Mitzvot

Love of One's Fellow Jew – Ahavat Yis...

Mar 02, 2014No Comments

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

How the Sounds of the Shofar Rectify Our Ps...

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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

The Sound of Teru'ah

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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).

The Tzitzit

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Second Passover and the State of Israel

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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

Why a Sukah cannot be Higher than 20 Cubits

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The Torah’s greatest principle: Love your...

Feb 19, 2014No Comments

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

Sanctifying God’s Name

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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

Counting time – Sabbatical Year

Feb 19, 2014No Comments

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

The Redeeming River of Charity

Feb 19, 2014No Comments

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

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