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Simchah Is A Mitzvah

By Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple There is a well known idea of “simchah shel mitzvah”, “the joy of the mitzvah”. It tells us that when we do a mitzvah we should enjoy what we’re doing. To perform a mitzvah with a sour face, even to carry out the mitzvah perfunctorily, might have its value, but it…

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one of the Werner brothers riding a bike with a wagon pulling a small traveling Sukkah.

Traveling Sukkah

Rochel Burstyn Contributing Writer The Werner brothers are miniature Chabad emissaries taking the Sukkot mitzvah to neighbors. Folks can get creative with erecting a sukkah, as it can be out of almost any material. What’s sweet is when the youngest of kids get in on the action and head outside to share what they’ve learned…

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Rabbi Yehuda Kaplan shows off two shofars from his collection. Photo by Yona Burstyn

Horns And More

Rochel Burstyn Contributing Writer Local rabbi shares his collection of shofars to educate others. Many folks are preparing for Rosh Hashanah by dusting their shofars and practicing their blowing, but Rabbi Yehuda Kaplan of Oak Park is not actually a baal tokaya (shofar blower). If he were going to practice blowing all his shofars, it…

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Rosh hashanah (jewish New Year holiday) concept. Traditional symbols.. Local rabbis share holiday message.

L’Shanah Tovah

The JN invited local rabbis to share a holiday message with the community. Turning & Returning This summer, for the first time in my life, I was arrested. I participated in the Poor People’s Campaign, six weeks of marches in Lansing and across America to bring attention to social and political issues. Thanks to the…

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Parshat Pinchas on our inheritance of Israel

Weekly Torah Portion – The Blessings Of Birthright

Parshat Pinchas: Numbers 25:10-30:1; Jeremiah 1:1-2:3. No matter how far a Jew may wander, each of us remains deeply connected to the Land of Israel. Geography notwithstanding, the Jew is in Israel and Israel is within the Jew. What ties us so deeply to the Holy Land? In Parshat Pinchas, we read of three factors…

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