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The Chassidic masters were revolutionaries of their time. Breathing new life into a world that was still reeling from the pogroms and expulsions of the middle ages, they set Jewish thought on a new course. In this last installment of the Rebbe's Teachings...
The weekly portion from the Prophets
This class studies the text of the haftarah for the first day of Rosh Hashanah. The reading is from the beginning of the book of Samuel, which is the narrative of the Chana’s prayer for a child and the subsequent birth of her son Shmuel.
Chana’s Prayer and Rosh Hashanah
On Rosh Hashana we read in the Haftorah about the birth of the prophet Samuel. Childless for many years, one year on Rosh Hashana, his mother Chana offered a prayer that elicited the Divine blessing resulting in his birth. The Talmud states that Chana's p...
A Rosh Hashanah Message
If everything originates from G-d, why pray to Him to change His plan? And, how can we “demand” more goodness while realizing how unworthy we are?
The Torah relates the story of how Chana persevered in her prayers and was finally granted a son. But more than just a biblical tale, it’s a lesson for us in our responsibility to the future generations.
When it comes to Jewish education, some parents ask, “What’s the rush? When our child learns right from wrong, and matures a little, then we’ll teach him about his heritage. It can wait until he is at least able to understand that he is part of the chosen...
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