Yom Yerushalayim – Why Jerusalem?

May 09, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein

This Sunday, Jerusalem will turn blue and white once again as we celebrate Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day. It’s one of the festivals in the Omer, the newest holiday on the Jewish calendar, and a very special day – especially for Modern Orthodox and Religious Zionist Jewish communities. It celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem, which happened 51 years ago. Jerusalem is at the centre of Jewish prayer and philosophy. It’s […]

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This Week’s Torah Portion: Emor

May 02, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein

Name: Emor Reading: Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23 Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15 – 44:31 Parsha Summary – Emor Special Laws for Priests God tells Moses to speak to the priests regarding special laws for them. They are not to be near dead bodies except for immediate family: mother, father, son, daughter, brother, and sister. Priests must not swear, must not shave their heads or beards, or marry prostitutes or divorcees or any […]

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Lag BaOmer

Apr 30, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein

Lag BaOmer occurs on the 33rd day of the Omer. What is the Omer? The period of the Jewish calendar between Passover and Pentecost (Pesach and Shavuot). The 33rd day falls on the 18th of Iyar. The day marks the anniversary of the death of Shimon Bar Yochai, a second-century disciple of the famous Rabbi Akiva. According to legend, he spent 12 years living in a cave with water and […]

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