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T’shuva Brings Healing to the World

12 Elul 5772 – August 30, 2012
When a man understands that his personal t’shuva advances the redemption process of the world, his motivation to mend his own life is enhanced.

The T’shuva Train

9 Elul 5772 – August 27, 2012
Rabbi Kook explains that t’shuva comes about in two distinct formats, either suddenly, or in a gradual, slowly developing fashion. Both of these pathways to t’shuva are readily found in the baal t’shuva world. Some people will tell you how their lives suddenly changed overnight. Others describe their experience as a long, challenging process which unfolded over years. Many factors influence the way in which t’shuva appears.

Iconic Sinners

20 Av 5772 – August 8, 2012
How does one reconcile greatness with evil? Is it possible that one can be a great contributor to society and have a dark side? And how are we to look at such a person? Does abusing someone sexually - even only one or two times to one person - negate all the good he has done?

The Evil Inclination

24 Tammuz 5772 – July 13, 2012
Rav Tzvi Hirsh Levin, the rav of Berlin, was an extremely clever and sharp individual and possessed a remarkable sense of humor that he used well in his attempts to get across Torah views.

What Is God Teaching Me With The Laws Of Kosher?

20 Tammuz 5772 – July 9, 2012
Since the moment God gave the Torah to the Jewish people, keeping kosher has been an essential part of the Jewish home. Accordingly, the home is an essential part of a Torah lifestyle. What goes on in the home directly affects what goes on in the rest of one’s life. The question is, why kosher?

I Love All Jews

18 Tammuz 5772 – July 8, 2012
That’s right. I love Jews. All of them. I love good Jews and I love bad Jews. I love fat Jews and I love...

Former PM Shamir Remembered For Saying Little, Standing Strong

15 Tammuz 5772 – July 4, 2012
WASHINGTON – When Yitzhak Shamir was Israel’s prime minister, he liked to point American visitors to a gift he received upon his retirement after many years serving in the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service.

The Mouse Made Me Do It!

1 Tammuz 5772 – June 21, 2012
Imagine that a camera was recording your every move on the computer – would you still click on immodest sites? Would you still go astray after your eyes if you knew that a video of your doings was going to be posted on Youtube for the world to see? You may not be caught in This World, but up in the big Movie Theater in the sky, when you come before the Heavenly Tribunal, your Youtube history is going to be presented on the Big Screen for all of the Celestial Judges to see.

So What To Do? A Year After the Fogel Family Massacre

28 Sivan 5772 – June 18, 2012
Notice that in every culture a cheated husband is a laughing-stock. This attitude to a cuckold shows not only a nasty cruelty towards weakness, but also a reasonable contempt to a voluntary blindness, a reluctance to see what is going on under one’s own nose.

J.E. Dyer: Ronald Reagan, 1982 – “A Test of Wills and Ideas, a Trial...

22 Sivan 5772 – June 12, 2012
Ideological statism is not a mere cultural alternative, it is absolutely evil. Reagan had no doubt of what was right and wrong in this regard: “It would be cultural condescension, or worse, to say that any people prefer dictatorship to democracy.” But Reagan’s refusal to gloss over evil never produced discouraging rhetoric. It was always accompanied by a hard-nosed optimism about what was good in the Western culture of freedom and restraints on the state.

The Earthquake (Part III)

22 Sivan 5772 – June 11, 2012
As Zemira threw herself (and her infant), into the path of the king’s carriage, the crowd shrieked. Hastily, the driver reined the horses up sharply, and the hoofs of the lead horse stopped barely inches from where she lay.

The Earthquake (Part I)

5 Sivan 5772 – May 25, 2012
In the days of the Second Beis Hamikdash the Romans ruled over Eretz Yisrael and installed a king by the name of Hordus, or Herod, to enforce their rule. Hordus was an evil and ambitious man, and was quick to do whatever the Romans requested of him, no matter how terrible the decree was. Because of this, the Jewish people hated him, and this in turn caused him to hate them even more.

‘Media Be Dead’ and Other Mild Observations

3 Sivan 5772 – May 24, 2012
MEDIA BE DEAD Almost 200 years ago, French painter Paul Delaroche declared, allegedly, "From today painting is dead," after he had learned about Daguerre's discovery...

Bill Cosby & the Holocaust

29 Iyyar 5772 – May 21, 2012
Imagine the entire Holocaust happening between the release of Beverly Hills Cop 1 and Beverly Hills Cop 2 – that’s how fresh the Holocaust was in the world in which I grew up.

Facebook! Gevalt!

Do you have a teenager who is doing badly in school? Do you have a kid who hates to pray? Does the tiny kippah he wears come off his head the moment he’s down the block? This may be the reason. Nothing desensitizes a person from Torah more than an exposure to porn. Don’t delude yourselves – when it comes to computers, children are geniuses. They know how to navigate through the intricacies of the web like private eyes.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: The Revolting Lie that Michael Jackson was a Nazi Sympathizer

18 Iyyar 5772 – May 10, 2012
Several headlines recently caught my attention when I heard that a man who claims to have worked as Michael Jackson's bodyguard made the incredulous charge that Michael was a Nazi sympathizer. This kind of viciousness should usually not be indulged because it just gives it more credibility for the retelling. But the slander against Michael's name in this instance is so great that it deserves to be rebutted.

Hugo Stiglitz VS the Canaanites

17 Iyyar 5772 – May 9, 2012
My considerable experience with bad people is: showing weakness to them never, ever works. Not ever. Never. As evidenced by the entire arc of human, and Jewish, history.

Tibbi’s Roundup: The Rebbe and the Dog

16 Iyyar 5772 – May 8, 2012
One of the questions posed to PM Netanyahu and his new coalition bride Shaul Mofaz by one of those pesky Israeli TV reporters was:...

Here’s My Problem with the Dalai Lama

9 Iyyar 5772 – May 1, 2012
That’s right. I’m calling out the Dalai Lama. And here’s my problem with His Holiness in particular, and with Buddhists in general – and it also happens to be one of the first things that drew me to Judaism: Jews understand evil. Buddhists do not.

Chronicles Of Crises In Our Communities

5 Iyyar 5772 – April 26, 2012
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