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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 »

A message for Purim – No. 2

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NOTE: Purim 5775 starts Wednesday night, March 4, 2015, and continues until sundown on Thursday. The Book of Esther is the last book in history that is part of the Tanach (the Bible). It teaches us how to behave in a world where G-d is no longer revealed directly but where He continues to supervise His world even though He ... Read More »

A message for Purim – No. 1

NOTE: Purim 5775 starts Wednesday night, March 4, 2015, and continues until sundown on Thursday. Purim message by Rav Cherki: The Jews defied Haman by refusing to follow his dictatorial commands. At the time, many non-Jews took on Jewish customs and became Noahides. The wine of Purim symbolizes the fact that all of mankind receives their life from G-d.   – Purim ... 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 »

Lesson about Chanukka, Rabbi Oury Cherki

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Why do I need to have to fight with the Greeks??  And the question whether these events that we are celebrating today, these wars that we had with the Greeks were really necessary? Was the possibility of cooperation between the Jewish people and the Greek culture, without having to get involved in the war? Read More »

Chanukah 5775

Chanukah begins Tuesday night, Dec 16, and continues for 8 days, until Wednesday evening, Dec. 24. In a video message for Chanukah 5775, Rav Cherki discusses the encounter between the cultures of Greece and Israel. We usually say that the Greeks suppressed Judaism, but there was a very long period of good relations between the two cultures. The Greeks saw ... Read More »

Pesach for the Nations

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On the face of it, the date of the holiday of Succot seems to be out of place. The Torah teaches us that the purpose of Succot is “so that your later generations will know that I caused The Children of Israel to dwell in succot when I took them out of the Land of Egypt” [Leviticus 23:43]. This could ... Read More »