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Rabbi Eli Hecht

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Let’s make guns into Menorahs

Not only swords can be beaten into ploughshares. Op-ed.

Let’s make guns into         Menorahs

Finding peace

Israel has to be pre-emptive and not reactive. Op-ed.

Finding peace

Baking matza - the bread of faith in the labor camps

This Passover, gather your family and tell this story. How, in each generation, Jews are persecuted, saved, and are stronger in our faith.

Baking matza - the bread of faith in the labor camps

Corona victim numbering

Every Corona Virus victim has a name and a story. The number 500,000 should give us pause to think about that. Op-ed.

Corona victims are not numbers

Pandemic – The great equalizer and unifier

Faith is not diminished when we ask.  Faith is the reason why we ask.

Pandemic – The great equalizer and unifier

For governments we vote, but in G-d we trust

The Founding Fathers wanted  America to be a unified nation. They realized that a pressure cooker is not what is needed, but a melting pot.

For governments we vote, but in G-d we trust

Pray and let the recovery begin

One thing is sure as the vaccine debate goes on, prayer will help and is needed. Thank G-d for the vaccine and let the recovery begin.

Pray and let the recovery begin

The miracle of Bubby's menorah

Every Shabbat Bubbie would shine the silver candelabrum and pray, "May my mazel (luck) always shine!" Then someone stole her menorah.

The miracle of Bubby's menorah

A Kosher Thanksgiving

Is Thanksgiving a case of "walking in their statutes" or a universal holiday in whose celebration observant Jews can comfortably take part?

A Kosher Thanksgiving

G-d's Day - a wale up call

Let's cut across organized religious, divisive racial and government lines and declare a day dedicated to G-d.

G-d's Day - a wale up call

An upside-down world

Leadership keeps changing its mind on the corona crisis, our political parties have switched personalities. Our lives? On hold. What to do?

An upside-down world

Elections and honesty

Instead of the best coming out from the candidates we see the worst. And that is too bad, because it doesn't have to be that way.

Elections and honesty

Our world is a Sukkah and G-d is its cover

We can fly to the moon and Mars but we cannot guarantee ourselves a safe dwelling. For that, we have to rely on G-d. Sukkot memories.

 Our world is a Sukkah and G-d is its cover

A questionable agreement/ And the truth comes out

Featured here: Two articles questioning the Abraham Accords, sent to Arutz Sheva by op-ed writers . What do you think?

A questionable agreement/ And the truth comes out

Seeing is not believing

What we think of as regular, sometimes is extraordinary and what we see as extraordinary is often really regular.

Seeing is not believing

Coping with fear

In this period of sorrow for events that occurred to the Jewish people, remember that the Sages say that Mashiach is born on Tisha B'Av.!

Coping with fear

Try to look for the bright side - and then bring that light to others

I am less worried about the riots and the virus than about us taking responsibility for our actions and showing compassion for others.

Try to look for the bright side - and bring the light to others

The G-d Factor

Yes masks, no masks, stay home, go out, The debates go on all the time. Is there a Mayvin with the last word? Hashem runs the world, relax.

The G-d Factor

For Father's Day: Memories and a crucial question

Father's Day can be joyful, bittersweet, and sometimes a source of perplexing dilemmas.

For Father's Day: Memories and a crucial question

Riots, the Rebbe, and the Mayor

Mayor of New York, David Dinkins visited the Rebbe after the 1991 race riots that victimized Jews. Here is their conversation.

Riots, the Rebbe, and the Mayorplayer

The synagogue with an eerie sound

When entering the prayer room, you would hear a continuous sobbing sound.

The synagogue with an eerie sound

Pesach Sheni: The world can change

A second Passover? We just celebrated Pesach a month ago and many of us never heard of a Second Pesach - a special kind of second chance.

Pesach Sheni: The world can change

Rights, fights, and equal rights - LGBTQ and the Straight

Rights, fights, and equal rights - LGBTQ and the Straight