We often ask: “How do we know that G-d hears our prayers and forgives us on Yom Kippur, especially since we no longer have the Holy Temple and the sacrificial system for atonement?” The Tanach (Torah, Prophets and Holy Writings) is filled with dozens of verses that prescribe ways to ask, and receive, forgiveness for [Read More]
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Jews throughout the world recently celebrated the holiday of Shavuot. Shavuot is one of the three major Jewish festivals and comes exactly fifty days after Passover. After being redeemed from Egyptian slavery, the Jews arrived on Mount Sinai and received the Torah from God. This wonderful event took place 3,316 years ago.
The Jewish Temple was a holy and magnificent edifice, described as one of the wonders of the world. It majestically stood in Jerusalem for more than 830 years as the nucleus of Jewish worship. The first Temple, built by King Solomon, stood for 410 years until it was destroyed by the invading armies of the [Read More]
In the first mishnah of tractate Rosh HaShanah, the School of Hillel asserts that the “New Year” for trees is on the 15 th day of the month of Shvat. The significance of this date is to determine when the year begins for assessing the tithes and other agricultural obligations for fruit trees. Basing themselves [Read More]