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Tragedy Overcome
Tragedy Overcome

Rebuilding the Chassidic world that had been destroyed in Europe…

The Halachic Ramifications of Electricity
The Halachic Ramifications of Electricity

In the early 1900s, rabbinic authorities had to determine exactly what…

The Music of the Soul
The Music of the Soul

Born in Geneva on July 24, 1880, Ernest Bloch was a world famous Jewish composer. Seven of his works are…

Defining Accidental
Defining Accidental

The taking of a human life is always a tragedy, and there is never a way to…

Tales of The Phoenix
Tales of The Phoenix

Mythological creatures are generally shrugged off today as figments of overactive imaginations. Nevertheless…

Ishmaelites & Edomites
Ishmaelites & Edomites

Judaism, Christianity and Islam are sometimes referred to as the “Abrahamic Faiths,” since…

Shortcut Through Shul
Shortcut Through Shul

It is a common complaint that our society, always in a hurry, lacks…

Above Scrutiny
Above Scrutiny

“The cobbler’s children have no shoes!” So declares the pithy aphorism regarding one of the ironies of life. Centuries prior to the first recording of this phrase, however, the Talmud discussed…

Hail to Brotherhood
Hail to Brotherhood

In the earliest days of humankind, a man named Cain asked God the now famous question: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9). Cain’s question was meant to be a distraction from the inquiry into why he had murdered his brother Abel. Cain’s…

The Jews of Crete and the Purim of Candia
The Jews of Crete and the Purim of Candia

The  Jewish presence on the Island of Crete is rather ancient, with records of a Jewish community…

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