A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.
Posted on: April 14th, 2014Judaism → Columns → Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
In Judaism, to be without questions is a sign not of faith, but of lack of depth.
Posted on: April 14th, 2014Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
Two husbands were there to instruct us in Texas hold ‘em – and we needed them.
Posted on: April 10th, 2014Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
As his bomber lost altitude with the ground rushing up, my father remembered his last thought: “How am I going to get out of this?
Posted on: April 10th, 2014Judaism → Columns → Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
You perpetuate a transformative event by turning it into a ritual.
Posted on: April 3rd, 2014Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
Even in the best of times, life is not free of calamity or crisis. But like the well-known Jewish expression goes: “It could be a lot worse.”
Posted on: March 27th, 2014Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
Predictably, my husband agrees and is fine with either night. But after reminding him that he steadily delivers a shiur in his shul on Tuesday nights, he chooses Wednesday, offering a topic related to the Four Sons of Haggadah fame.
Posted on: March 26th, 2014Judaism → Columns → Chodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller
If you expect more, you will be less grateful; if you expect less, you will be more grateful.
Posted on: March 21st, 2014Judaism → Columns
This week's parsha discusses the sudden and disturbing death of two of Aharon's sons, Nadav and Avihu
Posted on: March 20th, 2014Judaism → Columns
The ritual of kashrut may help us become more conscious of our responsibilities to live ethical lives.
Posted on: March 20th, 2014Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
I insisted that one decoration, a dancing sevivon (dreidel) man, remain hanging in recognition of the chag. Some in my family questioned the appropriateness of this decision. Was it proper to have decorations hanging in what would soon become a house of shiva?
Posted on: March 20th, 2014Judaism → Columns
There is much in this episode that is hard to understand, much that has to do with the concept of holiness and the powerful energies it released that, like nuclear power today, could be deadly dangerous if not properly used. But there is also a more human story about two approaches to leadership that still resonates with us today.
Posted on: March 13th, 2014Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
So this is what she got herself into: serving chicken soup and getting bits of rent on random days. She couldn’t say it wasn’t worth it, as she was earning both a chesed and a little bit of cash.
Posted on: March 6th, 2014Judaism → Columns → Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Nasi is the generic word for a leader: a ruler, king, judge, elder, or prince. Usually it refers to the holder of political power.
Posted on: March 6th, 2014Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
He exhorted all of us to continue to reach out to one another each and every day because that is what our tafkid (life’s goal) should be. And because that is what Hashem requires of us.
Posted on: February 28th, 2014Judaism → Columns → Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
The account of the construction of the Tabernacle in Vayakhel-Pekudei is built around the number seven.
Posted on: February 27th, 2014Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
It is my family’s minhag, for many generations, to light the candles 30 minutes before shekiah, as opposed to the commonly held custom of 20 minutes. So I told my husband that those 10 extra minutes should not be an issue.
Posted on: February 27th, 2014Judaism → Columns → Chodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller
So goes the story about a man in the silly town of Chelm who visited a public bathhouse and found himself in a terrible predicament. Without the distinction of clothing, everyone looked alike. “Among all these men who look alike,” he said to himself, “how will I ever know which one is me?” He solved his dilemma by tying a red string around his big toe.
Posted on: February 21st, 2014Judaism → Columns → Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Vayakhel is Moses’ response to the wild abandon of the crowd that gathered around Aaron and made the golden calf.
Posted on: February 20th, 2014Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
I was pretty open [and naïve] about accepting dating suggestions. There was the Israeli that spoke little English with whom I could barely communicate, the brilliant scholar who I discovered was manic depressive, the frum hippie that was still more hippie than frum, and a slew of others – all interesting, but not for me.
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