What are the 613 Commandments

What are the 613 Commandments

The Talmud tells us (Tractate Makkot 23b) that there are 613 commandments in the Torah; 248 Positive Commandments (do’s) and 365 Negative Commandments (do not’s). However, the Talmud does not provide us with a list of these commandments. Several great Jewish scholars have compiled a complete listing of these commandments. Although they all agree on the vast majority of the […]

September 25, 2016 at 4:15 PM 0 comments

Patach Eliyahu

Patach Eliyahu

This mystical portion of the Zohar is recited by many chassidim before themincha prayer on Shabbat eve and by most Sephardi communities before the Shacharit and the Mincha prayers every day. (translation by AvrahamSutton) The prophet Elijah, of blessed memory, opened, and said: Eternal Hidden Master of the worlds! You are He whose Unity is infinite and absolute, and therefore indivisible. You are He [the First Cause], transcendent beyond all that is […]

September 22, 2016 at 9:26 AM 0 comments

Planet X (Nibiru)

Planet X (Nibiru)

the connection between the planet Nibiru – also known as Planet X – and End of Days has been discussed with increasingly seriousness by a wide range of Jewish scholars. The words of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, 2nd century sage and author of the Zohar. “The task

February 22, 2016 at 3:31 PM 0 comments

You are what you eat

You are what you eat

“You are what you eat”, a cliche that screams the truth in so many ways. We are what we eat, the very building blocks of our bones from a cellular level is created by the food that we eat. When referring to kosher food and making a conscious choice to eat only kosher we are insuring our soul that it […]

September 15, 2014 at 8:25 PM 0 comments

The Seven Laws of Noah

The Seven Laws of Noah

The Noachide Laws are seven laws considered by rabbinic tradition as the minimal moral duties required by the Bible on all men. While Jews are obligated to observe the whole Torah – 613 commandments, every non-Jew is considered a “son of the covenant of Noah” and he who accepts these obligations

August 29, 2014 at 6:32 AM 7 comments

Making Chalav Yisroel

Making Chalav Yisroel

For many centuries, there was absolutely no question that the milk in a Jewish home was chalav Yisrael. Milk is a staple of our diet. While the relative health merits of milk are the subject of hot debate today, most households keep a generous supply on hand. Milk coming from

August 1, 2014 at 4:53 AM 0 comments