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Chanukah: Increasing the Light

December 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Chanukah: Increasing the Light

Question: Why do we start Chanukah with one candle on the first night and increase one candle per night until we light eight on the [...]

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A Chanukah Primer for 2017

December 4th, 2017|Comments Off on A Chanukah Primer for 2017

Question: This Chanukah I plan to visit relatives who are newly-observant and have learned a lot about Judaism, while I have not yet learned as [...]

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Speech Therapy

November 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Speech Therapy

Question: I was wondering about how Judaism views the issue of not speaking negatively about others when dealing with clinical therapy. Are there parameters governing [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – What I did on Thanksgiving Weekend – Parshat Vayishlach 5778

November 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – What I did on Thanksgiving Weekend – Parshat Vayishlach 5778

Rabbi Becher describes his Thanksgiving weekend, which he spent at the Agudath Yisrael Convention in Connecticut. View this video directly on Vimeo.

Chapped Skin and Washing

November 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Chapped Skin and Washing

As the weather gets colder one of the things that I have been thinking of is chapped skin. Yes, my hands get very rough and [...]

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Kosher Gobbling (Thanksgiving 2017)

November 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Kosher Gobbling (Thanksgiving 2017)

Question: Hi Rabbi. Do observant Jews celebrate Thanksgiving Day? I “thank you” in advance for taking my question! AskTheRabbi.org answered: Most American Jews observe Thanksgiving [...]

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New Generation of Leaders – Brownstone Signature Event

February 4th, 2017|Comments Off on New Generation of Leaders – Brownstone Signature Event

Join us on February 22, 2017 for the New Generation of Leaders – Brownstone Signature Event. The event supports The Brownstone […]

Building a Global Jewish Community in NYC

October 22nd, 2015|Comments Off on Building a Global Jewish Community in NYC

Every day, the Brownstone is home to young Jews who seek meaningful ways to become involved in Jewish life. Whether […]

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Adopt-A-Brick: Building Jewish Unity, Community and Leadership

May 27th, 2015|Comments Off on Adopt-A-Brick: Building Jewish Unity, Community and Leadership

The Brownstone Experience’s New Adopt-A-Brick Campaign will help meet its demand for greater learning initiatives to serve the 50,000 […]

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Cellphones are Fantastic – For 6 days

November 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Cellphones are Fantastic – For 6 days

I did a lot of traveling over summer – I was in Israel, Vietnam, Thailand, Sicily and Southern Italy.  It was incredibly helpful and convenient [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Prayer as an Encounter with G-d – Parshat Vayeitzei 5778

November 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Prayer as an Encounter with G-d – Parshat Vayeitzei 5778

Prayer as an Encounter with G-d View this video directly on Vimeo.

Harry’s Video Blog – Stay Thirsty My Friends – Parshat Toldot 5778

November 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Harry’s Video Blog – Stay Thirsty My Friends – Parshat Toldot 5778

In this week's Parsha, Jacob brings his father a surprise gift while impersonating his twin brother. Tune in to Harry Rothenberg's Parsha Blog to find [...]

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Mercy and “Richer Fruits”

November 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Mercy and “Richer Fruits”

Question: Dear Rabbi, I have a relative who is an alcoholic. He has minimal income and spends his money on his addiction — and then [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Jacob, Esau and Risk Taking – Parshat Toldot 5778

November 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Jacob, Esau and Risk Taking – Parshat Toldot 5778

What did Yitzchak see in his son Esau that he favored him over his son Jacob? View this video directly on Vimeo.

Jacob and Esau

November 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Jacob and Esau

One of the most fundamental principles of Judaism is the belief in human free will. No one is born righteous, and no is born evil; [...]

Harry’s Video Blog – Standing On One Foot – Parshat Chayei Sarah 5778

November 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Harry’s Video Blog – Standing On One Foot – Parshat Chayei Sarah 5778

Harry Rothenberg reminds us that we need both feet firmly planted on the ground. View this video directly on VIMEO

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My Little Jewish Puppy

November 7th, 2017|Comments Off on My Little Jewish Puppy

Question: Dear Rabbi, I have a question about making a dog Jewish. Actually, it’s about how to explain to my young daughter that although we [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Prayer = Rest = Soul – Parshat Chayei Sarah 5778

November 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Prayer = Rest = Soul – Parshat Chayei Sarah 5778

The words "prayer", "rest" and "soul" all share the same word in Hebrew. Rabbi Mordechai Becher examines why this is so, and what is the [...]

The First Jewish Burial

November 5th, 2017|Comments Off on The First Jewish Burial

This week’s Torah portion, Chayei Sarah, relates the details of the first Jewish burial, that of our Matriarch, Sarah. I felt that it would be [...]

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The Revolutionary War and Jewish Patriotism

October 30th, 2017|Comments Off on The Revolutionary War and Jewish Patriotism

Question: Hi. Do you know if there is any truth to the following article that I read? "West Point had a display about Hyam Salomon [...]

Sinai, Every Week

October 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Sinai, Every Week

Now that we have transitioned from the month of Tishrei, full of festivals and special days and prayers, we arrive at MarCheshvan, a month completely [...]