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When prophecies come true

Look for this book: “Only Good Tidings — Consoling Prophecies from the Bible.”

When prophecies come true

At the entrance to Jerusalem: A message for all of us

“Just get stronger from everything.” (Roi Dawy, Hy"d)

At the entrance to Jerusalem: A message for all of us

5 guests for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Recalling the memories of those who have inspired hope.

5 guests for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Experiencing Pesach for the first time at age 30

He wants to fully understand the Haggadah and all of us would do well to emulate the enthusiasm with which he is preparing for his first Seder.

Experiencing Pesach for the first time at age 30

The Daily Portion / A lesson in faith

We are part of a universal story that has meaning for everyone.

The Daily Portion / A lesson in faith

Holy moments

“We will continue to live the dream, but differently.”

Holy moments

Sensitive to loss, may we have joyful occasions

Shlomi Cohen's eyes were red with tears.

Sensitive to loss, may we have joyful occasions

Living proof of the resilient Jewish spirit

“How do we emerge from darkness into light?”

Living proof of the resilient Jewish spirit

Fighting anti-Semitism is not our only mission

Shining the spotlight on anti-Semitic lies about Israel is important, but it’s not our only mission.

Fighting anti-Semitism is not our only mission

A picture that tells the story of Israel today

Evacuated from Kiryat Shmonah, but not from Israeli hearts.

A picture that tells the story of Israel today

Fasting from speech - Taanit dibur

We have already said everything there is to say about the current situation. So maybe the time has come to remain silent.

Fasting from speech - Taanit dibur

True beauty

Excerpt from the diary of Lieutenant Nethanel Menachem Eitan, HY”D.

True beauty

Why are the details so important?

The Mishkan’s construction is described at length, down to the finest detail. What, in fact, is the importance of these small details?

Why are the details so important?

Adar in Gaza: Delivering joy

"My commanding officer said to me with a loving smile: 'Selavan, you are such a fool.’ I answered him: ‘If I wasn’t a little foolish from time to time, I would lose my sanity.’

Adar in Gaza: Delivering joy

Praying for the hostages

There is a link in this article to the list of hostages and their mothers' names, as is customary in Jewish prayers for someone's welfare.

Praying for the hostages

A condolence call with a message for us all

The character of the son that we knew became clearer with each person who knew Barak, whether for the briefest moment or for an extended period of time.

A condolence call with a message for us all

Advice from a hostage’s mother

Do not supress pain, but do not let it rule.

Advice from a hostage’s mother

Outstanding evaluations for outstanding children

A special report card for children evacuated from their homes in war.

Outstanding evaluations for outstanding children

In memory of Eyal

Eyal Mevorach Twito fell in battle in Gaza. A glimpse of one of the priceless pesons the world has lost while bravely fighting Hamas barbarians.

In memory of Eyal

Happy Tu B’Shvat!

At a time when we wait impatiently to see two blue check marks next to our WhatsApp message, we get a reminder once a year regarding what is most important.

Happy Tu B’Shvat!

“Do you have good news?”

These are difficult days.

“Do you have good news?”

The freed hostages read a psalm at the Kotel

Their being released alive and well should not be taken for granted, nor should their being able to come on their own to give thanks.

The freed hostages read a psalm at the Kotel

The Daily Portion / God puts an end to darkness

To every form of darkness, there is an end. Difficult times come to an end. They do not go on forever.

The Daily Portion / God puts an end to darkness

Statements from the wounded that give us strength

Gaining strength at the Sheba Rehabilitation Center.

Statements from the wounded that give us strength

The Daily Portion / Finding strength on a trip to London

At the end of a regular conversation with someone, the person I had been speaking with invariably left me with “Am Yisrael chai!.”

The Daily Portion / Finding strength on a trip to London

Another day of war, another beautiful story from the home front

A home which from the very beginning is being built on extraordinary lovingkindness.

Another day of war, another beautiful story from the home front

The Daily Portion / Freeing the captives

To some extent, collectively, we are imprisoned with the hostages as we think of them and pray for them constantly.

The Daily Portion / Freeing the captives

The Daily Portion / To hope for more, a lot more

But it’s not over yet. Hamas captured precious souls and is now trying to capture our minds

The Daily Portion / To hope for more, a lot more

What gives us strength?

Teenage Israeli girls talk to Sivan about their sources of strength during the current war. Saying Psalms is one way, but there is more.

What gives us strength?

Our enemies and us

What can be said or done when your life’s work has been destroyed?

Our enemies and us

Yom Kippur Katan, straight from the Kabbalists of Tzfat

The source of the prayers on the day before Rosh Chodesh. Chodesh tov!

