The night of Purim should not be the first time that one is hearing the story of the Megillah. Reading it in public is intended to publicize the miracles that Hashem performed.
Standing in the morning on a cold winter day at the Cave of Machpelah, watching all of this unfold before me, I realized the profound and enormous responsibility a Jew has to his past in shaping his behavior in the future.
Parshas Zachor follows, as Amalek will resurface before the geula, reminding us that we must rid ourselves of wrongdoing and teshuvah.
In the midst of his writing, he chanced to look down at the dance floor. He noticed that from afar, it seemed like he was witnessing poetry in motion.
We know that the measure of goodness is greater than that of punishment.
Surely there is always a reason to hate someone, but unless it is a reason warranted by the Torah, it is deemed baseless, and further worsens our chance of redemption.
There is a fundamental question that the commentators are bothered by. Where do we find Yosef rebuked his brothers? All he said was that he was Yosef.
To reward Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakai for the carrier of good tidings, Vespacian grants him one wish. Rabbi Yochanan asks for the Academy of Yavne and its Rabbis.
The original Asara B’Teves was a yom hadin (judgment day) on which it was decided whether there would be a churban that year.
Rav Shmuel explained that if we would understand that we are an elevated nation our task in this world would be so much easier.
What I believe we can take from this thought is the understanding that there is a dual universe, a spiritual-metaphysical universe that mirrors the physical one that we live in.
The media today tries to take advantage of this aspect of human nature by making stories sound sensational and as introducing it as breaking news.
When in the history of the world did all of the nations of the world ever claim that we stole Eretz Yisrael?
Another peculiar event that has covered the news recently is the players of the NFL who refuse to honor the flag and national anthem.
Suddenly it dawned on me that in 1967, during the Six-Day War, the armies of Israel recaptured the Temple Mount and the surrounding outer wall, which we refer to as the Kotel.
Rav Moshe Shmuel Shapiro, zt”l, explains that the teshuvah of Rosh Hashanah is different from that of Yom Kippur and that of the mitzvah of teshuvah in general.
The disaster has unfolded on an epic scale, with the nation’s fourth-largest city mostly paralyzed by the storm that parked itself over the Gulf Coast.
If we place our leaders on the highest pedestal, often we are discouraged to try to emulate them.
There has been very little media coverage of the actual events, and there are many unanswered questions.
Of the travesties listed in the Gemara the one that is most obviously becoming more rampant is mishkav zachor.
Hashem created this world and placed man in it, so that he could take his physical part and elevate it using his spiritual part.
If you can't control your mouth, then you don't deserve to be a part of the community, and hence your abode is outside the camps of Israel.
Hashem wants us to realize that we are not in control of Har Habayis, and this should disturb us.
Anyway he gave it a try and got in the car and sure enough… the car started! He was surprised and asked the old man, how did you know what to do?
Perhaps the reason this conflict erupted was for the purpose of reminding us that the Kosel is a holy sanctified place, which must be treated as such.