Jacob and ShemaVayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)Jacob goes to meet his long-lost son, Joseph. Their meeting is quite emotional, as we wouldhave expected.Genesis 46:29“Joseph harnessed his chariot and went up to meet his father, to Goshen, and he appearedbefore him, he fell on his neck, and he wept on his neck for a long time.”RASHIAnd he wept on his neck for a long time – RASHI: This … Continue reading WHAT IS RASHI SAYING?

The Festival of Pentecost (Shavuot)

The Festival of Pentecost (Shavuot) CHAPTER 6 And you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks, that is, the first fruits of the wheat harvest… (Exodus [Shemot] 34:22 NAS). You shall count seven weeks for yourself; you shall begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. Then you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the Lord … Continue reading The Festival of Pentecost (Shavuot)

Passover in the Hebrew Bible

Article by William Brownpublished on 19 April 2019 Passover is a Jewish festival celebrated since at least the 5th century BCE, typically associated with the tradition of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. According to historical evidence and modern-day practice, the festival was originally celebrated on the 14th of Nissan. Directly after Passover is the Festival of Unleavened Bread, which most traditions describe as originating when the Israelites … Continue reading Passover in the Hebrew Bible

Purim / פורים

Purim (Hebrew: פּוּרִים, Pûrîm “lots”, from the word pur, related to Akkadian pūru) is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther (Megillat Esther). Reading of the Megillah Purim in the streets of Jerusalem The first religious ceremony … Continue reading Purim / פורים


BS”D KNOW YOUR BIBLE: Esther 3-4 Study Notes by Avraham ben Yaakov ESTHER CHAPTER 3 V 1: “After these things Ahashverosh promoted Haman…” Ahashverosh’s feast had taken place in the third year of his fourteen-year reign (Esther 1:3), while Esther became queen four years later, in the seventh year of his reign (Esther 2:16). It was not until five years after that, in the twelfth … Continue reading KNOW YOUR BIBLE: Esther 3-4

Don Fernando Aguilar’s Amazing Shofar

On August 2, 1492, a young sailor named Christopher Columbus departed Spain. As his ships sailed out of Seville’s harbor, he noted something curious: thousands of men, women and children were desperately cramming into boats and ships. That day was the final deadline for all Jews to leave the Spanish kingdom. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella had recently conquered all of Spain and sought to … Continue reading Don Fernando Aguilar’s Amazing Shofar

Need a Reason to Repent?

Need a Reason to Repent? The Answer—No Matter Who You Are—Can Be Found Here The poem ‘Unetaneh Tokef’ reminds us that we can change our own character, even if we cannot completely control our future By Helen Plotkin|September 3, 2013 12:00 AM On the High Holidays, we read a poem known by its first two words in Hebrew: Unetaneh Tokef—Let Us Cede Power. It was … Continue reading Need a Reason to Repent?

New Revelation

Themes of Shavuot (Pentecost)New Revelation One theme of Shavuot (Pentecost) is a new revelation of G-d’s will (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:15-16,21). Two notable historical events happened on this day. The giving of the Ten Commandments or the Torah.It should be noted here that the Hebrew word Torah, commonly translated as “law” in English, does not mean “law,” but “instruction or teaching” in the Hebrew language. By understanding the meaning of the … Continue reading New Revelation