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The Shechinah in Exile

A Classic Repost in honor of Tisha B’Av: The concept of a compassionate and personal G-d is not foreign to Rabbinic thought. One particularly interesting example is the concept of “the Shechinah in Exile.” According to the Tanya[1] (quoting the … Continue reading

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Esther the Superhero

In honor of Purim … a Classic Reprint from Monique! What little girl doesn’t want to wear a Queen Esther costume for Purim? She’s the paragon of our every dream – the beauty of all Jewish beauties, the savior of … Continue reading

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Sukkot: A Festival of Joy, Gladness and Redemption

The festival of Sukkot begins tonight, Wednesday, October 4th. Sukkot is one of the most joyous occasions on the Jewish calendar. It is deeply connected to the earlier High Holidays of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, and is the culmination … Continue reading

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Kol Nidrei: Tensions and Paradoxes of Yom Kippur

“All vows, obligations, oaths, and anathemas, whether called ‘ḳonam,’ ‘ḳonas,’ or by any other name, which we may vow, or swear, or pledge, or whereby we may be bound, from this Day of Atonement until the next (whose happy coming … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur: Life, Death and Proper Protocol

Tonight begins Yom Kippur – the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Traditionally, Leviticus 16, which deals with the proper protocol for the High Priest during the special Yom Kippur service, is read in the synagogue on the morning of … Continue reading

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Hanukkah: A Festival of Dedication

Tonight (Sunday, Dec. 6th) is the beginning of Hanukkah. The word Hanukkah means “dedication” in Hebrew, and recalls the triumphant events of the Maccabees and the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem following its desecration by the forces of Antiochus and the Syrian-Greeks in … Continue reading

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Course Announcement: Genocide, Jews and Justice

Monique Brumbach will be teaching a special six-week Foundation Course for the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute, titled: Genocide, Jews and Justice.  The course will examine select human rights abuses in modern times, and explore our mandate to serve as a … Continue reading

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A Divine Encounter

  Shabbat Sukkot This Shabbat falls during the festival of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles). As such, we drift away from the normal weekly Torah reading cycle and read passages specifically for the holiday. Tomorrow’s special readings (Exodus 33:12-34:26 and … Continue reading

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Special Course Announcement – The Early Rabbis

The Early Rabbis: Mishnah, Midrash and Mysticism It’s not too late to still register for a special 6-week course on The Early Rabbis: Mishnah, Midrash and Mysticism, taught by Rabbi Joshua Brumbach. The course is offered through as special partnership with 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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