Yet he argued that while Zionism was an important cause in the aftermath of the Holocaust, it had become irrelevant – indeed, it was now a “regressive ideology” – because, he claimed, there was no longer any foreseeable threat of anti-Semitism.
Sometimes we are so busy looking for the next great thing to plan and prepare for that we seem to forget that the simplest things in life, and finding happiness in those tremendous simplicities.
Around 1552, leading rabbis in Egypt issued a cherem against people using rabbinic judges not approved by official channels.
Jews everywhere are proud of their unhesitating acceptance of the Torah and of its wonderful teachings.
This correspondence stands as one of the most brilliant and eloquent presentations of Jewish history, and perhaps the grandest exposition of the Zionist right to Eretz Yisrael, that I have ever seen.
I love how Yossi Klein Halevi described it: "The image endures, in part, because of the humility it conveys..."
I value solidarity and community, but I also think it is healthy and desirable to be able and willing to think and act independently with a strong sense of self.
Today, in frum communities we are seeing many more Devorahs than Deborahs and Yosefs than Josephs. But it wasn’t always that way. When did this trend start? And what does it signify, if anything?
Pesach in Israel is extraordinarily special. You can actually feel the chag in the air. For days beforehand, everyone is busy cleaning and preparing for the holiday.
During all this activity, I sat on the side and did what I do best. I worried. After all, if no one is worrying, how can anything turn out right?
Even the title of Catch-22 has a conspicuously Jewish angle: it was originally written as Catch-18 because the number 18 (“chai,” or “life”), which has special meaning in Judaism, was relevant to early drafts of the novel, which had a greater and clearer Jewish emphasis.
The entire mountainside is transformed into a promenade where superstars of the Israeli religious music scene participate in impromptu jams with tourists.
Best known for his technical mastery and emotional playing, Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999) was one of the 20th century’s most distinguished violinists (as well as...
We now know that we have a captive audience who is listening and we have to drive that listening into action.
On Memorial Day, as I remembered all the soldiers and great people who died protecting this little but so important and significant piece of land, I felt so proud to be part of the Jewish nation in its homeland.
The elections to the Constituent Assembly, which twice had to be canceled, were eventually held on January 25, 1949, with an impressive 87 percent of eligible voters going to the polls.
Think what the world would be like it we gave more respect to even one person. The more similar people seem to be, the more they find to argue about. The less we have in common, the less we care!
There are more yeshivot and students learning Torah here than in the rest of the world combined.
Weizmann’s role as a founding father of the State of Israel is well known; less known is his role as a scientist – specifically as a pioneering biochemist.
Today, counting the Omer can be a time of meditation where we renew our spirits as we prepare for Shavuot.
He points out that medieval Ashkenazic authorities never saw an olive. Olives do not grow that far north; they only grow in the Mediterranean region.
The Rav maintained that analyzing the Torah with the lenses of a secular academician was meaningless since the Torah has its own system and logos and only using that system and logos can yield proper understanding.
My grandfather was unlike any other grandparent I have ever encountered. The minute he saw me, he would engulf me in a giant bear hug and squeeze until my grandmother scolded him to let me go.
It is difficult to pin down who created the first Braille Haggadah and when.