The Meaning of Shabbat Parshat Hachodesh
Daniel Pinner, Arutz Sheva
This Saturday is Shabbat Hachodesh, Sabbath of The Month
The Sabbath preceding the first day of the month of Nisan is called Hachodesh. We read the first mitzvah given to the Jews as a people. With special Torah and Haftarah readings, we read how the first national mitzvah was to take control of our time.
Structure of a Jewish Prayer Service
Your step-by-step guide
Are you attending a Jewish service for the first time or just need a refresher? While prayer services vary widely from temple to temple, there are some standard prayers and rituals that most temples practice. From the warm up prayer (pesukai d’zimra) to the sermon (d’var Torah), this video guides you through all the different sections of a typical Jewish service.
The Red Heifer in Synagogue: Purifying Israel from Sin
The Red Heifer Purification Process. Artist YoramRaanan.com
By Ethan Schwarts for TheTorah.com
This Shabbat is Shabbat Parah/The Sabbath of the Red Heifer
The Special Readings for Shabbat Parah
The Shabbat three weeks before Passover is known as Shabbat Parah. It derives its name from a special liturgical feature: the additional Torah reading (maftir) drawn from the purity rite of the red heifer (Numbers 19). This practice goes back to the Tannaitic period (late 2nd century C.E.) and is referenced in the Mishnah (m. Megillah 3:4):
Our Favorite Shabbat Songs for Kids
BY RACHEL MINKOWSKY for Kveller
I’m admittedly a Shabbat newbie, but music has always been an important tool in teaching my children about Judaism. Bringing music into our burgeoning Shabbat rituals was a natural extension. I’ve learned a lot in the past year, mostly through trial and error, when it comes to engaging my kids in music on Shabbat. Here are three things to keep in mind:
BY RABBI IRVING GREENBERG for myjewishlearning.com
A serious lesson that focuses on fighting evil precedes the Purim festivities.
Purim opens on a somber note. Haman is identified as the descendant of Amalek, whose people attacked Israel in the desert, the symbol of cruelty to the weak. Before celebrating the defeat of the wicked, one must remember that God (as well as God’s people) has a war with the Amalekites and will not be at ease until the Amalekites are blotted out. Jews are pledged to work for the end of oppression of the weak everywhere; a temporary, partial victory should not blind one to the persistence of evil in the world.
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