Yud Shevat: A Beginning

There were those who opposed the Rebbe’s point of view. How can we invite ‘them’ to our table, with their Nehru jackets and long hair? They’re going to ruin our children.

Q & A: Of Windows, Places, And Weather (Part II)

Question: Every winter, we run into the same problem: those of us who sit closest to the windows have to suffer the windows being open because those sitting away from the windows, more to the center of the sanctuary, claim they are too hot from the heat of heating system. Do they have the right to impose their comfort at the expense of our health? Name withheld Via email

Terror, Shabbat, and Consolation

Even the world press spoke differently of this terrorist attack and explained what Shabbat is all about.

Bar Kappara’s ‘Off-Color’ Jokes

By using humor, he could bring home what simple study in a beit midrash could not.

Parshat Beshalach – The Low Soul

At various historic points, a 'low soul' has prevented the children of Israel from successfully advancing our national aspirations and collective mission.

All Glory To Hashem

There is another important parallel between the parsha and the haftara – the miraculous victory over an apparently superior enemy with the aid of Hashem.

Hashem’s Outstretched Arm

We see that the miracle of the Yam Suf was achieved through the righteous ability of conquering the temptations of one’s heart.

Renewable Energy

What Shabbat gave – and still gives – is the unique opportunity to create space within our lives, and within society as a whole, in which we are truly free.

A Final Chesed

Abba Zayda filled each home with his towering presence, his laughter, his love of life, his never ending patience and his constant wisdom.

From Last To First: The Story Of The Nesiim (Part II)

The ultimate paradigm of proactive chesed was Hashem’s decision to create the world. There was no external recipient when Hashem created the world, there was no “need,” and there was no external force pressuring Hashem to “give” the world existence.

Splitting The Red Sea And G-d’s Chosen People

Our job, as the Jewish people, is to live up to G-d’s instructions and vision and show the rest of the world how to do so as well.

Dig Deep

If you would dig beneath the basement of my house, I’m not sure you’d find anything too intriguing.

Scribal Culture

The Hebrew and Latin terms for scribe are similar to each other in that both are cognate with the word for book in their respective languages (sofer and sefer, libellarius and liber).

Torah Shorts: Parshat Beshalach: Sinful Doubts

At the beginning of every act of faith, there is often a seed of fear. For great acts of faith are seldom born out of calm calculation. -Max L. Lucado

What Customs And Prayers Should Be Observed On A Yahrzeit? (Part II)

It is a virtually universal practice to light a 24-hour memorial candle on the evening before the yahrzeit so that it burns throughout the yahrzeit. It is said that the soul derives pleasure when candles are lit in its honor.

Should a person who wants to make aliyah do so even if his or...

The decision will ultimately be based on a variety of factors, depending on the reason for the parents’ disapproval. Perhaps their disapproval is temporary or based on unwarranted concerns.

My Zaidy Sholom

My grandfather used to call me his precious little Michali and I cherished those words every time I saw him.

What The Mann Was All About

While the mann was an enormous chesed that Hashem did for Bnei Yisrael in the midbar, its main purpose was to be a lesson in faith.

A Mona Lisa Of My Very Own

We met some other young women and discussed how we would spend our short time there. They unanimously chose to go to the Eiffel Tower and see it lit up at night. I preferred another destination.

If Tefillin Are Discovered To Be Pasul – Who Is Responsible?

If the parshiyos are pasul, that should be the sofer's problem! Mr. Rosenblum exclaimed. He wrote them. Please let me speak with him.

Avot 1:13 – Mastery Orientation

When you work towards a learning goal, are you motivated for better grades, looking smarter, outperforming others?

Daf Yomi

In Short – Just One Day! “I Am Hereby A Nazir” (Nazir 5a,7a-8a)

There’s Blood on Your Doorpost

Does Hashem need to "look" in order to know if there is blood on the doorpost?

What We Gain From Pain

Easy come, easy go. Only the Torah that we make sacrifices to learn remains with us years later.

Parshat Bo: The Bread of Freedom

The more we define ourselves as the actors rather than as the characters we play, the more our characters can actually succeed at fulfilling their unique roles in the story HaShem placed us in.

Q & A: Of Windows, Places, And Weather (Part I)

Question:. Every winter, we run into the same problem: those of us who sit closest to the windows have to suffer the windows being open because those sitting away from the windows... claim they are too hot from the heat of the heating system. Do they have the right to impose their comfort at the expense of our health? Anonymous Via email


When we look around at the trees and flowers in our land, we should not take what we see for granted. Shevat is not only a month of blossoming and renewed growth, but the realization of a dream that persisted throughout the generations.

Spiritual Ownership

Sheep and cattle want to eat; they want to spend time outside and with their young. But can it really be said that they wish to worship G-d?


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