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What is the Secret of Tisha B’Av?

What is the Secret of Tisha B’Av?

Reading is magical. Reading can take you places you have never been and show you things you have never seen. It is almost as good as being there and reading fanatics know that in many ways, reading is better than watching a movie. It goes...

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Nine Days: Mourning with a Purpose

Nine Days: Mourning with a Purpose

My rabbi once told me that God created the world because he loves stories and the best stories are about people. But some stories take generations to tell. The Bible graphically illustrates this. The covenant that God made with Abraham...

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Retaking the Temple Mount: An Unexpected Way

Retaking the Temple Mount: An Unexpected Way

Going up to the Temple Mount is, for me, an exhilarating and spiritually uplifting experience. I sense the holiness, the ineffable power of this holy site. I close my eyes, and I can see my forefathers and foremothers walking in this very...

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Why do we Light Up an Empty Room with the Menorah?

Why do we Light Up an Empty Room with the Menorah?

I often find myself walking around my house, turning off lights in empty rooms. Why waste electricity if there is no one there to benefit from it? Interestingly, a similar question arose thousands of years ago, in the Temple itself! In...

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