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PassoverNisan 14, 5778 - March 30th, 2018

Superman, Christopher Reeve and … Passover!

Superman, Christopher Reeve and … Passover!

Millions of admirers have known him as the legendary "Iron Man", able to uproot cliffs and lift buildings, but one day Christopher Reeve woke up and found that he was...

Passover: a "time of freedom" also for the needy!

Passover: a "time of freedom" also for the needy!

Passover - Rav Emmanuel BOUKOBZA

In the Shulchan Aruch, Rabbi Moshe Isserles reports, regarding the month of Nissan: "There is a custom to purchase wheat and then distribute it to the poor so that they...

The Seventh Day of Pesach, Segula for Parnassa and Marriage

The Seventh Day of Pesach, Segula for Parnassa and Marriage

The seventh day of Pesach is the last day of the festival of Pesach.

Lag BaOmerIyar 18, 5778 - May 3th, 2018

10 Segulot for Lag BaOmer

10 Segulot for Lag BaOmer

Lag BaOmer - Rabbanite Yemima MIZRAHI

1) Light 17 candles, in relation to the numerical value of the word “Tov” (“good”). From Lag BaOmer to Shavuot, there are 17 days conducive to...

Lag Ba'Omer: The Secret Of the Love of One For Another

Lag Ba'Omer: The Secret Of the Love of One For Another

Lag BaOmer - Rav 'Haïm ISHAY

Lag Baomer, or the 33rd day of the omer, is above all an important date in the Hebrew calendar known as the Hiloula - the anniversary of death - of our blessed master of...

The great light of Lag BaOmer

The great light of Lag BaOmer

Lag BaOmer - The Torah-Box Team

We will try to unravel the mystery of that day.

Counting of the Omer

Rav Sitruk: "The Omer, a skillful lesson on hope!"

Rav Sitruk: "The Omer, a skillful lesson on hope!"

Counting of the Omer - The Torah-Box Team

The time that divides Pesach and Shavuot is commonly called the "Period of the Omer".

Sefirat HaOmer: The laws of counting of the Omer

Sefirat HaOmer: The laws of counting of the Omer

Counting of the Omer - The Torah-Box Team

At the time of the temple, the Mitzvah of counting the Omer was commanded by the Torah, today due to our sins, it has become a commandment of our sages.

How Does One Count the Omer Wisely?

How Does One Count the Omer Wisely?

Counting of the Omer - The Torah-Box Team

This is the story of two childhood friends, one intelligent and one foolish; they studied together during their childhood. Once they became adults, their paths...

ShavuotSivan 6, 5778 - May 20th, 2018

Shavuot :Sleeping a Lot Means Wanting to Escape Reality

Shavuot :Sleeping a Lot Means Wanting to Escape Reality

Shavuot - Rabbi Yehonasan GEFEN

One of the main characteristics of Shavuot is the custom for men to stay awake all night to learn Torah. The Magen Avraham explains the reason for this Minhag (custom)....

The Double Meaning of Shavuot

The Double Meaning of Shavuot

Shavuot - Rabbi Lord Jonathan SACKS

The festival of Shavuot is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Here is how Shavuot is described and defined in parshat Emor:

Matan Torah: A Father Does Not Give His Son a Poisoned Gift

Matan Torah: A Father Does Not Give His Son a Poisoned Gift

Shavuot - The Torah-Box Team

Why did the Bnei Yisrael say "Naasseh Venishma" when they didn’t know anything about the Torah that they were being offered?

Fast of the 17th of TammuzTammuz 18, 5778 - July 1st, 2018

Can One Really Cry Over the Destruction of the Temple?

Can One Really Cry Over the Destruction of the Temple?

The month of Av is here. The three-week period between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av has begun. The fast of the 9th of Av, when we sit together in houses of...

