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The Real Meaning of Purim

March 8, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

Most of us read the Megillah year after year without realizing the sublime message embedded deep inside of it. It isn’t just a story of an evil king and a poor nation saved by a beautiful new queen and wise Jewish man. It is a story that defines our existence [Read more…]

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Message about the Megillah

March 5, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

I have been asked about the laws of Megillah reading, every year (yes, I guess that happens when you’re the one who reads it!), and I wanted to point out a few less-known Halachot for the general public: It is an obligation upon both men and women to hear the [Read more…]

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A Message from the Doves

February 26, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 1

I was sitting at my desk here in Jerusalem, thinking of what to write. I was interrupted by the cooing of a dove on the windowsill. I tried to ignore it, but soon, there was another one on the other windowsill, and together, the noise was slightly bothersome. I thought [Read more…]

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A True Jewish Leader: Part Two

February 17, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 5

I left off last week, speaking about true Jewish leaders. This last week has been so very hectic in Israel. As you all know election day was last week, and the country was split up over two very possible candidates – Tzipi Livni, and Bibi Netanyahu. I spent Shabbat with [Read more…]

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A True Jewish Leader

February 10, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 2

I went outside today, on my way to Yeshiva, and felt something different in the air. It was freezing outside, but that wasn’t it. Everywhere, were kids with different colored shirts, standing in front of their respective party’s banners. Some were handing out fliers and pictures, while others were sharing [Read more…]

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Tears at the Wailing Wall

February 6, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

I write these words, not wanting to believe them. I walked into my Yeshiva this morning, not wanting to believe the sign was posted there. My eyes scanned the white paper, now so bright in the sunlight – not wanting to believe what I was reading was true. Rabbi Noach [Read more…]

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Lessons from a Jamaican Cabby

February 2, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 3

I woke up to bright lights and the sound of screeching brakes, as my Greyhound bus pulled into the station. “Welcome to Downtown Baltimore! This is the final stop,” said the driver in a thick, Baltimore accent. I hurried to get up, making sure not to forget my hat from [Read more…]

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Its Raining in Jerusalem!

January 31, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

I was about to go to sleep, when I heard the faint sound of rain beating on the window sill. I asked my roommate to open the window, and alas – twas rain! We both smiled, and I decided, I must share my happiness with you. This year has been [Read more…]

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Angels in Blue and Green

January 28, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

My thoughts were interrupted, when coming up to the railing right besides us, were none other than two young men with guns and helmets…and of course, clothed in blue. We all laughed as our eyes met, and “Shabbat Shalom”s rang out simultaneously between of our little groups.

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