The lack of routine condemnation from the United States of Israel’s announced 2,500 new settlement houses is certainly encouraging.
A phenomenon that allows this process to occur is the credence, admiration, and relevance that our culture affords to celebrities and athletes.
Often times when I pray and the chazzan chants a haunting melody, I close my eyes and it seems as if I am singing with the Shechina of Almighty G-d.
This problem of speech control not only affects adults but also children in Day Schools and Yeshivot.
As you enter the actual museum one becomes a little uneasy as you are explained that for the next one and a half hours you will be walking in total darkness.
Today there are many stumbling blocks that prevent people with disabilities from participating fully in services or even in Jewish education.
The mention of kol is referenced in dozens of places in the Torah, and each time it appears, one is filled with wonder and amazement in its powerful and profound implication and meaning.
We think we have the power to make choices and to effect change in this world – that we are in control of our own destiny.
For me the question that I was about to ask had value and I was always taught by my parents that one must ask questions to gain knowledge.
What has become clear from modern studies of the brain is that we can control our emotions and our thoughts.
The students were eventually expelled from the school that they were attending, but the reactions of the parents were quite divergent.
The difference between living in Israel verses outside of Israel is that in Israel, Judaism is the basis of the country’s daily operations.
“Isn’t there an obligation upon the Jewish community to accept a day school graduate because of the mere fact that he is a product of a Jewish Hebrew day school?”
Though I felt extreme empathy for the child, I attempted to explain to the parent that the responsibility would be too great and in addition it would greatly deprive from the experience of the other children in the class.
In American society we are all caught up with the idea that youth is very important. We are always trying to perceive ourselves as younger.
There we often find children who lack proper derech eretz in their daily exchanges with people, as if they feel that they are entitled to act this way and to behave disrespectfully around their teachers or adults.
With the advent of the Internet, however, our generation has entered into a period of time of instant communication.
One has only to look at the amount of discoveries in science and medicine, the arts and in education to appreciate the vital role that the Jews have played.
When he came to the hospital he saw his fiancée still in her wheelchair, but expected her to surprise him by jumping up and embracing him.
It’s ironic that when we hear about Arab extremists attacking and killing Jewish settlers, there is quiet from these same left wingers.
I take umbrage with the perspective that this is a "woman's holiday."
We studied his seforim together, we listened to famous cantorial masters and we spoke of his illustrious yichus, his pedigree, dating back to the famous commentator, Rashi.
We tend to justify and idealize this division with pride attributing these tendencies as demonstrating a higher level of kedushah.
How is it possible that some of our people cannot see what I see, the miracle of the existence of the state of Israel?