Close your eyes, breathe in deeply, now exhale slowly… That was easy, wasn’t it? Not for everyone…
Posted on: October 23rd, 2013Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
Every Sukkos, at the end of a fun action-packed day at the park, we would gather our happy, albeit exhausted, children and prepare for the long ride home. Needless to say, the first item on the list was a visit to the restrooms. This became our yearly routine and the kids would comply without protest, often before being reminded.
Posted on: October 16th, 2013Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
My home is furnished simply. One notes the customary family photos and bric-a-brac that makes a house a home, but certain items are my priceless treasures.
Posted on: October 16th, 2013Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
The current situation with Syria reminds me of an episode that occurred in January 1991 in Toronto. I had taken my son for swimming lessons while my wife stayed in the car, anxiously listening to the news about Israel. Those were very tense times, with Iraq threatening to attack Israel with chemical weapons, God forbid.
Posted on: October 10th, 2013Judaism → Columns → Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Leaders lead. They don’t conform for the sake of conforming. They don’t do what others do merely because others are doing it. They think outside the box. They march to a different tune.
Posted on: October 9th, 2013Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
On the exalted Purim day, my husband collects money for needy families, as is the custom of many good-hearted Jews. Last Purim before sundown, he entered the home of his last stop, a home filled with many people. Upon receiving some generous donations, he reached for his pocket to keep these contributions safely together with the rest of the money he had gathered. To his great chagrin and shock, he put his hand into an empty pocket.
Posted on: October 2nd, 2013Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
Meital and Aharon, married for several years, were thrilled to discover that Meital was pregnant. But within a few hours of their son’s birth, it was painfully apparent that things were far from all right medically.
Posted on: September 25th, 2013Judaism → Columns → Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Could we understand the history of Israel without its prehistory, the stories of Abraham and Sarah and their children?
Posted on: September 24th, 2013Judaism → Columns → Chodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller
Overtime proved to be as tense and white-knuckled as the fourth quarter. Halfway through, New London grabbed a defensive rebound and charging toward their basket when Monona’s forward poked away the ball and broke away. In a slick maneuver he managed to split the defense and went up virtually slamming it to give Monona Grove the lead.
Posted on: September 24th, 2013Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
The incessant loud knocking on the door startled me from my brief reverie. My husband had left to attend a chassanah in Yerushalayim just moments earlier, the kids were comfortably tucked into bed, and I was spending a quiet evening at home tackling sundry neglected tasks. The sudden pounding and muffled voices soon interrupted my plans for the lonely hours that beckoned. I hurried to answer the door while drying my hands on a kitchen towel haphazardly draped over my shoulder.
Posted on: September 17th, 2013Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
The zaidie sat at the head of the dining room table. I was a small child and unaware that my friend Esther’s grandfather was the revered rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva University, Rav Moshe Aaron Poleyeff, zt”l.
Posted on: September 11th, 2013Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
Approximately 30 days before Shavuos, my fondest friend, Joshua, a prominent diamond importer, invited me to his Fifth Avenue office. “Chaim, I want to show you a beautiful stone. Maybe you have a customer, and I am sure you could use the broker’s commission” (usually not more than two percent).
Posted on: September 4th, 2013Judaism → Columns → Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
It was Moses who mediated with God.
Posted on: September 3rd, 2013Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
Avi and Rachel had always assumed, as most people do, that within a year or two of their marriage they would be blessed with a child. But, as we know, that isn’t always the reality.
Posted on: August 29th, 2013Judaism → Columns → Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
The Torah scroll is the nearest Judaism comes to endowing a physical entity with sanctity.
Posted on: August 29th, 2013Judaism → Columns → Chodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller
Monona Grove was headed to “State” and the Silver Eagle fans went insane. The coming games would not be played in monotonous high school gyms erected in the 1950s. They were off to the University of Wisconsin's colossal Kohl Center where they would play before a crowd of 12,000. The games would be broadcast to a statewide television audience of millions, as a battery of newspapers and stations would be begging for interviews. The Kohl Center was just a short drive from Monona, technically in the same city.
Posted on: August 28th, 2013Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
It was a few minutes after sunrise. A new day had begun, and everyone was preparing for work, school and shopping for Shabbat. But the sun was setting slowly in our basement, as it was setting calmly for my mother-in-law. It was time for her to take leave of family, children and everything in this world.
Posted on: August 22nd, 2013Judaism → Columns → Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
The ancients saw the gods in nature, never more so than in thinking about the harvest and all that accompanied it.
Posted on: August 21st, 2013Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
Aseres Yemei Teshuvah. The mere mention of these three potent words invariably strikes fear into the hearts and souls of God-fearing Jews everywhere. Each weekday morning, the piercing cry of the shofar penetrates our collective consciousness and urges us to mend our ways, repent our transgressions and return wholeheartedly to our Father in Heaven.
Posted on: August 15th, 2013Judaism → Columns → Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers -- how is that compatible with the idea that children may suffer for the sins of their parents?
Posted on: August 14th, 2013Judaism → Columns → Lessons In Emunah
I returned to work after the pre-summer Memorial Day weekend and found on my desk a brochure sent from the American Friends of Kupat Ha’ir. It described a tragedy that had recently taken place in Eretz Yisrael. A tzedakah campaign had been created after the father of 13 children was suddenly killed in a car accident, leaving behind a wife and the 13 children – including a six-day-old baby.
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