17th of Tammuz-5 Tragic Events that Befell the Jewish People

17th of Tammuz-5 Tragic Events that Befell the Jewish People

Our Sages teach us that five tragic events occurred on the 17th of Tammuz:

Fast of the 9th of AvAv 10, 5778 - July 22th, 2018

Tisha B’Av: Our Exclusive Webcast Program

Tisha B’Av: Our Exclusive Webcast Program

Tisha B’Av: Our Exclusive Webcast ProgramThroughout the day of Tisha B’Av, Torah-Box team offers exclusive webcast program from Jerusalem at:...

The Story of the Destruction of the Temples

The Story of the Destruction of the Temples

When Nebuchadnezzar ascended to power, a heavenly voice was heard in his palace and whispered, "Evil servant! Go and destroy the holy Temple, whose rebellious sons only...

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Tu B'AvAv 15, 5778 - July 27th, 2018

Tu B'Av: The Real Festival of Love

Tu B'Av: The Real Festival of Love

Tu B'Av - Myriam H.

The Jewish calendar is full of festivals all beautiful and deep. Pesach is the symbol of freedom, Rosh Hashanah, a day of judgment, Chanukah, the festival of lights,...

Tu B'Av: Festival of Lovers

Tu B'Av: Festival of Lovers

Today is Tu B'Av, literally the 15th of the Hebrew month of Av, and in Israel, it is the ''festival of the lovers'', which is reminiscent of February 14th of the...

Rosh HashanahElul 29, 5778 - September 9th, 2018

What Do We Do Erev Rosh Hashanah?

What Do We Do Erev Rosh Hashanah?

What are the laws and customs to be carried out Erev (day before) Rosh Hashanah?Cancellation of Vows

Tzedakah, the Instrument that Rebalances the Scale

Tzedakah, the Instrument that Rebalances the Scale

Rosh Hashanah - Rav Emmanuel BOUKOBZA

The world was created on the 25th of Elul. Six days later man was created; this sixth day corresponded to the 1st of Tishri. That same day, man sinned, repented, and was...

Rosh Hashanah - Feminine Royalty

Rosh Hashanah - Feminine Royalty

Rosh Hashanah - Liora CHARTOUNI

The festival of Rosh Hashanah, whose literal Hebrew meaning is "the head of the year", is of fundamental importance, both in form as well as in content. Indeed, Rosh...

Fast of GedaliahTichrei 3, 5779 - September 12th, 2018

The Fast of Gedaliah, Why?

The Fast of Gedaliah, Why?

The fast of Gedaliah always falls a day after Rosh Hashanah on the third of Tishrei. It was established by our Sages to commemorate the assassination of Gedaliah ben...

Yom KippurTichrei 10, 5779 - September 19th, 2018

Halacha: The Custom of Kapparot

Halacha: The Custom of Kapparot

The custom of doing Kapparot is rooted in holy sources, and goes back to the time of the Geonim, about a thousand years ago. Nowadays, it is a widespread custom in many...

The 'Ten Days of Repentance': Caught in Waiting…

The 'Ten Days of Repentance': Caught in Waiting…

During the ten days of Teshuvah (repentance), it is necessary to watch one's actions, to repent totally for our misdeeds, and to increase our Mitzvot, and our acts of...

SukkotTichrei 15, 5779 - September 24th, 2018

Sukkot: The Secret of Infinite Happiness

Sukkot: The Secret of Infinite Happiness

The following story tells of a great Rabbi, who served as the Royal court treasurer in a foreign nation. Morning, afternoon and evening, his predecessor occupied his...

Choosing One’s Lulav for Sukkot

Choosing One’s Lulav for Sukkot

On Sukkot, we have the mitzvah of taking 4 species, including a Lulav (a date tree branch),an Etrog (lemon), 3 Hadassim (myrtle branches) and 2 aravot (willow...

HOW TO CHOOSE ONE’S LULAV

HOW TO CHOOSE ONE’S LULAV

Every day of the holiday of Sukkot (except on Shabbat), we have the Mitzvah to take “the Four Species”: a Lulav (a date palm branch), an Etrog (a lemon),...

