We will be celebrating the State of Israel’s 69th Independence Day very soon (May 2nd), an occasion for gratitude to G-d and also to the people who sacrificed so much to create a homeland and a Jewish state for the first time in over 2000 years. However, this upcoming event raised a question in my [...]
Rabbi Mordechai Becher suggests having an attitude of gratitude in all of life's experiences - even if you have an allergy attack due to spring flowers, or your grandson spills his sweet potato all over your freshly cleaned suit. View this video directly on Vimeo.
Rabbi Becher wonders why does G-d introduce Himself to the Jewish people as "G-d Who took you out of Egypt" and not as "G-d Who created the universe"? Surely creation of everything, space, time and matter is more impressive than taking one group of people out of Egypt? View this video directly on Vimeo.
Soon, at the Seder, we will be sitting and reading, learning, teaching and questioning the Haggadah – the story of Pesach and the Exodus which we are obligated to review, to investigate, and to convey to our children and grandchildren on the night of Pesach. It is fascinating to note that there is something fundamental [...]
Rabbi Becher asks why are most of the major aspects of service in the Holy Temple specifically during the day? What is wrong with nightime? View this video directly on Vimeo.
Generally, we classify the commandments of the Torah into commandments that pertain to our relationship with G-d and commandments that pertain to our relationship with other people. There are some who had a third category, the commandments that govern the relationship between body and soul, in other relationship with the self. Generally, when we think [...]
Rabbi Mordechai Becher explains the meaning of a "Yahrzeit" - on the anniversary of the passing of his father, of blessed memory. View this video directly on Vimeo.
As we are no preparing for Passover, of course, we begin to think about the exile in Egypt and about exile in general. When one becomes familiar with the Torah and with Judaism, one will observe that exile features frequently in the Torah. Adam and Eve are exiled from the Garden of Eden, Cain is [...]
Rabbi Mordechai Becher explains why does night precede day in the Jewish Calendar. View this video directly on Vimeo.
Daylight saving time has recently begun here in the USA. So it has got me thinking about day and night and their significance in Jewish thought. We know that in secular law, the calendar day starts and ends at midnight, however, in Jewish tradition the day starts the evening beforehand. So for example, Shabbat, starts [...]