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Music In Our Prayers

When the Jewish people crossed the Red Sea, successfully escaping the clutches of the Egyptians, Moses gathered the Israelites together and they sang the famous “Az Yashir.” Miriam, Moses’s sister, also assembled the women as they danced with tambourines and sang “shiru lahashem ki gao gaa sus vrochbo rama bayam” – let us sing to Hashem for he is great, horse and chariot he drowned in the sea.”

‘Life Is A Test – The Power Of Faith’

Special Note: When I wrote my most recent book, I weighed and considered what the most appropriate title should be, and although I examined many options, the title that kept repeating in my mind was "Life Is A Test."

The Earthly Court vs. The Heavenly Court

I served in the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for many years as an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), Senior ALJ, Vice Chairman of the Appeals Board and, finally, TVB Director.

Day Schools Must Get Adults Involved

I have always been disturbed by the fact that while millions upon millions of dollars are poured into the construction and programs of synagogues, the support received by our yeshivas and day schools is so meager in comparison.

Poland: Desolation And Devastation

As an educator, I was always intrigued with the trip on which my high school students would embark in their junior or senior year. The “March of the Living” allows a student to experience in a small way the immense tragedy our people endured during the Holocaust.

Something From Nothing

On June 27, 2001, a single mother and her son landed at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel for a two-week vacation. The plan was that she would go to a seminary and he would go to day camp. Neither of them knew a soul in Israel, nor did they know any Hebrew and next to nothing about Judaism.

The Rav Davens ‘Too Slow’

In the early 1970's, my father, HaRav Moshe Aharon Shapiro, z"l, served as rabbi of a kosher, shomer Shabbos hotel in the Catskills. During one of those summers, my brother-in-law invited us to use his bungalow over the July 4th weekend. On Sunday we drove from the bungalow colony to visit my parents, arriving at the hotel between Minchah and Ma'ariv.

Salek Discovers Apt

Whereas Salek's father's appearance was rather modern for that period - sporting only a short beard, just like his cousins - his grandfather, Avrohom Orenstein, had a flowing beard and wore a shtreimel on Shabbos.

An Ordinary Miracle

I have a story to share with you - one that might change the way we look at every detail of our lives, labeling them coincidences or miracles. You be the judge!

Education In The Shtetl

The shtetl of Apt would rise early every weekday morning when the men would rush to one of the houses of prayer, better known as shteiblech.

Shabbos In The Shtetl

In preparation for Shabbos, Salik Orenstein's (our protagonist, and through his eyes and his memoir are we viewing the shtetl) mother baked challos.

The Termination Of Shtetl Life

Over a year ago, I suggested that our knowledge of the Holocaust was limited because of our familiarity with only a few, well-known stories from that period.

Retiring? Then What? – Dedicated To Those Who Are Dreaming Of Living* Their Retirement...

According to the American College Dictionary to retire means: " To withdraw, or go away, to a place of abode or seclusion; to withdraw from office, business or active life." That is not what we envisioned our retirement to be. Sure, it's great to sit on the beach and bask in the sun, to golf, play tennis, etc. But how much of that can one do without feeling that something is lacking?

The Belzer Rebbe’s Flight To Freedom

Beginning in the tiny Galician town of Belz, Rabbi Aharon Rokeach, better known as the Belzer Rebbe, maintained his chassidic court despite the constant danger.

Parshas Vayakhel – Princes Indeed

"V'Hanesi'im haviu es Avnei HaShoham v'es Avnei HaMiluim (Shemos 35:27) - And the princes [of the Jews] brought the shoham stones and the miluim stones."

What Our Teachers Can Learn From The Burning Bush

The first reference to Mount Sinai in the Torah occurs when our teacher Moses witnessed a strange phenomenon there. As he was shepherding his sheep he glanced up at the mountain and saw a thorn bush that was burning without being consumed by the fire.

Parshat Va’eira

"Iceberg, right ahead." With those words, the Titanic's lookout Frederick Fleet warned the crew on the ship's bridge of the imminent threat.

Parshat Va’eira

"Iceberg, right ahead." With those words, the Titanic's lookout Frederick Fleet warned the crew on the ship's bridge of the imminent threat.

Parshat Shemot

"Houston, we have a problem." These words that were transmitted on April 11, 1970 by astronaut Jim Lovell, commander of Apollo 13, initiated a crisis of potential catastrophic proportions for NASA and the space program.

Parshat Shemot

"Houston, we have a problem." These words that were transmitted on April 11, 1970 by astronaut Jim Lovell, commander of Apollo 13, initiated a crisis of potential catastrophic proportions for NASA and the space program.

Parshat Vayechi

December 1862 was a terrible month for Abraham Lincoln. General Robert E. Lee at Fredericksburg had just defeated his principal army, the Army of the Potomac. As a result, the Radical Republican senators felt that now was the time to force Lincoln to push the war more vigorously. More importantly, they wanted to replace Secretary of State Seward who was viewed as the power behind Lincoln.

Parshat Vayechi

December 1862 was a terrible month for Abraham Lincoln.

Parshat Vayigash

Section 456 (g) 1 of The Military Selective Service Act (as amended through July 9, 2003) states: "Regular or duly ordained ministers of religionshall be exempt from training and service." Based on this clause, clergy, including rabbis, have been exempt from the draft since the Civil War.

Parshat Vayigash

Section 456 (g) 1 of The Military Selective Service Act (as amended through July 9, 2003) states:

Parshat Mikeitz

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression" might be a clich?, but people ignore it at their own peril.

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