Thank You, Jabber Achmadi

And so it was that the rabbi thanked the bestial terrorist for his sick act of atrocity, for it was precisely that act which became the extraordinary link to the doctors' saving the rabbi's life.

Daf Yomi

Giving Tzedakah At Night ‘Rabbi Chinena’s Mitzvah Performance’ (Shekalim 22a)

Torah Shorts: Parshat Shmini: Ritual Distancing

Distance has the same effect on the mind as on the eye. -Samuel Johnson

Now’s The Moment Of Truth

Will we still remember the importance of eating healthy now that we can again eat whatever we want outside?

How Should One React To Tragedy?

How are we to understand Aharon’s silence? ... Does it mean that he couldn’t say anything, didn’t have any urge to say anything, or that he desperately wanted to cry out but controlled himself?

Guard Your Lips From Speaking Evil

If children grow up saying whatever they want, it will be very hard for them to restrain themselves when they’re older even if they learn how egregious speaking lashon hara is.

Sparkling Like Diamonds

You can imagine how great this person’s joy would be upon hearing this news and how he would count the days to his release from prison and his marriage to the princess.

Reticence vs. Impetuosity

The real contrast here, though, is the difference between Aaron and his two sons. They were, it seems, opposites. Aaron was over-cautious and had to be persuaded by Moses even to begin. Nadav and Avihu were not cautious enough. So keen were they to put their own stamp on the role of priesthood that their impetuosity was their downfall.

Q & A: Early Shabbat During Sefirah

Question: What if one forgot to count Sefirah Thursday night and didn’t remember until Friday eve after accepting Shabbat early? May he count at that point before it turns dark and then continue saying the berachah for the Omer the next evening? Pesach Bernstein

Embarrassing Oneself To Honor Hashem

When R’ Lopian finished speaking, the disciples were astounded to see their rebbe, R’ Schwadron, lie face down on the ground.

The Song of Songs: Intimacy challenged

God and the Jewish people face opposition to their passionate relationship from a whole array of antagonists; the only protection from such attacks is more love

Freedom For…?

Freedom is not only about rights or privileges, but also about responsibilities.

Lessons in Law of Attraction

I was in a place of bittul – of nothingness. I woke up each morning in a daze, not knowing what to do with myself. Life seemed eerily silent except for some annoying noise I heard every morning that I couldn’t place.

Daf Yomi

A Cake Walk ‘Through It the Water Trickled Out’ (Shekalim 17a)

Q & A: Why Do We Read Shir HaShirim On Pesach?

Question: Why do we read Shir HaShirim on the Shabbat of Passover? Also, why don’t we recite a blessing before reading it as we do before reading Megillat Esther? Menachem

If You Really Want It

The Hebrew word for despairing – me’ya’eish – is spelled with two yuds, which spell the name of Hashem.

Not Just Chassidim, Not Just Frum Jews – Everyone

The Rebbe wasn’t worrying about Lubavitcher chassidim, chassidim in general, or even observant Jews – he was worrying about one Jew who may be isolated from Torah in one corner of the world!

First Ever Book About the Jewish Festivals for Emerging Jewish Communities Released in Time...

The author of the book Ronit Treatman, the daughter of Israeli diplomats who speaks several languages and lives in Philadelphia, was inspired to write the book after she became involved with the Bnei Anousim, the tens of millions of people around the world descended from forcibly converted Spanish and Portuguese Jews through the organization Reconectar.

Elu V’Elu

  Eruvin 13b For three years, the House of Hillel and the House of Shammai argued. One said, 'The halakha is like us,' and the other...

A V’nahafoch Hu Pesach

Did I mention that my daughter-in-law has seemingly unlimited excess energy, and is one of the best cooks and bakers I know?

What Is Freedom?

Freedom is the ability to strive to find the good where no one else sees it. And also to articulate it, with passion.

The Bitter and the Sweet

The fact that we can taste something as bitter is an affirmation of how sweet our lives generally are.

Why The Religious Did Not Embrace Political Zionism

The real motivator for the British was to win over the Jews, and Zionism seemed like a promising card to play.

Daf Yomi

Pristine Exemplar ‘Let Him Fill His Mouth With Water’ (Shekalim 9a)

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