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The Torah tells us that in the messianic era when the land of Israel will expand beyond the borders enjoyed by our ancestors, it will become necessary to designate three more cities of refuge to provide sanction for inadvertent killers. When a Jew killed another inadvertently, the Torah allows the …

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Re’e: The Missing Festival

August 4, 2018 – 11:47 pm | 63 views
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The festival of Sukkot falls on the fifteenth of Tishrei, two weeks into the new Jewish year. Accordingly, the Torah tells us, in Exodus 34:22, to celebrate Sukkot at the turn of the year. However, there is a discrepancy. Eleven chapters earlier, Exodus 23:16 told us to celebrate Sukkot at …

Devarim: Do You Love G-d or Youeself?

July 31, 2011 – 3:37 am | 1,168 views
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What have We Learned?
It is nearly two-thousand years since the Holy Temple stood as a glorious testament to G-d on the Temple Mount. It was ransacked and razed by a marauding mob that cared little for the nuanced relationship between the human and G-d. As the Temple smoldered in the …

Vayeshev: Restoring The Neighborhood

July 17, 2009 – 8:41 pm | 1,077 views
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The Celebrity
Imagine yourself living in a nice neighborhood where a well known celebrity chooses to make his home. Property values rise and for the first while you enjoy the distinction; you go out of your way to make the celebrity feel welcome. But time passes and the aura wears off. …

Days of Mourning

July 16, 2006 – 3:54 am | 1,051 views
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A Kind Suffering
The Hebrew word Chessed, kindness, has a numeric value of seventy-two. Kabbalah teaches that the last seventy-two days of the Hebrew calendar year are permeated with Chessed, divine benevolence. This period begins on the seventeenth day of the Hebrew month, Tamuz.

The Three Weeks: An Overview

November 6, 2005 – 3:22 am | 921 views

10 Tevet

There are a
series of fast days that commemorate the destruction of the holy
Temple. The first one falls on the tenth day of the Hebrew month of
Tevet. This fast begins at sunrise and ends at nightfall.

On this day the
Babylonian army laid siege to the holy city of Jerusalem. The siege
lasted …

Seventenn of Tamuz: Destruction and Hope

November 2, 2005 – 2:49 am | 974 views
Jerusalem from Mount Olives

During the Hebrew month of Tamuz, Jews around the world observe a three-week semi mourning period to commemorate the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.