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Eat with Both Hands

Subs sandwiches, especially when stuffed properly, are one of those busy messy foods that you need to eat with both hands. Like Felafel it needs full-contact, total engagement. This is no finger food, you need both hands to keep it … Read the rest

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YK: Take5

Based on the “Confusing Internal & External Batteries” story that Rabbi Mendel shared at Neilah, our Yom Kippur appeal this year isn’t about feelings and character and other internal areas.

SONY DSCWe are calling our Appeal: “Take5”. Take5 is the … Read the rest

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YK: Confusing the Internal & External Batteries

For about a half year now, my laptop battery has been charging less and less, until its gotten to the point that I can only use it while its plugged in. Finally I ordered a replacement battery online, but when … Read the rest

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YK: Knots Tighten & Shorten the Rope

The verse says “Jacob’s heritage is like a rope.” Tanya’s Igeres HaTeshuvah explains that our relationship with G-d is like a very thick cable made of 613 strings. Each Mitzvah is an individual connection between a Jew and G-d. Keeping … Read the rest

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YK: Sailor at Helm or with Anchor?

Ki Hinei KaChomer is one of the beautiful poems of the Kol Nidrei/Maariv Yom Kippur service. Each stanza uses a metaphor of a different hands-on occupation to illustrate how our lives are “in G-d’s hands.” We sing it to a … Read the rest

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YK: Search Here!

“you’ll seek G-d from where you are, and you’ll find Him…”

One Saturday night Moe found Joe on all fours searching on the floor under the street-lamp, about half a block from the Synagogue. “Did you lose something?” Moe … Read the rest

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YK: R’ Meir of Rothenberg’s Ransom Refusal

Salachti is a Yom-Kippur eve Selichot written by Rabbi Meir of Rothenberg (1215-1305) who was imprisoned by the local authorities, and refused ransom in the fear that this would become normative practice, to imprison prominent Jews in an effort to … Read the rest

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YK: Establish Relationship First

There are some repeated patters in the Yom Kippur service. Ever notice how Kee Anu Amecha always precedes the Ashamnu? But not by much, its just a few paragraphs prior.

Ki Anu Amecha speaks to the multifaceted, multidimensional relationship … Read the rest

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Tiferes Uzomo – The Beauty of Our Strength

This year (5775/2014) was the first time we had Raizy’s parents for Rosh Hashanah, Below are two of the inspirational Chassidic stories her father shared over the holiday.

The verses in the Shofar service remind me of this story that … Read the rest

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Composite Shabbos Shuvah Drasha II

It is customary for Rabbis to give longer sermons on the Shabbos before Yom-Kippur, known as Shabbos Shuvah (Repentance/Return). Last year for Shabbos Shuvah 5774 / 2013, instead of a long speech by the Rabbi, we asked students and guests Read the rest

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