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The Tragedy of the Death of Gedaliah

The Tragedy of the Death of Gedaliah

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz Today, the day after Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew New Year), Jews observe a minor fast day from dawn until dusk. This fast day, known as the Fast of Gedaliah, laments the assassination of a righteous governor of the...

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Increase Your Merit on this Jewish New Year

Increase Your Merit on this Jewish New Year

By Chaim Barzel The Torah portion of Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20) is customarily read in the synagogue on the Sabbath before Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. The portion discusses teshuva (usually understood as repentance from...

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Atoning For Unintentional Sins

Atoning For Unintentional Sins

The book of Leviticus begins with a discussion of the korbanot, or sacrifices, that were brought in the Tabernacle and Temple. One of these sacrifices was called the korban chatat, or sin offering. The word chatat (sin) is derived from...

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The Difference Between Murder and Manslaughter

The Difference Between Murder and Manslaughter

In the Book of Exodus, directly after God presented the Ten Commandments to the Hebrews which explicitly prohibit murder, the Torah restates the rule but adds an exception: He who fatally strikes a man shall be put to death. If he did not...

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