The Shema – Hebrew Reading Practice

וְאָהַבְתָּ אֵת יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ בְּכָל־לְבָבְךָ וּבְכָל־נַפְשְׁךָ וּבְכָל־מְאֹדֶךָ׃ וְהָיוּ הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם עַל־לְבָבֶךָ׃ וְשִׁנַּנְתָּם לְבָנֶיךָ וְדִבַּרְתָּ בָּם בְּשִׁבְתְּךָ בְּבֵיתֶךָ וּבְלֶכְתְּךָ בַדֶּרֶךְ וּבְשָׁכְבְּךָ וּבְקוּמֶךָ׃ וּקְשַׁרְתָּם לְאוֹת עַל־יָדֶךָ וְהָיוּ לְטֹטָפֹת בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ׃ וּכְתַבְתָּם עַל־מְזוּזֹת בֵּיתֶךָ וּבִשְׁעָרֶיךָ׃ You shall love the L-rd your G‑d with all your heart, with all your soul, and

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#2 Shabbat – Mishkan and Shabbat

By Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch Parashat Ki Tisa begins with the final instructions for building the Mishkan, the Tabernacle – the temporary temple that accompanied the Jewish nation through its journeys in the desert. The instructions were given to Moses when he was on Mount Sinai and received the laws of the Torah from God. The

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#1 Shabbat – The Nature of Shabbat

Origins in the Torah The etiology of Shabbat is given in the first two chapters of the Book of Bereishit (Genesis), although the name of the day does not actually appear there: God worked six days at creating the world on the seventh he ceased working (shavat mi-kol melaʾkhto), blessed the day, and declared it holy.

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PARSHAT TAZRIA

By Rav Reuven Tradburks The next 2 parshiot, Tazria and Metzora are challenging.  Their theme is simple: entry to the Mikdash is restricted for those who are Tamei.  There are a number of situations that render a person Tamei.  The removal of the Tuma status allows re-entry to the Mikdash. 

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PARSHAT SHEMINI

By Rabbi Reuven Tradburks 1st Aliya (Vayikra 9:1-16) On the eighth day of the inauguration of Aharon and the Cohanim, Moshe gathers the people.  He instructs Aharon to offer a chatat and an olah.  The people are also to bring a chatat, olah, shlamim and mincha.  For today, G-d will appear. 

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THE HALACHIC GUIDE TO KIDDUSH

One of the most beautiful scenes in Yiddishkeit is the family gathered around the table for Kiddush,  a special moment for which we wait all week.  On Yom Tov, the beautiful melody1 ushers in each of the Shalosh Regalim with much excitement. Although we are quite familiar with how to recite Kiddush, it is important to review the halachos related

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Mordechai Would Neither Kneel Nor Bow

The late Rabbi Lord [Sir] Jonathan Sacks used to tell a joke about when he visited Buckingham Palace to receive his knighthood. British protocol dictated that he should bend one knee when the Queen taps each shoulder with a ceremonial sword, and says “arise, Sir Jonathan.” Since Torah protocol forbids

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Honor God by Honoring His Image

I don’t divide the laws of God between those that are between man and God and those that are between man and man. To me there are laws that are between man and God, and then there are laws that are between man and the image of God. – Rabbi

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How to Celebrate Purim

The Purim Story in a Nutshell The Persian empire of the 4th century BCE extended over 127 lands, and all the Jews were its subjects. When King Ahasuerus had his wife, Queen Vashti, executed for failing to follow his orders, he orchestrated a beauty pageant to find a new queen. A Jewish girl, Esther,

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PARSHAT TZAV

1st aliya (Vayikra 6:1-11) Instructions are given to the Cohanim: while the offerings must be done during the day, the burning of the fats and limbs continue all night.  In the morning the Cohen shall take some of the ashes from the altar and place them at the side.  This pile

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