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Why Did G-d Give the Torah to the Jewish People?

How is our Torah different from other philosophies and religions? What is its unique characteristic that caused it to be turned down by all of the other nations? In this short video, Rabbi Yitzchak Botton elucidates what the proper attitude should be when approaching the study of our divine Torah

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Fast of Gedaliah

What is the purpose of the Fast of Gedaliah? Why was Gedaliah Ben Achikam murdered? Rabbi Reisman explains how the Fast of Gedaliah enables us to continue the momentum of Rosh Hashanah.

The Joy of Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah is the last day of the Festival of Sukkot. Why do we read from a Torah scroll on the night of Simchat Torah? What is the true joy of Simchat Torah? Rabbi Lauffer elaborates on the laws and customs of the Festival

Tenth of Tevet: The Beginning of the Siege

The Tenth of Tevet was ordained as a fast, because on that day Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylonia, came with his troops to besiege Jerusalem, and this siege was the beginning of the tragedy that ended with the destruction of the First Temple and the exile of Divine Presence (Shechina)

The Jewish Year - Part 4

Why was the Temple destroyed? Why do we mourn during the Three Weeks? Why do we eat the simanim on Rosh Hashanah? In this episode of 'The Jewish Year', Rabbi Lauffer elaborates on the essence of the months of Tammuz, Av and Elul