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The Meal Before
The Meal Before

While there are several fast days on the Jewish calendar, only two are referred to as “major fasts”…

Mourning Jerusalem I: A Brief History of the First Temple
Mourning Jerusalem I: A Brief History of the First Temple

On Tuesday, Jews all over the world will observe the fast of Tisha B’Av. It is on this day that the Jewish people mourn the destruction of both the First and Second Temples. The First Temple was destroyed almost 2,500 years ago and the Seco…

Mourning Jerusalem II: A Brief History of the Second Temple
Mourning Jerusalem II: A Brief History of the Second Temple

The Babylonian Exile that followed the destruction of the First Temple lasted for 70 years. Under the leadership of Ezra and Nechemia, however, the Jews began to return to the land of Israel and to Jerusalem. Many chose not to return, but tho…

Get Out!
Get Out!

The history of the Jews in Europe can almost be read as a timeline of…

Shabbat Chazon
Shabbat Chazon

This Shabbat is Shabbat Chazon, the Sabbath of the Vision (prophecy), named after…

A House Unfinished
A House Unfinished

The Hebrew name for the Holy Temple is the Beit Hamikdash, the House of Holiness, a term that invokes…

Thirty Days, The Shloshim
Thirty Days, The Shloshim

While the seven-day mourning period called shiva is well-known in the general American culture, Jewish mourning is actually…

The Words Are The Things
The Words Are The Things

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me!” goes the old childhood song. According to Jewish thought, however…

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…

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