The Land Of Israel

The first commandment God gave to the first Jew was to go to the Land of Israel God spoke to Abraham, and said, "Go for yourself, from your land, from your relatives and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you."[1]   Abraham, Sarah, their family and their retinue all came to Israel, then known as Canaan.  They traveled around the land, engaged in commerce and, of ...

Read More
Bonfire

The Best of Times; The Worst of Times

For the Jewish people who came out of Egypt, the period between the Exodus and the Revelation at Mt. Sinai was one of continuous spiritual awakening. Their relationship with God grew stronger and closer. Miraculous events occurred daily. For the Jewish people in subsequent generations, this period continues to be one of the greatest of times of the year, in which we prepare ourselves for a renewal of our commitment ...

Read More

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Appreciating a Cup of Coffee – Parshat Emor 5777

Before drinking a coffee in the morning, we say the blessing "shehakol". Rabbi Mordchai Becher examines all the different processes that were necessary to create his Sunday cup of coffee, from the ship that brings over the coffee beans, to the German factory that makes the coffee machine, to the dairy farm in New Jersey that provided the milk, and comes to the conclusion that perhaps we should have appreciation ...

Read More
Students Learning

The Best of Times; The Worst of Times

For the Jewish people who came out of Egypt, the period between the Exodus and the revelation at Mt. Sinai was one of continuous spiritual awakening. Their relationship with God grew stronger and closer miraculous events occurred daily.  For the Jewish people in subsequent generations, this period is also one of the greatest of times of the year, in which the nation prepares itself for a renewal of its commitment ...

Read More