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The Book of Ruth
The Book of Ruth

Ruth was the Moabite wife of Machlon, one of the sons of Elimelech and Naomi, a wealthy couple who had fled Bethlehem during…

Feast of Weeks
Feast of Weeks

Shavuot, which we begin celebrating Tuesday night (June 3rd), is the only holiday in the Torah not listed by…

Whose First Fruits
Whose First Fruits

When the Oral Law was first codified, most Jews lived in agrarian settings. Today, being less familiar with agrarian culture, some people find it difficult…

Give Them A Choice
Give Them A Choice

There is an oft-cited Midrash (Sifrei, Dvarim 343) describing how God offered the…

The Littlest Mountain The Littlest Mountain

When the Israelites were gathered at Mount Sinai, God gave them the…

A Different Set of Loaves
A Different Set of Loaves

There are several well-known connections between the holiday of Passover and the holiday of Shavuot. The most obvious of these is that the celebration of Shavuot is dependent on the count of 49 days that begins on the second day of Passover. Additional…

Green Cheesecake at Midnight
Green Cheesecake at Midnight

The holiday of Shavuot has three well-known, and well-loved, customs:Decorating our homes and synagogues with plants and flowers: According to the Midrash, at the time of the giving of the Torah, Mount Sinai burst forth in blossoms of verdant gree…

The First Ten
The First Ten

If the children of Israel received the Torah at Mount Sinai, why did Moses come down bearing only “the two tablets of the testimony” luchot ha’aidoot (Exodus 32:15), on which the Ten Commandments were written rather than a com…

If I Forget Thee
If I Forget Thee

“If I forget thee O’ Jerusalem, let my right hand wither” Psalms 137:5 poignantly expresses…

The Value Of Judgment
The Value Of Judgment

It is easy to be judgmental. Some might say that being judgmental is a necessary survival skill because…

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