Hoshana RabbahTichrei 21, 5779 - September 30th, 2018

The Final Judgement: The Day's Dimension According to Our Masters' Writings

The Final Judgement: The Day's Dimension According to Our...

The outstanding dimension of the day of judgement is highlighted in Midrash Tehilim:"On Rosh Hashanah, all creatures –Jews and non-Jews alike, march like a flock...

Halachot and Customs of Hoshana Rabbah

Halachot and Customs of Hoshana Rabbah

The Magnitude of This DayThe seventh day of Sukkot is called Hoshana Rabbah. It is a day when we totally immerse in Torah study and supplication. The Midrash teaches:...

ChanukaKislev 25, 5779 - December 3th, 2018

Overcoming Evil: The Secret of the Chanukah Lights

Overcoming Evil: The Secret of the Chanukah Lights

Based on a purely technical law related to Chanukah, let's discover a way to fight the evil within us by accessing the Hasidic masters’ wisdom.

A Chanukiah Filled with Sacrifices

A Chanukiah Filled with Sacrifices

Chanuka - The Torah-Box Team

A Holocaust survivor who lost his family in a Nazi concentration camp decided to build a family of his own but chose to hide his Jewish identity from his children, who,...

Chanukah: 30 Minutes of Free UV

Chanukah: 30 Minutes of Free UV

Chanuka - Rabbanite Yael TAIEB

Do you know that during the eight days of Chanukah, Hashem showers us with a unique gift?  It is called the "hidden light."

Fast of 10h of TevetTevet 10, 5779 - December 18th, 2018

Fast of the 10th of Tevet: The Grand Jerusalem Besieged

Fast of the 10th of Tevet: The Grand Jerusalem Besieged

In chapter 549 of the Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim), it is stated: "It is an obligation to fast (...) on the 10th of Tevet". It was in fact on that day that the king of...

10 Tevet: When the Heart is Shackled

10 Tevet: When the Heart is Shackled

Fast of 10h of Tevet - The Torah-Box Team

The Fast of the 10th of Tevet is here. No need to introduce the Yetzer Hara (evil inclination). It's an old acquaintance. A twin brother, a Siamese twin, whose life we...

The Fast of 10th of Tevet and the Atrocities of the Siege of Jerusalem

The Fast of 10th of Tevet and the Atrocities of the Siege...

Fast of 10h of Tevet - The Torah-Box Team

On the upcoming fast of the 10th day of Tevet, the Torah-Box team brings you back to the historical context of this tragic day for the Jewish people. A day on which the...

Tu BiShvatShvat 15, 5779 - January 21th, 2019

10 Things to Know about Tu Bi'Shvat

10 Things to Know about Tu Bi'Shvat

Tu BiShvat - The Torah-Box Team

It is written in the Torah (Devarim 20:19): "For man is a tree of the fields".

About Tu BiShvat

About Tu BiShvat

Tu BiShvat - The Torah-Box Team

Although the day of Tu BiShvat is not a 'real' festival like the days of Yom Tov, some customs have been introduced to differentiate it from ordinary days.

Tu Bishvat: Appreciating Hashem's World

Tu Bishvat: Appreciating Hashem's World

Tu BiShvat - Rabbi Yehonasan GEFEN

The first Mishna in the gemara of Rosh Hashanah informs us of various 'new years'.

PurimAdar 14, 5779 - February 19th, 2019

Insights In The Midst Of Chaos

Insights In The Midst Of Chaos

Some fifty years ago, in a domain known as the science of Chaos, meteorologist Edward Lawrence put together a climate "behavior" model which led to an incredible...

Meguillat Esther Insights: Providence Versus Chance

Meguillat Esther Insights: Providence Versus Chance

Purim - Rabbi Yehonasan GEFEN

One of the recurring themes in the story of Purim is the conflicting ideologies of the Jewish people and Amalek.

A List of Mitzvot for Purim

A List of Mitzvot for Purim

Purim - The Torah-Box Team

The festival of Purim is here; let’s take this opportunity to review the various mitzvot to observe on that day:

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