Judaism 101

The Deeper Meaning of the Purim Feast

2 months ago klerner 0
It is that time of year again! We are days before the exciting holiday of Purim. At one time or another, most of us have eaten hamantaschen, dressed in costumes, and learned the story of Purim in a Hebrew school class when we were little. For those that do not know the story, here it Read More

Food Blessings Guide

4 months ago Leighest 0
Stop and take a moment to make a blessing on each food you eat. Here’s a handy-dandy guide to use for all your blessing needs!   Bread made from the five species (wheat, barley, rye, spelt, or oat). However, for it to be considered “bread” the majority of liquid needs to be water. (Ex: pasta is Read More

Torch Bearers

5 months ago bbursk 0
Torch Bearers (Parshat Chayei Sarah) In this week’s Torah portion, we read about “The Life of Sarah.” It details, among other things, the events following our foremother Sarah’s passing. There is a specific section of this parsha which I related to deeply that I’d like to share with you all: The parsha states that Abraham Read More

It’s Your Beginning (Parshat Bereshit)

6 months ago bbursk 0
It’s Your Beginning (Parshat Bereshit) In this week’s parsha, we are brought to the very beginning of the Torah—the story of creation.  We learn of the formation of the birds, the trees, animal, man, and everything else that we have in the world today. But we also learn something which speaks to our daily struggles. Read More

Make The Sacrifice

7 months ago bbursk 0
This Rosh Hashana is one I will never forget. I spent the holiday with Chabad in South Manchester. It began like any other Rosh Hashana; we indulged in a ridiculous amount of apples and honey, had a super long shul service. By the end of the first day of davening, we were all exhausted and Read More

You, Yourself Need Fixing.

7 months ago bbursk 0
You, Yourself Need Fixing. As we approach the joyous holiday of Rosh Hashanah, we begin to think about many different aspects of our lives. We think about the stress of school work, exams, and, for some of us, we’ll be calculating how much apples and honey we’ll be eating. There is something more profound we Read More

Simple Schmerel

8 months ago Bmiller 0
This is a story of a difficult time, a clever villain, a Great Challenge and the Power of a Yiddisheh Kup (Jewish brain). A long time ago in the town of Minsk…which is just a wee bit north of Pinsk, (which was all part of the Russian Empire), there lived a thriving Jewish population. It Read More

Gevurah: Discipline with a Twist

11 months ago Risa Mond 0
The second night of passover starts an expedition. No, I’m not talking about the journey of the second seder (though yes, it is a journey!), but the journey to discovery. The 14th of Nissan is when the Jewish people start counting the Omer. When the Jews were enslaved in Egypt, the environment rubbed off on Read More

Binah: Understanding

11 months ago Archive 0
Picture yourself separated from your friends, family, and even strangers by a glass wall. You can see them, and they can see you, yet the wall comes between you. You can bang and yell and shriek, but nothing breaks the glass wall. Nothing you do brings you and your loved one together. The wall is Read More

Yesod; Leaning Against The Mirror

12 months ago Archive 0
In Judaism, it is said that there lies a spark of divinity in every single thing on this earth, be it intangible, inanimate, or simply mundane. Although G-d isn’t manifested in any one thing, pieces of Him and His divinity can be found in everything—from the eyes of your soul mate to a leaf strewn Read More
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