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Hooray For Haman!
Hooray For Haman!

Article by: RABBI STEWART WEISS Sometimes, alas, our enemies get it right. As my colleague Rabbi Daniel Fox pointed out in a recent article, Haman hit the proverbial nail on the head when he described the Jews (Esther 3:8) as a “disjointed, disunified, dispersed”...

Parsha Summary: Tetzave – Purim
Parsha Summary: Tetzave – Purim

Article by: RABBI STEWART WEISS Ahron & his sons are commanded to light the Menora in the Mishkan each day (inc. Shabbat!) with pure olive oil. Hashem describes to Moshe the special clothes worn by the Kohanim. Regular Kohanim wear 4 garments; the Kohen Gadol...

From the Caverns of Qumran: The Story the Dead Sea Scrolls
From the Caverns of Qumran: The Story the Dead Sea Scrolls

There are large swathes of history that have been lost, either through the passage of time or the intentional destruction of human hands. Despite the toll of the ages, there still remains fragments of Jewish heritage that survive through the centuries, to be rescued...

Parsha Summary: Mishpatim – Shekalim – Shabbat Rosh Chodesh
Parsha Summary: Mishpatim – Shekalim – Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

Article by: RABBI STEWART WEISS Mishpatim deals primarily with social & civil laws, although we know every Mitzva draws its power & purpose from G-d’s will. Included in our Sedra's 53 Mitzvot are: laws dealing with the indentured bondsman & his rights,...

The Glass Mechitza
The Glass Mechitza

Article by: RABBI STEWART WEISS ”The hidden things belong to the Lord your God” (Deut. 29:28) Each one of us has his or her own secrets, but there are no secrets from the all-knowing God. Periodically, the Almighty, in His wisdom, chooses to reveal to the world at...

Who Says Havdala, And On What?
Who Says Havdala, And On What?

Article by: RABBI STEWART WEISS Following Shabbat, we recite Havdala, which includes 3 brachot: On wine or grape juice (reciting Borei Pri HaGafen); on spices, such as cloves or cinnamon (reciting Borei Minai B'Samim); and on a multi-wicked candle (reciting Borei...

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