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The rhyme and reason behind the well established pre-Tisha B’Av ban on meat and wine is surprisingly vague and inconclusive – especially as Talmudic sources say nothing of the sort, and the tradition doesn't jibe with general mourning and bereavement prac...
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Learn the unique attributes of the three holy Temples, and why the future temple will be eternal.
Based on the writings of the Rebbe
Ingredients: 1 onion 1 yellow bell pepper 1 tomato 1 red chili pepper 2 cloves garlic 4-5 sprigs fresh parsley 3 tbsp. oil 1 cup chopped (canned) tomatoes 1 tsp. sweet paprika ½ tsp. cumin ½ tsp. turmeric ½ tsp. salt 4 eggs Directions: Dice all the vegeta...
Ingredients: 3 small eggplants 1 onion 1 zucchini 1 red bell pepper 1 yellow bell pepper 3 cloves garlic 1 yellow tomato 1 red tomato 6 sprigs fresh parsley 3 tbsp. olive oil Salt Pepper Directions: Wash the eggplants and pat dry. Cut a slit in one side o...
Recipes for Shabbat from Israel
Ingredients: 1 large red pepper, sliced 5 tbsp. oil 1 hot pepper 1½ cups cooked or canned chickpeas 6 garlic cloves, sliced 3 fillets tilapia 2 tbsp. sweet paprika ½ bunch cilantro (coriander), roughly chopped Salt, to taste Water Directions: Sauté the re...
The 17th of Tammuz, the Three Weeks, and the Nine Days
Learn the laws and customs for the mourning period of the “Three Weeks,” which begin with the fast of 17 Tammuz, and culminates with the fast of Tisha B’Av.
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Devarim
There are three verses in the Torah where a new paragraph begins in the middle of a verse. One of them is found in this week’s Torah portion. The fact that there is a break implies that we are dealing with two opposite concepts, in this case, the people o...
The numbers and letters of destruction and renewal
The mystical secrets hinted at by the numbers in the dates associated with the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem—the 17th day of Tammuz, the 9th day of Av, and the three weeks or twenty-one days between them.
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