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Recommit to Shnayim Mikra With Noach

Chazal (the sages) instituted a weekly spiritual growth mechanism which takes advantage of the power of Torah learning called Shnayim Mikra V’Echod Targem, which is reading the weekly Torah portion twice in Hebrew and its translation once. The Shulchan Aruch and Mishna Berurah describe different levels of performing Shanyim Mikra, but here’s the easiest way […]

The Succah Hug

Rabbi Aryeh Goldman My family loves hugs. Towards the end of my overseas trips or school camps, I eagerly anticipate my family’s hugs. And the longer I have spent away the more intense these hugs tend to be. There are times in our lives when we just need a shoulder to lean on or […]

The 60 Second Guide to Rosh Hashanah

The foundation of Judaism is that all existence is dependent on G-d who created, supervises and influences both the spiritual and physical realms of the universe. In addition G-d created man who was given the tools and instructions to perfect and unify the physical world and connect it back to its G-dly source. Every year, […]

Preparing for the Mourning of Tisha Bav

The laws of mourning on Tisha B’av are modeled after the laws of mourning when a relative passes away. One significant difference is, that by a relative the stringency of the halachos decreases as time passes, while at of Tisha B’av increase as we pass from the three weeks, to the nine days, to Tisha […]

BBT Links for January 31st – Taming the Shul Kiddush, X’s, O’s and the Torah,

Taming The Wild Shul Kiddush Scene Studying X’s, O’s and the Torah

BBT Links for December 13th, Unsung Heroes, Weberman Guilty,

A Song for Some Unsung Heroes. Weberman Guilty.

BT Links for November 8th – Kitchen Cabinet, Far Rockaway, Seagate

The Kitchen Cabinet Far Rockaway Desperately Needs Your Help Seagate was Hit Hard By Sandy

BBT Links for Sept 12 – Shul Forgiveness, Tranformative Teshuva, White Sox Observe Yom Kippur

Seven Things To Be Forgiving of in Shul this Rosh Hashana Rosh Hoshana to Go including Strategies for a Transformative Teshuva. Chicago White Sox adjust schedule to Accommodate Yom Kippur.

BT in Difficult Times

B”H Dear all brothers and sisters at ‘Beyond Teshuva’. I am writing to you in response to Matys Weiser’s video on YouTube (another convert) – I was so touched and moved when he (as a Ger) spoke of his abject loneliness as a convert – the same applies to me as a BT. I’m sure […]

Cutting Connections – No More Web Browser In My Home

The Citi Field Asifa regarding the Internet was held last night, so we though it would be appropriate to repost this article that was originally published on May 30, 2006. As everyone on this blog is aware, many, if not the majority, of gedolim are speaking out against the Internet. On Sunday, May 14 – […]

Whitney Houston: Didn’t She Almost Have It All?

Wikipedia says it this way: In 2009, Guiness World Records cited her as the most-awarded female act [performer] of all time. Her list of awards includes two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, and 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. Houston was also one […]

Jewish Power Lunch

This post was first posted on Healthy Jewish Cooking and the author’s BT story can be found here. We’re told that if we eat the right foods, take the right supplements, eat at the right times (and with the right people), exercise, and so forth, we’ll see powerful changes in our lives. The teachings of […]

Some Thoughts About Shabbos Shira

Rabbi Dov Ber Weisman – Torah from Dixie: This Shabbat is one of the few throughout the year that is given a special name. The day we read Parshat Beshalach is called Shabbat Shira (the Shabbat of Song), commemorating the glorious and awe-inspiring event when, after the miraculous deliverance from the Egyptians at the Red […]

Mazal Tov to Marty Fleischer on the Marriage of his Daughter Sharon to Benjamin Jackson

Mazal Tov to Marty Fleischer, BT author and commenter, on the marriage of his daughter Sharon to Benjamin Jackson on Sunday, October 10th, 2010 at Rockwood Park Jewish Center.

I Really Have to Watch What I Say…

I haven’t been writing recently. Both here and my regular blog. There were several reasons, including the birth of my third daughter, things getting busy at work, getting very active in a new hobby, etc. But I think the one overwhelming reason was an incident I had just before Rosh Hashana last year. A group […]

Please Help Lancaster Yeshiva With a Click of the Mouse

In November 2008, we all did our part in helping Leah Larson win the $100,000 grand prize in the Wells Fargo’s Someday Stories Contest. Well now we all have a another chance to help our fellow Jews. Lancaster Yeshiva is entered in Pepsi’s $50,000 good idea contest. A Beyond BT reader describes the Lancaster Yeshiva: […]

The Neshamah Project

The Neshamah Project is a wonderful and meaningful new organization. You may have seen the book we are distributing: The Neshamah Should Have an Aliyah – What you can do in memory of a departed loved one. This new book stands at the forefront of our mission, which is both simple and profound: To help […]

Do You Have a Rav?

Pirkei Avos says that you should aseh lecha rav – make for yourself a Rav. What do you think is the most important aspect of a Rav: – Answering Halachic Questions – Teaching you Gemora and other aspects of Torah – Giving you Hashkafic Guidance Do you have a Rav for all these categories? What […]

Six Constant Mitzvos

In an introduction to Sefer HaChinuch, the author singles out six mitzvos (commandments) that one is obligated to fulfill on a constant basis. These mitzvos, he writes, should not be absent from a person’s consciousness for even one second of his life. The six constant mitzvos are: – Emunah: Faith in Hashem – Lo Yihiyeh: […]

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