Yom Kippur Katan, straight from the Kabbalists of Tzfat

The nation of Israel is very much alive

People who never came to a Jewish event suddenly arrived here and spent the entire Shabbat with us.

The nation of Israel is very much alive

To fall -- and get back up again

What we have to practice doing...

To fall -- and get back up again

The light that shines during the dark days of Cheshvan

When the soul shines -- even a murky sky glows with a pleasant light..(Rabbi Kook)

The light that shines during the dark days of Cheshvan

The Daily Portion / To dream

*'When the Lord brings back those who return to Zion, we shall be as dreamers."

The Daily Portion / To dream

A silent prayer at the Kotel with hostage family members

Thirty seconds of a still small voice, a prayer from the heart.

A silent prayer at the Kotel with hostage family members

Shema Yisrael, 5784

Each time the fear in us grew, we prayed together and repeated the Shema.

Shema Yisrael, 5784

The Daily Portion / Candy: A bridge between two eras

Everyone is invited to remember the candies they tossed on Simchat Torah every year.

The Daily Portion / Candy: A bridge between two eras

The Daily Portion / Telling our story

Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end.

The Daily Portion / Telling our story

An 89-year-old IDF lt. col. puts on tefillin for the first time

He said that when he reached the age of 13, they recognized this milestone with a delivery of 13 bananas to his room.

An 89-year-old IDF lt. col. puts on tefillin for the first time

The Daily Portion / Sukkot in Tel Aviv

We hung signs in the neighborhood: "You are invited to our sukkah at 192 Arlozorov Street, even if we are not at home." This is the result.

The Daily Portion / Sukkot in Tel Aviv

Sukkot: When unity and joyfulness are ever present.

To look at our personal and national life through a wider and more optimistic lens.

Sukkot: When unity and joyfulness are ever present.

Three Yom Kippur kibbutz experiences that speak for themselves

A contra to Tel Aviv.

Three Yom Kippur kibbutz experiences that speak for themselves

An extended fast

Total devotion: An extended Yom Kippur fast in Auschwitz.

An extended fast

The Daily Portion / Caution: Change in perspective ahead

It's not only the content of our prayers that changes but also the pace with which we pray.

The Daily Portion / Caution: Change in perspective ahead

The Daily Portion / What's your new year's resolution?

Here are a few suggestions...

The Daily Portion / What's your new year's resolution?

The Daily Portion / Is something special in the air?

Is it only me or, during these final days of 5783, is there something truly special in the air?

The Daily Portion / Is something special in the air?

The Daily Portion / Selichot at sea

An experience students will take with them for life.

The Daily Portion / Selichot at sea

Prayers for our children in the new school year

These first days of the school year evoke prayers from the depth of our hearts.

Prayers for our children in the new school year

Less than a month to Yom Kippur

Are you prepared? Are you ready?

Less than a month to Yom Kippur

Elements of this week's Torah portion, haftarah, and Elul

This Torah portion lists more mitzvot than any other parasha, 77 out of the 613 total mitzvot that are included in the Torah.

Elements of this week's Torah portion, haftarah, and Elul

Wanted: A breakthrough year

Don't think prolem, think opportunity.

Wanted: A breakthrough year

A preschool teacher who fell in the line of duty

We know how she taught her nursery school pupils. What did the murderer's teacher's curriculum contain?

A preschool teacher who fell in the line of duty

The Daily Portion / Five elements of Rosh Chodesh Elul

This month is identified with a desire for self-improvement and change. The shofar blown each morning is a wakeup call.

The Daily Portion / Five elements of Rosh Chodesh Elul

The Daily Portion / A little comment of great significance

If something is important to you, you know its magnitude.

The Daily Portion / A little comment of great significance

The Daily Portion / Renew yourself!

In which areas of life -- during this blessed time -- has our potential yet to be fulfilled?

The Daily Portion / Renew yourself!

The Daily Portion / Some thoughts concerning Shabbat

We are obligated to add to Jewish identity another pillar: the pillar of Shabbat.

The Daily Portion / Some thoughts concerning Shabbat

The Daily Portion, Re'eh / Seven revolutionary words

*"See, I set before you today a blessing and a curse. What blessing? What curse?

The Daily Portion, Re'eh / Seven revolutionary words

The inspiring filter of the Land of Israel

"A land the Lord your God looks after; the eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it."

The inspiring filter of the Land of Israel

The Daily Portion / 3 thoughts for the 15th of Av

May we merit joyful days, unconditional love for one another, and be inscribed and sealed in the book of life.

The Daily Portion / 3 thoughts for the 15th of Av