By Rabbi Benjamin Hecht On Friday, December 30th, 2016
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Why Chanukah Isn’t About What You Think It’s About

There are many misconceptions regarding the holiday of Chanukah. One is that it is essentially a celebration of a victory in a war of independence which the Maccabees fought to free the Jewish People from their More...

By Rachamim Bitton On Friday, December 30th, 2016
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The Miracle of Yossef and the Miracle of Chanukah Miketz Chanukah 5770

  In this week’s Parsha we learn about the famine that was in the land and Yakov sending his sons to buy food from Mitzrayim, where Yosef had successfully saved food from the years of abundance. וְהָרָעָב More...

By Gil Tanenbaum On Thursday, December 29th, 2016
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When “the Goldbergs” Finally Celebrated Hanukkah (or, Isn’t It About Time We Had Realistic Portrayals of Jews on TV?)

  The other day I posted about “When ‘Friends’ Insulted Chanukah And The Whole Jewish Religion.” Today I can pleasantly post about how another sitcom, “The Goldbergs, ” once got More...

By Rabbi Benjamin Hecht On Monday, December 26th, 2016
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The HUMAN CONDITION

(The following was originally posted in Nishma) The behavior of the sons of Yaakov Avinu in the concluding parshiot [sections] of Sefer Bereishit raises many questions. We expect stories regarding great people More...

By Rachamim Bitton On Friday, December 23rd, 2016
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Yossef and His Brothers. Who Was Wrong?

In this week’s Parsha we learn about the difficult relationship between Yosef and his brothers. We learn about how Yakov showed more admiration or love towards Yosef and that the brothers were upset by this. More...

By Rachamim Bitton On Friday, December 16th, 2016
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Shiur on Parshat Vayishlach on the Secret of Yakov and the Name Yisrael and a Meditation to Sweeten Judgment

VaYishlach 5777 “Turning a Foe Into a Friend” At the beginning of this week’s parsha, Yakov sends angels to bring presents to Esav in order to persuade him to forgive him for receiving the blessing from More...

By Rabbi Tovia Singer On Thursday, December 15th, 2016
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Rabbi Tovia Singer: Is the Septuagint a Theological Crime Scene?

In the spirit of Chanukah, the holiday that marks the cleansing of Greek influence that was imposed on the Jewish people, I will clear up a widespread falsehood. Despite strong objections from conservative Christian More...

By Rabbi Tovia Singer On Thursday, December 15th, 2016
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Rabbi Tovia Singer’s Response to a Muslim’s Question Shatters a Central Christian Doctrine

  Responding to a Muslim caller, Rabbi Tovia Singer explores unused ancient Jewish floor plans for the third and final Temple, which are found in chapters 40 – 47 of the Book of Ezekiel. These passages More...

By Rabbi Benjamin Hecht On Saturday, December 10th, 2016
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The BACKDROP of MITZVOT

The famous Mishna from T.B. Makkot 23b states, in the name of Rabbi Chananya ben Akashya, that God wished to benefit the Jewish People so He gave them an abundance of Torah and mitzvot. Rashi explains that More...

By Rachamim Bitton On Saturday, December 10th, 2016
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Never Despair, Dear Yaakov

In this week’s Parsha Yaakov Avinu travels to the find a wife from the family of Avraham Avinu. Yaakov stops to sleep one night after spending fourteen sleepless years studying in the Yeshiva of Shem and Yaakov More...

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