Hanukkah 2014

Hanukkah, a Time for Reflection I would never regard myself as a master of the Talmud. That would require far more time and dedication than I possess. But I do like to read through certain sections from time to time. Occasionally, I find that the same passage keeps popping up in different areas of my life. When that happens, I […]

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Chag Sukkot Sameach!

Just a little thought to share on the eve of Sukkot. This holiday is also known as “Z’man Simchateinu”, “the Time of our Rejoicing”. It developed out of the ancient harvest festivals, and came to symbolize all that is right with the world. This is when we acknowledge the blessings of Hashem, and the abundance of provision that he gives […]

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Pesach and the Mishkan

So far in our review of the annual Torah reading cycle, “Campfire Torah” has taken us back to “In the Beginning”, brought us through the choosing of the Patriarchs, past miracles and plagues, seen the receiving of the Sinai Covenant, and ended with the construction of the Mishkan, which has culminated in the visible manifestation of Adonai in the midst […]

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Before the Seder

Before we ever get to the first night of Pesach, and the retelling of the Exodus story, we must do our best to rid our homes of leaven (another word for “leaven” is “yeast”). It has been said that the custom of “Spring cleaning” has its origins in the tradition of removing leaven from our homes for Pesach/Passover.

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