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Chanukah and Divine Emanations

The Maccabees knew logically there was no chance of their revolt succeeding, but God created a notion of revolt in the minds of the Maccabees and correctly they followed this heavenly directive.

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (VIII)

Somehow, Simcha Goldman wearing a yarmulke in uniform was perceived as an act of insurrection that could weaken the very foundations of the military. But how?

The Refuah Before The Maka

Baruch Hashem all worked out well and they are doing both fine recuperating now.

Counting Time

My daughter was in a state of shock. How could this be? How would she and her husband cope?

What Is The Theme Of The Stories Of Genesis?

he first 11 chapters of Genesis teach us many fundamentals of faith; Exodus to Deuteronomy is about revelation and redemption. But what are Genesis 12-50 about?

The Jewish Journey

Jacob is someone with whom we can identify and understand. We can feel his fear, understand his pain at the tensions in his family, and sympathize with his longing for a life of quietude and peace

Run For Your Life

Upon receiving the call from Orit, Margolit thought that her daughter had already been informed about the attack and was calling about visiting Tomer.

The Purpose of Sefer Bereishit

The foremost point of departure in any halachic decision must be that all people are created in the image of God and that ALL human life is holy.

An Historical Example Of Gam Zu L’tova

By 1939 when World War II broke out, Aliyat Ha'noar had brought over five thousand Jewish children and youth out of Europe to Palestine.

The Birth Of The World’s Oldest Hate

Laban’s behavior is the paradigm of anti-Semites through the ages. It was not so much what Laban did that the Haggadah is referring to, but what his behavior gave rise to, in century after century.

The Abuse of Halacha: Keeping Halacha Under Control

The book of Bereishit keeps Halacha under control. It restricts and regulates it, and ensures that it will not wreak havoc.

The Phone Call

I had heard about these cousins a lot through the years. They lived together in Manhattan.

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (VII)

The ongoing saga of the yarmulke wearing Dr. Simcha Goldman and the US Air Force

A Trip To Grandparents Saves The Day

After their short rest upstate, catching a few short hours of sleep, the father and son-in-law started the trek home.

A Journey Of A Thousand Miles

Neither Abraham nor Sarah had an easy life. They faced trials testing their faith, yet Rashi says Sarah’s years were equal in goodness and the Torah says Abraham had been blessed with everything-Why?

The Miracle Of A Child

Why the binding? Why put Abraham and Sarah through the agony of thinking that the son for whom they have waited for so long is about to die? We cherish what we wait for and what we most risk losing.

Reflections On Water

I hurried downstairs and dialed my husband again. Baruch Hashem this time he answered right away.

The Curse of Religious Boredom

In biblical days, the prophets were astir while the world was sleeping. Today, the world is astir while the synagogues are sleeping. Blessed are the young people who are waking up.

On Being A Jewish Parent

The most influential man who ever lived, does not appear on any list I have seen of the hundred most influential men in history. He ruled no empire, commanded no army, His name, of course, is Abraham

Passing The Torch

I explained to him that Hashem does not give a person something to deal with that they cannot handle.

Winning Ticket #675349

I teach our students that nothing happens by chance and certainly that includes a raffle drawing. Hashem is running the world and everything that happens in it.

A Supreme Act Of Love Revisited

What happened to Robert Najberg’s mother? I have no clue; I can’t find any information.

Traveling With Grace

Edy turned around and saw that her sister was trapped underneath the trolley that had rolled on top of her.

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (VI)

The Air Force’s defense was that the Constitution only protected a genuine religious law; not a personal preference. Wearing a yarmulke, they argued, was not the law.

Merigolda’s Miracle

To not keep Shabbos and not honor her parents seemed too much of a price to pay for a job she didn’t really like.

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