The Jewish Calendar

As we approach Passover, Pesach, the concept of the Jewish calendar comes to mind. In fact, the first commandment the Jews were given as a nation was to celebrate Passover in spring, and to count the months of the calendar from Passover based on the monthly cycles of the moon. So I think this is an appropriate time to talk about Jewish time. Measuring and marking the passage of time is ...

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Exile

As we are no preparing for Passover, of course, we begin to think about the exile in Egypt and about exile in general. When one becomes familiar with the Torah and with Judaism, one will observe that exile features frequently in the Torah. Adam and Eve are exiled from the Garden of Eden, Cain is exiled, Abraham has to go into exile in Egypt and Jacob and his sons also ...

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Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Remembering Amazement – Parshat Vayikra (Parshat Zachor) 5776

Rabbi Mordechai Becher discusses Parshas Zachor, which is read on Shabbat in synagogues.  This short paragraph tells us to destroy the nation of Amalek. Amalek was so consumed with their hatred of the Jewish people that they were prepared to even  destroy themselves if they could destroy the Jews at the same time. Interestingly the hatred of the Palestinian arabs against the State of Israel and the Jews is consuming ...

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