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The SEC is dedicated to strengthening Jewish identity for youth and young adults, and to building a new generation of spiritual and community leaders. From our historic campus in the Old City of Jerusalem to our various diaspora branches, the SEC’s philosophy of Classic Sephardic Judaism offers Jews an opportunity to connect with their roots in a warm, friendly and positive environment. At the SEC, tradition meets modernity, and the timeless values of intellect, unity, compassion and tolerance blend to create a meaningful connection to Judaism, Israel and the Jewish people.

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This Week at Beit Midrash Shaarei Uziel…

What is the larger purpose of a rabbi in society? Are rabbis only concerned with the kashrut of pots and pans, or does the kashrut of business practices also matter? Must a rabbi tend to a broken heart and soul as much as he tends to a broken Eruv before Shabbat? Is...

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Lest We Sit By Silently…

“Every day not far from here, as we sit here, men, women and children are murdered in Syria, and particularly in Aleppo,” said Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef. “Millions of refugees are homeless, hundreds of thousands of others are starved, under siege....

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Immigration, Thanksgiving, and Fiddler on the Roof

Last February I saw the recent revival of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway. For those in the audience who have seen this show a million times (probably most!), we all noticed two additions to the show, at the very beginning and then again at the end. At the beginning,...

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A Night – and a Year – of Blessings

The beginning of the New Year is an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start again. Aware of life’s complexities and that no year is ever going to be perfect, Jewish tradition offers us the opportunity to begin anew, with the hope that any negativity from our...

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Torah portion: Between the dead and the living

Parashat Korach (Numbers 16:1–18:32) It wasn’t a pretty scene. Rebellion and chaos permeated the Israelite camp. Korach — the cousin of Moses and Aaron — rallied 250 agitators in an attempted coup d’état against the leadership of Moses and Aaron. The fate of the...

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War and Peace

What does it mean to actually go to war and confront an evil enemy? You never really understand that until it gets up close and personal. I learned that part of the parasha the next morning, June 6 – the first formal day of the Lebanon War.

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Why Sephardic Judaism? On Lag B’Omer, Here’s Why…

Although the Omer period is not intrinsically a period of mourning, events that took place during this period transformed it from a period of celebration to one where we observe certain rituals of mourning. What happened? The Talmud (Yebamot 27b) records that during...

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Why Sephardic Judaism? Here’s Why…

These words are taken from his book “Eshed Nehalim,” and were translated by Rabbi Daniel Bouskila. It is these types of teachings that make Classic Sephardic Judaism worth teaching and preserving. Don’t you agree?

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