Confusion and Clarity

This week we will be reading an additional section of the Torah that discusses the process of purifying one who became impure by contact with the dead.  Let us consider the meaning of the concepts of purity and impurity in the Torah.  The Hebrew word for impurity is tumah, which is related to the word timtum, confusion. Every time a person has an experience that appears to demonstrate that we ...

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Night and Day

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 Friday evening around sunset and it ends on Saturday night when the stars come out. ...

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Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Buy Israeli! – Parshat Pekudei 5776

We are about 3 weeks away from Purim, the holiday which commemorates the victory over Haman, who sought to destroy the entire Jewish nation. While this episode in history took place about 2500 years ago, there are still people who seek to destroy the Jews. Today, these people take the form of  the "BDS" movement. Rabbi Mordechai Becher exposes this movement for what it is, and offers a novel solution to ...

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