CategoryHolidays

Acharon Shel Pesach – Cherish the Moment

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When Shehecheyanu Isn’t Appropriate We all know the shehecheyanu blessing. We sing it at every happy occasion.  The shehecheyanu is recited on every Jewish holiday, except for today – the last day of Pesach.  What most people don’t know is that this blessing is made over a heartfelt joy. That means that any time you feel a real heartfelt joy you can recite the shehecheyanu.  The...

SHVI’I SHEL PESACH – Unending Joy

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Good Yom Tov!  In the mid-1600s, a high-ranking British government official named Samuel Pepys (pronounced Peeps) kept a diary for about ten years.  The diary, one of the best records of daily from that era, made him famous.  During the time he kept his diary, Samuel Pepys witnessed a plague of animal disease that swept Europe, the great Fire of London, and war between Britain and...

Letters to Talia

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A Kibbutznikit girl wrote to a modern Orthodox soldier about her questions of faith. The result was a fascinating correspondence. What was his best answer?

Yizkor: The Last Jew Standing

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The last Jew in Spain was a 15-year-old boy who lived a lonely existence wandering the country hoping to avoid capture and forced conversion. This story never happened — it’s historical fiction. But why is it so compelling, and what should be our response?

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