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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 [...]

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.

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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

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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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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 [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Vlog: Seeing the Good – by Being Good – Parshat Vayeira 5778

October 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Vlog: Seeing the Good – by Being Good – Parshat Vayeira 5778

Rabbi Mordechai Becher looks at Abraham the Patriarch and the City of Sodom, and then at Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev, and concludes that one [...]

Harry’s Video Blog – The Presidential Suite – Parshat Lech Lecha 5778

October 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Harry’s Video Blog – The Presidential Suite – Parshat Lech Lecha 5778

When returning from Egypt, Abraham makes sure to stay in the same inns at which he stayed on his way there. Harry Rothenberg explains why. View [...]

Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Vlog: Find Yourself by “Going To Yourrself” – Parshat Lech Lecha 5778

October 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Vlog: Find Yourself by “Going To Yourrself” – Parshat Lech Lecha 5778

Rabbi Becher explores traveling in order to find yourself and what G-d meant when he told Abraham to "go to yourself". View this video directly [...]

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Will They Look Down on Me?

October 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Will They Look Down on Me?

Question: I’m at an early stage of considering becoming observant in Jewish lifestyle and practices, but something is on my mind that I think holds [...]

Harry’s Video Blog – Can You Hear the Screams? – Parshat Noach 5778

October 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Harry’s Video Blog – Can You Hear the Screams? – Parshat Noach 5778

Noach follows G-d's precise instructions to build the ark. Harry Rothenberg wonders how praiseworthy was that? View this video directly on VIMEO