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An Altar for All

An Altar for All

After giving the Torah to the Children of Israel, God emphasizes that they are not to serve idols. He then commands them to serve him on an altar. The altar was used to burn communal sacrifices that were brought daily and on holidays, and...

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Isru Chag: Last but certainly not least

Isru Chag: Last but certainly not least

The day following Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot is known in Hebrew as “Isru Chag.” It’s a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar but a major holiday for Israeli school children, since there is no school on “Isru Chag.” Many Israeli families...

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The Portion of Ki Tavo

The Portion of Ki Tavo

This week’s portion contains the extended blessings and curses which the Children of Israel will earn, depending on whether they keep or violate God’s covenant. It also details the ceremony of the first fruits which must be brought to the...

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