The Music of a CommunityIt takes a village...
To Walk Behind GodWhen We Give, Our Greatest Gift is Dignity
The Kippa: Crown of Honor, Sign of Humility, TargetWould that the ugliness of anti-Semitism were a thing of the past, a relic of time that saw its most horrific expression less than a century ago. Unfortunately, it isn’t.
Thou Shalt Not Covet: Who Can Legislate Morality?Judaism teaches that a person may not contemplate or desire that which he may not attain or that which is forbidden to attain.
Beshalach: Life as a SymphonyShirah (poetry and song) and becoming an adult.
Time and Meaning: "This month shall be for you.."Each second, each moment.
Enough!"It is easier to take Jews out of Galus than to take the Galus out of the Jews" (Hassidic Master)
To Be a Mentsch - Learning from MosesGratitude and consideration are the marks of a decent human being, a mentsch.
Vayigash: Things Never SaidWhy do we not hear about the feelings of Benjamin's sons at the thought that their father would be a captive? Why only Jacob's feelings are taken into account?
The Wisdom of the DreidleComfort in an impossible world.
“I Have Lived with Laban” - Exile in the Secular WorldIn instances too numerous to list, we have been terrorized. And each time, we returned to recite HaGomel.
On the Parsha: Failure is Our Only OptionSuccess is built on a foundation of failed attempts.
The Blessings of a FatherIsaac was well aware of whom he was blessing and how.
Who Watches the WatchmanWhen the watchman errs, who is there to watch the watchman? And why generalize from one aberration?
Hevron, from "Hibur" - Connection and UnityLike Abraham, we continue to pay a high price for the land.
Jonah and ISISEvil misunderstands a prophet of the Lord.
CriticismThe first step to teshuva is hakarat ha’chet, the recognition that we sinned.
Ki Tetsei: We Forget Amalek at Our PerilThe world would do well to mirror the courage and decisiveness of the IDF in acting to “wipe out the memory of Amalek from under the heavens.”
Shoftim: The Value of Each LifeIn the history of warfare, has there been a fighting force more willing, more determined, to see its “enemy” not as the “other” but as individual human beings?
The Ten Commandments: Do not CovetThe Torah’s intention is to train the Jew that what is forbidden and prohibited is unattainable and therefore unthinkable.
Courage: Rabbi Yisroel Spira Zts"l of BluzhevDignity before History, dignity before G-d.
The Journey of Our LIvesIt is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. (Ernest Hemingway)
Extremism is not Religious FervorThe Lubavitcher Rebbe and NCSY have much in common.
The Argument Against ExtremismElijah (Eliyahu) and Pinchas.
Chukat: Singing with the ChildrenWhen to sing with them and when to let them sing solo.
Given Eyes to SeeGod whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes, when we think we don’t have time to listen, He has to throw a brick…
Justice for the AgunahBeit Din, the Sabbath and he who would withhold a get.
The Nazir: Man's Desire for MeaningTurning away vs. turning towards. For Parashat Naso, this week's Torah reading.
Finding Our WayAfter escaping Egypt, the Israelites found themselves in a place with no street markers, no sign posts, and no corner filling stations.
Ethics of the Fathers: Live and Let LiveA chapter of Pirke Avot, Ethics of the Fathers, is read each Sabbath starting with Passover. This week's reading analyzes the idea to "live and let live".
Pirkei Avot: Before Whom One ToilsFrom Passover on, a chapter of Ethics of the Fathers (Pirkei Avot) is read on each Sabbath afternoon.
Yom Hazikaron, Yom Haatzmaut: Who Are We?The question – and its answer – must be weighed against the awesome backdrop of our history.
A True Friend: Lesson on Pirkei AvotThe rabbis put getting a teacher and acquiring a friend in one exhortation - might not the rabbis have confused the two?
4 Sons - A Lesson for Parents and TeachersOn finding the right method for each student.
The Art of PreparationBeing prepared for an event is part and parcel of experiencing it.
Words MatterThree words with the same root, but learn the different meanings.
Behind Our MasksWho am I?
SacrificesMaimonides and halakha.
Each and Every DayHoliness is step by step.
Open Orthodoxy: How to Lead; How to FollowWhat Makes a Community a Community? A message to Open Orthodoxy.
G-d Loves Our Lost ChildrenA parent’s love for his or her child must be unqualified, as God’s is for His people.
To Speak for the Trees…(For Tu Bishvat)The Jewish New Year for Trees, Tu Bishvat (15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat), is on Thursday, January 16, this year.
The New Month - A Lesson in RenewalWas it irony or fate that this symbol of a strong, dynamic and renewed State of Israel was taken directly from the Arch of Titus? That Titus’ statement of conquest and humiliation was transformed into a symbol of Jewish pride.
“Selfies”; A Sad Phenomenon of Our TimeThe Oxford English Dictionary, the most prestigious guardian of the English language, has declared “selfie” to be the word of the year.
Birth AnnouncementsRearing a child, particularly in the midst of a galut, in a secular society and in challenging times, not only deserves but demands high praise and recognition.
Disposable Students: When a Student "Doesn't Fit In"It is registration time for yeshivas and ulpenas (girls' religious high schools) again. It is also the time when there is "weeding out" of students who do not 'fit in'. An impassioned plea.
To Confer a BlessingA Blessing Makes Us Aware, Not of Sameness but of Uniqueness.
Miracles: The Safran Dreidle Collection (Photo Essay)Be realistic; plan for a miracle (Osho).
Celebrity? Stardom? Glory?We have so little understanding of much that we do – or its consequence.
Religious Divorce Must Not Be an Emotional WeaponBreaking up is hard to do, but we must not have a situation where we marry as Bnai Torah and divorce like terrorists. A response to an issue making headlines in NY.
A Match Made in Heaven - Chaye SarahMan proposes, God disposes, even in the world of Biblical matchmaking.
Teaching Students, Not SubjectsAnd when you throw them out, where do you think they will go?
Fractured Man, Whole ManThe nullity of being and the greatness of being vie for their role in our lives.
To Know Before Whom One ToilsWho decides who is good enough?
Psalm 27: Jewish OptimismThis psalm is said from the first day of the month of Elul through the last of Sukkot. What does it tell us?