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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...

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...

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.

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?