Tefillat Geshem The Prayer for Rain

Invoking the merits of our ancestors in praying for rain hints at the endless cycling of water through all of life since the dawn of creation. BY RABBI JACOB FINE The earth, like most living things, is primarily comprised of a transparent, odorless, virtually tasteless and colorless fluid […]

Parashat Chayei Sara / פרשת חיי שרה

Genesis 23:2 with Sforno, Midrash Tanhuma Source Sheet by yaakov Saavedra בראשית כ״ג:ב׳ (ב) וַתָּ֣מָת שָׂרָ֗ה בְּקִרְיַ֥ת אַרְבַּ֛ע הִ֥וא חֶבְר֖וֹן בְּאֶ֣רֶץ כְּנָ֑עַן וַיָּבֹא֙ אַבְרָהָ֔ם לִסְפֹּ֥ד לְשָׂרָ֖ה וְלִבְכֹּתָֽהּ׃ Genesis 23:2 (2) And Sarah died in Kiriath Arba—it is Hebron—in the land of Canaan; Abraham came to grieve for Sarah and to […]

Chol Ha’Mo’ed

The days between the first and seventh days (outside of Israel between the second and eighth days) of the Pesach holiday and the days between the first day of Sukkot and the holiday of Shemini Atzeret (outside of Israel between the second day of Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret) […]

The Cylce Begins

With 5781 just around the corner We will Begin Teachings with an in depth look at the Brit Chadasha with its Torah and Talmud insights in light of its original Aramaic and Hebrew Perspectives. A sneak peek Aramaic Covenant (Apostolic Writings) Apostolic Evangelism’s1Yah Chanan 1Yah 1:1 In the […]

Shmini Atzeret

Shmini Atzeret 2020 / שְׁמִינִי עֲצֶרֶת 5781 Shmini Atzeret (Eighth Day of Assembly) for Hebrew Year 5781 begins at sundown on Friday, 9 October 2020 and ends at nightfall on Saturday, 10 October 2020. Shemini Atzeret (שמיני עצרת – “the Eighth [day] of Assembly”) is a Jewish holiday. It is celebrated on […]


With The End Comes The Beginning By Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum Torah Reading for Simchas Torah: VE-ZOS HABRACHAH, Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12Additional reading: Genesis 1:1-2:3Maftir: Numbers 29:35-30:1Haftara: Joshua 1:1-18 AND THIS IS THE BLESSING After the succession of stern rebukes to Israel in the preceding parshahs, we finally come to the […]

Clouds of Glory

The Gemara (Sukkah 11b) explains that the Mitzvah of Sukkah is in commemoration of the clouds of glory that surrounded our ancestors when they left Egypt. The Gemara (Ta’anit 9a) states: “Three great leaders arose for the Jewish nation: Moshe, Aharon, and Miriam. Hashem gave the Jewish nation […]

Words to the Shema and Its Blessings

The Shema, one of the most important (and shortest) prayers in Jewish liturgy, is surrounded by three long blessings. The first two, which thank God for creation and revelation precede the Shema. The third, which thanks God for redemption, follows the Shema. While the translation below uses masculine […]

Sukkot 2020

Sukkot I (on Shabbat) / סוּכּוֹת יוֹם א׳ (בְּשַׁבָּת)Saturday, 3 October 2020 / 15 Tishrei 5781 Torah Portion: Leviticus 22:26-23:44 1: Leviticus 22:26-33 2: Leviticus 23:1-3 3: Leviticus 23:4-8 4: Leviticus 23:9-14 5: Leviticus 23:15-22 6: Leviticus 23:23-32 7: Leviticus 23:33-44 maf: Numbers 29:12-16 (5 p’sukim) Haftarah: Zechariah 14:1-21 Sukkot II / סוּכּוֹת יוֹם ב׳Sunday, 4 October 2020 / 16 Tishrei 5781 […]