a sukkah and living inside it - Sukkot & Simchat Torah

This sukkah guide will lead you through the fun mitzvah of building and dwelling in a sukkah—from the permitted and required components in its structure, to the basic rules of living in the sukkah.

Miscellaneous | The High Holidays

14 Tips for an Amazing Yom Kippur at Home - High Holidays

Many of us will be celebrating Yom Kippur alone. Here are our pro tips to making your at-home Yom Kippur meaningful and memorable.

Miscellaneous | Jewish Wisdom

Criticized by Family Members for Becoming Religious

They think that the laws are stupid and separate me from them. And sometimes, I think that they’re right! I feel so alone and it makes me question the journey that I am on.

Miscellaneous | The High Holidays

Why Is Rosh Hashanah Before Yom Kippur? - Is it possible we've gotten these holidays all wrong?

Maybe we’ve got everything 100% wrong. Because if we’re thinking the holidays are backward, it’s likely we’ve got their meanings backward.

Miscellaneous | Chabad

A Short History of Bringing Shofar to the Streets

The first mitzvah campaign to bring Judaism to the individual, wherever he or she was