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"The Deed" - A Guide to Mitzvot

Five-minute videos on the practical performance of mitzvot

Ever wonder on the practicality of certain mitzvot such as Shabbat and kosher? How do we perform the mitzvah in this day and age? Wonder no longer! The Deed is a five-minute video presentation describing the practical performance of a mitzvah.

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The Tefillin are our connection to G-d, as we submit the thoughts in our mind and the emotions in our heart to G-d.
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Sanctifying Your Home
The mezuzah and the laws concerning the small scroll of protection that adorns every door of our homes.
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A Constant Reminder
Explore the significance of the ritually fringed four-cornered garment.
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More Than A Charitable Act
Tzedakah is more than a Charitable act. It is sharing with others what G-d in His kindness has given us.
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More Than a History Book
The Torah is more than a history book. It is G-d’s instructions to humanity. It tells us how to maximize our potential on this earth.
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The last commandment of the Torah is to write one’s own Sefer Torah. Today this is commonly done through buying a letter, chapter or portion in a joint Sefer Torah. It is written by a scribe who is specially ordained to write, and its laws are meticulous.
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Which species of animals, birds, fish and vermin are kosher, and which are not?
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The preparation of kosher food is meticulous: slaughtering, checking and removing of the blood, plus which parts of the animal may not be eaten.
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One of the fundamental principles of a Kosher home is keeping Milk and Meat separate; from pots & pans and cutlery to stoves and sinks. Plus: The laws of Koshering utensils previously used for non-kosher foods.
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Shopping for Kosher foods, baked goods, fresh fruit and packaged goods; looking out for the Kosher certification and labels.
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Wine represents the holiness and separateness of the Jewish people. However, since wine was and still is used in many forms of idolatrous worship, it has a unique status in Jewish law, which places extra restrictions on the making and handling of wine.
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A Practical Guide
The rituals and customs that we have practiced for centuries at the Shabbat table; from lighting candles to eating delicious Challah.
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Our sages tell us: G-d told the heavenly angels: “I have a special treasure called Shabbat, and I will give it to the Jewish people”. For six days we work, and the seventh – Shabbat brings holiness and rest” {Ed. Note: Not filmed on Shabbat}
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Part I
“On the Seventh day you shall rest from all work”. What constitutes work? There are 39 Cardinal prohibitions on the Shabbat, and many off-shoot laws that are derived thereof. The first in a series of eight classes, defining the laws of work on Shabbat.
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Mixing Wool and Linen
Shatnez is the prohibition of wearing garments mixed with wool and linen. Join us as we take an up-close look at how to check materials to ensure they’re free of shatnez.
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The "Pidyon Haben"
The mitzvah of pidyon haben is to redeem the firstborn son by giving a Kohen five silver shekels when the boy becomes a month old.
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A Boy’s First Haircut
An Upsherin is the traditional “first haircut” ceremony held on a boy’s third birthday. This ceremony marks the start of the child’s formal education, and is highlighted by leaving the child’s payot, and his starting to wear a kippah and tzitzit.
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Religious Maturity
A boy attains his religious maturity and becomes responsible to fulfill all Torah commandments at the age of thirteen; this milestone is traditionally celebrated with a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.
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Part 1
The Jewish way of dating and preparing yourself for your wedding.
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Part 2
The Jewish way of dating and preparing yourself for your wedding.
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Part 1
The key components of a Jewish wedding and some customs and traditions.
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Part 2
The key components of a Jewish wedding and some customs and traditions.
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Prayer for the Deceased
Children recite Kaddish for their loved ones’ departed soul. What is the meaning of Kaddish and how, when and why is Kaddish recited?
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Estate Issues in Jewish Law
This presentation sheds light on writing a Jewish will and the legalities of estate issues with regard to inheritance.
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Jewish Burial
One of the most important elements of a proper Jewish burial is the Taharah; preparing the body for its final rest by the Chevra Kaddisha or Jewish Burial Society.
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A Jewish funeral is distinguished by its simplicity, humility and solemnity. It emphasizes the spiritual and sublime over the physical and material.
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The Chazzan
Most prayers are led by a member of the congregation who serves as chazzan or canter. The congregation follows the leader for the duration of the prayer service.
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The Jewish New Year
A deeper look into the meanings and customs of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year: From crowning G-d as our king to blowing the Shofar and dipping apple into honey.
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Have you ever wondered why we blow the shofar on Rosh Hashnah? Learn all about the meaning of the most central mitzvah of this holiday.
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On the first day of Rosh Hashanah we go to a body of water to recite the tashlich prayer, where we beseech G-d for mercy, atonement and a good new year.
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Day of Atonement
Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the calendar, is a day of atonement which is observed chiefly through fasting.
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Memorial Prayer
Yizkor, the memorial prayer for the departed, is observed on specific holidays for the souls of those who passed on.
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On Sukkot we shake the lulav and etrog. Learn how to do this mitzvah of taking “the four kinds”.
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The beauty of “the four kinds” is the etrog, the citron fruit. What distinguishes the etrog from an ordinary lemon?
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Part 1 - Building the Sukkah
Get an up-close look on how to build a sukkah, the temporary dwelling used on Sukkot.
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Part 2 - Eating in the Sukkah
On Sukkot we move from our living and dining room to the sukkah; dicover how and why this is done.
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On Simchat Torah we complete the yearly cycle of Torah readings, and celebrate by dancing with the Torah.
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A short overview of the story of Chanukah and its special traditions.
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A brief review of the story and practices of the festival of Chanukah
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The Festival of Joy
The story, the customs and the fun!
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The Purim Food Basket
One of the four Purim observances is ‘mishloach manot’, sending a friend a food gifts. Here is how it’s done.
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On Passover we not only abstain from eating chametz, but we are enjoined to totally remove it from our possession. Hence the cleaning and koshering before the holiday.
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Part 1
What is matzah and how is it made? Here’s how we do it!
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Part 2
What is matzah and how is it made? Here’s how we do it!
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Many of the items that will be used at the Seder will need to be prepared in advance. Here’s how.
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Learn how to arrange and assemble your seder plate.
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Part 1
A step by step guide on how to lead a proper Passover seder
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Central to the seder is the ‘haggadah’ – the seder manual from which we relate the story of the exodus.
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Part 2
A step by step guide on how to lead a proper Passover seder
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A short overview of the customs and meaning of the holiday of Shavuot, celebrating the giving of the Torah.
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The Priestly Blessings
On specific holidays the kohanim, the descendants of Aaron, bless the congregation during the morning services.
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The Jewish Calendar
Rosh Chodesh, the head of the month, plays a big role in the Jewish calendar, where the lunar cycle is front and center. Learn how the Jewish calendar works.
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