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One Mitzvah Can Go A Long Way

June 8, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 3

I hung up the phone with a smile, and shook my head in disbelief. “Why?” you ask. Ill tell you, after a brief introduction. Our Rabbis have taught us “One mitzvah brings along another mitzvah”. I always understood this teaching to mean that if one performs a mitzvah, then Hashem [Read more…]

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Blogger’s Birthday Blessing

May 6, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

To all my friends, family, and readers, The subject of whether or not to celebrate birthdays, has been a “hot topic” in the Jewish world for ages. The first person in the Torah reported to celebrate his birthday, was Pharaoh, who did so with a cake and candles (see commentaries [Read more…]

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Exile of the Soul

March 25, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 1

Tonight is my last night here in Jerusalem. I am returning to San Diego to celebrate the Pesach holiday with my family, and I will continue writing from there. My heart is torn. On one hand, I am so thrilled to be able to be home, with my family, my [Read more…]

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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…]