Judaism/Spirituality

Sukkot 5781 – Chag Same’ach!

The festival of Sukkot, the most joyous festival in the Jewish calendar, began last night, lasting for 7 days (8 outside of Israel), running straight into the Simchat Torah festival on the 8th day (9th day outside Israel). Sukkot is the last of the Shalosh R’galim (three pilgrimage festivals). Like …

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From Israel: Kindle Your Lights!!

The eight-day festival of Chanukah began on Sunday night. And its message seems especially important – especially relevant – this year. We know about the miracle of the oil: When the Jews achieved victory over their Greek oppressors, in the second century BCE, they went to rededicate the Temple, which …

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Parsha this week – Toldot.

Toldot. When spouses can be your sibling For most people, the relationship with siblings will be the longest lasting of their entire lives.  The attachment with siblings is immovable, no matter what happens there will always be an innate sibling bond.  The bond with a spouse, however, can change in …

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Simchat Torah 5780 – Chag Same’ach!

The marathon of Jewish holidays is almost over. as the last and most joyous festival of the holiday season approaches– Sukkot finishes tonight and Simchat Torah begins. But before that, today, the last day of Sukkot, is known as Hoshana Raba, which despite the happy nature of Sukkot is a …

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Sukkot 5780 – Chag Same’ach!

The festival of Sukkot, the most joyous festival in the Jewish calendar, begins tonight, lasting for 7 days (8 outside of Israel), running straight into the Simchat Torah festival on the 8th day (9th day outside Israel). Sukkot is the last of the Shalosh R’galim (three pilgrimage festivals). Like Passover …

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Oz Torah: A dying person’s right to know – Ask the Rabbi

ABORTION. Q.  Does Judaism permit abortions? A.  Judaism regards children as a blessing and procreation as a religious and moral obligation. Through children a couple cement their own relationship and ensure personal and cultural continuity. Through children they enrich the world:  who knows whether the child they bring to life …

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