Holidays

The Time Tunnel

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO TRAVEL THROUGH TIME? HAVE YOU EVER DONE SOMETHING YOU WISHED YOU COULD GO BACK AND FIX, OR HAVE A…

Ordinary Miracles

SUKKOT IS MUCH MORE THAN WHAT IT SEEMS TO BE, AND MUCH DEEPER. ANALYZING WHAT TORAH AND TALMUD SAY ABOUT SUKKOT, WE FIND THAT…

Jewish Joy

AFTER THE HOLIDAY OF SUKKOT, COMES SHEMINI ATZERET AND SIMCHAT TORAH. THESE HOLIDAYS ARE CATEGORIZED BY PURE JOY, EXCEEDING THAT OF SUKKOT, REACHING ITS…

Traditions Shavuot

The Fiftieth Miracle

No two festivals on the Jewish calendar are more coupled than Passover and Shavuot, and no two festivals seem further apart conceptually. By Rabbi…

Holidays

Passover Seder

FIFTEEN STEPS TO A VERY DIFFERENT NIGHT. By Chani Rosenblum Photography by The Lunch Box The Passover Seder 1. KADESH – BENEDICTION We begin by…

Traditions - Sevivon

Sevivon: Hidden Meanings

The dreidel, or sevivon in modern Hebrew, is much more than meets the eye. It runs deep, very deep, more than our minds can…

Holidays Chanukah

Chanukah Calendar

Greater Miami December 2016 By Chani Rosenblum Photography by The Lunch Box BLESSINGS: Baruch Atah Ado-nai Elo-henu, Melech haolam, asher kideshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu lehadlik ner…

Holidays Chanukah

The Miracle of Rededication

Building something from scratch, from nothing, is an admirable task, but rebuilding what has been destroyed, torn down and desecrated is even more admirable….

Shemini Atzeret And Simchat Torah

Two Of A Kind Joys

AFTER SUKKOT COMES MUCH JOY IN THE FORM OF TWO HAPPY HOLIDAYS, IN WHICH WE CELEBRATE OUR BONDS, OUR HISTORY AND OUR SCRIPTURES. Coming…

Sukkoh 2016

The Center Of All

ANTHROPOCENTRICITY VERSUS THEOCENTRICITY, OR MAN VERSUS G-D, HAS BEEN AN ONGOING DEBATE THROUGHOUT PHILOSOPHICAL HISTORY. IN THIS ARTICLE, IN THE FORM OF A LETTER…

Yom Kippur

The Mighty Mini

WHEN MAJOR NECESSARY CHANGES ARE LIKE GOLIATHS IN OUR LIVES WHICH WE CAN’T OVERCOME BY CONFRONTING THEM DIRECTLY, THERE ARE SMALL AND SIMPLE WAYS…

Rosh Hashanah 2016

Renewing The Relationship

The great sixteenth-century Kabbalist, the Ari (Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, 1534–1572) observed that G-d created the world in a perfect state of balance where every…

The Passover Seder

FIFTEEN STEPS TO A VERY DIFFERENT NIGHT. By Chani Rosenblum |  Tableware courtesy of C.A.S.A. |  Photography The Lunch Box Studio    

Passover Traditions

Teaching The Story

PASSOVER, BESIDES COMMEMORATING THE FREEDOM AND LIBERTY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE, IS ALSO THE MOMENT TO PASS THE LESSONS OF THIS REMARKABLE STORY ONTO…

The Last Song

TORAH SHOULD BE FELT, NOT JUST READ AND STUDIED. IT SHOULD SPEAK TO US EMOTIONALLY AND, LIKE A SONG, BE APPRECIATED MORE AND MORE…

Traditions-Chanukah

Einstein’s Chanukah

WHEN CELEBRATING THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, WE SELDOM STOP TO THINK OF LIGHT AS A PHYSICAL PHENOMENON. WE USUALLY TAKE LIGHT, ONE OF G-D’S…

Traditions Chanukah

The Paradox Of Oil

CHANUKAH IS AN ENTIRE HOLIDAY THAT REVOLVES AROUND A MIRACULOUS INCREASE IN OIL AT JERUSALEM’S HOLY TEMPLE THAT HAPPENED OVER TWO MILLENNIA AGO. WHY…

Traditions

A Smorgasbord Of Simcha

WHEN IT COMES TO JEWISH HOLIDAYS, ONLY SUKKOT AND SIMCHAT TORAH ARE CALLED DURING PRAYERS Z’MAN SIMCHATEINU, THE SEASON OF OUR REJOICING, AND THERE…

Traditions Rosh Hashanah

Pregnant With The World

THE FAMOUS ROSH HASHANAH PRAYER KNOWN AS HAYOM HARAT OLAM DOES NOT REALLY MEAN “TODAY IS THE DAY OF THE WORLD’S CREATION” AS WE…

Traditions

Assembly Of The Eighth

THE HOLIDAY OF SUKKOT IS FOLLOWED BY AN INDEPENDENT HOLIDAY CALLED SHEMINI ATZERET. IN ISRAEL, THIS IS A ONE-DAY HOLIDAY; IN THE DIASPORA IT…

