People expectantly go through their lives awaiting the event that will make them happy.
In disbelief the doctors said it was not their doing but rather a true miracle that such a choleh could survive this illness.
I vowed that when I would grow up, I would speak Yiddish to my kinderlach and I would move to “a place called Crown Heights.”
The very act of learning in rabbinic Judaism is conceived as active debate, a kind of gladiatorial contest of the mind.
Rabbi Fohrman explains how the Torah provides the building blocks of true love.
In Judaism, to be without questions is a sign not of faith, but of lack of depth.
Two husbands were there to instruct us in Texas hold ‘em – and we needed them.
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?
Yom Kippur is called one of the days of awe. What does awe have to do with forgiveness for our sins?
You perpetuate a transformative event by turning it into a ritual.
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.”
while each of us is an individual, we are also part of a larger unit
This week's parsha deals with the strange set of laws dealing with tzara'at.
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.
If you expect more, you will be less grateful; if you expect less, you will be more grateful.
The ritual of kashrut may help us become more conscious of our responsibilities to live ethical lives.
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?
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.
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.
Welcome the book of Leviticus!