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Psalm 27: Jewish Optimism

This psalm is said from the first day of the month of Elul through the last of Sukkot. What does it tell us?, 8/15/2013, 7:04 PM

Move de Line: Agunot and Shalom Bayit

Shalom Bayit. Shalom Aleinu: A Plea for Peace and Understanding , 8/13/2013, 8:45 AM

Fasting: What For?

Is fasting an exercise in righteousness or just hunger pangs?, 7/14/2013, 12:54 PM

Reflections on the Uniform of the IDF

HaRav 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…", 7/10/2013, 11:28 AM

Strangers Among Us

Zealousness that can be praised., 6/27/2013, 6:30 PM

Looking for Light

The Jewish calendar - a spiritual quest., 6/14/2013, 9:10 AM

A Jew for All Jews: Donald Butler

In memory of someone who was a giant of the Jewish American community, a fierce upholder of Orthodox Jewish values - and a dear friend., 5/3/2013, 11:23 AM

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?, 4/25/2013, 9:56 AM

Words Matter: Chasid, Chesed and Chasidah

Deeper meanings and understandings of a word in the parsha that is related yet different from similar words we use everyday., 4/4/2013, 7:55 PM

Hakarat Hatov: Not Just "Thank You", Dayeinu

Our 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. , 3/21/2013, 8:30 PM

The Hillel Sandwich

Symbol or meal?, 3/13/2013, 11:34 PM

Drinking on Purim: When Ignorance is Bliss

On Purim we are challenged to transform the Hamans in our lives into Mordecais., 2/22/2013, 2:07 PM

Trumah: Tzedakah is a Mirror of the Divine

Giving charity and acting with lovingkindness is holding a mirror up to the Divine., 2/14/2013, 7:11 PM

Violent Video Games and the Slaughter of Our Children

If the gamer does not become more violent by virtue of his experience in playing video games, he becomes desensitized to the violence around him., 1/31/2013, 11:46 PM

It's Always Darkest Just Before the Dawn

Rosh Chodesh and Parshat Bo are linked by a profound lesson in Jewish history., 1/17/2013, 11:22 AM

Vegetarianism and Kashrut: Jewish vs. Egyptian Approach

What we value and the hierarchy of life, 12/20/2012, 12:22 PM

Hanukkah for a Generation in Need of Rededication

Judah Macabee’s enemy was clear. Can the same be said for our own? This year, do your share to let the light in., 12/8/2012, 6:24 PM

Vayetze: The Measure of Time

Yaakov considered the seven long years he labored to marry Rachel but a few days - how could that be?, 11/22/2012, 9:39 PM

Chessed, Then and Now

Widen your field of vision, sit outside the tent - and see what has to be done., 11/1/2012, 9:36 AM

Marking Time in the New Year

Who controls our calendar, the moments in our lives?, 9/12/2012, 12:43 PM

Parshat Re'eh: Everyone Eats

How 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? , 8/16/2012, 5:46 PM

Post-Tisha B’Av: Tears for Shavel

Rabbi 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… , 8/10/2012, 4:56 PM

Veshinantam: Your Son, Your Student

The 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., 8/2/2012, 9:25 AM

When We Kasher, What Are We Kashering?

The methods of making utensils kosher have a spiritual parallel in Jewish life., 7/19/2012, 6:00 PM

A Wise and Caring Wife - The Best of All Worlds

Ohn was one of Korach's organizers, but his wife made him see reality., 6/22/2012, 2:15 PM

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., 6/21/2012, 1:14 AM

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 , 6/1/2012, 4:47 PM

Bamidbar: Personal Responsibility, not Bureaucracy

When 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 , 5/23/2012, 10:28 AM

Siyum - A Pivot Point in Time

There 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. , 5/9/2012, 11:05 AM

A Day Worthy of Celebration

, 4/19/2012, 7:29 AM

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., 4/4/2012, 1:24 PM

Rambam On Sacrifices: Integration and Harmony

Does Maimonides, “that famous Jew”, find harmony between halakhic man and reason? , 3/24/2012, 11:24 PM

Community, Unity and The Command to Be Drunk on Purim

Did our Sages really want us to confuse Haman and Mordechai? A fresh look at drinking on Purim., 3/3/2012, 11:20 PM

Teacher! Love Your Students!

Students need more than chapters, pages and lessons., 2/23/2012, 11:32 PM

For Holocaust Day: A Lesson in Renewal

Wherein 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. , 1/27/2012, 8:22 AM

A Lesson in Renewal

Titus’ 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. , 1/18/2012, 6:42 AM

Fathers and Sons

Yaakov's mourning for the loss of Yosef was inconsolable, as it was the grief of a father for his child., 12/30/2011, 1:25 AM

What the Dreidel Tells Us About Miracles

Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel. I made it out of clay…, 12/20/2011, 10:28 AM

Rachel Teaches Us How to Pray

Why the two explanations for the name Rachel gave to her long-awaited first born son?, 12/1/2011, 10:24 AM

Natural versus Artificial Man

, 9/27/2011, 11:10 AM

Jewish Optimism

Psalm 27, said daily from 2nd Elul to Hoshana Rabba: "...The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid"?, 9/15/2011, 7:36 PM

Man Alone and in Community

, 9/1/2011, 8:19 PM

National Mourning in the Jewish Tradition

The destruction of the Second Temple, the Churban, changed the course of Jewish history and destiny; its repercussions affected every aspect of our national and religious character. We were fundamentally transformed as a people. , 8/8/2011, 10:46 AM

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. , 6/24/2011, 3:47 PM

The Nazir: Live in Moderation

The 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., 6/2/2011, 1:48 PM

Behar: Numbers are Significant

No number has the power and significance of the number seven., 5/12/2011, 2:45 PM

The Troika Hillel Sandwich

, 4/17/2011, 8:08 PM

Metzora: The Art of Speech

Speech is power. And with power comes danger., 4/8/2011, 5:01 PM

Shmini: The Power of Humility

Only the truly humble can be made great., 3/24/2011, 4:48 PM

Get Into the Real Purim Spirit

Klal Yisrael. All of Israel. One people. One community. One. Would that it were always so!, 3/10/2011, 11:57 AM

Pikudei: The Personal Touch

A lesson for the last portion of Exodus, read this week., 3/3/2011, 11:59 AM

Ki Tisa: Asking the Impossible

How can we know G-d?, 2/17/2011, 7:11 PM

Tetsave: The Perfect Community

“AND YOU SHALL command the children of Israel.”, 2/10/2011, 8:50 PM