Night and Day

In Jewish tradition every day starts in the evening. So for example, the Sabbath, Shabbat, starts Friday evening when the sun sets and it ends on Saturday when the stars come out. The Jewish 24 hour day extends from the beginning of the night till the beginning of night, so that the evening always proceeds the morning in the order of our day. This is implied in the verses in ...

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Purim and the Mirror on the Wall – 5773

This coming week Jews all over the world will celebrate the festival of Purim. Our Temple was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, and we were exiled to Babylon and Persia (modern day Iraq and Iran). Haman ascended to power under the Persian Empire and was at the peak of his political influence and wealth. As we know, Haman hatched a plot to destroy all the Jewish people, something ...

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Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog on Parshat Terumah 5773

Rabbi Mordechai Becher speaks about Precision Measurements - The significance of the dimensions of the Tabernacle. This week’s VLog is sponsored In honor of Rabbi and Mrs. Mordechai Suchard for the upcoming bar mitzvah of their son, Shlomo. Mazeltov.  Drs. Moish and Robyn LovingerContact Gateways to sponsor an upcoming edition of Rabbi Becher's VLog.

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Happiness, Not Comfort – Parshat Terumah 5773

“When Adar arrives we increase our happiness.” (Talmud, Ta’anit 29a) We have just entered the month of Adar beginning a season of joy and celebration that includes Purim and Pesach. I think it is pertinent to discuss how to actually achieve happiness. There is a verse in Psalms (105:3) which states,  “Happy is the heart of those who seek G-d.”  Notice that the verse does not say   “Happy is the heart ...

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Minor Thefts – Parshat Mishpatim 5773

I was recently a passenger on a small airline flying out of Stewart Airport, I think it was called, Skybus. On Skybus you have to pay for everything; the muffins were $2 each, coffee was $1.50 etc.  After the crew had finished selling the muffins the stewardess was cleaning up somewhere in the back of the plane. I noticed a man walking toward the front of the plane to take ...

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