What It Means To Be GREAT

In the Torah portion of Va’era we’re introduced to Moshe (Moses) and Aaron – two greats of the Jewish people. Sometimes Moses is mentioned first in the verse and sometimes Aaron is mentioned first. Why is this so? It’s explained that they were both equally as great. But that raises another question: How could that be? Everyone knows Moses and that he was the great leader of the Jewish people and the greatest prophet of Israel. How could it be that they were equal in greatness?

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Don’t Underestimate Your Role as a Parent

In the Torah portion of Shemot, we read about the Jewish midwives. One of their names was Shifra and the other one was Puah. Yet we know that Shifra and Puah were actually Yocheved and Miram – the mother and sister or Moses. These are women who were also leaders of the Jewish people, why did the Torah give them names that represent seemingly menial tasks?
Rabb Ari Enkin shares…

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Chanukah: When You Do THIS, Miracles Can Happen

Sometimes in life we may feel that “we’re not enough” – and that plays out by limiting our dreams, we feel like we are putting ourselves in a box, or we feel like we need to dress or speak a certain way so other people understand you. The truth is that with proper perspective, we are able to break through that feeling and tap into something much greater. Jacob Rupp brings out one of the concepts behind Chanukah

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Chanukah: 500 Answers Why We Celebrate 8 Days

A famous question is asked – Why do we celebrate 8 days of Chanukah, when the miracle was only 7 days? They found oil that would last 1 day and a miracle occurred and it lasted for 8 – so in theory we should only be celebrating 7 days of miracle, Why then do we celebrate 8 days? A book was written called “Yemei Shmonah” with 500 answers to this questions – Rabbi Pessin shares an important lesson for the Jewish people in their ongoing battle to uphold the Torah and the Jewish heritage.

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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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