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The portion of Bo brings us to the last and most terrible plague to be inflicted on the Egyptians: the death of the first-born. Afterwards, the Israelites will depart and go from slavery to freedom.  The Israelites are commanded to offer...

Posted on 18 January 2018, By Rabbi Dr. Reuven Hammer
The European Academy for Jewish Liturgy (EAJL)

Why is it so important to hand down the religious musical legacy of our people? Who cares about it anyway?  I am particularly passionate about what is known as nusach hat’filla which means the chants of our people in prayer. I won’...

Posted on 11 January 2018, By Chazan Jaclyn Chernett

It always happens at this time of the year. As soon as we get into Vaera , my mind is back in the USSR. It’s the phrase “Sh’lach et ami…” — “Let my people go…” that stimulates those memories. That phrase from Vaera, whic...

Posted on 11 January 2018, By Angela Gluck