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Chief Rabbinate Recognizes a Ger Toshav

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Rav Oury Cherki comments on the recognition of a “Ger Toshav” by the Chief Rabbinate: For the very first time in 2,500 years, a man was pronounced a “Ger Toshav” – a resident alien – by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. A Ger Toshav is a non-Jew who lives among the people of Israel in its Land, accepts the Torah, ... Read More »

The importance of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah

A video by Rav Cherki on the subject of blowing the shofar. The main mitzva of Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year – is to hear the sound of the shofar. The main point is that the mitzva is to listen, as opposed to other religions, where the important element is an image. Hearing maintains the purity of the ... Read More »

The Fast of the 9th of Av

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A recorded message from Rav Cherki about the fast of the 9th of Av. The fast of the Ninth of Av 5774 is on Tuesday August 5, 2014 (starting the night before). (If you do not see English subtitles, click “caption” button on the bottom of the screen.) We mark the ninth of the month of Av as the darkest ... Read More »

Chief Rabbi Lau Blesses Noahides

The Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi David Lau, in a video (with English subtitiles) discussing the vital work of Brit Olam and blessing Noahides around the world. Letter by Chief Rabbi David Lau 9 Adar I 5774 February 9, 2014 To: Rabbi Oury Cherki “Brit Olam” Jerusalem Hearty wishes of Shalom, A Letter of Blessing I am happy to hear ... Read More »

Shavuot as a Universal Holiday

* * * Shavuot 5775 is celebrated for one day in Israel (Sunday May 24, 2015) and for two days outside of Israel (Sunday-Monday, May 24-25, 2015). A message from Rav Cherki about the universality of Shavuot: There are 620 letters in the Ten Commandments, corresponding to the 613 mitzvot of the  Torah and the additional 7 mizvot of Bnei ... Read More »

Shavuot and Bikurim

* * * Shavuot 5775 is celebrated for one day in Israel (Sunday May 24, 2015) and for two days outside of Israel (Sunday-Monday, May 24-25, 2015). A message from Rav Cherki: The significance of Bikurim – giving away the first fruits: It is not explicitly written that the Torah was given on Shavuot, but the Torah does give the ... Read More »

Jerusalem Day and World Hisory

Rav Cherki explains the great significance of our history to the world as a whole. The world sees the Six Day War, which is marked by Jerusalem Day, as an event of Biblical proportions, and more and more people are turning to the Jews to learn from the prophecies as the Jews understand them. Many people instinctively feel that Jerusalem ... Read More »