Defending the State of Israel, One Kiddush at a Time

Posted on May 20th, 2018
Cantor David Frommer for

Even after two months of Basic Training as a volunteer in the Israel Defense Forces, I still tried to shrink behind someone else whenever the Mempay (Company Commander) asked us a question. Basic Training was not an environment in which volunteering for anything beyond showing up was advisable. Six days of every week were packed with stressful discipline, demoralizing surprises, and chaotic uncertainty, and even with the support of my fellow volunteers, Hebrew comprehension and homesickness were a daily struggle.

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What Happens When Shavuot Falls on Saturday Night

Posted on May 13th, 2018
Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, for Arutz7Sheva    


Shavuot begins after sunset on May 19


There is a unique mitzvah of joy, both spiritual and physical, on Shavuot. Most critical: When Shavuot falls on Motzei Shabbat as it does this year, preparations from Shabbat to Chag are prohibited.

What are the special rules? Even if you don't observe them, you might enjoy knowing about them.

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Want more information on Shavuot? Check out Jvillage Network's Shavuot Guide. 

Shabbat Craft Project: Shabbat in a Jar

Posted on May 6th, 2018
From JewishBoston
Create colorful candleholders to welcome Shabbat.

The main idea for kids: Create colorful candleholders to welcome Shabbat.

Recommended age: 4+

Supervision: Recommended

Supplies needed:

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The Shabbos Refrigerator

Posted on April 29th, 2018
by Kurt Kohlstedt for
Sabbath Mode: Adapting Modern Technologies to Ancient Religious Restrictions

Activating “Sabbath Mode” on a GE refrigerator disables interior lights, display panels, alarms and beeps as well as ice and water dispensers.  In that mode, opening the door triggers no changes, including normal cooling processes to compensate for temperature loss. So why would anyone want to disable such key functionality on a home appliance?

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Shabbat Checklist and Basic Laws

Posted on April 22nd, 2018
by Mrs. Lori Palatnik for
Your handy guide to prepare and organize for a spectacular Shabbat.

Preparing for Shabbat is a matter of learning and experience, which, in time, become as natural as breathing. Hang in there, and find the rhythm that's best for you.

As you go through this list, click on the links for more detailed "how-to" articles.

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