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  • The Twelfth Blessing of the Amida
    “Shover Oyevim U’Machnia Zedim” (The Twelfth Blessing of the Amida) Question: In the Blessing regarding the heretics in the daily Amida prayer, how should one end the twelfth blessing: “Shover Oyevim U’Machnia Zedim” (He who smashes enemies and humbles the wicked) or “Shover Oyevim U’Machnia Minim” (He who smashes enemies and humbles heretics)? The reason…
  • The Sanctity of the Synagogue- the Coronavirus Pandemic
    During the past few weeks when, thank G-d, many of us have slowly begun some sort of return to prayer in synagogues and houses of study, we must focus our energies on preserving the sanctity of these houses of worship and to draw the appropriate conclusions between the current pandemic and degradation of the sanctity…
  • The Sound of Silence
    The Sound of Silence – Pirkei Avos ch.1 and Parshas Behalotcha by Yaakov Saavedra Repairing Ourselves and Our World From the Damage of Fragmentation משנה אבות א׳:י״ז (יז) שִׁמְעוֹן בְּנוֹ אוֹמֵר, כָּל יָמַי גָּדַלְתִּי בֵין הַחֲכָמִים, וְלֹא מָצָאתִי לַגּוּף טוֹב {אֶלָּא} (מ)שְׁתִיקָה. וְלֹא הַמִּדְרָשׁ הוּא הָעִקָּר, אֶלָּא הַמַּעֲשֶׂה. וְכָל הַמַּרְבֶּה דְבָרִים, מֵבִיא חֵטְא:Pirkei Avot 1:17…
  • Calendar Confusion
    1Calendar ConfusionWritten by Todd D. BennettMarch 1, 2015 (Gregorian Date) The Scriptures tell us that “in the beginning” Elohim created the heavens and theearth. We then read about the creation of time known as a day, which then led to a sevenday period known as a week. Up to that point, both of these categories…
  • Parashat Beha’alotcha / פרשת בהעלתך
    Torah Portion: Numbers 8:1 – 12:16 After the dedication of the Sanctuary — the portable Temple and repository of the Torah — the Children of Israel were almost ready to start the journey to the Land of Israel. The purpose was to fulfill the mission of Abraham, the founding father: to take the Ark of the…