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How to Say “Beg Persistently” in Hebrew

20 Kislev 5773 – December 3, 2012
A daily dose of Hebrew.

His and Hers Ballot Boxes

12 Kislev 5773 – November 26, 2012
Israeli Prime Minister and head of the Likud party Benjamin Netanyahu cast his vote yesterday, November 24, 2012, together with his wife, Sara, at...

Hashem’s Power

25 Heshvan 5773 – November 9, 2012
On October 29th, the verdict was revealed As we faced what was destined as the Din was sealed With a storm that echoed the words we know to be true of B'Rosh Hashanah Yikaseivu.

The Most Beautiful Picture of Israelis Ever Shot

The two men in this picture are Chief of Operations for the Southern Front Yitzhak Rabin and Southern Front Commander Yigal Allon, in 1949....

The Prison Cell Of Laziness

18 Heshvan 5773 – November 2, 2012
Hashem appeared to Avraham and told him that the people of Sodom were wicked and would be destroyed. The only ones who would be saved were Lot and his family, because of the merit of Avraham. Hashem then sent two malachim, Gavriel and Michoel, to accomplish this task.

The Storm that United a Divided Nation

15 Heshvan 5773 – October 31, 2012
Just yesterday I was fully engaged in my campaign for the United States Congress. Winning, elections, and victory were on my mind. Boy, what a difference a day can make. Today, I just want my family and the 50 million people in the storm’s path to be safe.

It’s A Boy’s World, You Know

3 Heshvan 5773 – October 19, 2012
You've gotta settle, stop being so choosy, it's a boy's world after all And you're just one of the millions who think their worth something, have the gall. You've got to start looking better, so that you'll be noticed when you walk through town And perhaps you can lose a few pounds too, so we can pull your resume dress size down.

The Home-Run Hitter

2 Heshvan 5773 – October 18, 2012
Twenty-five years ago, when kiruv was still a relatively new concept, a group of four young rabbis left Ner Yisrael with families in tow to head down south to Atlanta, Georgia. Rabbi David Silverman was one of those pioneers who founded the Atlanta Scholars Kollel. He is a powerhouse of kiruv – his charisma, sincerity and broad knowledge have helped him inspire thousands of Jews, including this writer.

‘I Celebrate Your Holy Name’

26 Tishri 5773 – October 11, 2012
I am postponing the follow-up to my previous column – “Technology, Yom Kippur, Ahmadinejad” – so that I might share with you a very personal experience.

Hoshana Rabbah Rocks

21 Tishri 5773 – October 7, 2012
Sukkot is by far the most mystical holiday in the Jewish holiday cycle, with the four species and the sukkah and the daily hakafot...

Why Most Marriages Can Work

19 Tishri 5773 – October 5, 2012
Mordechai, 36, and Chani, 35, were married for six years and came to me for advice on how to save their relationship. They seemed to have everything going for them. They were working professionals, successful and upwardly mobile; they shared many common factors including similar religious beliefs, intelligence levels, and were both pleasantly extroverted.

‘Did You Add Salt to a Wound?’

13 Tishri 5773 – September 28, 2012
Just days ago on Yom Kipper, The Day of Judgment, Jews gathered as one in shuls, shteibels and temples and desperately and profusely promised Hashem that we would reform our ways and improve our behaviors and actions towards Him, our Father and Creator, as well as towards our fellow man, who, being made in His image, is deserving of our respect and compassion, and of being treated as an equal, no matter their social or financial status, age or gender.

I Lashed a Guy

11 Tishri 5773 – September 27, 2012
Here's a Lelov chassid in Bet Shemesh, outside Jerusalem, getting 39 lashes on the eve of Yom Kippur. It's part of the process of...

Combat Boots

6 Tishri 5773 – September 21, 2012
They called the colt Unbridled Song. His father's name was Unbridled, his mother's Trolley Song. The colt loved to run, with an energy and spirit that stretched into an endless melody of wind and pounding hooves and the freedom of the open track. They hoped he would become a champion.

Saturday’s Chicago Bar Car Bomb Latest in Ongoing Muslim Attacks on American Targets

4 Tishri 5773 – September 19, 2012
Thinking that he had loaded a car bomb into the Jeep Cherokee that he was driving, he parked it outside a bar in downtown Chicago and walked away into an alley after doing everything he thought necessary for it to detonate. Safely distant, he then pressed the trigger mechanism in the presence of the agent, intending an explosion and deaths to follow. He was then arrested. Unknown to him, the bomb was inert and was designed not to explode. A preliminary hearing is set for Monday at a U.S. courthouse in Chicago.

Who In the World is Sam Bacile?

26 Elul 5772 – September 12, 2012
The identity Sam Bacile is a mystery for now, but there are hints that he is not who he claims to be.

Be Happy, Now!

24 Elul 5772 – September 11, 2012
Rabbi Kook explains that this misplacing of priorities between the means and the goal stems from the sin of the earth during the days of Creation. By understanding the depth of this teaching, we can learn to be happy, not only when we finally attain our goals and ideals, but also at every moment of our lives.

Egypt and China Signing Deals and Building Ties

15 Elul 5772 – September 1, 2012
In the wake of Egyptian President Morsi's recent visit to China, Morsi returns to Egypt with 8 partnership deals and a 71 million dollars...

Which Way for Syria? Listen to the Sermons

1 Elul 5772 – August 19, 2012
A friend of mine listened to the sermon given at the Ramadan evening prayer in a village near the north Syria town of Idleeb August 7. The closer one gets to ground level in the Middle East the crazier things become. Sure, by the time the Western-educated, suit and tie wearing leader sits down with the Western reporter everything sounds calm and cool. But the earth is boiling.

Beit Shean On Alert

21 Av 5772 – August 9, 2012
On Wednesday evening, there were reports of an attempted cross-border infiltration into Israel from Jordan. The attempt happened near Beit Shean. Some security forces in...

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