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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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Money That Matters

March 18, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 2

“These are the accounts of the Mishkan (tabernacle), the Mishkan of the testimony, as were rendered according to the commandment of Moshe, through the service of the Leviim, by the hand of Itamar, the son of Aharon the Priest.” (Shemot 38:21) “These are the accounts: In this parashah, all the [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…]

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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…]