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  • What is Holiness?

    By Salvador Litvak

    February 9, 2014 | 5:31 pm

    [Remarks delivered Shabbat morning in the Library Minyan, Los Angeles, Feb. 8, 2014 – 8 Adar I, 5774]

    Good Shabbos!

    What is holiness? What does it mean to be holy? I have wrestled with this question ever since I found my way back to Judaism 16 years ago.

    This week’s Torah... read on

  • The 10th Commandment, Tony Kushner, and Me

    By Salvador Litvak

    January 29, 2014 | 6:35 pm

    The Ten Commandments prohibit murder with just two words, while the prohibition on coveting includes fifteen. The no-coveting rule is also the 10th Commandment - the climax of God's revelation at Sinai. It's surprising because we all covet; we can't help it. So why did God make a... read on

  • Thanksgivukkah Foretold in Talmud Over 2000 Years Ago

    By Salvador Litvak

    November 26, 2013 | 11:49 am

    Ever since I became a dad I've had mixed feelings about Hanukkah. The holiday itself is inarguably beautiful. We kindle a flame to commemorate a miracle, we gaze at its light, and we are forbidden to use that light for any other purpose. We thus celebrate God's light itself - the... read on

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  • Talmud in Action: Virtual House of Study to Span the Globe

    By Salvador Litvak

    November 10, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    A global conference of Jewish learning, including music and art performances, will take place online over a 24-hour period on November 17, 2013. The Global Day of Jewish Learning will broadcast "24x24" - 24 classes from 24 speakers around the globe - free of charge and live using... read on

  • Rosh Hashanah 2013 - God Forgives Those Who Forgive Others

    By Salvador Litvak

    September 2, 2013 | 5:05 pm

    Rav Huna the son of Rav Yehoshua became ill. Rav Pappa went up to inquire about him, and saw that Rav Huna was on the brink of death. Rav Pappa told the people around him, “Supply him with provisions for his journey (i.e. dress him in burial shrouds).” In the end, however, Rav Huna... read on

  • Shavuot 2013 - We all stand at Sinai

    By Salvador Litvak

    May 13, 2013 | 11:22 pm

    The sound of the shofar draws near. 48 days ago, G-d took us out of the house of slavery in Egypt. Only one day remains to prepare. G-d will descend onto Mount Sinai on the third day - Wednesday morning. What does it mean to stand as a people in the presence of G-d? Are we standing... read on
  • I am proud to be Litvish

    By Salvador Litvak

    March 9, 2013 | 9:23 pm

    This is a phenomenal book. Since I began my journey back to Judaism, I have been blessed to learn from so many Chassidic masters that I often joke I'm a Litvak who's not so Litvish. Perhaps I should I've realized I'm pretty Litvish when I "accidentally" encountered the Talmud on... read on

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