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Rabbi Simcha Hakohen Kook zt"l

Three messages for Shabbat: About a Tzaddik zt"l, on self sacrifice in Ukraine, and how to go on a long journey and stay unscathed.

Rabbi Simcha Hakohen Kook zt"l

Everyone matters!

The Torah is not a suspense story or a melodramatic reality show.

Everyone matters!

Neta's triumph

There are prizes and prizes. There are prizes in this world and prizes in the World to Come..

Neta's triumph

Firsthand memories of Rabbi Kook

Rabbi Greenblatt passed away last week, after almost 100 years in which he was able to study, teach and share his memories of Rav Kook.

Firsthand memories of Rabbi Kook

It was not a mechanic who was murdererd, it was our brother

In Parashat Behar, those with whom you do business are called "brothers." How apt for Yonatan Habakuk, victim of the Elad terror murders.

It was not a mechanic who was murdererd, it was our brother

In memory of those murdered in Elad

From mourning to celebrating to mourning - in three days.

 In memory of those murdered in Elad

Are you an enemy of evil? A survivor's guide to conducting one's life

Six essential facts that make the Holocaust a unique event in history and ten messages from a survivor.

Are you an enemy of evil? A guide to conducting one's life

Don't lock the door - maybe someone will come

The real significance of the Mimouna holiday is the door open to all who wish to enter.

Don't lock the door - maybe someone will come

The Secret of Pesach

*Rabbi Jonathan Sacks* reminds us of the great secret of the holiday of Pesach: It's all about the children.

The Secret of Pesach

4 facts concerning Sefirat HaOmer (counting the Omer)

This is not just a technical counting. In order to receive the Torah, each year, we need to prepare.

 4 facts concerning Sefirat HaOmer (counting the Omer)

Their names were Tomer, Eitam and Barak

In their memory

Their names were Tomer, Eitam and Barak

A third grader’s eulogy

One of Rabbi Avishai Yecheskel's young students wrote a letter to his bereaved family: "You were privileged to have a father like this."

 A third grader’s eulogy

Where's your plate?

Our heritage is not something to downplay or conceal, our lives should be consciously filled with meaning.

Where's your plate?

A peek into the life of a great man

One of the awe-inspiring stories about a Torah luminary who influence spans generations.

A peek into the life of a great man

The language of affection

Three thought provoking vignettes from the internationally popular Torah lecturer.

The language of affection

It's good to be a Jew- someone cares

Sharansky: When I was a child, 'Jew' was an unfortunate designation,,,on the Ukraine border, being a Jew is a most fortunate circumstance.

It's good to be a Jew- someone cares

A letter from Kiev

The war in Ukraine, Chabad emissaries, the Megilla and the parasha.

A letter from Kiev

Shabbat in Kharkov, Ukraine

A letter from the wife of the Chabad shaliach in Khrakov.

Shabbat in Kharkov, Ukraine

What Avraham Fried learned from a rooster and other stories

Don't just wake up - sing!

What Avraham Fried learned from a rooster and other stories

What happened to spirituality? 3 thoughts for the soul

We tend to talk about spirituality but it is in our actions, small, personal or influential, that it is attained.

What happened to spirituality? Thoughts for the soul

Making our home into a Mishkan

Different factors make our home a sanctuary and our lives and those of our loved ones positive, hopeful and meaningful.

Making our home into a Mishkan

Rosh Chodesh Adar: How's life? Enjoy it!

In the month of Adar, we have an opportunity to connect with simple joy, to rejoice in just being alive.

Rosh Chodesh Adar: How's life? Enjoy it!

A story for International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The dough that did not rise in the ghetto and other lessons.

A story for International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Kotzker Rebbe: Brief but deep

Aphorisms of the Kotzker, each short in words but deep in meaning.

The Kotzker Rebbe: Brief but deep

Ori, wife of officer killed by friendly fire: Keep on living

'If Itamar had made that error, what would I want for him? And the answer is that I would want for him the strength to move beyond this.'

Ori, wife of officer killed by friendly fire: Keep on living

Isolated, yet together

There is much to learn from this pandemic about family cohesivenes and leadership on all levels.

 Isolated, yet together

On self-protection and redemption

What are the most important values in your life? You can talk and learn about them, emulate others and note that most of us try to do that.

On self-protection and redemption

In memory of our two brave pilots

The words beow are dedicated the ascent of the souls of Hen ben Aron and Erez ben David and to the recovery of Ron ben Marina.

In memory of our two brave pilots

Moshe Rabbeinu was only human, just like you and me

This statement is not meant to lower our esteem for Moses, but to raise hopes for ourselves.

 Moshe Rabbeinu was only human, just like you and me

Four things we can learn from the Chaim Walder tragedy

Hard as it is, this can be a golden opportunity for expressing things we can now articulate for ourselves and our families.

Four things we can learn from the Chaim Walder tragedy

Are we missing out on life's greatest opportunities?

Can the temporary silence the historic?

Are we missing out on life's greatest opportunities?

Are we missing out on life's greatest opportunities?

Can the temporary silence the historic?

Are we missing out on life's greatest opportunities?

Shemot: What is it about crying out?

The Book of Exodus is a guidebook. What does it teach about bringing redemption - from everything that needs change?

Shemot: What is it about crying out?

Liel Namdar- a DUI driver snuffs out a young life

Her last text was a reminder to say Shema at bedtime. It almost seems as though G-d wanted her near Him.

Liel Namdar- a DUI driver snuffs out a young life

Chazak, Chazak, Venitchazeik! We will be strong!

The blessing over sons in this week's Torah portion is dedicated to Yehuda Dimentman, Hy"d, who will not bless his baby tonight.

Chazak, Chazak, Venitchazeik! We will be strong!

Young people ask Rabbi Lau questions about the Tenth of Tevet

The 10th of Tevet as Yom Hakaddish Haklali leads to curiosity about the rabbi's Holocaust experience.

Young people ask Rabbi Lau questions about the Tenth of Tevet

Halt: Private moments ahead

The age of social media has made privacy obsolete - unless we think about how to combine it with suitable disclosure. A lesson from Joseph.

Halt: Private moments ahead

To fight the darkness

We must know how to identify it in order to fight against it and eliminate it.

To fight the darkness

Shabbat or Hanukkah candles: Which should have come first?

Imagine you only have money for one set of candles - Shabbat or Hannukah - which to choose and why?

Shabbat or Hanukkah candles: Which should have come first?

Hannukah: When light from above descends into our living rooms

It's not just a match and a candle. A magnificent light descends into our homes, next to the window or the door, and we need to receive it.

Hannukah: When light from above descends into our living rooms