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 [...]
Rabbi Becher enjoys the blizzard and shares some Jewish thoughts about snow. View this video directly on Vimeo.
We are just on the brink of experiencing a massive winter snow storm here in New Jersey. As I write this we are expecting between one and two feet of snow to fall tomorrow. Personally, I don’t like winter, and I don’t enjoy the snow, however, from a Jewish perspective, winter isn't really so bad. [...]
Purim is a strange festival with a major theme of concealment and lack of clarity. How does this represent the non-miraculous nature of the Purim miracle? And, what does Purim tell us about Jewish survival? View this video directly on Vimeo.
We will be celebrating the festival of Purim very soon, so I would like to give you an overview of the history, background and significance of this festival. The Purim story begins about 900 years after the Exodus from Egypt. The Jews had been living in Israel continually, since they first entered with Joshua. For [...]
I have recently been teaching some ideas from two great Rabbis of Prague, the Maharal and Rabbi Yechezkel Landau (Noda BiYehudah). Prague was an extraordinary center of the Jewish community and Jewish learning. In Prague, the Altneu Shul, has been the main Synagogue of Prague and has hosted services almost continuously since about the 14th [...]
When the month of Adar begins, one should increase one's happiness. Rabbi Mordechai Becher asks where is the happiness instruction manual? View this video directly on Vimeo.