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The Mitzvah to Give

The Biblical sources related to the commandment of tzedakah (charity) are found in this week’s Parsha, BeHar, in the section discussing the laws of the Sabbatical Year. The Torah states that any personal loans still outstanding at the end of this year are automatically cancelled. Nevertheless, God orders the people not to withhold loans close to the Sabbatical Year, but to lend the poor what they need.  The fundamental principles ...

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Gateways Pesach 2022 Recap Video

Experience the sights and sounds of Gateways Pesach 2022 in this short video which captures the essence of our Pesach program at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, Phoenix, Arizona. We invite you to be join us for Gateways Pesach 2023! Visit the Gateways Pesach Website for more information. View the Gateways Pesach 2022 Image Gallery

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Lag B’Omer 2022 – The 33rd Day of the Omer

Two significant events occurred on Lag B’Omer (This year beginning at sundown on Wednesday, May 18, 2022), and though separated by many years, they both contribute to its special status. On the thirty third day of the counting of the Omer, Rabbi Akivah’s students stopped dying. Because the epidemic lasted thirty three days, the common custom is to observe thirty three days of mourning in the Omer period, ending on ...

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Is Independence Good?

We will be celebrating the State of Israel’s 74th Independence Day very soon (May 3rd), an occasion for gratitude to G-d and also to the people who sacrificed so much to create a homeland and a Jewish state for the first time in over 2000 years. However, this upcoming event raised a question in my mind, “Is independence a Jewish value?”  It struck me that there are (at least) a ...

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