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Harry’s Video Blog – Philly Special – Parshat Terumah 5778

February 15th, 2018|Comments Off on Harry’s Video Blog – Philly Special – Parshat Terumah 5778

Harry Rothenberg explains that this week, the phrase "On the Wings of Eagles..." can only be referring to a team in Philadelphia. View this video [...]

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The Whole Picture — A story may have many sides

February 12th, 2018|Comments Off on The Whole Picture — A story may have many sides

Question: Hi Rabbi. I heard that Judaism teaches to judge others favorably, which to me sounds similar to not really judging them at all. What [...]

Judaism is About People and About G-d

February 12th, 2018|Comments Off on Judaism is About People and About G-d

The Ten Commandments were inscribed on two tablets. On the first tablet were five statements about the relationship between a person and his or her [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Two Equal Parts of the Torah – G-d and People – Parshat Terumah 5778

February 12th, 2018|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Two Equal Parts of the Torah – G-d and People – Parshat Terumah 5778

The relationship between man and his fellow man is equivalent to the relationship of G-d and His people. View this video directly on Vimeo.

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Moving to Israel – Factors to Consider

February 5th, 2018|Comments Off on Moving to Israel – Factors to Consider

Question: Dear Rabbi, I plan to graduate from university this year and am considering my options for the future. Specifically, I’m thinking about going to [...]

Israel and the Divine Presence

February 5th, 2018|Comments Off on Israel and the Divine Presence

I would like to continue the theme that we started on Tu Bishvat and discuss a few more ideas about the Land of Israel.  Our [...]

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New Generation of Leaders – Brownstone Signature Event 2018

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Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – The Super Bowl and Spirituality – Parshat Mishpatim 5778

February 5th, 2018|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – The Super Bowl and Spirituality – Parshat Mishpatim 5778

On the eve of the Super Bowl, Rabbi Becher details his own experience at an "American Football" game, and gives a possible explanation about why [...]

Harry’s Video Blog – The Storyteller – Parshat Yitro 5778

January 31st, 2018|Comments Off on Harry’s Video Blog – The Storyteller – Parshat Yitro 5778

After giving his son a Mazel Tov on the bris of his newborn son, Harry Rothenberg asks "Who was the first Jew to tell his [...]

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Huffing and Puffing at Candles

January 30th, 2018|Comments Off on Huffing and Puffing at Candles

Question: I was at a birthday party recently and the hostess insisted that the birthday boy not blow out the candles. Instead, she put them [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Do Not Touch The Edge of the Mountain! – Parshat Yitro 5778

January 29th, 2018|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Do Not Touch The Edge of the Mountain! – Parshat Yitro 5778

Rabbi Becher says if you want to learn Torah, you have to be prepared to give it your all. View this video directly on Vimeo.

The Mitzvah of Knowing Truth

January 29th, 2018|Comments Off on The Mitzvah of Knowing Truth

There is a popular misconception that “Judaism is not a religion of dogma” and that it makes no demands on belief.  However, it is clear [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Change Yourself! – Parshat Beshalach 5778

January 22nd, 2018|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Change Yourself! – Parshat Beshalach 5778

Rabbi Becher explains that G-d does not want to change us; He wants us to change ourselves. View this video directly on Vimeo.

Agricultural Ethics

January 22nd, 2018|Comments Off on Agricultural Ethics

Agricultural Ethics (Excerpt from Mordechai Becher’s book, Gateway to Judaism) Since the 15th of the month of Shevat is approaching, TuBishvat, the New Year of [...]

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Taking Stock on Tu B’Shevat – 2018

January 22nd, 2018|Comments Off on Taking Stock on Tu B’Shevat – 2018

Question: I heard there’s a Jewish holiday called "Tu B'Shevat”, also known as “The New Year for the Trees." When is it this year, and [...]

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Tithing of Money

January 15th, 2018|Comments Off on Tithing of Money

Question: Is tithing of money (10 percent) still valid today? AskTheRabbi.org answered: Yes. Charity is a commandment that is incumbent on everyone and it teaches [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – G-d Gives Snow Like Wool- Parshat Bo 5778

January 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – G-d Gives Snow Like Wool- Parshat Bo 5778

After literally being inundated with snow, Rabbi Becher gives three explanations to a verse from Psalms written by King David about snow. View this video [...]

The Shechinah Is Here

January 14th, 2018|Comments Off on The Shechinah Is Here

I just returned to the USA from a wonderful visit to Israel.  Of course, one of the first places I visited was the Western Wall, [...]

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Pharaoh and the Plague Paradox

January 9th, 2018|Comments Off on Pharaoh and the Plague Paradox

Question: This week we read that there were plagues in Egypt because Pharaoh didn’t agree to Moses’ request to free the Israelite slaves from Egypt. [...]

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