There is something quite distinctive about the biblical approach to time.
The Turks, believing Absalom was a spy, tortured him but he did not give them any information.
My guess is that most yeshiva students also winged it or cut corners because they, too, had rather onerous schedules.
Pesach is a Torah-based holiday whose fundamental observances are rooted in Torah law; Purim is a rabbinic holiday whose laws and customs are grounded in the rabbinic tradition.
A central concept in any discussion about happiness is achieving clarity. “Ain simcha ela k’hataras hasefeikos” – there is no joy as that experienced with the removal of doubt.
I happen to believe that for a couple to spend a few years in kollel is a wonderful way to start a marriage.
We had heard bits and pieces of stories about the war years, but they were vague recollections of a young girl and other family members and we weren’t sure if they were real or imagined.
Our current feature consists of two parts: (1) Israel and Jewish politics and (2) Jewish organizations.
Great leaders like Miriam and like Sarah Schenirer possess the capacity to challenge the status quo that confronts them.
“These are good matzah balls,” my aunt Robertine would say, but her sister Irma would counter “No, not compared to Mama’s. They were always so light yet they never fell apart.”
King was particularly concerned about the growing defamatory characterization of Zionism as racism, and he opposed the anti-Zionism in the “Black Power” movement.
We shed many tears and had endless discussions as to what had gone wrong. What did we do or fail to do that caused our son to distance himself from what we viewed as so beautiful and meaningful?
For nearly sixty-five years national self-definition has been the skeleton in the closet of Israeli politics and culture.
He ruthlessly crushed the revolt, and, despite lacking official Roman sanction, ordered the rebel leaders put to death without trial.
For Am Yisrael, the sun’s movements are subservient to the purpose of our existence.
What’s important is to make the case for Israel more forcefully and to give it the articulation that the next presidential candidates ought to have.
The brilliance of Yaakov’s approach – and by extension, any type of individual or group effort – is that it appealed to three different modes of salvation.
Golden presents a compelling saga of poor but determined immigrants who fled pogroms and harsh conditions in their homelands for a better life in a land of opportunity.
You can’t say “Jewish French,” “Jewish British,” “Jewish Italian.” They are “French Jews,” “British Jews,” and “Italian Jews” – because they’re seen as Jews first and residents or citizens of their countries second.
Where did this incredible strength come from? What drove these Jews, who had nearly lost all of their national identity and spiritual connectivity, to risk their lives by standing up against one of the strongest and most fearsome governments of its time?