Category Archives: Judaica

Netilat Yedaim: The Power of Ritual

Jun 12, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

In the Jewish tradition, there is a big emphasis placed on a ritualized washing of the hands at various points throughout every day. Often, a special cup is used to pour water alternatively over each hand, a process known as “netliat yedaim.” One of the times when this is required is before the eating of bread. Let’s examine why: In the Torah it states, “And you shall sanctify yourselves and […]

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The Tree of Life

Jun 05, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

Central to the Jewish belief in a living G-d is the belief that He communicated His will to man, the one creature whom He endowed with free will to follow it. In fact, the very essence of Judaism rests upon an extraordinary one time event in history, the Divine revelation at Mount Sinai in which the entire nation experienced together. The result was the giving of the 10 commandments, the […]

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The Meaning of the Israeli Flag

Apr 20, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

While a flag is merely a piece of cloth used to distinguish and identity regions, nations, organizations, etc., the choice of colors, designs and symbols often make it a work of art embedded with layers of deeper meaning. The Israeli flag depicts a blue hexagram (Star of David) on a white background, between two blue horizontal stripes. Originally designed for the Zionist movement by David Wolfsohn (1856-1914), a Zionist leader […]

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