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Divine Names

In both religious and nonreligious circles, it is common to speak about the Holy One, Blessed be He, as the “Supreme Force” (“Koach Elyon“). However, this concept is entirely wrong, for several reasons. The simplest reason for this fact is that any attempt to define Divinity diminishes the concept and distorts the truth, in the manner of, “for You, silence ... Read More »

The Bill of Sale

Before Jerusalem was conquered by the Chaldeans, G-d commanded Jeremiah to buy the field belonging to his cousin Hanamel, as we read in the Haftarah for this week. This symbolic act, which took place in the last moments before the city fell, is a sign to those about to leave in exile that they will return to Zion: “This is ... Read More »

What will the Other Nations Say?

G-d leads all of the nations of the world through a universal approach. Just as He took His nation out of slavery into freedom, so He brings the other nations into the light of the world. “You are for me like the sons of the Kushites, Children of Israel – that is the word of G-d. Did I not bring ... Read More »

Rav Cherki: Eulogy for his son, Shalom Yochai

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Shalom Yochai, the son of Rav Oury Cherki, was murdered in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem Wednesday night, April 15, 2015 – the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day. Below is the text of the eulogy delivered by Rav Cherki at his son’s funeral. * * * * * * “Behold, the messengers cried out outside – angels of peace wept ... Read More »

Grain from the Land

What is the main characteristic of the holiday of Pesach? At first glance, the answer to this question is simple: It is the Exodus from Egypt! However, if this is so then we are celebrating an event that has not reached an end. It is true that we were released from slavery into freedom, but we did not make it ... Read More »

Video: Making matza

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See how matza is baked – a demonstration that was filmed at Merkas Harav, the yeshiva that was established 90 years ago by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook. Includes all the necessary steps: mixing and kneading the dough, rolling out the matza, baking.   Read More »

Rav Cherki: Letter of greetings for Pesach

To my brothers and sisters, Noahides wherever they may be: At this time of spring, when nature renews its appearance, The season when a new light of  freedom was spread out over the whole world – during the Exodus from Egypt – Let us all be blessed with an abundance of renewal from the Creator of the Universe, who shows His love for ... Read More »

Passover (Pesach) Insights at Brit Olam

The holiday of Passover (Pesach) this year, 5775, begins Friday night April 3. In Israel, it lasts for seven days – that is, the last day of Pesach is Friday, April 10 (which is followed immediately by Shabbat, April 11l Abroad, the holiday lasts for eight days (and ends on Shabbat, April 11. See a collection of insights about the ... Read More »

A Perfect Passover

The special Haftarah reading for this week (Parshat Hachodesh) is a prophecy by Ezekiel which describes a unique set of sacrifices. The question of the differences between the prophet’s description and the laws of sacrifices in the Torah was already addressed in the days of the Tana’im, who wrote the Mishna, and the apparent contradictions were explained in an analysis ... Read More »

He Who Responded to Elijah

“The whole nation saw, and they fell on their faces and said: Hashem is Elohim! Hashem is Elohim! Hashem is Elohim!” [Kings I 18:39] – The end of this week’s Haftarah. What did the nation mean by this highly emotional declaration? At first glance it might seem that they were trying to show their decision with respect to the challenge ... Read More »