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Most of the Israelites didn’t leave Egypt. How do we become free?
by Charlie Harary
Passover and the redemptive value of Jewish identity.
by Sara Yoheved Rigler (taken from Aish.com)
Our Sages assert that the Israelites in Egypt were on the lowest level of spiritual impurity. They worshipped idols. They were debauched and dissolute. So how did they merit the grand and miraculous redemption?
They had only three things going for them: They kept their Hebrew names, their Hebrew language, and their distinctive Hebrew dress. In other words, they retained their Jewish identity. Continue reading
A wedding celebration between God and the Jewish People.
Why did God wait 49 days before giving the Torah?
ABCs of Shavuot
Celebrating our receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai.
Shavuot occurs on the 6th of Sivan, the culmination of a seven-week period, “counting of the Omer,” that occurs following Passover. The very name “Shavuot” means “weeks,” in recognition of the weeks of preparation and anticipation leading up to the Sinai experience. Since Shavuot occurs 50 days after the first day of Passover, it is sometimes known as “Pentecost,” a Greek word meaning “the holiday of 50 days.” (Shavuot, however, has no connection to the Christian Pentecost holiday.)
The whole world’s eyes are on the far east, wondering how a Boeing 777 can just disappear without a trace. Malaysia Air Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur at 12:43am this past Saturday morning and has yet to be located. Flying is the safest mode of transportation that exists today, so the disappearance of an airplane like this is really sobering.
I heard the following story firsthand from the travel agent involved. He is an avid DansDeals follower that I’m friends with. He sent me the unedited exchange that follows and I made the necessary edits to protect the privacy of the parties involved.
4 Ways to Find Inner Joy
‘Tis the season to battle a touch of the blues.
It’s the season of office parties, family vacations and too many selfies popping up on Instagram and your facebook page. It sometimes feels as if everyone else is in a better place and having more fun. Many find themselves feeling down, unsettled, and battling a touch of the blues.
What can we do to find our personal joy?