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Avoiding Danger During the Three Weeks

The three weeks between the seventeenth of Tammuz and Tish’a b’Av, between the anniversary of the breach of the wall of Yerushalayim and...

Shivah Asar B’Tammuz – Start of the Three Week Mourning Period

The fast of the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, known as Shivah Asar B’Tammuz, is the start of a three-week mourning...

Rays of Light Amid Loss: A Torah in Memory of Seven Children Killed in New York Fire

Encourage joy, urges Gabriel Sassoon, a father who has lost so much; learn Torah and live by it It was a bittersweet event,...

A Study in Pirkei Avos – Chapter 2, Mishna 2 (b)

Torah Study vs. Earning A Livelihood, Part II "Rabban Gamliel the son of Rabbi Yehuda the Prince said, good is Torah study together...

Torah-Study Program Changing Jewish Life in the Former Soviet Union

Adult study to expand after $1.3 million online matching grant challenge is met It’s evening in synagogue, and 16 Jewish men sit studying...

Kollel Ayshel Avraham Holds 7th Chag HaSemicha

A palpable electricity filled the air on Sunday morning, June 7th, as over 200 people gathered for the 7th Chag HaSmicha of the...

A Study in Pirkei Avos – Chapter 2, Mishna 2(a)

Torah Study vs. Earning a Livelihood, Part I "Rabban Gamliel the son of Rabbi Yehuda the Prince said: Good is Torah study together...

Pirkei Avos – Diversity in Judaism – Chapter 2, Mishna 1(b)

"Rabbi said: What is the proper path a person should choose for himself? Whatever brings glory to himself , and grants him...

Visiting the Sick – How to do it Right

How to do it right. When the Bluzhover Rav was ill, one of his students wanted to come see him. “I want to...

A Study of Pirkei Avos – Chapter 1, Mishna 1 (a)

"Moses received the Torah from Sinai and transmitted it Joshua. Joshua transmitted it to the Elders, the Elders to the Prophets, and the...

The Value of Life

Would you be willing to murder one innocent person if it would guarantee the cure for cancer? What if that one innocent person were...

The Book of Ruth – A Mystery Unraveled – Part 2

She was a Moabite princess who converted to Judaism in the 10th century BCE, but what does her story have to do with...

ABCs of Shavuot

Celebrating our receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai. It is ironic that Shavuot is such a little-known holiday, given that it commemorates the...

The Book of Ruth – A Mystery Unraveled – Part 1

She was a Moabite princess who converted to Judaism in the 10th century BCE, but what does her story have to do with...

And You Should Tell Your Children – Parshat Vayigash

For Hanukah this year I received two memorable gifts. The first was an unusual dreidel created using a 3D printer. For those unfamiliar, 3D...

ABC’s of Bar/Bat Mitzvah – Part II

A 7-point guide to the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony (continued from last week) 5) Tefillin Upon reaching age 13, a boy begins the obligation to...

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