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What is Tishah b'Av?

Tishah b'Av, also known as the 9th of Av, is one of the two annual 25 hour long fast days. Known as the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, Tishah b'Av is...

It's Been Two Thousand Years; Can We Still Be in Love?

On Tuesday, July 24, 2007 -- the Ninth of Av on the Jewish calendar -- we commemorate the destruction of our ancient temple in Jerusalem, which was...

When Jerusalem Burned

At the beginning of the Common Era, a new group arose among the Jews: the Zealots (in Hebrew, Ka-na-im). These anti-Roman rebels were active for more than...

Which tribe are you?

Rabbi Yossi Mandel: Hello. Please be patient, as I am chatting with more than 1 person. I'll be with you shortly. abc: Do the jews of today know which...

Who are the "Ten Martyrs"?

These are the Ten Martyrs as enumerated in a very moving epic during the Mussaf repetition of Yom Kippur.Rabban Shimon Ben Gamliel (was...

Timeline of Jewish History

Chapter 1The New World [numbers on the left hand side correspond to the Jewish calendar which begins with the year '1' - creation of the world -...

How do we reconcile being the “Chosen Nation” with historically being the “Most Persecuted Nation”?

While we constantly hope and pray that we don’t experience any suffering, I don’t see how our suffering would contradicts the fact that we are...

What caused the destruction of the Holy Temple, and how can we rectify that?

The Talmud,1 explains why the Babylonian exile which followed the destruction of the first Temple lasted only a predetermined seventy years, while we are...

Mystery of the Ten Lost Tribes

Of the first things that come to mind when thinking about Moshiach, is the Return of the Ten Lost Tribes who were exiled and separated from the rest of...

Eternal Rays of Light

The SunsetSeveral days ago, I sat with my family at the shores of Lake Huron enjoying a picturesque sunset. The sun descended over the water in a...