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Risks You Need to Know Before Buying Dividend-Paying Stocks

4 Av 5772 – July 22, 2012
There’s no such thing as a perfect investment.

Balak: A Covenant Forever

16 Tammuz 5772 – July 5, 2012
In the aftermath of the episode of Zimri and the Midianite women, Hashem struck down 24,000 Jews. Yet immediately afterward, Hashem reaffirmed his tremendous love for Israel. Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, explains that this is in character with Hashem's quality of chastising severely the nation he loves so dearly.

Important Moments In Becoming A Ba’al Teshuvah (Part I)

You don’t become a ba’al teshuvah overnight. There were many events in my life that contributed to the deepening of my religious commitment, including a party I attended with young, beautiful church members who tried to make me one of them, and how I met their “Jewish priest.” (I’ll discuss both experiences during the course of this continuing column.)

Beha’alosecha: Light And Reason

18 Sivan 5772 – June 7, 2012
Each detail in the Torah is laden with meaning. Surely the service vessels of the Temple had great importance and consequence over and above their routine service. In the description of the menorah that stood in chamber outside the Holy of Holies, Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, found layer upon layer of meaning.

Naso: A Donation Of Incense

12 Sivan 5772 – June 1, 2012
Parshas Naso is notable for its length, and its length is notable for its redundancy. The Torah minces no words, and therefore we understand that the repetition in the description of the Mishkan's inaugural service is purposeful and laden with meaning. Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, explains that this is a reflection on the importance and centrality of the Mishkan.

Bamidbar: A Unique Awareness Of Hashem

3 Sivan 5772 – May 23, 2012
The Generation of the Wilderness was unique in the history of Israel, as Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, explains concerning the first verse of Bamidbar. Israel was slated for a special mission in the world, and this mission was begun with a special forty-year inauguration in which Israel gained an intense and unmatched closeness to Hashem.

OECD Raises Israel Economic Growth Estimate

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) raised its 2012 economic growth estimate for Israel to 3.2 percent, up from its November estimate of 2.9 percent.

Moody’s Downgrades Israeli Banks’ Outlook to Negative

17 Iyyar 5772 – May 9, 2012
The Moody's credit rating agency lowered its outlook for the credit rating of Israel's banking system from stable to "negative," due to the economic...

Insights From The Plague Of Leprosy

4 Iyyar 5772 – April 25, 2012
Although the tzoraas affliction is no more in contemporary times, it teaches lessons that are eternal. Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, explains that foremost among these lessons is the greatness of Torah leaders and their wisdom. Another lesson: The opportunity the affliction presented to the afflicted for repentance and seld-improvement.

Pesach: Splitting The Sea

21 Nisan 5772 – April 12, 2012
The miraculous splitting of the Sea of Reeds was one of the pinnacles of Israel’s closeness to Hashem. It raises a question, though: Why? Hashem typically hides His presence somewhat, conducting the world in a discrete way and never revealing His presence so openly. As Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, explains, this spectacle on the Sea of Reeds was performed with two great purposes in mind.

Tzav: Holiness And Eating

6 Nisan 5772 – March 29, 2012
The evil inclination likes to tempt us to indulge in material delights. It is important to know that these delights may have another purpose, too: kedushah (holiness).

Bank of Israel 2011 Report: Economy Grew by 4.7%, Dealt Successfully with Significant Difficulties

6 Nisan 5772 – March 28, 2012
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "The Israeli economy grew more than most Western economies, almost 2.5 times the OECD average...In contrast to the collapsing economies around us, Israel's credit rating was upgraded last year."

Vayakhel/Pekudei: The Devotion Of Women

21 Adar 5772 – March 14, 2012
Despite the intense suffering of slavery in Egypt, it was there that Israel became a nation – not just in the spiritual sense, but in the physical sense: it was there that our numbers swelled. This is to the credit of the Jewish women, who despite their oppression at the hands of Egypt relentlessly encouraged the growth of Israel. This provides a glimpse of the greatness of the Jewish women of that generation. Likewise in our times, it is the Jewish woman’s selfless devotion to service of Hashem that builds and sustains Israel.

Israel’s Exports to Asia Surpass Exports to US For First Time

12 Adar 5772 – March 5, 2012
The Israel Export Research Institute reported that from October 2011 to January 2012, the US share of Israeli exports had drastically declined as compared to the same period the year before. In contrast, Israel's exports to the Asian market have seen healthy growth, with an increase of 9% over the same period, totaling $3.1 billion.

Tetzaveh: Honor And Beauty

7 Adar 5772 – February 29, 2012
The wardrobe Hashem designed for those who served in his Mishkan served not only to distinguish them but also to impress upon them the importance and significance of the service for which Hashem had selected them. Clothing itself is a form of serving Hashem.

Israel: World’s Safest Place to Invest

28 Shevat 5772 – February 21, 2012
Israel is the most likely country in the developed world to provide riskless returns on investments, according to a report in Bloomberg Businessweek.

2012 Sees Lowest Number of IDF Recruits

The IDF website reports a decline in the number of army recruits this year, pinning the lowest recruitment rate in eight years on slower...

Mishpatim: Holy Lifestyle

23 Shevat 5772 – February 16, 2012
“And men of holiness you shall be to me, and you shall not eat meat in the field of a torn carcass (22:30). The expression “to Me” means “men of holiness that are Mine.” By being holy, they become close to Hashem.

Chronicles Of Crises In Our Communities

11 Shevat 5772 – February 3, 2012
Readers weigh in on “A Well-Meaning Outsider” (Chronicles 01-06-2012)

Beshalach: Hashem’s Mighty Works

10 Shevat 5772 – February 2, 2012
“And Hashem turned back the sea by a strong east-wind all the night” (14:21). The wind was entirely unnecessary, for it was naturally unable...

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