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What Rosh Chodesh is and how to celebrate

Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi: the Alter Rebbe – Tevet 5780

Few luminaries in Jewish history, particularly in modern times, have made as lasting and profound a contribution to our spiritual heritage as Rabbi Shneur Zalman, who passed away on 24 Teves His works embrace the entire spectrum of Jewish thought—mysticism, philosophy, psychology, ethics, and law—and represent an expression of unparalleled creative genius.

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What Is Asarah B’Tevet (Tevet 10)? – Tevet 5780

On Asarah B'Tevet, the 10th day of the Jewish month of Tevet, in the year 3336 from Creation (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Asarah B'Tevet (this year, January 7, 2020) is observed as a day of fasting, mourning and repentance.

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What is Yud Tes Kislev – Kislev 5780

The 19th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev is celebrated as the “Rosh Hashanah of Chassidism.” It was on this date, in the year 1798, that the founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745–1812), was freed from his imprisonment in czarist Russia. More than a personal liberation, this was a watershed event in the history of Chassidism, heralding a new era in the revelation of the “inner soul” of Torah.

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Chanukah: The Dreidel’s Hidden Meanings – Kislev 5780

A very popular Jewish custom is to play dreidel on Chanukah. Adults together with children gather around the lights of the menorah, spinning to discover which letter falls on top. What is the deeper significance of this act, and what meaningful thoughts can we have in mind while playing dreidel this Chanukah? As we will see, by spinning the dreidel in front of the Chanukah lights, we are bridging the gap between the finite realm and the infinite.

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The Zodiac of Kislev – Kislev 5780

Learn the mystical dimension of the Jewish month embedded in its Hebrew name, mazal, tribe, attribute and more. The Hebrew zodiac for Kislev is “keshes” (bow and arrow), a.k.a. Sagittarius.

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About the Month of Marcheshvan – Cheshvan 5780

MarCheshvan (sometimes called Cheshvan) is the second month of the Jewish calendar counting from Rosh Hashanah (the eighth month from Nisan). Cheshvan is the only month that does not have any holidays or special mitzvot. We are taught that it is “reserved” for the time of Moshiach, who will inaugurate the Third Temple in the month of Cheshvan

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Women on Marcheshvan – Cheshvan 5780

Appreciating the month of Cheshvan from different women's perspectives...

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The Zodiac of Cheshvan – Cheshvan 5780

Learn the mystical dimension of the Jewish month embedded in its Hebrew name, mazal, tribe, attribute and more. The Hebrew zodiac for Cheshvan is “akrav” (scorpion), a.k.a. Scorpio.

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Sukkot – the Time of Our Rejoicing – Tishrei 5780

The seven days of Sukkot—celebrated by dwelling in the sukkah, taking the Four Kinds, and rejoicing—is the holiday when we expose ourselves to the elements in covered huts, commemorating G‑d's sheltering our ancestors as they traveled from Egypt to the Promised Land. The Four Kinds express our unity and our belief in G‑d’s omnipresence. Coming after the solemn High Holidays, it is a time of joy and happiness

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Rosh Hashanah – Head of the Jewish Year – Tishrei 5780

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, and a day of judgment and coronation of G‑d as king.

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