Selichot for Yom Gimel

Please Wipe Out My Wickedness like a Cloud(Selichot for the house of IsraelRecite loudly:‫א‬ ָ‫ּנ‬ ‫א‬ ָ Please wipe out my wickedness like a cloud,and forgive my sins, for they are great.‫ה‬ ‫ׁשּוב‬Return the remnant of a shadowed people,And send a messenger [of good news]to inform them of […]

Speech Lashon Ha-Ra

When non-observant people talk about how difficult it is to observe Jewish law, they usually mention the difficulty of observing Shabbat or keeping kosher or other similarly detailed ritual laws. Yet the laws that are most difficult to keep, which are most commonly violated even by observant Jews […]

Aliya Parshas Netzavim / Vayeilech

Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person “goes up” to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading. It’s about time we stopped making excuses and took responsibility for who […]

Leil Selichot 2020 / סליחות

Leil Selichot (Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays) for Hebrew Year 5780 ocurrs after nightfall on Saturday, 12 September 2020. Selichot or slichot (Hebrew: סליחות) are Jewish penitential poems and prayers, especially those said in the period leading up to the High Holidays, and on Fast […]

Various Categories of Atonement

The month of Elul, which we currently find ourselves in, is a time for repentance, forgiveness, and atonement, as we have already discussed. Let us now discuss various categories of sin, which are more severe than others, and how to completely erase these sins. The Four Categories of […]

TORAH: NITZAVIM-VAYELECH

TORAH: NITZAVIM-VAYELECH By Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum Torah Reading: NITZAVIM: Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20 VAYELECH: Deuteronomy 31:1-30. DECLARING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING “Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying ‘My counsel shall stand and all My pleasure I shall do’ […]

The Gospel of Q

The following translation has been committed to the public domain and may be freely copied and used, changed or unchanged, for any purpose. Q is the designation given to a hypothetical sayings source that many scholars believe was incorporated into the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. Though some […]

Zecharyah 7-8

7 And it came to pass in the shnat arba of Daryavesh HaMelech, that the Devar Hashem came unto Zecharyah in the fourth of the chodesh hateshi’i (ninth month), even in Kislev; 2 And Beth-El had sent Sar-Etzer and Regem-Melech, and their men, to make entreaty for favor before Hashem, […]