Mikeitz 5776-2015

“Joseph’s Bold Advice to Pharaoh-–Revisited” by Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald In this week’s parasha, parashat Mikeitz, Joseph, the Hebrew slave boy, is hurried from the dungeon to stand…

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The Feast of Weeks

Shavuot, which we begin celebrating this Thursday night (May 28, 2020), is the only holiday listed in the Torah without the date on which it is to be observed. Rather, the Torah states…

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Rabbi Shimon’s Favorite Tree

On Lag Ba’omer, Jews around the world honor the memory of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a student of Rabbi Akiva who delved into the esoteric meaning of the Torah.  He taught what is…

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Rabbi Shimon’s Favorite Tree

On Lag Ba’omer, Jews around the world honor the memory of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a student of Rabbi Akiva who delved into the esoteric meaning of the Torah.  He taught what is…

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The Ten Sephirot

Most people associate kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) with the Zohar (Book of Splendor). However, the earliest text to which the sages refer is Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Creation).* The exact…

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The Feast of Weeks

Shavuot, which we begin celebrating next Saturday night (June 8), is the only holiday not listed in the Torah by the date on which it is to be observed. Rather, the Torah teaches that…

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The Feast of Weeks

Shavuot is the only holiday not listed in the Torah by the date on which it is to be observed. Rather, the Torah teaches that this festival takes place on the day following the 49th day…

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The Feast of Weeks

Shavuot, which we begin celebrating next Thursday night (May 28), is the only holiday not listed in the Torah by the date on which it is to be observed. Rather, the Torah instructed that…

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Va’eira 5763-2002

"The Exodus--A 'Primitive' Story with Revolutionary Implications" by Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald Jewish history is often perceived, with great justification I might add, as one unending…

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Shavuot

- Shavuot The Festival of Weeks, Holiday of the First Fruit, Time of the Giving of the Torah – the…

Pekudei 5774-2014

“Moses Retires from Center Stage” by Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald In this week’s parasha, parashat Pekudei, the moment for which the People of Israel have long been waiting, has finally…

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Emor 5776-2016

“The Sabbath: Meeting G-d" A significant portion of this week’s parasha, parashat Emor, is devoted to the rules, regulations and observances of the Shabbat and the Jewish Holidays. In…

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Holidays

Holidays Rosh Hashana - Rosh Hashana, the…

Appreciate Freedom of Religion

The custom to play with bows and arrows on Lag Ba’omer parallels that of dreidels on Chanukah. When the autocratic governing powers outlawed the study of Torah, these toys were used as…

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Bonfires

Find a local Lag Ba’omer Bonfire and enjoy the festivities!

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Make Sure to Count Up to Shavuot

Create nightly reminders to count the 49 days of the Omer from Pesach to Shavuot.

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Something Joyful

Take time to do something joyful to celebrate Lag Ba'omer.

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BBQ

Invite friends over for a bbq (or even a bonfire) to celebrate Lag Ba'omer.

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Plan Ahead

Plan something special for Sunday's Lag Ba'Omer celebration.

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Calendar Count

Mark a calendar to help you keep track of counting the omer.

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Celebrate Locally

Find out if there is a Lag Ba'omer celebration in your town and make plans to attend.

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Friends, Friends, Friends

In honor of Lag Ba’Omer, make a special effort to get along with others.  

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Grab a Carob

In honor of Lag Ba’Omer, try some carob.

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Musical Day

Make plans for this Sunday to enjoy Lag Ba'omer with music.

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In Your Town

Find out what Lag Ba'Omer celebrations are taking place in your community this Saturday night/Sunday.

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Music

Celebrate Lag Ba’omer with music!

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Barbeque

Tomorrow is Lag B'omer. Celebrate Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai's "shining light" by scheduling  a special activity with friends and family (perhaps a barbeque if you can't get to a…

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Fire Power

If you can't build a bonfire on Lag Ba'Omer, invite some friends over for a barbeque.

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Take A Shot

On Lag Ba’Omer (Sunday, May 2, 2010) teach your children (including nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc) to shoot a bow and arrow--most toy stores have excellent “suction” arrows.

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