The Shofar Blasts – A Clarion Call For Unity

I always found it quite incredible that the first mitzvah that we are called upon to do as Jews at the beginning of the year is to listen. To pay attention to exactly what it is that Jewish destiny is about.

Rosh Hashanah Resolutions

I will ask for forgiveness and tell all the people that I spoke Lashon Hara, gossip, about them and lose all my friends. I will give chocolate to all the people who I spoke Lashon Hara about, so they will like me again.

The 10th of Tevet & The Forgotten Kaddish

On this day we learn to not only look at tragic events, but also on what led up to them. This is all the more important when talking about the Holocaust

‘Now the World Will Know Jewish Blood Isn’t Free’

A statement issued by the Frenkel, Yifrach and Sha'ar families thanks Israel for 'justice served.'

A Sukkah Allegory

Reb Yisrael and his sons erected their sukkah adjacent to the kitchen door of their palatial home in one of the Five Towns, as they had done for many years in the past...

Mishloach Manos – ‘In Those Days, In This Time…’

The mishloach manos of times gone by were sometimes simple and sometimes elaborate, but the main focus was on the preparation of the delicious food they contained.

Purim: To Fight Or Not To Fight

When battling Amalek, G-d hides His face and expects man to wage war for his own relevance.

What Do You Plan to Learn on Shavuos Night?

I’m planning to learn and teach the commentary of the Alshich HaKadosh to Megillas Rus. — Rabbi YY Rubinstein, noted author and lecturer

Chanukah Scheduling Conflicts: The Time Frame For Lighting Menorah

Nowadays, however - thanks to artificial light - most peoples' workday or school day extends well beyond twilight during Chanukah... Must one leave work or school early to light Chanukah candles on time?

Purim – the Festival of Masks

The entire Book of Esther's a story of masks-Esther, Mordechai, and Haman-even God-conceal something

Sin

Caring for each other & improving the world, according to Judaism, is life's purpose

MY GIFT

This Shavuot let's give G-d a gift too: Let's make this year different by doing just 1 more mitzvah

Celebrate Purim With Your Kids

Here are some fun ways to dress up, make some noise and have a raucous good time at your next Purim party.

More Than Just Candles: Chanukah in Kenya and Beit Shemesh

My quest for knowledge became life-changing. Like a bat (I didn’t mind the negativity associated with the flying mammals – I’m short-sighted anyway so there was a ring of truth to the simile), I honed in on the answers I’d been searching for.

HaMelech Hamishpat

Don't be judges on Mishpat alone.

The Audacity of Redemption

It has been said ‘It is easier to take the Jew out of the Exile, than to take the Exile out of the Jew’. While in Egypt, the Jewish people could not even hear Hashem’s promise of Redemption because of their “shortness of spirit.” Their bondage wasn’t merely a physical bondage, but a mental one. And so, while still in Egypt, Hashem began the process of taking the Jew out of the psychology of Exile, ridding him of his slave mentality.

Wielding Our Weapon of Words

“The voice is the voice of Yaakov, but the hands are the hands of Esav” gives great insight to Purim

The Machine Matzah Controversy: A History – Rabbis, Matzah, and Invention

The Ksav Sofer also dismissed the square matzah concern by stating, In the merit of the four-cornered matzos, may Hashem redeem us from the four corners of the earth.

Rav Sacks (zt”l) Reflects on Tu BiShvat

If we continue to live as though God had only commanded us to subdue the Earth, we must be prepared for our children to inherit a seriously degraded planet, with the future of human civilisation put into question.

What’s the Secret to Making a Good Cheesecake?

To be honest, I have never met a cheesecake I didn’t like, but over the last few years, I have replaced the vanilla in my cheesecake with bourbon, with fantastic results. It’s a subtle change, but a good one! — Sandy Eller, Monsey, NY

Artifact Found in Time for Shavuot Proves Bethlehem Existed During First Temple

Israel Antiquities Authority and the Ir David Foundation announced that a clay seal was discovered bearing the name of the city of Bethlehem, evidence that the city existed during the period of the First Temple in Jerusalem. The find coincides with the upcoming holiday of Shavuot, during which time Jews from around the world focus on the story of the biblical figure Ruth, set in the city of Bethlehem.

Lag Ba’Omer: Guide for the Perplexed, 2018

Happy Lag Ba’Omer and PLEASE BE CAREFUL with your bonfire.

Yom Kippur: Guide for the Perplexed

Yom Kippur’s focus on forgiveness highlights humility, fallibility, soul-searching faith, compassion, thoughtfulness, being considerate, accepting responsibility and magnanimity.

Purim and the Advantage of a Permanent Job

Purim gives us a framework to understand our lives and remain optimistic in the midst of all the darkness
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Ari Fuld on the Holidays | Passover: Freedom vs. Responsibility – 5778 (2018)

Ari Fuld discusses: What are we celebrating on Passover and what are the lessons to be learned?

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