What is Shabbat Hagadol

Posted on March 19th, 2018
By Eliyahu Kitov for chabad.org


This Shabbat, March 24, 2018, is Shabbat Hagadol

The Shabbat which precedes Passover is called Shabbat haGadol, the Great Sabbath, for many and varied reasons, as we shall explain below.

There are also many special customs associated with this Shabbat. It was in Egypt that Israel celebrated the very first Shabbat Ha-Gadol on the tenth of Nissan, five days before their redemption. On that day, the Children of Israel were given their first commandment which applied only to that Shabbat, but not to future generations: On the tenth day of this month [Nissan]... each man should take a lamb for the household, a lamb for each home (Exodus 12:3).

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The Meaning of Shabbat Parshat Hachodesh

Posted on March 18th, 2018
Daniel Pinner, Arutz Sheva

This Saturday is Shabbat Hachodesh, Sabbath of The Month

The Sabbath preceding the first day of the month of Nisan is called Hachodesh. We read the first mitzvah given to the Jews as a people. With special Torah and Haftarah readings, we read how the first national mitzvah was to take control of our time.

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Structure of a Jewish Prayer Service

Posted on March 11th, 2018
from bimbam.com

Your step-by-step guide


Are you attending a Jewish service for the first time or just need a refresher? While prayer services vary widely from temple to temple, there are some standard prayers and rituals that most temples practice. From the warm up prayer (pesukai d’zimra) to the sermon (d’var Torah), this video guides you through all the different sections of a typical Jewish service.

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The Red Heifer in Synagogue: Purifying Israel from Sin

Posted on March 4th, 2018

The Red Heifer Purification Process.  Artist YoramRaanan.com

By Ethan Schwarts for TheTorah.com


This Shabbat is Shabbat Parah/The Sabbath of the Red Heifer


The Special Readings for Shabbat Parah

The Shabbat three weeks before Passover is known as Shabbat Parah. It derives its name from a special liturgical feature: the additional Torah reading (maftir) drawn from the purity rite of the red heifer (Numbers 19).[1] This practice goes back to the Tannaitic period (late 2nd century C.E.) and is referenced in the Mishnah (m. Megillah 3:4):

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Our Favorite Shabbat Songs for Kids

Posted on February 25th, 2018

I’m admittedly a Shabbat newbie, but music has always been an important tool in teaching my children about Judaism. Bringing music into our burgeoning Shabbat rituals was a natural extension. I’ve learned a lot in the past year, mostly through trial and error, when it comes to engaging my kids in music on Shabbat. Here are three things to keep in mind:

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