The Setting of a New Day

The Setting of a New Day

The first Mishnah asks: “From when do we read the Shema at night? From the time that the Kohanim enter to eat their Terumah.” [Brachos 1:1] This is a very complicated answer to a very straightforward question. The Shema is a basic Jewish ritual, required...
Holiness has but One Address

Holiness has but One Address

Our new schedule of online classes is off to a very strong start — you will find over a dozen live classes every day from Sunday-Thursday, from 8:30 in the morning through 10:25 at night (EDT)! Whether you have no local resources or are near a community with many...
Learning Through the Plague

Learning Through the Plague

If you don’t have time to read this right now, please note that we are starting a new schedule of online classes now offered by rabbis in virtual classrooms as a result of the current quarantine. Please access the schedule, still under construction, and find a...
The Socially Distant Seder

The Socially Distant Seder

This Passover is going to be different. Over the last few weeks the world has plunged into an existence I can only describe as Biblical times. No longer do we wonder how a nation can be stricken with a plague, whether that is pestilence, frogs, fiery hail, or the...
A Voluntary Offering, and a Second Chance

A Voluntary Offering, and a Second Chance

This week’s reading, the first chapters of Vayikra (Leviticus), discusses various types of voluntary offerings that a person could bring in the Holy Temple — whether from oxen, sheep, doves, or flour. While fulfilling obligations always came first, a person had...
A Separated Shabbos, Together

A Separated Shabbos, Together

In this week’s reading, Moshe gathers the people together — and talks to them about Shabbos. “For 6 days you will do your labor, and the seventh will be holy for you, a Sabbath of Sabbaths to G-d… And you will not pass a fire through all your...