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SHLOMO CARLEBACH’S SONG words and music by Ben Reuven

19 Heshvan 5777 – November 20, 2016
A musical tribute to the internationally famed Jewish troubador, Shlomo Carlebach by famed Jerusalem troubador words and music by Ben Reuven

President Reuven Rivlin’s eulogy at the funeral of Israel’s Ninth President...

27 Elul 5776 – September 30, 2016
Your eyes saw far ahead, while your feet covered great distances on the landscape of Jewish and Zionist history.

For Victims of Abuse – A Warm Embrace

4 Tishri 5773 – September 19, 2012
In part the altered lives victims of abuse and molestation live are a result of the abuse itself. But it is in part also because of the unfortunate negative reaction to the victims by their own community.

Routes And Roots To The Truth

19 Elul 5772 – September 5, 2012
The five-year-old boy was in a church in Puerto Rico with his parents. As they and his grandparents were Catholics, that made him Catholic – as far as his young mind could figure.

The Hat

6 Iyyar 5772 – April 27, 2012
I do not dress like the average Orthodox man in my Brooklyn neighborhood. It’s not that I’m trying to make a statement by often going hatless and wearing blue and brown suits, it’s just that in becoming religious I have changed so much - there are certain things I don’t want to give up, especially since my religion doesn’t truly ask me to do so.

Shas MK: All Israelis Should Serve Their Country

23 Tevet 5772 – January 18, 2012
Rabbi Amsalem admonishes UTJ MK Gafni for recent comments that Haredim should not serve in the IDF.

Help Others Get On The ‘Marry-Go-Round’

28 Heshvan 5772 – November 24, 2011
A new shidduch initiative has created an ear-deafening buzz in frum communities across North America and beyond.

The Greatest Act of Tzedaka – A Lifesaving Kidney Donation

8 Tishri 5772 – October 6, 2011
What was the biggest single donation to Tzedaka (charity) or greatest act of Chesed (personal kindness) in your life? How much of a difference did it really make? Did it change a life? Did it save a life? How do you know for sure?

The Tragic Vacuum (Part Four)

14 Nisan 5771 – April 18, 2011
In last week's column I began my response to the woman who wrote expressing her fears regarding the escalation of anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel throughout the world. I explained that our Sages and Prophets predicted it; they tell us that what we are witnessing today isikvesi d'Mashiach - a period in which we can hear the footsteps of the Messiah and experience the birth pangs that will precede the coming of that great day.

Here’s To A Sweet New Year!

29 Elul 5770 – September 8, 2010
Even those people who do not normally make challah all year long usually do find that they want homemade challahs for Rosh Hashana. Round challahs are most traditionally used for this time of year, as a reminder of the cycle of life.

Gratitude

18 Sivan 5769 – June 10, 2009
He sat in his prison cell sulking. I'll call him Steven. Time was playing tricks on him. It seemed like only yesterday, but at the same time like a lifetime ago, that he was married to a wonderful woman and had children who were the joy of his life. He had a high-powered job on Wall Street and luxuries that the average person couldn't imagine.

Connecting To The Person In Need

1 Adar 5769 – February 25, 2009
When a person goes through hard times words of encouragement can be a big lift. However, these well-intended words can backfire if they are seen as too unrealistic by the recipient and do not connect to what the person is going through.

Did Chagall Know Hebrew?

13 Kislev 5769 – December 10, 2008
It's almost impossible to discuss Jewish art without mentioning Marc Chagall. One of nine children, Chagall was born in Vitebsk (now Belarus), which had about 20,000 Jews.

Getting The Big Picture

20 Tammuz 5768 – July 23, 2008
As Bnei Yisroel passed through the land of Ya'azer and Gilad in the "Ever HaYarden" (land East of the Jordan River) they noticed that the land was very fertile and quite suitable for grazing animals.

Getting The Big Picture

As Bnei Yisroel passed through the land of Ya'azer and Gilad in the "Ever HaYarden" (land East of the Jordan River) they noticed that the land was very fertile and quite suitable for grazing animals.

Parshat Vayechi

13 Tevet 5767 – January 3, 2007
December 1862 was a terrible month for Abraham Lincoln.

Parshat Vayeshev

22 Kislev 5767 – December 13, 2006
Why did crime drop dramatically in New York City during the 1990's?

Parshat Vayeshev

Why did crime drop dramatically in New York City during the 1990's?

Q & A: Sharing A Name

22 Elul 5764 – September 8, 2004
QUESTION: I am about to get married and it appears that my name is the same as my fianc?'s mother's name. I've been told that this is problematic. Please advise as I urgently need an answer.No Name, Please

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