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The Joy of Fulfilling A Mitzvah

20 Tishri 5773 – October 5, 2012
Rav Moshe Sofer (The Chasam Sofer), one of the greatest Gaonim in his generation, always preached and practiced charity and kindness towards his fellow man. His door was always open to the poor and to the needy for help and advice.

Focus on Israeli humanitarianism: Eye from Zion

7 Tishri 5773 – September 23, 2012
Eye from Zion, established in 2007 by Israeli businessman Nati Marcus, is a humanitarian organization dedicated to giving the gift of sight to poor people in developing countries.

Deep Mourning for Hesder Yeshiva Soldier Killed in Clash with Terrorists

His father said over Natanel's grave: "more than 20 years ago we had a baby. We picked the name Netanel (Hebrew: God-given) because we felt that God gave us a gift. We received a wonderful gift which we now return to the Creator of the world. We pray and beg that you will be the last of the fallen in the nation of Israel."

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...

Box Of Chocolates

5 Elul 5772 – August 22, 2012
The other night, after having a truly bad day where nothing seemed to go right, I jokingly changed my Facebook status to “I have had one of those awful, miserable, terrible days! And there is NO chocolate in the house!”

Don’t Wait Until You’re 100 to Give Away Your Assets

21 Tammuz 5772 – July 11, 2012
Since you can’t take it with you, why not give it away with a warm hand?

Crowning Miss Holocaust Survivor

16 Tammuz 5772 – July 6, 2012
Yishai and Malkah talk about a recent beauty pageant for Holocuast survivors along with contrasts between new German and Israeli Laws. They also discuss a gift that was recently delivered from a fan.

Planned Polish Jewish History Museum to Receive $7 Million Grant

12 Tammuz 5772 – July 1, 2012
The Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which is set to open next year, will receive a $7 million grant from two Jewish...

Three Reasons Why You Should Not Help Your Children Buy a Home or Apartment

8 Tammuz 5772 – June 27, 2012
What is the greatest present that you can give your children when they get married? In certain communities, the answer is, “an apartment.” Many parents take on second or third mortgages, sell their own homes, or bury themselves in debt to make sure that an apartment comes along with the trousseau.

It’s My Opinion: It’s All in the Attitude

17 Sivan 5772 – June 7, 2012
The lobby of the doctor’s office was crowded. I slid over to accommodate an older gentleman, who was moving toward me. “Don’t worry,” he said, “my walker has a built-in seat, but I’ll sit next to you and be your guard!” He was dressed simply. His eyes were twinkling. His smile was wide.

Anti-Israel Scottish Student Loses Appeal of Racism Conviction

10 Iyyar 5772 – May 2, 2012
A university student in Scotland lost his appeal of a racism conviction for insulting a fellow student's Israeli flag. On Tuesday, a three-judge panel at...

Guiding the Kosher Wine Consumer

18 Heshvan 5772 – November 14, 2011
Looking for a great gift for the wine maven in your life? Look no further. Daniel Rogov has what you are looking for with his latest two hardbound, pocket-sized guides: Rogov's Guide to Kosher Wines 2010: The World's 500 Best kosher Wines (The Toby Press; November 1, 2009; 145 pages; $19.95), and Rogov's Guide to Israeli Wines 2010 (The Toby Press; October 1, 2009; 485 pages; $19.95).

Vayeira: Looking Back

15 Heshvan 5772 – November 12, 2011
Hashem offers a gift of the greatest proportions: teshuvah. To paraphrase Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, with teshuvah, no sin is too large -- and without it, no sin is too small.

Why Are Artists So Fascinated By The Branch Over The Prophet Yonah’s Head?

22 Elul 5771 – September 21, 2011
It's easy to understand why artists have painted the navi Yonah early and often. There is no character more interesting than the man who, though blessed with the gift of prophecy, failed to grasp the responsibility he was charged with, literally turned his back on his divine mission and ran away, only to be devoured alive by a fish. After what must have seemed an eternity to the son of Amitai-in reality just three days and three nights-the fish, obeying a Divine commandment, vomited Yonah onto dry land.

Looking For The Perfect Match

17 Av 5771 – August 17, 2011
Fair Lawn, New Jersey's Ezra Fineman is looking for his perfect match. He is smart, has brown hair, and a great smile. Ezra is also two years old and is looking for a bone marrow donor. After contracting a severe case of pneumonia at five months old, Ezra was diagnosed with Hyper IgM syndrome, a rare primary immune deficiency. Affecting only one in every one-two million people, the syndrome keeps his body from producing antibodies, leaving him with a heightened susceptibility to infection.

Title: The Family Guide to Touring Israel

10 Av 5771 – August 10, 2011
The proof will be in your hands: some self-published books are remarkably wonderful. Lisa Aiken's The Family Guide to Touring Israel is a 382-page paperback with essentials even native Israelis need to know.

A Little Bit More Sensitivity

20 Sivan 5771 – June 22, 2011
Dear Rebbetzin Jungreis: I am writing you regarding a situation I have come to realize is much more common among couples than people realize. The subject is infertility. My husband and I have been married fifteen years and have had serious medical problems having children from the start of our marriage.

Title: The Haftara Handbook: Lessons from the Prophets for the Contemporary Jew

1 Tevet 5771 – December 8, 2010
This 381-page paperback belongs in Jewish homes and libraries. It would make a nice textbook for classrooms, too. Rabbi Jonathan Shooter's skill at interpreting archaic language, then presenting it in contemporary parlance, is a gift from Heaven.

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