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The Rubashkin Saga – XV

Another installment in the ongoing Rubashkin saga

Cutting-Edge Clarity

What disappointment! How he longed for the semi-comfort of being in his childhood surroundings. If he could not have his parents back, at least he could be in familiar territory.

Miles To Go Before I Sleep

The Torah is not myth but anti-myth, a deliberate insistence on removing the magical elements from the story and focusing relentlessly on the human drama

The Search for God: The Greatness and the Present Setback of Halachic Living

The duty of halachic authorities is to solve difficult problems and make Jewish life as easy as possible by advocating lenient rulings. But never at the expense of making life boring. It is their duty to make life enjoyable and uplifting. But that can only come about by making people to live in amazement and wonder.

Supreme Court Sides With God

Our moral compass is based on what God informed us is right and wrong.

A Window Of Opportunity

Sophie eagerly anticipated her meanderings through the ancient streets of the Old City of Jerusalem where her ancestors had walked thousands of years ago.

The Lost Masterpiece: Parshat Pinchas

God was saying, “From My perspective, seeing the future, it would have been better to send women, because they love and cherish the land and would never come to speak negatively about it. However, since you are convinced that these men are worthy and do indeed value the land, I give you permission to go ahead and send them.”

Overflowing Blessings

To have arrived at the momentous occasion, therefore, the zchut of participating in this simcha – the tears flowed freely, as my husband benched our dear granddaughter at the kabolat ponim.

A Harrowing Ride To The Country

Along the way I started to feel literally drugged. It was different than feeling tired because my thinking process felt different. I wasn’t aware of this at first.

Parshat Balak: A People That Dwells Alone

God commanded our ancestors to be different, not because they were better than others For this reason, assimilation is the opposite of the answer.

Scandalous Halachic Decisions: Ethiopians and Wine

Despite a clear ruling by famous Chief Rabbi of Israel Ovadia Yosef z"l that these Ethiopians are surely Jewish (Yabia Omer 8, Even HaEzer 11)— the rabbinical council of the Eida HaHareidit decided that there is doubt about their Jewishness

The Curse of Religious Coercion: Parashat Chukat

Moshe's punishment came, counter-intuitively, to prove coercion comes at a cost

The Consolations of Mortality: Parshat Chukat

The life-changing idea of Chukat: we are dust of the earth but there is within us the breath of God. We fail, but we can still achieve greatness. We die, but the best part of us lives on.

A Kosher Pair Of Tefillin

It made a profound impression on my husband and he decided he was going to call up some of his relatives and maybe even long lost friends whom he’d barely spoken to in years – not for any particular reason but because they’d just lost touch.

The Reason Behind Para Aduma

The essential fault that they made was that they were not commanded to find a replacement to represent them.

Once A Jew, Always A Jew? Some Interesting Teshuvos After the Spanish Inquisition

Very often, we take our status as members of the chosen nation for granted. We should remember, though, that we can lose that status by our actions. Born a Jew, always a Jew – but not necessarily Jewish.

The First Populist (Korach 5778)

The story of Korach has much to teach us about one of the most disturbing phenomena of our time: the rise of populism in...

Early Arrival

I calculated on my fingers. She was now up to week 27. Yehuda hung up, but he sounded very upset. I wished I could help, but I had no idea what to do. So, I turned to my Tehillim.

Letters To The Lubavitcher Rebbe

I ask for her name and where she is from. She tells me her name is Orit and that she comes from Israel.

Parashat Korach: The Curse of Camouflaged Jealousy, And the Blessing of Enjoying the Achievements...

What Korach doesn’t realize is that he’s been manipulated by his friends while convincing himself otherwise. He allowed himself to be used by his friends while thinking that he was using them.

The Rubashkin Saga – XIV

The ongoing saga of the incarceration and punitive pursuit of Shalom Rubashkin.
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Rabbi Sacks on Religion & Science – The Great Partnership

For too long, people have thought that religion and science are destined to be in conflict.

Parashat Shelach: Speaking Lashon Hara about the World

The purpose of genuine religious life is to protest against this optical illusion and to teach us to reframe our spiritual spectacles. It is not that religion shows us something new. It shows us what we have seen all our lives but have never noticed.

Chesed In The Tanks

Our son understood that Aviv, up until this point in his life, had failed in everything. The army was his last chance to succeed.

“Abba, I Am Your Daughter!”

Peeling paint and mismatched chairs were not the only signs of deprivation in the Cohen’s Yerushalmi home.

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