Fasting: What For?Is fasting an exercise in righteousness or just hunger pangs?
Reflections on the Uniform of the IDFHaRav Tzvi Yehuda Kook: "...the holiness of the army uniform in Israel is fundamental, inherent holiness. This is the holiness of accessories of a mitzvah, from every perspective…"
Strangers Among UsZealousness that can be praised.
Looking for LightThe Jewish calendar - a spiritual quest.
A Jew for All Jews: Donald ButlerIn memory of someone who was a giant of the Jewish American community, a fierce upholder of Orthodox Jewish values - and a dear friend.
A Jewish Carpe Diem - Hayom is the Day!What more concrete example of the importance of Torah and the power of days than the counting down from the end of Pesah to the Chag Matan Torah?
Words Matter: Chasid, Chesed and ChasidahDeeper meanings and understandings of a word in the parsha that is related yet different from similar words we use everyday.
Hakarat Hatov: Not Just "Thank You", DayeinuOur service to God is not for His need but for our own. And what are we thanking God for? For inspiring us to give thanks.
The Hillel SandwichSymbol or meal?
Trumah: Tzedakah is a Mirror of the DivineGiving charity and acting with lovingkindness is holding a mirror up to the Divine.
Violent Video Games and the Slaughter of Our ChildrenIf the gamer does not become more violent by virtue of his experience in playing video games, he becomes desensitized to the violence around him.
It's Always Darkest Just Before the DawnRosh Chodesh and Parshat Bo are linked by a profound lesson in Jewish history.
Vegetarianism and Kashrut: Jewish vs. Egyptian ApproachWhat we value and the hierarchy of life
Hanukkah for a Generation in Need of RededicationJudah Macabee’s enemy was clear. Can the same be said for our own? This year, do your share to let the light in.
Vayetze: The Measure of TimeYaakov considered the seven long years he labored to marry Rachel but a few days - how could that be?
Chessed, Then and NowWiden your field of vision, sit outside the tent - and see what has to be done.
Marking Time in the New YearWho controls our calendar, the moments in our lives?
Parshat Re'eh: Everyone EatsHow is a Jew to respond when challenged as to why he imposes upon himself not ceremonies dedicated solely to the enjoyment of eating, as the rather strict limitations on what he can eat?
Post-Tisha B’Av: Tears for ShavelRabbi Soloveitchik emphasized that Tisha B’Av is a day devoted not only to the destruction of the two Temples, but also to our “historic recollection of all the tragedies that have befallen our people over the centuries…
Veshinantam: Your Son, Your StudentThe four keys to successful teaching, for parents and educators. And a plea to hold on to those who need their teacher's guidance the most.
When We Kasher, What Are We Kashering?The methods of making utensils kosher have a spiritual parallel in Jewish life.
A Wise and Caring Wife - The Best of All WorldsOhn was one of Korach's organizers, but his wife made him see reality.
A Wise and Loving Wife - What Could be Better?A wise woman acts in many ways so as to strengthen and build up her home - meaning family - said our Sages. Ohn, one of Korach's organizers, had good reason to agree.
Moments of Redemption in Our Lives: Jerusalem"There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle".- Albert Einstein
Bamidbar: Personal Responsibility, not BureaucracyWhen we focus on a task that is solely ours to accomplish, we work to our fullest capability. When there are others who share responsibility, we tend not to perform to our highest potential
Siyum - A Pivot Point in TimeThere is a profound difference between counting baOmer and laOmer. It is important that we count to know where we are… and where we are yet to go.
Who Knows Thirteen? Who Knows One?The Seder reminds us of the special relationship we have with G-d, and the numbers are part of it.
Community, Unity and The Command to Be Drunk on PurimDid our Sages really want us to confuse Haman and Mordechai? A fresh look at drinking on Purim.
Teacher! Love Your Students!Students need more than chapters, pages and lessons.
For Holocaust Day: A Lesson in RenewalWherein lies the mystery of Rosh Chodesh? Just as at given times of the month it is impossible to contemplate or even imagine a moon, so at given points of history it will be hard to imagine Jews and Judaism. For Holocaust Remembrance Day.
A Lesson in RenewalTitus’ statement of conquest and humiliation was transformed into a symbol of Jewish pride. Jews live and exist even in darkness, they continue to shine even when persecuted and humiliated.
Fathers and SonsYaakov's mourning for the loss of Yosef was inconsolable, as it was the grief of a father for his child.
Jewish OptimismPsalm 27, said daily from 2nd Elul to Hoshana Rabba: "...The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid"?
Iasi Pogrom-A Stain on History“Now I understand,” whispered my sister, bending down and picking up the document I had given her, “now I understand everything…”. Her recurring nightmare had been real.
The Nazir: Live in ModerationThe Nazir's sin is that he cannot live with moderation. He cannot live within the norm. He can find peace only in the extreme. For this he is condemned and must seek atonement.
Behar: Numbers are SignificantNo number has the power and significance of the number seven.
Metzora: The Art of SpeechSpeech is power. And with power comes danger.
Shmini: The Power of HumilityOnly the truly humble can be made great.
Get Into the Real Purim SpiritKlal Yisrael. All of Israel. One people. One community. One. Would that it were always so!
Pikudei: The Personal TouchA lesson for the last portion of Exodus, read this week.
Ki Tisa: Asking the ImpossibleHow can we know G-d?
Tetsave: The Perfect Community“AND YOU SHALL command the children of Israel.”
Love: The Key to EducationIs there a standardized lesson plan from which we can derive instruction as to how to transmit more than just dry knowledge and information to students?
Manna--The Tough Free Food TestWhich position presents a greater challenge – readily available cuts of prime ribs or the continued dependence on G-d’s manna? A Divine question, indeed.
How Much Does a Child Cost?It seems that HaShem intended for the baby - the Jewish People- to first crawl and then walk.
Chanukah: Display and MeaningChanukah is a holiday with outer display, but inner meaning.
Kosher Food--A New Trend?Food matters.
For a Nation to Mourn as OneThere are times when the community functions as an individual, and other times then, when the individual is one with the community. Tisha B'Av is one such time.
Revisiting a Familiar NarrativeThe four sons are familiar to us, but here is another way of interpreting their roles.
The Significant Seder SandwichOur daily bread is more than the sum of its calories and the Hillel sandwich we eat at the Passover seder is more than a sandwich. It is a symbolic message about freedom and salvation.