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Yizkor – Remember Your Pledge

The shul was packed for Yizkor service. For Mr. Reuven Black this year was particularly poignant; it marked the tenth Yahrzeit of his father, who had passed away shortly after Pesach. He had decided to do something special in memory of his father.

The Day He Moved The Pope’s Heart An Interview with Cantor Chaim Adler

He certainly didn't waste any time. Cantor Chaim Adler began his chazzanut career at age 10; today, he is known as "the chief cantor of Tel Aviv" and one of the most prominent cantors in the world.

Stuff My Father Won’t Tell Me: Struggling To Do the Right Thing

It wasn't so much my father's problem as it was mine. The commandment to honor one's parents had always been for me simply the right thing to do. Jewish tradition characterizes it, however, as the most challenging of the taryag mitzvos. Anyone who has ever cared for a terminally ill parent appreciates the difficulty of performing this mitzvah well.

Leadership

As Yaakov makes his way back to the land of Canaan, several events - spanning the full range of emotions - transpire in rapid succession.

Leadership

As Yaakov makes his way back to the land of Canaan, several events - spanning the full range of emotions - transpire in rapid succession.

Are There Limits To Kibud Horim?

We have a stringent duty to honor our parents. But are there limits? A well-known Gemara praises a Roman officer for maintaining his composure even after his mother tore his clothes and spit in his face in public (Kiddushin 31a). Many cite this story as proof that a child must passively submit to abuse by a parent. This view is mistaken and can lead to terrible tragedies.

Irena’s Vow – Honoring A Tzadekes

It is customary before the Yamim Noraim, the High Holy Days, to look back at the past and strive to do better the following year, through Teshuvah.

Title: Forever

As Jews, we are all cognizant of the Torah dictum to "honor our father and mother," yet in our self-centered and fast-paced society, we often neglect to make time to fulfill this important mitzvah.

Likud Salute To Mercaz HaRav Heroes

Rabbi Yitzchak Dadon is a Jew who has not been confused by misplaced love theories.

The Ambivalent Candidate

The amazing implosion of Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign will be analyzed and argued about for years to come. The Monitor’s own take, hardly original and admittedly based on nothing more than informed speculation, is that he simply was ambivalent about the whole enterprise to begin with.

Visiting The Graves Of Tzaddikim

For the past few weeks I have been describing my trip through Poland to different graves of Polish tzaddikim of the past.

Remembrance Day In Piotrkow

This past week I had the honor of attending the Remembrance Day commemorations that took place in the Polish town of Piotrkow Trybunalski.

Mazal Tov!

Whenever Jews come together in honor of a lifecycle event, it is a simchah.

Survivor Park In Lodz

The city of Lodz had once been the second largest Jewish community in all of Poland.

As Sweet As Candy

At this time of year, honey, and the sweetness it represents, plays a major role in our celebrations.

The Sanhedrin Reestablished (Part III)

The new Sanhedrin first met in Tiberius because it was foretold that it would be renewed there and would be relocated to Jerusalem.

Q & A: Adding To The Rabbi’s Discussion (Conclusion)

QUESTION: Upon concluding the Shabbat morning services at our local synagogue, we have an informal kiddush during which our rabbi discusses the Parasha of the week. At the conclusion of his talk he opens an informal discussion, inviting questions or comments. Occasionally I will make a brief comment relating to the rabbi's talk, sometimes quoting an applicable passage from the Torah. Recently a friend told me that it was not proper for me, a lay person, to comment even briefly by directly quoting the Torah, as quotes should be stated exclusively by the rabbi.I believe, however, that lay people are to be encouraged to study and quote relevant passages from the Torah. Additionally, the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) encourages us to "... teach it (Torah) to your children, to speak of it in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you arise..." Thus, it seems the Shema is urging us all, including lay persons, to quote the Torah. My rabbi told me he was not bothered by my quoting Torah verses during these discussions, but I would also like to know your opinion.Name Withheld by Request

Out Of The Mouths Of Children

This world is full of goodness. People are generous and caring and willing to help.

Q & A: The Gabbai’s Dilemma (Conclusion)

QUESTION: If a shul's (or a minyan's) rabbi does not indicate to the sheliach tzibbur to go ahead at the end of the Shema or at the beginning of Chazarat HaShatz, should the gabbai tell him to go ahead, or does he wait until the rabbi finishes? To which should greater consideration be given by the gabbai: kibbud HaRav or tircha detzibbura?Steven LittwinRiverdale, N.Y.

Review: Living A Year Of Kaddish, A Memoir

Do we say the Kaddish to honor our lost ones, to satisfy our own innate yearnings, or to teach the next generation?

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