Traditions

This category contains sections on Jewish Traditions, Holidays, Words to live, Daily Inspiration, community events calendar and much more…

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…

Hope unto Hashem

JUST WHEN IT SEEMS THAT THE ECONOMIC CRISIS CANNOT GET ANY WORSE, WHAMMO!  WE ARE HIT BY ANOTHER SALVO.  EVEN PEOPLE WHO STILL HAVE…

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…

Words to Live by

Shalom Bayit

MARRIAGE IS A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN, IN WHICH RESPECT, NURTURING, PEACE AND ESPECIALLY CHESED  MAKE THE MARRIED COUPLE LIVE IN SHALOM BAYIT. By…

Connected People

By Rabbi Yoel Gold Sign up today for the Agudah Convention http://www.yourconvention.org In this series, Rabbi Yoel Gold shares with us some amazing stories…

Judge Others Favorably

Changing the way we see people around us Rabbi Chay Amar (pronounced Shy Amar) is an internationally renowned and much sought after speaker. He…

Dont Fight Be Happy

The difference between adults and children Rabbi Chay Amar (pronounced Shy Amar) is an internationally renowned and much sought after speaker. He lectures regularly…

Unity

When we are united we are strong By Rabbi Chay Amar Rabbi Chay Amar (pronounced Shy Amar) is an internationally renowned and much sought after…

Rejoice and do a mitzvah

Doing things because it is the right thing to do.  Welcome to Mitzvah Road. This page is dedicated to Rabbi Chay Amar, a holy…

Transform Yourself

When you are able to recognize that Gd is in every situation  Rabbi Chay Amar (pronounced Shy Amar) is an internationally renowned and much…

Judge Yourself

Judge how you would like to be judged. Rabbi Chay Amar (pronounced Shy Amar) is an internationally renowned and much sought after speaker. He…

Are you Rich or Wealthy?

How to enjoy life in be happy Rabbi Chay Amar (pronounced Shy Amar) is an internationally renowned and much sought after speaker. He lectures…

True potential

Recognizing our true power Rabbi Chay Amar (pronounced Shy Amar) is an internationally renowned and much sought after speaker. He lectures regularly worldwide. Rabbi…

Tzedaka

Charity or Justice? Rabbi Chay Amar (pronounced Shy Amar) is an internationally renowned and much sought after speaker. He lectures regularly worldwide. Rabbi Amar…

Words to live by

On Purpose

MANY PEOPLE SEEM CONTENT LIVING EVERY DAY IN A MINDLESS ROUTINE THAT INVOLVES WORK AND SELF-GRATIFICATION THROUGH ENTERTAINMENT. BUT ARE THESE PEOPLE REALLY HAPPY?…

Setting an Example

Doing the right thing and inspiring transforms the people around us By Rabbi Yoel Gold Sign up today for the Agudah Convention http://www.yourconvention.org In…

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…

Responsibility

Leaders don’t wait for the perfect moment, they take the moment and make it perfect. By Rabbi Yoel Gold Sign up today for the…

Listen, learn, lead

Follow your heart and lead. By Rabbi Yoel Gold Sign up today for the Agudah Convention http://www.yourconvention.org In this series, Rabbi Yoel Gold shares…

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…

Words to live By: Rabbi YY Jacobson

Stop Judging Me

HOW WE JUDGE OUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS IS OF SUPREME IMPORTANCE. MOST PEOPLE TEND TO CONDEMN THOSE WHO COMMIT WHAT IS APPARENTLY WRONG OR…

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…

Words to live By

Ever After Happily

HISTORICALLY, THE FAMILY HAS BEEN CONSIDERED THE BASIC UNIT OF SOCIETY. CERTAINLY IN JUDAISM, THE STRENGTH OF THE MISHPACHAIS IS SAID TO BE A…

Words to Live by

Think Chanukah

THERE IS SOMETHING VERY UNIQUE ABOUT THE CHANUKAH MIRACLE THAT IS THE VERY ESSENCE OF OUR PEOPLE AND THE VERY FABRIC OF OUR NATION’S…

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…

Swimming Upstream

THE TALMUD STATES THAT IF THE TORAH HAD NOT BEEN GIVEN TO US, WE WOULD HAVE BEEN OBLIGATED TO LEARN CERTAIN DESIRABLE BEHAVIORS FROM…