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Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayigash: Yosef‘s Invitation in to Exile

5 Tevet 5777 – January 3, 2017
Yosef wanting to see his father Yakov again is understandable. Perhaps Yosef could not have left Egypt to do so. But did Yosef’s desire to see him justify making his father leave Israel for Egypt?

The Isaac Covenant Part III: Menorah: Symbol of Exile or Redemption?

1 Tevet 5777 – December 30, 2016
Considering the menorah through history. What is its meaning?

Why Mourn about Exile?

5 Av 5776 – August 8, 2016
All of our life changes when we are in Galut. Not only does our Clalli soul disappear, but every detail of our life is affected. In exile, Emunah appears in an incomplete form

Sorry – the Exile isn’t Forever

27 Tammuz 5776 – August 1, 2016
Hashem doesn’t want us in Galut forever. We are supposed to long for the higher existence of Geula - of Jewish sovereignty in our own Land, with our Holy Temple in our midst.

Remembering Babylon: New Exhibit Explores Roots of Jewish Life in Iraq

23 Shevat 5775 – February 12, 2015
Until now we had been unable to tell the complete story of the Babylon Exile and to understand what actually happened to all the Jewish refugees once they were forced out of Judah.

Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg zt”l: Exile and Its Egregious Effects

18 Tammuz 5774 – July 15, 2014
The Three Weeks determines the "who we are and how we live" as Jews.

The Admor who Sits in Bavel and Sees a Carcass in...

5 Tammuz 5774 – July 3, 2014
Rav Aviner answers the Admor of Satmar, who dwells in the Exile, and claimed the murder of the boys was punishment for the teens learning in the "Settlements" and blames the parents for sending them to learn there.

Pesach’s Dusty Windows (Part Four)

2 Iyyar 5774 – May 1, 2014
Yet the windows of Pesach are crucial. Through them we can see our bitter exile.

BBC Yanked Israeli Film on Jewish Exodus from Jerusalem (video)

22 Iyyar 5773 – May 1, 2013
The BBC strikes again. Known for its bias against Israel, it said that a documentary claiming that man “Palestinians” of today actually are descendants of Jews did “not fit editorially.” How true.

Get Out While You Can!

19 Tevet 5773 – December 31, 2012
It’s time for the Jews of America to get out of the country with their money while they can.

Why Should I Move to Israel?

8 Tevet 5773 – December 21, 2012
Each individual Jew should put his life in line with the goal of Clal Israel and not just live a private, ritual Judaism, practicing personal precepts, stripped of our national essence.

We Ain’t Got a Soul in America

7 Tevet 5773 – December 19, 2012
Jewish life changes when we are in Galut. Not only does our Clalli soul disappear, but every detail of our life is affected.

Graveyard, New York

6 Tevet 5773 – December 18, 2012
Thriving and prospering, materially and even spiritually in galut, with an abundance of Torah learning and observance, is nevertheless defined by the Torah, our Prophets and Sages, as death.

The Stories Of Rabba Bar Bar Chana

9 Kislev 5773 – November 22, 2012
Rabba Bar Bar Chana related the following, “Sailors told me that once they were threatened with gigantic waves that could have sunk their ships. These waves appeared with a ray of whitish light at their crest and when they struck it with clubs engraved with the words ‘I will be what I will be, L-rd G-d, King of Hosts, Amen, Amen, Selah,’ the waves subsided.”

Smell the Grass

22 Heshvan 5773 – November 6, 2012
Israel is a land that was, according to the Bible and logic, very fertile. I believe I read somewhere that when the Romans conquered Judea and sent the Jews into exile, they salted the earth to prevent our return. I googled it...yeah, google is now a verb... and there are more than 50,000,000 references to it. I didn't click on them to see if it was true or not. The bottom line is still the same.

Rachel is Weeping Over You!

10 Heshvan 5773 – October 26, 2012
The yartzeit of our Matriarch, Rachel, falls this year on Shabbat. Every year, more and more people gather at Rachel’s Tomb to pay respects to the Matriarch who is known as Rachel Emanu - Rachel Our Mother. Thousands of pilgrims will travel there today and tomorrow from all over the country, and perhaps 200,000 more will make the annual pilgrimage the day after Shabbat, every type of Jew there is, religious and non-religious, Haredim, Hasidim, and Dati Leumi, men, women, and children, busload after busload after busload, from far and near, waiting long hours for their turn to enter the small but beautifully renovated tomb near Betlechem on the way to Efrata .

Jews Who Live in Diaspora Houses

8 Heshvan 5773 – October 23, 2012
It seems that the fad at The Jewish Press these days is for contributing writers to declare that Sarah Silverman’s trashy routine is a Chillul Hashem. That may be true, but there’s a bigger Chillul Hashem than Sarah’s. The biggest Chillul Hashem is when Jews choose to live in Chicago, and Dallas, and Los Angeles, and Lakewood, and Brooklyn, when they could live in the Land of the Jews instead. But why listen to me? Let an old writer for the Jewish Press explain it to you – Rabbi Meir Kahane. I turn this blog over to him. Let’s hear what he had to say about Jewish life in the Diaspora.

Reb Elimelech’s Ascent To Leadership (Part XI)

22 Av 5772 – August 9, 2012
On the sad day that Eliezer Lipman, Reb Elimelch and Reb Zusha’s father, passed from this world, his children gathered for the week of mourning. At the conclusion of the shivah the sons divided their father’s inheritance in the following way: Avraham received the cash and the house was given to Nosson. The jewelry and housewares went to Elimelech and the outstanding debts were to be collected by Zusha.

What Are We Fasting For?

10 Av 5772 – July 29, 2012
A few years ago, I happened to be in Los Angeles for the fast of Tisha B'Av. Towards the end of the fast, between afternoon and evening prayers, the rabbi of the shul asked if I could say a few words to the congregation to explain the significance of the holy day and the fast.

Podwal’s Lamentations

9 Av 5772 – July 27, 2012
In 1974 Mark Podwal, noted author, illustrator and physician created a spare, illustrated Book of Lamentations. This complete English translation is graced with 28 black and white illustrations, or more correctly, reflections, on the tragic text. Podwal maintains Jeremiah’s alphabetical acrostic of each chapter containing 22 sets of lines, reflecting aleph to tav, denoting each English set with the appropriate Hebrew letter.

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