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Golden Flames Of Illumination

Illuminating melancholic winter nights, Chanukah flames have been lit all over the world for better than two thousand years - whether in menorahs of resplendent silver or humble wood and metal, opulent homes or dreary surroundings, days of glory or times of oppression - commemorating our spiritual ascent from the darkness of the Syrian-Greek decadence.

STAR-K’s Fifth Annual Kashrus Training Seminar

What do Plano, Texas, Thornhill, Ontario, and Olney, Md. have in common?

Pulling The Plug

In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, an Orthodox family is finding themselves in a battle with the hospital that is caring for their father.

Caged In A Box Of Others’ Values And Expectations

In my interviews with well spouses, the theme of being caged in a box of expectations has repeated itself often.

STAR-K Launches Institute Of Halacha

The Mishna teaches us, "Appoint for yourself a rav" - a Torah guide, from whom you can acquire clarity through wisdom.

Rabbi Schepschel Schaffer: Early Years of an Orthodox Activist

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a number of rabbis did their utmost to establish and maintain Orthodox Judaism in America.

What Mourning Means: Reflections of the Rav on Tisha B’Av

We have become so used to living in a world without the Beit HaMikdash that it would be unreasonable to expect anyone to be able to begin the "Three Weeks" with the observances of shiva.

‘Killer’ Shidduchim

Most of us have heard the Talmudic assertion that "He who saves a life, saves a world," and conversely, "He who kills a life, kills a world."

The Miracle Of Marriage

With the Sefiras HaOmer period behind us, the wedding season is in full swing.

Letters To The Editor

Neturei Karta Loves Ahmadinejad    The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has repeatedly called for the total destruction of Israel. Such a catastrophe would mean...

A Story Of A Rabbi And Assumptions

I recently heard a story about a city rav, who was at a simcha. During the meal, there were two brands of milk on the table.

Master Builder: Rav Teitz and the Elizabeth Kehilla

One cannot think of Yiddishkeit in Elizabeth, New Jersey, without at the same time recalling the community's longtime leader, Harav Mordechai Pinchas Teitz, zt"l.

Rav Avigdor Miller: The Later Years

From 1946 to 1975 Rav Miller was the rav of the Young Israel of Rugby in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. In 1975 the shul relocated to Ocean Parkway near Avenue R and was subsequently called Bais Yisroel Torah Center. Rav Miller served as the rav there until his passing in 2001.

Rav Avigdor Miller: His Years as Mashgiach

What follows below should be read in light of what Orthodoxy in the United States was during the forties, fifties and sixties. Orthodoxy certainly looked at least 'externally' different than it does today. In general, Orthodox Jews dressed in a fashion similar to their gentile neighbors. Most Orthodox men were clean shaven.

Rav Avigdor Miller: His Years as Mashgiach

What follows below should be read in light of what Orthodoxy in the United States was during the forties, fifties and sixties.

Rav Avigdor Miller: His Early Years

The third yahrzeit of HaRav Avigdor Miller, zt"l, occurred a few weeks ago.

Avoiding Domestic Abuse

The term "domestic abuse" refers to a cycle of de­structive thoughts, feelings and actions that often in­volve power and control over another person through fear and intimidation. The batterers believe they are entitled to control their partners through emotional, eco­nomic and sexual abuse. They often use children to manipulate their spouses.

Pre-Marital Counseling: The Fear Of Giving

The transition from single to married living necessi­tates many changes and adjustments. The success of the couple depends upon what each brings to the marriage. What may seem positive to one partner may be perceived as negative to the other partner. This failure in perception is one of the primary causes of marital friction and break­down.

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