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Thoughts Make the Man

20 Elul 5772 – September 7, 2012
Dear Friends, the clock is ticking down to Rosh HaShanah. You can hear the shofars blasting all over the world. T’shuva may seem like a towering mountain too high to climb, but it’s really not as hard as you think.

The Heroes of T’shuva

18 Elul 5772 – September 5, 2012
The true champions of life are not the basketball players, not the Hollywood stars, not even the Prime Ministers and Presidents. The real heroes are the masters of t’shuva.

Saturday Night Fever

13 Elul 5772 – August 31, 2012
There is an old aphorism which claims that two things in life are certain: death and taxes. To this, Rabbi Kook would add a third certainty — t’shuva.

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.

T’Shuva and Finding Happiness

11 Elul 5772 – August 29, 2012
Rabbi Kook teaches that t’shuva encompasses man’s physical being, his moral life, religious life, and his highest, most ideal intellectual endeavor. T’shuva is man’s...

You Can be a Giant!

9 Sivan 5772 – May 30, 2012
When a Jew makes Aliyah to Eretz Yisrael, the letters of his soul shift into high gear and multiply in size. All of his being gets bigger. He grows closer to God. Compared to the person he was in Galut, he becomes larger than life. He transforms into a giant, filled with greater valor, greater holiness, greater happiness and wisdom.

“Why Should I Live in Israel? America Has Everything I Need”

2 Sivan 5772 – May 23, 2012
One of the questions a person is asked when he reaches his Heavenly rest is, "Did you yearn for Salvation?" If a Jew does not long for the Redemption, for Salvation from the exile, then something is wrong. If he is happy in the Diaspora, then his Judaism is out of focus, and he is out of touch with his soul's deepest yearnings. As The Kuzari poignantly declares, his prayers for Jerusalem and Zion are like the chatterings of a nightingale, melodious but empty of meaning.

Don’t Ask What Israel Can Do For You – Ask What...

2 Sivan 5772 – May 22, 2012
The thought that Eretz Yisrael is an accessory to Judaism, and not a central pillar in itself, is a tragic distortion which was caused by the nearly 2000 year exile of the Jewish People from the Land of Israel. After years of wandering - scattered among the gentiles, separated from our homeland- our orientation to the Land of Israel became distorted and confused.

Jerusalem in the Twilight Zone

28 Iyyar 5772 – May 20, 2012
Here I was, just out of New York, not knowing what the Torah was really about, surrounded by tens of thousands of ecstatic davening Jews, with the choruses of “Amen, yihe shamai rabbahs” ringing in my ears like the blasts of the shofar on Mount Sinai. What can I tell you? New York and Hollywood were blown out of my brain, like a dream that never happened, just like the Psalm says: “When the Lord brings back the captives of Zion, we were like those who dream.”

An Honorable Failure

28 Heshvan 5772 – November 24, 2011
Even before they were born, Jacob and Esau struggled in the womb. They were destined, it seems, to be eternal adversaries. Not only were they different in character and appearance, they also held different places in their parents’ affections.

Rabbi Steven Pruzansky Speaks His Mind

29 Adar 5769 – March 25, 2009
Teaneck Rabbi Discusses Geirus, Unconventional Warfare, and Rav Kook's Ideal State

Title: Mr. Mentch

25 Tevet 5768 – January 3, 2008
Pitspopany Press has released another colorful paperback for children.

Title: GOLD From The Land of Israel

13 Tevet 5767 – January 3, 2007
Author: Rabbi Chanan Morrison Publisher: Urim Publications

Letters To The Editor

7 Shevat 5764 – January 30, 2004
Out Of The AshesA firefighter found a sefer Tehillim at ground zero. The name inside is Avraham Binyamin Shapiro (it may be Spira). If...

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