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A Ba’al Teshuvah Is Greater Than a Tzaddik

By Rabbi Yosef Churba Sep 17, 2018 11:54 AM
Rabbi Moshe Cordevero, z”l writes that God’s character is unlike that of mankind. After all, if a human being is angry with his ...

Teshuvah Brings About Closeness to God

By Rabbi Yosef Churba Sep 13, 2018 11:57 AM
If Teshuvah is motivated by love for God, then the most severe transgression is now considered a mitzvah. Teshuvah brings a person to amazin...

Teshuvah: Uprooting the Desire Equals Uprooting the Deed

By Rabbi Yosef Churba Sep 12, 2018 12:27 PM
The Ramchal (Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto), z”l explains in his work Mesillat Yesharim that the power of repentance flows from the attri...

Why We Fast on Tzom Gedaliah

By Mrs. Shelly Greenstein - Forman Sep 12, 2018 12:04 PM
Many Jewish people are all familiar with the minor fast day that comes swiftly after the Rosh Hashanah holiday. Many learned about Tzom Geda...

The Enormity of the Concept of Repentance

By Rabbi Yosef Churba Aug 28, 2018 04:19 PM
The Chassidic Rebbe, Rabbi Tzadok HaKohen of Lublin, zt”l explains that the commandments of th...

Sins Endanger Lives, Repentance Saves Them

By Rabbi Yosef Churba Aug 22, 2018 02:38 PM
Rabbi Moshe Cordovero, zt”l writes in Tomer Devorah that each sin which a person performs crea...

Teshuvah for a Person Who Sins Repeatedly

By Rabbi Yosef Churba Aug 21, 2018 03:14 PM
Our teacher, the former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, the genius, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, zt”l ...

Reciting Anenu in Arbit Before a Fast Day

By Mr. Morris Arking Aug 20, 2018 11:37 AM
The Gemara in Masekhet Shabbat (24a) quotes a Tosefta: Yamim She-En Bahen Qorban Musaf K’gon S...

How Teshuva Makes Us into New Beings

By Rabbi Yosef Churba Aug 16, 2018 02:39 PM
Our teacher the Chida, zt”l (zekher tzaddik liverakhah, may the memory of the righteous be a b...

Shabu'ot: The Holiday of Many Names

By Mr. Morris Arking May 17, 2018 01:05 PM
If you look through the Torah, you will find that Shabu’ot is actually a h...

Pesach and the Seder Nights

By Mr. Jack E. Rahmey Mar 28, 2018 03:06 PM
This Friday night begins the holiday of Pesach, when we are commanded from the Torah to celebra...

The Mitzvah of Eating Matzah

By Mr. Morris Arking Mar 27, 2018 01:24 PM
In the beginning of the Haggadah, when we read K’ha Lahma ‘Anya, we highlight the aspect...

The Ten Plagues

By Mr. Morris Arking Mar 27, 2018 01:21 PM
The Torah presents the ten plagues as three groups, with each group comprised of three plagues, and ...

The Translation of Pesach

By Mr. Morris Arking Mar 27, 2018 01:12 PM
If you ask anyone how to translate the name of the holiday of Pesah, the answer that you will invari...

K’ha Lahma ‘Anya

By Mr. Morris Arking Mar 27, 2018 01:07 PM
This short opening paragraph that begins with K’ha Lahma ‘Anya is comprised of three see...

Z'roa: What is our Custom?

By Mr. Morris Arking Mar 21, 2018 01:26 PM
What is our Minhag? It is our custom to eat the Z’roa’ (roasted Shankbone) at th...

Purim: History Repeats Itself

By Mr. Jack E. Rahmey Mar 02, 2018 12:51 PM
Throughout time we’ve always learned that history has an interesting way of repeating itself, ...

Why We Fast on Asarah B'Tevet: Jerusalem Under Siege

By Rabbi Yosef Churba Dec 27, 2017 01:25 PM
With the upcoming fast day of Asarah B’Tevet, many people may be wondering why it is that we f...

Lighting the Menorah on Erev and Motzaei Shabbat

By Rabbi Yosef Churba Dec 15, 2017 12:00 AM
Pictured Above: Hanukiah in the Grazer Synagogue. Source: Wikimedia Commons.  On Friday, ere...