Piecing Together the Lag BaOmer Puzzle

33rd day in the counting of the Omer,  Rabbi Akiva and his talmidim, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, Bon Fires… what do these events have in common?

The Fear Factor – Parshas Acharei Mos- Kedoshim

Jewish guilt usually has a negative connotation.  Interestingly, in this audio Rabbi Gross sheds it in a positive light.


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Are You What You Eat? Parshas Shemini

By: Rabbi Dovid Gross - 25 March 2011 - 0 Comments

In this week’s Torah portion, Shemini, we find the basic outline of the types of animals, birds and fish that we are permitted and prohibited to eat. Kosher species of animals have split hooves and chew their cud; kosher species…

To Life, To Life, L’chaim! Parshas Tzav

By: Rabbi Yitzchok Oratz - 18 March 2011 - 0 Comments

“Hey, wassup?  How ya doin’? How’s life?”   “Nothing major, you know, same old stuff, different day. Can’t wait until summer so I can get away for a few days.”   Does the above conversation sound familiar? No doubt it…

As G-d Commanded Moses Parshas Pekudei

By: Rabbi Serebrowski - 04 March 2011 - 0 Comments

Recently, a friend shared with me the all-too-common experience he had when attempting to put together a piece of furniture by himself. Feeling smarter than the instruction manual, he assembled various parts out of order, only to be stymied later….

Black Friday, The Running of the Brides, and the Tabernacle Parshas Vayakhel

By: Rabbi Dovid Gross - 24 February 2011 - 0 Comments

This week’s Torah portion, Vayakhel, describes how the Jewish people responded generously to Moshe’s appeal for the donation of materials necessary for the construction of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), which would serve as the dwelling place for the Divine presence amidst…

Donning the Ultimate Uniform Parshas Titzaveh

By: Rabbi Gedalia Liebes - 11 February 2011 - 0 Comments

For many, this past weekend contained the most important Sunday of the year. All activities had to be scheduled around that most super of sporting events – the Superbowl, of course. According to the most recent Nielsen ratings, this year’s…