In the Torah portion of Va’eira – Moses notifies Pharaoh that the Jewish people need to leave Egypt for 3 days to serve God. Pharaoh did not agree to it. Only afterwards Moses asked that the Jewish people be allowed to leave for permanent freedom. The question is asked, why was Pharaoh asked for the 3 days first? Rabbi Enkin shares an important lesson for life.Read more
In the Torah portion of Shemot – Moses’ mother places him in a wicker basket and sends him down the Nile river with hopes that he would be saved from the decree that all boys be killed. Miriam, his sister, kept an eye on him from behind the bushes, while Batya, Pharaoh’s daughter found him and took him in, adopted him as her own. Our Sages teach us that these 2 women were both rewarded – Miriam greater than Batya, and the question is Why? Rabbi Ari Enkin shares the lesson…Read more
How does the story of Chanukah relate to me? We are not fighting the ancient Greeks anymore. If the destruction of the temple, the contaminated oil and the whole battle that they went through is all part of the Jewish Story, then how do connect to that? In Judaism Holidays are not just meant to commemorate, but we’re meant to somehow relive it.
Rabbi Yitzchak Botton shares an insight into how we can relate to the story of Chanuka even today.
A true story that happened on the Chanukah Holiday in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. The Grand Rabbi, the Bobover Rebbe risked his life to light the Chanukah candles for the Jews in his camp. On the first night, as he was about to say the 3rd blessing of ‘Shehechiyanu’, he hesitated. Later the people asked him what was this hesitation all about? Rabbi Aaron Pessin shares the story and lesson that we can learn from itRead more
Rabbi Sinai Yakobian shares a lesson about the Jewish Holiday of ChanukahRead more
This week we read the Torah portion of Bereishit / Genesis, and in it we learn about the Sin of Adam and Eve. The Ben Ish Chai shares what we can do, so to speak, to rectify the sin of eating from the tree of knowledge.Read more
From the teachings of ‘Anaf Yosef’ based on a Midrash – We see, regarding the 4 species of the Sukkot Holiday, that there is more than meets the eye – Rabbi Aaron Pessin shares a beautiful insight into the Etrog, Lulav, Hadas and Arava.Read more
During confession on this holy day of Yom Kippur, we bang our chest. However, we also occasionally sing the confession – We sinned, and now we are singing about it? Rabbi Pessin reveals the joy that lies behind the commandment of teshuvah (repentance)Read more
A man came to a Rabbi (Rabbi Yisrael Salanter) for advice – this man had fallen so low in sin, that he feared that he had reached a point of no return. The Rabbi gave him a shocking answer. Rabbi Aaron Pessin shares this important message for all.Read more