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Shlissel (Key) Challah: The Loaf of Idolatry?

Jameel discusses the origins of the minhag of Shlissel Challah.

The Strong Into The Hands Of The Weak?

How is it possible that the strong could be delivered into the hands of the weak? Sounds strange, but that is the exact pattern of Jewish history.

80 Hours On The Ground: Parshat Chayei Sarah In Chevron

This past week was Parshat Chayei Sarah and I had the good fortune of being in Chevron for Shabbat. I was in Israel for only three days (approximately 80 hours) and was asked many times, “You’ve come to Israel for such a short stay?” Let me explain.

My Memories Of The Tzadaiket, Rebbetzin Kanievsky, z”tl

I wasn’t sure if I should write something about the petira of Rebbetzin Kanievsky, z"tl. My first reaction was who am I to write about such a great person? How could I possibly describe who she was? She was so great that mere words cannot do her justice.

A Simple Teaching, Difficult To Understand

I am interrupting my series on “Yom Tov Mayhem,” focusing on adult children who come home for the holidays with their families and expect their mothers to be cook, housekeeper and baby-sitter all rolled into one.

Itamar: A Painful And Powerful Wake-Up Call

Early this past Shabbat morning we heard from military sources that a family had been brutally slaughtered in Itamar, a settlement near Shechem. Since my niece lives there with six children, we were extremely worried even though we realized there were many families that fit the description.

Title: HaMalach HaGoel and Other Bedtime Stories

The "Collection of Imaginative Stories" in HaMalach HaGoel and Other Bedtime Stories is a bit on the high-minded side with a few clich?s tossed in the mix. Nevertheless, the lap-sized hardcover explains to its readers how to become mature, responsible individuals of integrity. The life lessons are for children aged eight and up.

Israel’s True Road Map: From Physical To Spiritual Redemption

As Jews in Israel and all over the world prepare to celebrate Shavuot, it is incumbent upon us to take the time to reflect on the meaning of our traditional values and history with regard to our current challenges and goals.

Saying Goodbye To Yaakov Avinu

Doesn't it make you sad? Every year, when we finish Sefer Bereishis, I feel like crying. There is nothing like being in the presence of our Fathers Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov and our Mothers Sarah, Rivka, Rachel and Leah.

The Lament Of The Unborn Children

I wrote a version of the poem below many years ago, before the term "shidduch crisis" came into vogue.

Daughters And Daughters-In-Law Also Need Help – The Readers Respond (Conclusion)

Special Note: Once again I share with you that, much as I had planned to conclude our discussion on daughter/daughters-in law - mother/mothers-in-law problems, the letters keep pouring in. It appears that these internal family conflicts are more widespread than we realized.

Daughters And Daughters-in-Law Also Need Help – The Readers Respond (Continued)

I realize that many people attribute this type of negative, obstreperous behavior to the tenor of our times. We are living in Ikvesa d'Moshicha, a period, our sages tell us, in which chutzpah will abound - the young will rise against their elders, and children will relate to their parents and in-laws with insolence. But to me, that is not quite acceptable. I do not consider that to be a legitimate excuse.

‘Matchmaker, Matchmaker – Make Me A Match?’

As a longtime "born-again single" and parent, I've come to the conclusion that the road to matrimony is like the road to weight loss.

Where Are The Moms And The Dads? (Continued From Last Week)

Special Note: For the past few weeks, we have been discussing the sad state of little children who are abandoned to the care of maids.

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