Judaism 101

Sukkot and the Unfinished World

2 months ago Hannah Butcher 0
On Thursday night, the second day of Sukkot, my family and I gathered under the roof of our rabbi’s holy sukkah. When we walked inside, however, plump water droplets plopped from the palms. We looked down at the table cloths, napkins, cups, and plates; they were all soaked by the Floridian rain. Astonished, people shuffled Read More

Back to School: Maintaining Your Jewish Identity

4 months ago Hannah Butcher 0
It’s that time of the year again; new schedules are placed in our hands, our backpacks are strapped on tight, and our pencils are freshly sharpened. That’s right: it’s time to go back to school. As with any time of the year, Jewish identity is of utmost importance. “I’m a Jew and I’m proud / Read More

My Journey to Judaism

4 months ago Leighest 0
Olivia Rubinsky, Palm Springs, CA   This article is an excerpt of a speech that I wrote for the JLI Retreat in Palm Springs. My name is Olivia Rubinsky; I’m 15 years old. I am part of an organization called CTeen, which stands for Chabad Teen Network. Since I joined, I feel that my Jewish Read More

Parshat Va’etchanan

4 months ago Sarah Hinkediker 0
In this week’s parsha, Moses tells Am Israel (the people of Israel) how he begged Hashem to allow him to enter the Land of Israel. Hashem refused to let Moses enter, and instead told him to ascend a mountain and see the Promised Land from there. The reason that Hashem did not let Moses enter the Promised Land Read More

Understanding our purpose in life

6 months ago Sarah Hinkediker 0
  Some of us may wonder about our exact purpose in life.  Why are we so significant to this world? There are other 7 billion people in this world…how can I, a young and powerless person can make an impact? No way! It can’t be possible.   Well, the truth is that every little thing Read More

Shabbat Candles

7 months ago ssalles 0
Lighting Shabbat candles is an amazing mitzvah that all Jewish women and girls can take part in, beginning from the age of three years old. This mitzvah gives us the opportunity to reflect and have a one-on-one time with Hashem. It is also symbolic of welcoming the peace and light of Shabbat.   I bet Read More

The Deeper Meaning of the Purim Feast

9 months ago Archive 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

12 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

1 year 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)

1 year 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
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