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Devarim

By the Numbers
18 Tisha B'Av Facts Every Jew Should Know

Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of Av, is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar.
Tisha B'Av
Shabbat Chazon
On this Shabbat, say the Chassidic masters, we are granted a vision of the Third Temple.
Tisha B’Av That Falls on Shabbat or Sunday
On Shabbat, all public displays of mourning are strictly prohibited. This causes changes in many of the Tisha B’Av laws and customs.
Jewish History
Who Was the Exilarch (Reish Galuta)?

This title was given to the political head of the (at times) semi-autonomous Jewish community in Babylon, who traced his lineage to King David.
Nebuchadnezzar: The Evil Babylonian King Who Destroyed Jerusalem

Nebuchadnezzar is notorious for decimating the Jewish presence in the Land of Israel, exiling the vast majority of its denizens to Babylon, and destroying the first Holy Temple.
Jewish Georgraphy
What Do You Know About Caesarea

In Jerusalem, King Herod needed to be (somewhat) sensitive to traditional Jewish sensibilities. Not so in the (largely non-Jewish) coastal area.
What It’s Like to Rekindle Jewish Life in Barcelona After 500 Years of Darkness

Chabad Shlucha Nechama Libersohn talks about the return of Judaism to Spain
Parshah
Ever Thought That G‑d Hates You?

How often does this play out in our lives. Life is disappointing or frightening, and we immediately point the finger at G‑d: You hate me, even though I have nothing against You!
Devarim Parshah Quiz

Take this quiz to see how well you know the parshah of Devarim
Perspectives
Limud Zechut: How to Only See the Best in Others

Chapter 6 of Positivity Bias
What 4 Deaths in 4 Days Taught Me About Life

I was standing at a deathbed in silence together with the family as their patriarch slowly moved on to a better place.
Story
The Woman at the Train Depot

“If you are presented with an opportunity to help someone, even if it’s an ordinary stranger from the bazaar, don’t hesitate to do so.”
Lifestyle
How to Make Halva at Home

For this mitzvah which I command you this day, it is not hidden from you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, "Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?" Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, "Who shall cross the sea for us, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?" For the thing is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do it.
— Deuteronomy 30:11-14
Print Magazine

Everything has its limits, even darkness.

In our eyes, darkness is the background, the default state, and any light and beauty plays upon it only as a visitor, an intruder upon the emptiness, eventually to fade back into the darkness by fault of entropy.

But the true background of being is pure light. Not the...