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Shavout

Shavuot is the day the Torah was given — celebrating the supernatural encounter between God and the Israelites at Mount Sinai, an event which changed mankind forever. Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai and is also the Festival of the First Fruits or the Feast of the… Keep Reading

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Video: Turning Shavuot night into a Solidarity Event with Sderot

With the holiday of Shavuot approaching, and people preparing to stay up to learn Torah on Shavuot evening, 12Tribe Films Foundation (http://www.12tribefilms.org/) and the Sderot Hesder Yeshiva (http://www.sderot.org/) are introducing the “Shavuot Mishnathon” – where people can learn Torah to support the people of Sderot. This year young and old, schools and communities can all… Keep Reading

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Today in Jewish History – Adar 14

Sponsored by Aish: In 355 BCE, the Jews celebrated their successful defeat of Haman’s anti-Semitic mobs, an event we commemorate today with the Purim holiday.We read the Megillah (Scroll of Esther), dress up in costumes, and celebrate how the Jews of Persia narrowly escaped annihilation, thanks to the bravery of Esther and Mordechai. In Shushan,… Keep Reading

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Today in Jewish History – Adar 13

Sponsored by Aish: On Adar 13, during the biblical story of Purim, the 10 sons of Haman were hanged (Esther 9:7). This would find eerie parallel over 2,000 years later when 10 top Nazi officials were hanged at the Nuremberg Trials. Incredibly, the Hebrew year of the hangings at Nuremberg, 5707, is encoded in the… Keep Reading

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Today in Jewish History – Shvat 15

Sponsored by Aish.com: Today is Tu B’Shvat, the New Year for the Trees. This is technically the day when trees stop absorbing water from the ground, and instead draw nourishment from their sap. In Jewish law, this means that fruit which has blossomed prior to the 15th of Shvat could not be used as tithe… Keep Reading

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