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Yehuda Lang

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Artist’s Statement: "A little bit of light dispels a lot of darkness." - Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812)
How deep can Talmud go?
Quantum logic helps explain a halachic ruling of Maimonides, a puzzling story of the Talmud, a Midrash about the splitting of the Sea of Reeds, and a rabbinic teaching about the relationship between Torah and existence.
The Shabbat before the start of a Jewish month (Rosh Chodesh) is known as Shabbat Mevarchim, “the Shabbat when we bless.” On this day, we recite a special blessing for the new month and announce the date(s) of Rosh Chodesh during the synagogue service.
Rise and Climb
It’s time to climb a ladder, to ascend to the heavenly spheres and fortify our sensitivity for G‑d and spirituality. After this daily booster we descend, equipped to tackle the day and the struggles it will present . . .
In addition to the basic kosher laws (such as the kosher species of meat and fish, and the separation of meat and dairy), there are several other kosher considerations. Here are some of them . . .
Thunder, fragrances, travelers & more
Besides the basic daily blessings—e.g., for eating or drinking, and those that are part of the prayers—there are a variety of other blessings recited on different occasions.
Even in the Evening
The third of the three daily prayers, called the maariv (or arvit) prayer, is recited after dark (the first two are recited in the morning and afternoon). This prayer was instituted by our Patriarch Jacob.
Welcoming the Bride
Prayer is not just another item on Shabbat’s task list; it’s part of the day’s definition. Without the pressures of the workweek, we become more contemplative and focused—just the state required for real prayer.
Prayers and Torah Reading
A quick overview of the Shabbat morning prayers, the reading of the Torah, the Mussaf, and the Shabbat afternoon prayers.
As G‑d’s children, we must act and look the part, conducting ourselves with dignity and modesty.
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