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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 [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Responsibility – For Another Jew – Parshat Nitzavim/Vayeilech 5777

September 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Responsibility – For Another Jew – Parshat Nitzavim/Vayeilech 5777

Every Jew is responsible for one another and that is what makes us a nation. View this video directly on Vimeo.

Is Repentance a Commandment?

September 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Is Repentance a Commandment?

“For this mitzvah is not far from you; it is not in heaven that you shall say ‘Who will ascend for us to the heavens...’” [...]

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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 […]

Building a Global Jewish Community in NYC

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

Every day, the Brownstone is home to young Jews who seek meaningful ways to become involved in Jewish life. Whether […]

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

May 27th, 2015|Comments Off on Adopt-A-Brick: Building Jewish Unity, Community and Leadership

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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Milk and Meat — and Chicken and Fish

September 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Milk and Meat — and Chicken and Fish

Question: My question concerns food, since I am a chef. And so far, no rabbi was able to explain this to me to my satisfaction. [...]

Harry’s Video Blog – The Aramean – Parshat Ki Tavo 5777

September 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Harry’s Video Blog – The Aramean – Parshat Ki Tavo 5777

Who is the Aramean who "destroyed" our father? Find out with Harry Rothenberg! View this video directly on VIMEO

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The Fish and the Flood

September 6th, 2017|Comments Off on The Fish and the Flood

Question: Hi Rabbi. With all the current news of the tragic flooding in Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey, it reminds me of the [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Don’t Move The Borders! – Parshat Ki Tavo 5777

September 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Don’t Move The Borders! – Parshat Ki Tavo 5777

While the verse simply reads "Do not move the borders...", Rabbi Mordechai Becher brings several different explanations that show how each person should recognize his [...]

Hope and Optimism

September 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Hope and Optimism

It is customary to add a Psalm to our prayers during the month preceding Rosh Hashanah.  The Psalm is Chapter 27 and is one of [...]

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Was I Really “Born This Way”?

August 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Was I Really “Born This Way”?

Question: Hi Rabbi, I have a big question. A class I went to taught me that a major purpose of my life is to “work [...]

Harry’s Video Blog – Signature Move – Parshat Ki Teitzei 5777

August 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Harry’s Video Blog – Signature Move – Parshat Ki Teitzei 5777

Harry Rothenberg challenges you to define your own signature move! View this video directly on VIMEO

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Elul: Preparing for the High Holidays – Parshat Ki Teitzei 5777

August 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Elul: Preparing for the High Holidays – Parshat Ki Teitzei 5777

Rabbi Mordechai Becher shows us how to use the month of Elul to prepare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. You'll also get a rare [...]

The Month of Elul – Preparing for the High Holidays

August 28th, 2017|Comments Off on The Month of Elul – Preparing for the High Holidays

We have just entered the month of Ellul, the month during which we prepare for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.  One of preparations is the [...]

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Peyot (but not Peyote)

August 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Peyot (but not Peyote)

Question: I've heard that the longish curls which Orthodox Jewish men wear are called "Peyot". Why do they have them, why are they called peyot, [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Jewish Geography – Parshat Shoftim 5777

August 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Jewish Geography – Parshat Shoftim 5777

Rabbi Mordchai Becher scores big while playing "Jewish Geography" in Sicily and Italy. View this video directly on Vimeo.

Preparing for the High Holidays

August 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Preparing for the High Holidays

We are beginning the month of Ellul this week, which is the month during which we prepare for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.  One of [...]