Posts by Rabbi Isaac

Why Celebrating Purim is for Everyone!

For a Free Article Download from Stephen Spykerman  click The Hidden Purim Secrets of Esther or Modern Echoes of Purim -The Following Study on Purim was written by Pastor Isaac A question often arises with sincere truth seekers who are not Jewish, “Is Purim a Biblical holiday?”  The short answer is yes, and while it is not a Leviticus 23…

Yom Kippur

Do we observe the Yom Kippur fast on Shabbat?

Question: Since it is forbidden to fast on Shabbat, do we fast on Yom Kippur if it falls on Shabbat? Answer: We do fast when Yom Kippur coincides with Shabbat (this being one of the differences between Yom Kippur and other fasts). Since Yom Kippur is a biblical fast, and the Torah calls it “Shabbat Shabbaton” – the Shabbat of Shabbats – this implies that it takes precedence over Shabbat.…

Three weeks of mourning

Three Week Annual Mourning Period

There are Three Weeks that are an annual mourning period that falls out in the summer. The Three Weeks or Bein ha-Metzarim (Hebrew: בין המצרים, “Between the Straits”) (cf “dire straits”) is a period of mourning commemorating the destruction of the first and second Jewish Temples.  This is when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple and our launch into a still-ongoing exile. The period…

tzitzit

The Importance and Beauty of Tzitzit

– by Isaac Heckman This week’s torah portion of Shelach L’kha introduces a very practical commandment still applicable for us still today! In this week’s Torah parashah, after seeing that God’s people were having difficulty remembering and guarding God’s commandments, and thereby losing their intended blessing, we see an introduction to the principle of wearing a…