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Why Do Non-Kosher Animals Exist?

June 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Why Do Non-Kosher Animals Exist?

Question: I’ve heard reasons why we keep kosher, and therefore understand why kosher animals were created. But I have no idea how to explain to [...]

Harry’s Video Blog – Family Ties – Parshat Korach 5777

June 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Harry’s Video Blog – Family Ties – Parshat Korach 5777

Harry Rothenberg wonders what was the real nature of Jacob's prayer concerning Korach. View this video directly on VIMEO

The Prophecy of Moses

June 18th, 2017|Comments Off on The Prophecy of Moses

  In this week’s Torah portion, Korach, the Torah relates the story of the rebellion of Korach against the leadership of Moses and Aaron.  I [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Agent=Jew – Parshat Korach 5777

June 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Agent=Jew – Parshat Korach 5777

Rabbi Mordchai Becher explains how this parsha is the source for the concept of "agency" in Jewish law. View this video directly on Vimeo.

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Eating, Blessing and Giving Charity

June 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Eating, Blessing and Giving Charity

Question: Hi Rabbi, I’ve started saying “Birkat Hamazon” (Grace after Meals) after eating. I enjoy saying and singing it almost as much as I enjoy [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – A Brief History of Espionage – Parshat Shelach 5777

June 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – A Brief History of Espionage – Parshat Shelach 5777

Rabbi Mordchai Becher gives us a brief history of Jewish espionage from the Torah to the Mossad. View this video directly on Vimeo.

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New Generation of Leaders – Brownstone Signature Event

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

Join us on February 22, 2017 for the New Generation of Leaders – Brownstone Signature Event. The event supports The Brownstone […]

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October 22nd, 2015|Comments Off on Building a Global Jewish Community in NYC

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

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The Brownstone Experience’s New Adopt-A-Brick Campaign will help meet its demand for greater learning initiatives to serve the 50,000 […]

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Is The Torah Green?

June 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Is The Torah Green?

With the recent withdrawal of the USA from the Paris Climate Change Accords, people have been asking me what is the Jewish attitude towards global [...]

Harry’s Video Blog – Kind of a Big Deal – Parshat Beha’alotcha 5777

June 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Harry’s Video Blog – Kind of a Big Deal – Parshat Beha’alotcha 5777

Once a year we get a chance to wipe the slate clean when we reaccept the Torah. View this video directly on VIMEO  

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – The Eternal Menorah – Parshat Beha’alotcha 5777

June 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – The Eternal Menorah – Parshat Beha’alotcha 5777

Rabbi Mordchai Becher wonders why the Menorah is such an enduring symbol of Judaism. View this video directly on Vimeo.

Mow The Lawn

June 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Mow The Lawn

Now that Memorial Day has passed and it is officially “summer” I feel obligated to mow the lawn so that my grandson can actually play [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Choosing to be Jewish – Shavuot 5777

May 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Choosing to be Jewish – Shavuot 5777

Rabbi Mordchai Becher notes that during Shavuot we read Megillat Rut, which tells the story of the convert Rut. Perhaps even people born Jewish should [...]

The Revelation at Mount Sinai

May 28th, 2017|Comments Off on The Revelation at Mount Sinai

The revelation and giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai was an overwhelming experience for the Jewish people. The Torah describes in great detail how [...]

Harry’s Video Blog – Commander in Chief – Shavuot 5777

May 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Harry’s Video Blog – Commander in Chief – Shavuot 5777

Once a year we get a chance to wipe the slate clean when we reaccept the Torah. View this video directly on VIMEO  

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Unity – the Gateway to Judaism

May 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Unity – the Gateway to Judaism

Question: Why was the Torah given to us on Shavuot and not right after leaving Egypt or some other day of the year? Thank you. [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – In The Desert – Parshat Bamidbar 5777

May 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – In The Desert – Parshat Bamidbar 5777

Rabbi Mordchai Becher wonder what did the Jews do in the desert for 40 years?. View this video directly on Vimeo.

Jerusalem Day

May 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Jerusalem Day

Wednesday, June 24th, is the Hebrew date of the 28th of the month of Iyar.  This day is a significant day for the Jewish people [...]

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Jerusalem’s Golden Anniversary

May 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Jerusalem’s Golden Anniversary

Question: What is "Jerusalem Day" all about, when is it, how is it celebrated and what is it called in Hebrew? Thanks. AskTheRabbi.org answered: Jerusalem [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Lag B’Omer 5777

May 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Lag B’Omer 5777

Rabbi Mordchai Becher examines the reasons behind various customs of Lag B'Omer. View this video directly on Vimeo.