"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

July 2012

There Was a Temple – Where People Prayed …

July 31, 2012

by Rabbi Chaim Rettig  On the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, more than two thousand years ago, there was a Temple, where people prayed and offered sacrifices. In the Holy of Holies – within the Temple – the Shechina, the presence of G-d, appeared, and it was very close to the nation of Israel. The organization […]

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What is Lacking in the World Because of the Destruction of the Temple?

July 31, 2012

Significance of the Destruction of the Temple DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION? Do you have a question about God, the Bible, or theology? have you ever needed help understanding a Bible verse or passage? Are there any spiritual issues in your life for which you need advice or counsel? Ask The Rabbi New Here? Become a […]

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Why Was the Temple REALLY Destroyed?

July 30, 2012

by Pninah Means Millson Mason  Why Was The Temple Really Destroyed? Ask any modern day Jew why the Temple was destroyed and he/she will tell you it was destroyed due to sinat chinam, or baseless hatred or internal strife. However, what was this baseless hatred? Baseless hatred is the hatred of someone for no reason […]

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7 Commandments that Abraham Kept …

July 30, 2012

Path of Abraham 7 Commandments that Abraham Kept “…Abraham obeyed Me and observed My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.” - Genesis 26:5 One can see a ‘remez’ / hint to the 7 laws of Noah here. Commandments, statutes, and laws are each in the plural form.  This means that each of these terms are at least 2 […]

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The Concept of Being Saved Does Not Exist in Judaism …

July 30, 2012

By Sophiee Saguy  The concept of being “saved” simply does not exist in Judaism. As the Rabbi Eli Cohen said “in Judaism you aren’t saved to begin with!” This is because you are NOT born a sinner and when you do sin (by accident or intentionally) there are ways to get right with G-d. The ONLY time the […]

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Lands and Their Owners …

July 27, 2012

Avraham ben Yaakov TORAH FOR THE NATIONS The weekly Torah portion and its lessons for all people Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22 Lands and their owners by Avraham ben Yaakov Structure of the book of Deuteronomy The entire book of Deuteronomy consists of Moses’ discourses to the people of Israel in the concluding weeks of his life. The people […]

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It’s All From HaShem …

July 24, 2012

The Power of Words AIM OF BLOG Emunah, faith in God, does not mean believing only good things will happen; it means believing that whatever God does is for the best. I wrote these words at a time when drive-by shootings and suicide bombers had become almost weekly, if not daily, tragedies. Now, more than […]

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Sinat Chinam – A Baseless Definition of Hatred…

July 23, 2012

Lev Echad Jewish unity is possible – really! It begins with acting decently toward one another; it follows with tolerating others as they pursue lives of goodness; it culminates with many different Jews, but just one heart. The Talmud (Yoma 9b) explains the reason for why God allowed the Second Beit Hamikdash, or Holy Temple, to […]

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A House Divided …

July 22, 2012

God’s House will be rebuilt only when each Jew truly cares and loves his or her fellow Jew. by Rabbi Tzvi Nightingale Well I looked into a house I once lived in Around the time I first went on my own… Now the distance is done and the search has begun I’ve come to see where […]

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Hanging Haman: The Commandment to Wipe Out Amalek…

July 21, 2012

On the Shabbat before Purim, generally known as Shabbat Parashat Zachor, Jews across the world gather in their synagogues to hear Deuteronomy 25:17-19 read at the end of Torah reading: Remember what Amalek did to you on the way when you went out of Egypt. That they encountered you on the way, and struck the […]

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“One” God – Gentile or Jew …

July 21, 2012

Moshe Ben-Chaim  I am now in regular contact with someone who has brought to my attention her ongoing debate on a Jewish message boards regarding the unity of God. This principle, that God is one, is the truth most vital to our existence, and the truth responsible for all knowledge. For when we err, we […]

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Maimonides – Christianity and the True Messiah …

July 20, 2012

Moshe Ben-Chaim   Reader: Dear Mesora, I have now accessed the text I mentioned by Maimonides: Laws of Kings, Laws 11:10-12 (Capach Edition): “[10] …Can there be a greater stumbling block than this (Christianity)? That all the prophets spoke that the Messiah will redeem Israel and save them, and gather their dispersed and strengthen their Mitzvot, and […]

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Who is the Moshiach ben Yosef?

July 17, 2012

by Moshe Shulman CLAIM: The Rabbis believe in two messiahs, one exalted and one suffering. It’s not two messiahs one exalted and one suffering, but one messiah, first time suffering the second time exalted. Missionaries associate this claim with a well-known teaching in the Talmud[1]. “Rabbi Alexandri said Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi opposed two verses. One […]

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What is a Torah scroll?

July 15, 2012

Torah Scroll The Torah contains the Five Books of Moses, whose English and Hebrew names are: Genesis Beraishit Exodus Shemot Leviticus Vayikra Numbers B’midbar Deuteronomy Devarim The Torah is divided into parshiot (Torah portions) which are generally three to five chapters in length. The parshiot are read, in order, each Shabbat throughout the year, in a yearly […]

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Child of the Holy Spirit?

July 12, 2012

  Child of the Holy Spirit For some have thought fit …to relate as a possible thing that Plato was the son of Amphictione, Ariston being prevented from having marital intercourse with his wife until she had given birth to him with whom she was pregnant by Apollo. And yet these are veritable fables, which […]

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The Good News

July 12, 2012

Direct Relationship You can enter into a deep, joyful and fulfilling relationship with the One Creator of heaven and earth without having anyone else involved in that relationship aside from the two of you: G-d and yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you that your Creator is “unapproachable”. You don’t need anyone to stand between you […]

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Messiah Ain’t JeZeus, That’s for Sure!

July 11, 2012

By: Tzvi Fishman   In response to yesterday’s blog about Mashiach, I received a few questions about Jezeus, the heralded Xtian messiah, so before continuing with our discussion about the true Jewish Mashiach, I will try to shatter this terrible Xtian myth that has plunged mankind into darkness for the last 2000 years. Hopefully, this […]

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