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April 21, 2018 – 11:08 pm | 26 views

We are all familiar with chai, the Hebrew word for life. Chai has a numeric value of eighteen, which is why it is common for Jews to donate to charity in multiples of eighteen. The Talmud tells us that charity saves us from premature death.[1] When we donate in multiples …

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Omer: A Basic Overview

November 6, 2005 – 3:16 am | 897 views

Counting of the Omer
When our
ancestors left Egypt, G-d promised that He would bring them to Mt.
Sinai and give them the Torah. In anticipation of receiving the Torah,
Jews began to count the days and weeks left until their arrival to Mt.
Sinai.

In commemoration
of their counting, we are commanded to count the days …

Omer: Daily Steps of Improvement

November 2, 2005 – 4:04 am | 880 views

From Egypt to Sinai

We currently
find ourselves in an intermediary period between the two Jewish
holidays of Passover and Shavuos. On Passover we celebrated the exodus
of our ancestors from Egypt and the birth of our Jewish nation. On
Shavuos we will celebrate the receiving of the Ten commandments at Mt
Sinai.

For two hundred
and ten …