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Harry’s Video Blog – Can You Hear the Screams? – Parshat Noach 5778

October 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Harry’s Video Blog – Can You Hear the Screams? – Parshat Noach 5778

Noach follows G-d's precise instructions to build the ark. Harry Rothenberg wonders how praiseworthy was that? View this video directly on VIMEO

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This Land is God’s Land, This Land is Our Land

October 17th, 2017|Comments Off on This Land is God’s Land, This Land is Our Land

Question: Since the Torah is a special covenant between God and Jewish People, why does it begin with “In the beginning…” instead of the first [...]

Fall and Winter

October 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Fall and Winter

I am here in New Jersey, getting colder and being more windblown as fall is in full fling and winter approaches. Winter gets very bad [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Floods, Hurricanes and Appreciation – Parshat Noach 5778

October 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Floods, Hurricanes and Appreciation – Parshat Noach 5778

We have just experienced storms and floods in many parts of the nation. Rabbi Becher explains how we have to have appreciation even when we [...]

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Dancing in the Streets

October 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Dancing in the Streets

Question: Why is the holiday of Simchat Torah so happy? AskTheRabbi.org answered: The reading of the Torah is both completed and begun again on Shemini [...]

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

October 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

Shemini Atzeret The fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Festival of Sukkot, a seven-day period for God.  The first day shall be a [...]

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New Generation of Leaders – Brownstone Signature Event

February 4th, 2017|Comments Off on New Generation of Leaders – Brownstone Signature Event

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Adopt-A-Brick: Building Jewish Unity, Community and Leadership

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Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – What is it all about – Shemini Atzeret 5778

October 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – What is it all about – Shemini Atzeret 5778

Rabbi Becher explains the often misunderstood holiday of Shemini Atzeret. View this video directly on Vimeo.

Harry’s Video Blog – Care To Step Outside? – Sukkot 5778

October 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Harry’s Video Blog – Care To Step Outside? – Sukkot 5778

Harry Rothenberg asks why does Sukkot takes place right after Yom Kippur. View this video directly on VIMEO

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A “Five-Star” Succah

October 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on A “Five-Star” Succah

Question: Should dwelling in a Succah booth be a comfortable experience or a rough and tumble “camping out” experience? AskTheRabbi.org answered: A little bit of [...]

Symbolism and Rationale of Sukkot

October 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Symbolism and Rationale of Sukkot

Five days after the solemnity and intensity of Yom Kippur, Sukkot, the festival of joy and happiness, begins. The Torah describes the festival as follows: [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – The Significance of a Flimsy Roof – Sukkot 5778

October 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – The Significance of a Flimsy Roof – Sukkot 5778

What is the idea behind having a pathetic, flimsy roof on our Sukkahs? View this video directly on Vimeo.

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – What is the purpose of Confession? – Yom Kippur 5778

September 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – What is the purpose of Confession? – Yom Kippur 5778

We confess our sins in various forms ten times during Yom Kippur. What is he purpose of this? View this video directly on Vimeo.

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Food for Thought

September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Food for Thought

Question: What is the purpose of fasting on Yom Kippur? AskTheRabbi.org answered: Fasting is a way of ignoring our physical needs and focusing entirely on [...]

Harry’s Video Blog – Mind The Gap – Yom Kippur 5778

September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Harry’s Video Blog – Mind The Gap – Yom Kippur 5778

Harry Rothenberg advises us to count our blessings before the Day of Atonement View this video directly on VIMEO

Fasting on Yom Kippur

September 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Fasting on Yom Kippur

One of the best-known features of Yom Kippur -- sometimes the only thing people know about this day -- is the fact that we are [...]

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Rosh Hashana Resolutions

September 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Rosh Hashana Resolutions

Question: Does Rosh Hashana share any similarities with the Jan. 1st New Year’s Day holiday? Is it a time for making “New Year’s Resolutions”? AskTheRabbi.org [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Returning, but to Where? – Rosh Hashanah 5778

September 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Returning, but to Where? – Rosh Hashanah 5778

What is the meaning of teshuvah? To where are we returning? View this video directly on Vimeo.

A Brief History of Time

September 17th, 2017|Comments Off on A Brief History of Time

According to Jewish tradition, before God created the first human being, a debate took place in the heavenly court.  When the Holy One blessed Be [...]