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    Hanukkah

    Add a Candle

    The message of Hanukkah is that if we know what our goals are, even if they seem far from our reach, step by step will bring us to our destination.

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende | 5764
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    Kashrut

    What is Kosher?

    Kashrut in a nutshell

    Several factors can cause food to be non-kosher, here a short explanation about four main factors: non-kosher ingredients, mixing of meat and milk, food cooked by a Gentile, and a set time when a food is forbidden.

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende
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    Sparks of Teshuva

    Define good and bad

    Sparks of Teshuva (8) - Ideas From Orot Hatshuvah

    When we come to do Teshuva we should define what is good and what is bad. First we set the goal and then we find the way to achieve it.

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende | Tishrey 5774
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    Sparks of Teshuva

    Sadness is only a guest

    Sparks of Teshuva (7) - Ideas From Orot Hatshuvah

    Sadness has an important role in Teshuva, but it should be only guest of the soul and not a permanent tenant.

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende | Tishrey 5774
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    Sparks of Teshuva

    Is Teshuva Artificial?

    Sparks of Teshuva (6) - Ideas From Orot Hatshuvah

    Does a one day of Teshuva have a meaning? Aren't the High Holidays artificial?

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende | Tishrey 5774
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    Sparks of Teshuva

    Tasteful Wood

    Sparks of Teshuva (5) - Ideas From Orot Hatshuvah

    Why do trees don't have the taste of their fruit, what is the analogy to our lives and how is this related to Teshuva?

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende | Tishrey 5774
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    Sparks of Teshuva

    How Does Teshuvah Work?

    Sparks of Teshuva (4) - Ideas From Orot Hatshuvah

    Sparks of Teshuva (4) - Ideas From Orot Hatshuvah

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende | Elul 5773
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    Sparks of Teshuva

    A Live Teshuvah

    Sparks of Teshuva (3) - Ideas From Orot Hatshuvah

    Sparks of Teshuva (3) - Ideas From Orot Hatshuvah

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende | Elul 5773
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    Sparks of Teshuva

    Perfection and Process

    Sparks of Teshuva (2) - Ideas From Orot Hatshuvah

    Sparks of Teshuva (2) - Ideas From Orot Hatshuvah

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende | Elul 5773
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    Sparks of Teshuva

    Introduction to Teshuvah

    Sparks of Teshuva (1) - Ideas From Orot Hatshuvah

    Sparks of Teshuva (1) - Ideas From Orot Hatshuvah

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende | Elul 5773
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    Sefirat Haomer

    Counting the Omer as a process

    In the process of leaving Egypt and becoming a nation we distinguish between the initial state which stands for itself, the goal at the end which stands for itself and the process.

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende
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    Ki Tisa

    Seeing the light

    Even if a person sins, even if it's one of the worst sins, being close to a prophet affects him. Although there was the sin of the golden calf, when there is communication between Moses and the nation, they can still learn from him without being afraid of the light shining from his face.

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende
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    Tetzave

    Upon the heart

    For Parashat Tetzaveh

    Aaron wears the names of Israel, the Urim and the Thummim and shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel on his heart. What's the special emphasis and conection between the Hoshen and the heart and what are those three things that Aaron has upon his heart?

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende
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    Terumah

    Two faces of relationship

    For Parashat Terumah

    They are two "faces", or view points to the Cherubim, a baby face who is completely dependent on his mother, and a couple with a great affection between them.

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende | Adar 5773
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    Mishpatim

    Receiving the Torah every day

    How do "simple" laws allow us to experience every day the giving of the Torah?

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende | Shvat 5773
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    Mishpatim

    Receiving the Torah every day

    How do "simple" laws allow us to experience every day the giving of the Torah?

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende | Shvat 5773
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    Yitro

    Don't be indifferent!

    Yitro heard of all that God had done for Moses and the nation, so he came to the wilderness. What did Yitro hear? What caused him to leave his home and go to the wilderness? What happened that he couldn't be indifferent?

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende
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    Beshalach

    What is poetry?

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende | Shvat 5773
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    Bo

    Accepting an Appikoras?

    One of the Korban Pesach laws is that apostate Jews may not eat the Korban. Why on other holidays we accept even Jewish criminals, but on Pesach the Torah forbade those people who cut themselves off from the nation from eating the Pesach lamb?

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende | Shvat 5773
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    Va'era

    G-D's words come through us!

    Moshe Rabenu, sent to take Am Yisrael out of Egypt, asks G-d how will Pharaoh listen to him if Israel didn't. This claim teaches us about the importance of Israel in bringing G-D's words into actual life.

    Rabbi Yisrael Wende
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