Rabbi Akiva taught that the love of one's fellow Jew (Ahavat Yisra'el, in Hebrew), commanded in the Torah in the well known verse, "You shall
Introduction On Rosh Hashanah, we rectify our souls by hearing the sounds of the shofar. To fulfill this mitzvah, the only requirement is to listen to the sound
Introduction "Happy are the people that know the trumpet (shofar) call (te'ruah); O' God, in the light of Your countenance they shall walk" (Psalms 89:16).
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A Momentous Month The State of Israel was established on the fifth day of the month of Iyar, 5708 (1948), when its Declaration of
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Rabbi Akiva said, “Love your fellow as yourself” is a great principle of the Torah. A similar principle is gleaned from the famous story of
In Parashat Emor we are commanded, “Do not desecrate My Holy Name, and I shall be sanctified within the Children of Israel.” These two mitzvot (commandments), desecrating God’s Name
The mitzvot of shmitah (the sabbatical year; pl. shmitot) and yovel (the Jubilee year) are enumerated in Parashat Behar where we learn that every seventh year is a shmitah year and the year following every seven shmitah cycles is
In the past few weeks, we have offered a number of different allusions (רמזים) to have in mind this year (5774). As stated in our Letter