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Baruch S. Davidson

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Shiva, the seven-day period of mourning, is observed upon the passing of the seven close relatives listed in Leviticus: father, mother, wife (or husband), son, daughter, brother, and sister. 21:1-3. These relationships are enumerated within the context of...
The Baal Shem Tov's Revolutionary Approach to Joy
From the very inception of chassidism, in fact, perpetual joy was one of the primary distinguishing characteristics of the chassid.
The Baal Shem Tov's revolution was not in the discovery of this universal truth, but in the "depth of heart and fire of soul" that he revealed within this profound mitzvah, which changed the face of Judaism for all time to come.
Why we are accustomed to to commemorating a custom with a custom-made custom
The Jewish name of Deborah (Devorah)
Yes, devorah is Hebrew for “bee.” It’s also the name of two great women mentioned in the Torah. The first was the nursemaid of our matriarch Rebecca. The more famous Devorah, however, was Devorah the prophetess, who judged and taught the Jewish nation for...
Doctors discovered that Houben had an almost normal level of brain activity. He was suffering from a form of "locked-in syndrome," in which people are unable to speak or move but can think and reason.
Reuben (or Reuven, as it is pronounced in Hebrew) was the name of the oldest of Jacob's twelve sons, fathers of the twelve tribes. The Torah Genesis 29:32. records when he was given this name and as well as its meaning. But first a little background infor...
Abraham's Gifts to His Other Sons
Question: The Torah records that Abraham gave presents to the children he had with Hagar. Rashi says that they were filled up with tumah (dark spiritual forces). Why would Abraham do that? Why not just throw it away and give something good to them? Answer...
The dedication of a new Torah scroll is traditionally celebrated with great festivity. This article is a basic guide to the traditional induction ceremony.
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