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Rabbi Shlomo Nachman ben Ya'akov
On Being Jewish
In these studies we will consider what it means to be Jewish. What makes a person Jewish? What is a Jew? Does one have to be born Jewish to be Jewish? Is Judaism a race, a religion, or what? Are converts "really" Jewish? Is Judaism like a cult where everyone must agree? Is there a Jewish Pope? Why are there Jewish movements/denominations if God is one? Is one movement "more Jewish" than the others? What's the difference between Ashkenazi and Sphardi? Between Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Judaism? What is Jewish Renewal? Who are the Karaite Jews? What are Chassidim (Hasidim)? Where are the Ten Lost Tribes? So many issues!

There is much more to come so check back often!

Section Directory


The Sacred Name: The Third Commandment (includes text and video version).
Isaiah 7 in Context An example of Divine Protection and the importance of Emunah (includes text and soon a video version).
Emet: A Little Jewish Fire and Brimestone(includes text and video version).
A Shema Secret Understanding the Shema. (includes text and video version)
What It Means That HaShem is Echad (includes text and video version)
The Jewish People
Hear the Word of HaShem! Concerning the Jews!
An Interview With Penina Taylor On You Tube.
Who and What is a Semite? Are all Jews Semites? Are all Semites Jews?
Is Judaism a Religion?
Forks in the Road Old Divisions, Modern Ramifications, by R. Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer
Rambam's Letter to Obadiah the Proselyte
American Jews and Related Topics A You Tube only presentation With Rabbi Shlomo Nachman ben Ya'akov. This discussion Includes: The "Right Kind of Jew": Is there a "right way" to be a Jew? (includes text and video version).
The Ethiopian Jews (includes video only)
A Time to Stand: Chayei Sarah A D'var Torah on Genesis 23:1−25:18; (includes text and video version)
Female Orthodox Rabbis: A Few Thoughts. (includes text and video version).
Enough With The Infighting! Remember WHY The Second Temple Was Destroyed (includes text, video, and audio version).
Women of the Wall A few thoughts (includes text and video version)
Do Women Matter According to the Bible? (includes text and video version)
Jewish Uniqueness Are Jews Uniquely Chosen? (includes text and video version)
Why its so difficult to convert There is a reason!(includes text and video version)
Orthodox Views of Non-Orthodox Movements Considering conversion? This is important to understand! (includes text and video version)
The Trefa Banquet: Judaism Divided: Birth of the Movements (text only)
Orthodox or Liberal? Hillel or Shammai? (includes text and video)
The Calendar HaShem the Jewish People (text only)
Jewish Symbols (text only)
Shema Israel (includes text and video version)
Yetzer Tov and Yetzer hara: The Impulses of Free Will (includes text and video version)
The 613 Laws According to Rambam (text only)
The 13 Principles of Judaism According to Rambam (includes text and video version)
"How To" Videos

The Jews of Butte County, California (text only)

Who is a Jew:
Death and Dieing (Also see my Afterlife section)
Abortion, Stem Cells, and Related Topics
The Holy Service: The Chevra Kadisha. (includes text and video version)
Israel and Antisemitism (Also see my Zionism section)
THIS is Judaism Parsha Devarim From a JDL Point of View. (includes text and video versions)
Blame Israel? No Way! (includes text and video version)
The Five Principles of Jewish Defense: As Defined By The Jewish Defense League (includes text and video version)
Anti-Zionist Jews: How can any Jew oppose Israel? (includes text and video version)
Dear World: An open letter by Rabbi Meir Kahane, (November, 1988) (includes text and video version)
A Time line of Eretz Israel (text only)
Antisemitism In The USA And Around the Globe by The Numbers. (text only)
HaTikvah: Israel's National Anthem (includes text and music video with my photos)
Zion and Zionism (includes text and video version)
Judenhass Foundation of Antisemitism (includes text, supporting videos, and video version)
Jews on the Moon! -- AKA May We Have The Moon Please? (includes text and video version)
Tikun Olam
Leviticus 17:11:Does Blood Atone For sins?
Kabbalah: A Few Thoughts
The Source and Nature of Evil (includes text and video version)
Does Tifilla (prayer) really matter Prayer is critically important!
Faith is the key Emuna and the faith of Cain and Abel (includes text and video version)
Do Better We can do better IF we choose to! (Video only)
Three Men Visit Avraham; (includes text and video version)
Teshuvah: Finding forgiveness; (includes text and video version)
Don't Blame HaShem!: The Roll of Free Will; (includes text and video version)
The Golden Rule: Don't Convert the Jews; (includes text, video and audio presentations)
Lashon Hara: The most serious sin most people have never heard of! (includes text and video version)
So, You Wanna be a Tzaddik (includes video)
What Was Job Lacking? What are we lacking? (includes video)
The Hope of the World (includes text and video)
Jewish Scripture
Torah 101: What is the Torah? Tanach? Talmud? (includes text and video version)
What Is Torah? -- Similar material to the above "Torah 101" but with different viewer discussion.
The Power of Words (includes text and video version)
Who is Isaiah 22 Talking About?
What Yevamot 104B Say About Adam's "Sin"
May Non-Jews Study Torah? Talmud?
Signs: My Lord Will Give You a Sign -- Isaiah 7:1
The Importance of Learning Torah In the Original Language, By Rabbi Michael Skobac

Jewish Worship (Also see my Holidays section)
Our Morning Blessings: A wonderful way to begin your day! (includes text and video version)
Modeh Anee: The exaltation of the awakening soul (music video)
Clarifying Tehillim (Psalms) Chapter 22 (includes video)
The Amida: Also known as the Shmoneh Esreh and as the Standing Prayer (includes video)
The Shabbat Amida: Also known as the Tefilat Sheva or Prayer of Seven Blessings
Shema Israel: What the Shema is and how to incorporate its truth into your life (includes text and video version)
The Month of Elul: The Month of Repentance (includes text and audio versions)
Tallit Gadol Instructions with Rabbi Aryel Nachman ben Chaim (Der Alte Weg Chassidus)
Putting On Tefillin Chabad (text)
Putting On Tefillin Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks (video)
Putting Your Tefillin Away When Done with Rabbi Aryel Nachman ben Chaim (Der Alte Weg Chassidus, video)
Why Were Blood Sacrifices Required? Will They Be Required In the Future? (includes text and video version)
Shlomo's Challah My quick and easy recipe for Sabbath Bread

The importance of Shabbat; for more on this see my Holiday Guide

Kashrut (Kosher Laws)

           Please note: Kashrut is a complex topic with myriad minhagim. This section is for information only. Check with your rabbi to determin proper minhagim for your community.

Join our Kosher Kooking group on Facebook for kosher knowledge and fun.
Focusing in on Cow Butts: The Sciatic Nerve

The Holocaust: Learn the Truth About What Really Happened!

THIS is the Day HaShem Has Made For Us:

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