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Babel, Then And Now

The Babel story is the 2nd in a 4-act drama that's unmistakably a connecting thread of Bereishit

A Humbling Lesson (Part V)

A humble person who achieves a position of prominence will utilize the standing to benefit others.

Getting Real

To the surprise of our protectzia-invested acquaintances, my family has thrived in our daled amos without that amenity, b’ezras Hashem.

The Need For The Beginning

The emphasis on choice, freedom and responsibility is a most distinctive features of Jewish thought.

What is the Meaning Behind the Hoshanot Prayers on Sukkot?

The Torah emphasizes the joy of Sukkot, for after a season of labor, we celebrate our prosperity.

Perfect Planning

All the way to the airport I could only think of what if …

The Uniqueness Of Sukkot

Sukkot's duality is that it's the most universalistic and the most particularistic of all festivals

The Siyum That Ended The War

Throughout the war, Akiva had several brief furloughs home, and each time exchanged whichever mishnayos volume he had finished for the next in the series.

The Cry On Yom Kippur

When we cry from the heart, someone listens; When we cry on Yom Kippur, God hears us.

The Virtues Of Judaism

Who am I? What are the most important things in my life? What do I want to be remembered for? If, as a purely...

The Tipping Point

Why am I getting so agitated? And look how we’re treating each other!

A Humbling Lesson (Part IV)

“he’s my rabbi” the Black painter said with pride, pulling out a photo of the Rebbe from his wallet

The Fourteenth Principle

Simply, for Rambam the number 14 (2x7) was his favored organizing principle.

A Tick To Remember

This young, innocent child gave me a powerful, warm surge of energy and strength.

A Nation Of Storytellers

Torah isn't a theological treatise or a metaphysical system but a series of stories linked over time

Practice Drill

In contrast to her Eicha-like lamentations of the previous hour or more, however, my youngest was now grinning from ear-to-ear.

Against Hate

We believe that God created each of us, regardless of color, class, culture or creed, in His image.

The Locked Door

“The window is above the flat sukkah roof,” he reported. “I could definitely climb in, but I need a ladder...”

The Power Of Chesed And Tefillin

Needless to say, it was done and they formed a great relationship as his friend and mentor. He started attending services and volunteered his time all along putting on tefillin.

Minchah Or Shacharit?

He took me to a room filled with computer equipment and said, “You pray here for as long as you want.” I couldn’t believe my ears.

Pursuing Justice

Judaism is a religion of love but also a religion of justice, for without justice, love corrupts.

Some Of The Myriad Miracles Of This War

An interview was overheard in which an Arab asked a Hamas commander: "What's the problem? Why aren't you hitting your targets? Don't you know how to aim?" To which he was answered: "We know how to aim very well. We are experts. But their G-d moves the missiles."

A Humbling Lesson (Part III)

Nothing is more effective to diminish envy than gratitude.

Defining Reality

Culture is not nature. There are causes in nature, but only in culture are there meanings.

Miracles In The Maternity Ward

“But they told me to come in today,” she said. They gave me this date months ago. It’s not my fault if it’s the wrong day.”

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