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Rav Cherki – Messages for Shavuot

Shavuot this year (5776, 2016) begins at the end of Shabbat June 11. In Israel it ends Sunday night, outside of Israel it ends Monday night. Shavuot as a Universal Holiday There are 620 letters in the Ten Commandments, corresponding to the 613 mitzvot of the Torah and the additional 7 mizvot of Bnei Noach. The Torah cannot be given to ... Read More »

Pesach – Video messages by Rav Cherki

True freedom is serving the Holy One, Blessed be He. One of the messages of Passover is the concept of unity. Everything in the world, including what appears to be good and what appears at first glance to be bad, is an expression of the unity of God. This is also the essence of the Passover Sacrifice, which like matza ... Read More »

Best Wishes for the New Year

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NOTE: Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins Sunday night, September 13, 2015, and continues until Tuesday night. The beginning of every new year fills the heart with great hope, of the type that inspire us in our thoughts of the future. We do our soul-searching about what we accomplished in the past, we make plans for the future, and ... 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 »

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 »

Chanukka (Hanukkah) what is it?

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Hanukkah (/ˈhɑːnəkə/ hah-nə-kə; Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה, Tiberian: Ḥănukkāh, usually spelled חנוכה, pronounced [χanuˈka] in Modern Hebrew; a transliteration also romanized as Chanukah or Chanukkah), also known as the Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication, is an eight-day Jewish holidaycommemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empireof ... Read More »