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Tisha B’Av: A Reenactment of Tragedy, a Glimpse of Hope

Tisha B’Av Saturday night and Sunday is Tisha B’Av (the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av). The day itself can be summed up in one word: Tragedy. On this day we remember many of the most tragic events in … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day: Giving Honor Where it’s Due

Today we recognizes moms … Mother’s Day is obviously a day set aside to recognize and honor those who gave birth to us, nourished us, guided us, loved us, wiped our noses, and rubbed our backs when we were sick … Continue reading

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Sukkot and Heavenly Ascent

Revelation 7:9-17 Sukkot is a joyous holiday packed with prophetic significance.  Our tradition teaches us that a time will come when all people will come up to Jerusalem to worship HaShem on Sukkot.  This is the climactic message of the … Continue reading

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Awaken Your Soul: “The Cry of the Shofar”

“In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For it shall be for you a day for blowing the shofar. (Numbers 29:1)” This Wednesday night, … Continue reading

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Shavuot and the Book of Ruth

Saturday night, June 11th, begins the festival of Shavuot, also known as Pentecost. In Biblical times, Shavuot was the celebratory conclusion of the Barley harvest, which began during Passover, and the harvest of the wheat. That is why this harvest festival … Continue reading

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From Slavery to Freedom

Shabbat Pesach Then He said to me, “Human being! These bones are the whole house of Israel; and they are saying, ‘Our bones have dried up, our hope is gone, and we are completely cut off.’ Therefore prophesy…then you will … Continue reading

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The Nine Days

Today begins a period of mourning within Judaism called the “Nine Days” – beginning with the first of Av and culminating on the 9th of Av with the fast day known as Tisha B’Av. These nine days are part of … Continue reading

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17th of Tammuz and the “Three Weeks”

Today is the 17th of Tammuz, a minor fast day within the Jewish community. The fast is observed from sun-up today until sundown tonight. The 17th of Tammuz marks the first breech of the walls of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 … Continue reading

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Shavuot: A jewel worth dusting off

Apart from Orthodoxy and more traditional forms of Judaism, Shavuot is one of the least observed holidays within the wider Jewish community. For far too many Jews today, Torah is no longer at the core of our existence. Many of us have … Continue reading

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Preparing for Shavuot

Parashat Emor We are currently in the last few weeks of counting the omer. The ‘omer’ is a measure of grain, but according to the Torah, it also the measure we use to count the days between Passover and Shavuot. … Continue reading

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