The story of Air Force Chaplain Rabbi Geller's options concerning his beard: "Either you go to the barber shop or you go to jail."
Pinchas told his friend how he had felt that he would need to be with someone he knew to help him and his mother through a very difficult Shabbat. Hashem granted him and his mother this chesed.
Without belief in the covenant, there would be no State of Israel or any significant Jewish history after the Holocaust. Jews kept hope alive; Hope kept the Jewish people alive.
“One of the drivers is nearby right now, and will pick you up between 9:05 and 9:07!” Very good tidings indeed. Except for the fact that I was then distributing freshly washed laundry while listening to the 9 PM News.
What is the difference between philosophy and the political vision at the heart of Tanach? The answer lies in their different understandings of time.
Dani unwrapped the book and was very happy as it was exactly what he wanted.
In a way not shared by any other festival, Sukkot celebrates the dual nature of Jewish faith: the universality of G-d and the particularity of Jewish existence.
As Jews became defined by religion, Christians could work to convert them--You can change your religion but you cannot change your race
Apart from that, the Oneg was a great success with inspiring divrei Torah and singing until late.
It is quite a mind-shift to look at your life from the future. This entails thinking about your greatest legacy, how will one be remembered?
We were reintroduced and Leah warmly welcomed me to ask what was in my heart. Her genuine warmth and sweet loving smile overwhelmed me.
Though dozens of beautiful and memorable Pesachs have passed since that fateful chag thirty-five years ago, the memory of that tragic Yom Tov is forever engrained in our family’s collective memory.
I was dumbstruck. I couldn’t help but laugh. Here we thought the idea was my husband’s but obviously the idea came from somewhere else.
Social media brought about a return to an ancient phenomenon, public shaming providing us a way of understanding the otherwise bewildering phenomenon of tsara’at,
This Torah family, despite being in mourning, truly understood the value of every act and how it could change the world.
Baruch Hashem, I have plenty of family in Israel, but Miriam’s host was not “family” per se, though her host would differ with me on this fact, rather someone whose family had an impact on me over 50 years ago!
The sedrah of Tazria begins with the law of circumcision Why this physical mark on the flesh? What does it tell us about the nature of Jewish identity?
Their father had been deported to a forced labor camp at the beginning of the Holocaust. He was never seen again.
What is the logic of kashrut? And why are they placed here in parshat Shemini? AND what is their connection with the sanctuary?
He hadn’t even bothered to think of a plausible excuse as to why they had suddenly found a spare Seder dish and he hoped they wouldn’t ask him any questions.
What was sacrifice in Judaism and why does it remain important, at least as an idea, even today?
We were pleasantly surprised, just after my wife lit the Shabbos candles, when Sonja’s face lit up and she exclaimed, “I remember my mother doing that!”
At its worst, nearly 200,000 'fare-beaters' daily entered NY City's transit system without paying
The fact that I was in a hurry made me think I should just take the card from him and open it for him.
Like our bodies, our souls were not made for sitting still. We were made for moving, learning, searching, striving, growing