The Dove & The Olive Branch

As Noah is preparing to finally leave the ark he sends out a Dove to find dry land – The Dove returns with an olive leaf / branch in its beak. The wording that the verse uses is ‘taraf befi’hah” which is an oddly aggressive word for the circumstances. From this we learn an important lesson…

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Noah – Living in a Corrupt Society (2min)

Noah lived in a time when society was so corrupt that God had to destroy the entire world through a massive flood. The Torah says that Noah found favor in God’s eyes, Noah walked with God, yet we also see that there is no mention of Noah in any social circles….Why exactly is this? Rabbi Ari Enkin shares a fascinating insight regarding Noah and the way he lived, but more importantly, what we can learn from him…

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Secret of the Vast Universe

Watch this argument between King David and American astronomer Carl Sagan. True they lived thousands of years apart! Nonetheless, Sagan was firmly convinced that there had to be life on another planet. Otherwise, he couldn’t understand the vastness of the universe. King David, on the other hand, understood it just the opposite, that the universe was specifically made for us…

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Did You Know We Shake The Lulav 90 Times!

In the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot we are commanded to bundle the 4 species together and shake them (The Lulav, Etrog, Hadassim & Aravot). We shake this bundle to each of the 6 directions – right, left, up, down, forward, back – that’s 6 times. In each direction we do 3 shakes. That’s 18. We repeat this in the prayer service 5 times. That is a total of 90 times that we shake the lulav. However, we know that the significance of the number 91 is tremendous – and we are missing one shake to align with this significant number. Rabbi Aaron Pessin shares the secret.

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