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What is the reason for the custom of mourners tearing their clothing on the death of a loved one?

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on July 22, 2014 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 

BY ARON MOSS

 

Aron Moss is rabbi of the Nefesh Community in Sydney, Australia, and is a frequent contributor to Chabad.org.

 

 


Question:

 

What is the reason for the custom of mourners tearing their clothing on the death of a loved one?

 

Answer:

 

On the most basic level, the tearing is expression of pain and sorrow over the passing. Torah law encourages—in fact mandates&...

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A Purim Secret

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on September 26, 2013 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)


By Yerachmiel Tilles

 

 


Nissan was a wealthy man who lived in Yargin, a small town near Pressburg, the capital city of Slovakia. When younger, he had been a student at the famous Pressburg yeshivah. He and his wife were already married for many years, but still had not been blessed with children. When, finally, a son was born to him in 5583 (1823), it was no surprise that he honored his former teacher, the world-renowned scholar known as th...

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A Prerequisite for a Blessing

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on September 1, 2013 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

By Yerachmiel Tilles

 

 

Rabbi Shlomo-Eliezer Alfandri was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1820. His greatness was evident even as a youth, and while still a young man, he was appointed to the Spiritual Council of Istanbul. Many of Istanbul's Jews pleaded with him to accept the position of Chacham Bashi (chief rabbi of the city), and to join its rabbinical court; Rabbi Shlomo-Eliezer, however, refused to accept any rabbinical positions, preferring to devote himself to...

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Friday, 24 Elul 5773 / August 30, 2013

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on August 30, 2013 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Chagigah - Perek 1

 

 

Halacha 1

The Jewish people have been commanded to observe three positive commandments on each of the three pilgrimage festivals. They are:

 

a) to appear before the Divine presence, as Exodus 23:17 states: "All of your males shall appear";

 

b) bringing a festive offering, as Deuteronomy 16:15 states: "You shall bring a festive offering to God your Lord"; and

 

c) celebration, as ibid....

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The King???s Friend

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on August 22, 2013 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Based on an urban legend

By Bentzion Elisha

 

 

Once there lived a gentile king who delighted in having an audience with a particular rabbi who lived in the kingdom’s capital. The two would converse on various subjects, and the rabbi’s acuity and sharp intellect amazed the king again and again. No one could compare in counsel and wisdom to the charming rabbi.

 

The king had a fascination with outings to the country, and he would i...

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Is it racist to want a Jewish Spouse?

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on March 1, 2013 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

By Aron Moss <br><br>

Question:

I was explaining to a non-Jewish work colleague that I only date Jewish men, because I would not marry a non-Jew. He accused me of being racist. I was caught on the spot and had nothing to say. How would you respond to this accusation?

Answer:

If insisting that you will only date Jews makes you racist, does insisting that you will only date men make you sexist? You are certainly discriminating, but is this discrimin...

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When not to Obey Parents- An Exception

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on February 15, 2013 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

By Jacob Immanuel Schochet

Published and copyrighted by Kehot Publication Society

There is but one important qualification.

The fact that the precepts to honor and revere parents are commands of G-d implies not only the wide extent and significance of these Mitzvos, but also their limitation. It is G-d Who prescribes these Mitzvos, and it is G-d's Torah which delineates their specific details.

These Mitzvos are, therefore, integral parts of Torah an...

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What is a mezuzah?

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on February 5, 2013 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Deuteronomy 6:4-9/11:13-21">

A mezuzah mounted on the doorpost designates the home as Jewish, reminding us of our connection to G‑d and to our heritage.

A mezuzah is not, contrary to popular belief, the outer container. The mezuzah is actually the parchment scroll within, on which the "Shema" -- a biblical passage declaring the oneness of G‑d -- is handwritten by an expert scribe. <br>

The mezuzah is also a symbol of G‑d's watchful ...

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Tu B?Shevat

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on January 26, 2013 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Jewish Practice » Jewish Holidays

January 26, 2013

 

 

 

The New Year for Trees

 

 

 

Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar—celebrated this year on Shabbat, January 26, 2013—is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a ne...

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How Nobody Became Somebody

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on January 22, 2013 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Learning & Values » Kabbalah & Jewish Mysticism » Chassidic Thought » Insights & Readings » By Tzvi Freeman

 

 

 

By Tzvi Freeman

In the beginning, G‑d created everything out of nothing. He could have decided to make everything out of something, but He knew that nothing is better material than something. Because something is already whatever something is, but nothing can become anything.