Holidays Shavout

The “I Can” Crown

By Elana Mizrahi     Elana, I can’t.” “Yes, you can. Repeat after me: ‘I can.’” “I can’t.” Our eyes met. There was so…

Holidays Passover

The Greatest Leader

THE HOLIDAY OF PESACH CELEBRATES FREEDOM. THE EXODUS OUT OF EGYPT FOLLOWING CENTURIES OF SERVITUDE IS A TESTAMENT TO THE TRIUMPH OF GOOD OVER…

Please Don’t Go

THERE WAS ONCE A KING WHO INVITED HIS CHILDREN FOR A BANQUET OF SEVERAL DAYS. WHEN IT CAME TIME FOR THEM TO GO, HE…

Under The Thatched Roofs

HOW DOES ONE FULFILL THE MITZVAH OF DWELLING IN THE SUKKAH? ONE SHOULD EAT, DRINK, AND LIVE IN THE SUKKAH, BOTH DAY AND NIGHT,…

The Benefits Of Bankruptcy

ECONOMIC DEBT AND SPIRITUAL DEBT HAVE MUCH IN COMMON; WITH THE DIFFERENCE THAT SPIRITUAL DEBT TENDS TO BE HEAVIER BECAUSE WE USUALLY OVERDRAW OUR…

Cycle Of Renewal

ROSH HASHANAH, AS THE JEWISH NEW YEAR, MARKS A NEW BEGINNING, A FRESH START. IT IS FULL OF HOPE AND PROSPECT. BUT ROSH HASHANAH…

Holidays Shavout

Holy Instructions

WE ALL KNOW THAT AT MT. SINAI, ALMIGHTY G-D SPOKE THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. EVERY PERSON SHOULD ASK THEMSELVES: “AM I PRACTICING THE BASIC PRINCIPLES…

Holidays Passover

Redemption Despite Ourselves

RIDDING OUR HOMES OF CHAMETZ IS A PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION OF OUR SPIRITUAL NEED TO ELIMINATE UNHEALTHY ARROGANCE AND PRIDE, BEFORE PESACH. By Rabbi Naftali…

Strong Roots, Strong Tree

ALSO CALLED “ROSH HASHANAH LA’ILANOT,” LITERALLY “NEW YEAR OF THE TREES,” IN CONTEMPORARY ISRAEL TU B’SHEVAT IS ARBOR DAY TO MOST, AN ECOLOGICAL AWARENESS…

Why So Much Joy?

IN THE TWELFTH MONTH, WHICH IS THE MONTH OF ADAR, ON ITS THIRTEENTH DAY…ON THE DAY THAT THE ENEMIES OF THE JEWS WERE EXPECTED…

The High Holidays

ELUL IS BELIEVED TO BE AN ACRONYM OF “ANI L’DODI V’DODI LI” [I AM MY BELOVED’S AND MY BELOVED IS MINE] TAKEN FROM SONG…

Farbreng In The Rain

ALTHOUGH SUKKOT IS FILLED WITH MANY MITZVOT, OR BIBLICAL COMMANDMENTS, THERE IS AN ASPECT OF THE HOLIDAY THAT ALTHOUGH ONLY A CUSTOM, CAN REDIRECT…

Awe Inspiring Love

THE DAYS OF AWE FRIGHTEN SOME, BECAUSE OF G-D’S JUDGEMENT, WHEN IN REALITY WE SHOULD JUST BE HUMBLED AND AWESTRUCK BY HIS OVERWHELMING LOVE….

THE SHOFAR BECOMES MUCH MORE THAN A HOLLOW HORN OF RAM WHEN THE SPIRITUAL BREATH OF MAN IS BLOWN THROUGH IT. By Rabbi Ariel…

Holidays Shavout

Take On Shavuot

Various thoughts on one of our most important holidays By Rabbi Falvish Mordechai Dalfin Chabad Rabbi in North Bay Village Florida The holiday of…

Staying Healthy in Passover

ENJOY THE SEASON IN ITS NATURAL FORM. BESIDES ALL THE PASSOVER SYMBOLS THAT REMIND US OF SPRING, EXTEND YOUR APPRECIATION TO THE SPRING SEASON……

The Real Meaning of Passover

A LIGHTHEARTED LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED BACK IN EGYPT By Rabbi Manis Friedman To understand the real meaning of Passover, we must start by…

The Mystical Application

Tu B’shvat By Rabbi Faivish Mordechai Dalfin Chabad Rabbi in North Bay Village Florida We study in the Talmud that the fifteenth day of…

Body and Soul

WHY CHANUKAH IS THE MOST OBSERVED JEWISH HOLIDAY By Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus It comes as no surprise that Chanukah in 2012, and for the last…

Le Chaim to Life

By Rabbi Yehoshua (Shui) Rosenblum Some wonder why the torah is so detailed and it sometimes could  seem to be hairsplitting. However, the truth…

Sukkot:

TISHREI, THE BEGINNING MONTH FOR THE JEWISH YEAR. By Rabbi Sholom Lipskar All beginnings are powerful. that which comes first contains within it the potential…