Cause of the Destruction

We are at the end of the three week period of mourning for the destruction of both the first and second Temples and, in general, for all the tragedies of the exile and dispersion of the Jewish people. What terrible sins led to the destruction of the Temple and the exile of the Jewish people?   If we understand the fundamental flaws that precipitated these events, we can begin to take ...

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Cause of the Destruction

Why did God allow the various tragedies of these three weeks and the fast days to befall the Jewish people?  What terrible deeds led to the destruction of the Temple and the exile of the Jewish people?   If we understand the fundamental flaws that precipitated these events, we can begin to take the first steps toward redemption.  The Talmud tells us: Any generation in whose days the Temple was not rebuilt, ...

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Like A Candle In the Wind – Parshat Va’etchanan 5775

Shokeling During Prayer and Study Introduction Swaying back and forth, or side to side, during prayer and study has been a conspicuous feature of Jewish religious practice for at least a millennium. It has been noted by Christians[2] and Moslems,[3] discussed at length by Jewish legal authorities,[4] and has even been discussed in medical literature.[5] It has been called “Jewish yoga” and understood as a form of meditation.[6] The term shokeling, or ...

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