 

That...

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What?s So Great About Failure?

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on January 22, 2013 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Learning & Values » Kabbalah & Jewish Mysticism » Chassidic Thought » Insights & Readings

 

 

 

Rewriting Your Own Script

 

By Tzvi Freeman

We need failure. The world is designed in such a way that people can fail—and fail so often. So often that at times it seems there is more failure than success.

We all need failure. Failure, you see, is the only way you can fall out of the script.

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The Third Marriage

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on January 16, 2013 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Learning & Values » Kabbalah & Jewish Mysticism » Chassidic Thought » Insights & Readings » By Yanki Tauber

 

 

 

By Yanki Tauber

 

 

 

Our first marriage was going to be perfect. The courtship, full of pathos and yearning; the lavish wedding that proclaimed our love to the world; the romantic honeymoon.

 

Our second marriage was a dismal terrain, strewn with tears of...

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A Marriage of Minds

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on December 22, 2012 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Learning & Values » Kabbalah & Jewish Mysticism » Chassidic Thought » Insights & Readings » Readings

 

 

 

Tanya Chapter Five

 

From the teachings of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi

 

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), founder of Chabad

 

Editor's note: The Torah's most obvious function is to serve as a guide to daily living: the word Torah means "law" and "instructi...

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The Silent Flute & The Little Buddah

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on December 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The Silent Flute was written in the theme of a Martial-Arts movie, but in reality it contains many of the teachings of The Holy Scriptures. It symbolically shows some of the various trials we encounter as we travel along the path towards Enlightenment, (i.e. the meaning of life on Earth and its purpose) and how to defend ourselves from the attacks that the Evil-one throws at us to take us off the path.  <br> <br>

The movie begins with a karate competition, which symboli...

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Moses and Gibraltar from the Holy Koran

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on December 19, 2012 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Part of Sura 18 - The Cave (correctly translated and interpreted) <br> <br>

 

 

18:60. Behold, Moses said to his attendant, "I will not give up (the search for enlightenment) until I reach the junction of the two seas (the Straits of Gibraltar) or (until) I spend years and years in travel."

18:61. But when they reached the Junction, they forgot (about) their Fish (symbol of man's secular knowledge), which took its course through the sea ...

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The Plain Truth About Easter

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on November 20, 2012 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

by Herbert W. Armstrong (1892-1986) 1973
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The Resurrection was not on Easter Sunday! Easteris not a Christian name, but the title of the idolatrous "queen of heaven." Here's an explanation of the true origin and meaning of Lent, Easter eggs, and sunrise services!



WHY DO you believe t he things you believe, do the things you do?



The chances are you never stopped to ask yourself that question. You have been taught since childh...

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The Catholic Church's Views on Contraception.

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on October 19, 2012 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 

In recent years there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the catholic church's views on contraception. To clarify this matter, we should look at on what grounds the church claims that contraception is not permissible. <br> <br>

The church uses the following Bible reference as means to back-up their false claim that contraception is wrong and that God condemns those who practice it. This is in fact a mis-interpretation taken by the church of what really ha...

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Kabbalah & Mysticism 101

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on July 21, 2012 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 

The Jewish mystical tradition is rich and diverse, and Jewish mysticism has taken many forms. Scholar Moshe Idel groups the different expressions of Jewish mysticism into two fundamental types: moderate and intensive. Moderate mysticism is intellectual in nature. It is an attempt to understand God and God's world, and ultimately affect and change the divine realm. This type of mysticism incorporates many aspects of traditional Judaism, including Torah study and the performance of...

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Rambam for Sunday, 3 Av, 5772 - July 22, 2012

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on July 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

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Introduction to Mitzvot 79 - 82

The Uniqueness of the First-born

In Egypt, the tenth and final plague, which led to the exodus of the

Jewish people, was the slaughter of all Egyptian first-born men and

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Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton

Posted by Sir Knight Nash on July 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The Man of Steel's Jewish roots. <br><br>

By Simcha Weinstein

Coming over from the old country, changing his name like that. Clark Kent, only a Jew would pick a name like that for himself.

-- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon

The Birth of Superman

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the two ordinary young men who created an extraordinary hero, lived twelve blocks apart from each other in ...

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