The Deeper Purpose of Torah Wisdom

They cannot see your inner world, but they can access it through the outer expressions that you project. The same is true regarding human beings trying to experience Hashem and the spiritual.

Two Surprises

I made light of the loss. I produced a wan smile and announced to my caring Israeli group, Gam zu l'tovah.

In the Rebbe’s Sukkah

Rabbi Schneerson was sitting opposite me, speaking pearls of wisdom, and above his head floated the seven holy guests, the ushpizin who visit every sukkah.

The Uniqueness Of Sukkot

The Sukkah represents the singular character of Jewish history, the experience of exile and homecoming, the long journey across the wilderness of time.

Mirrors And Windows: The Secret Of Schach

Amongst the Yamim Noraim, Succos is an anomaly. Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are overtly spiritual and transcendent days, with intense rounds of prayer and spiritual elevation. Succos, on the other hand, is grounded in the physical.

Too Young For Yizkor

Every action, every hour of learning, chesed, brachos, tefillos were done for their father’s neshama to merit a closeness to the Kisei HaKavod. That was all that was left for them to do for him.

Two Forms Of Repentance: Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur has the power to purify because on this day the bond between the essence of the soul and G-d’s essence is revealed.

The Spirituality Of Song

As music connects note to note, so faith connects episode to episode, life to life, age to age in a timeless melody that breaks into time.

Yom Kippur: Flying Amongst Angels

Arguably the most important concept in life, though often misunderstood, is the nature of the soul.

Encounters In The Second-Hand Store

Berta had no inkling about the journey she and Michael were going to take... For a year following the wedding, Berta’s mother kept bringing non-kosher food into their apartment; she had difficulty accepting the young couple’s choice to learn more about Judaism.

If Not Higher

Despite the misnaggid finding himself in a loony bin of naiveté, surely the Rebbe would not be so brazen and shameless to claim that he was up in Heaven reciting selichos!

When Rosh Hashana Is On Shabbos

It is expected of every Jew, man or woman, young or old, that he (or she) bring in Shabbosdikeit (the spirit of Shаbbos) into all his toil, including also the mundane activities;

The Three Stages Of The Rosh Hashana Tefillah

We blow the shofar as a part of the Rosh Hashana prayers, but it is unique amongst the tefillos. While all the other prayers utilize words, the shofar is a wordless cry. What is the meaning behind this?

The Virtues Of Judaism

Judaism turns life into a work of art. It consecrates the love between husbands and wives, and parents and children. It sanctifies our most physical acts, through the laws of kashrut and family purity.

And Before Creation, Nothing

Both of these words are commonly translated as “nothingness,” but understanding the nuances expressed by these ostensible synonyms will help us better understand what exactly the Torah means to teach us about the state of the world before Creation.

Well-Placed Words

In the end, though the young daughters had been crying while the verbal abuse was going on, they now saw how the effect a kind word and a smile could change everything.

The Days Of Selichos

The liturgy for the High Holiday Selichos is not found in most siddurim; rather, it is found in a special Selichos sefer, with a different selection for each day.

Home Sweet Home

And while I’m already in full-blown kvetchy mode, now may be as good a time as any to mention the mess!

To Renew Our Days

The only way to stay young, hungry, and driven is through periodic renewal, reminding ourselves of where we came from, where we are going, and why.

Rosh Hashana: The Three Stages Of Teshuva

The birth of a new year is a time of reflection and resolution; a time when hope and inspiration fill the air. We dream about what this upcoming year holds in store; how we can make the rest of our life the best of our life.

The Performance With Help From Above

Even though we know the score can even change once we are up there (through the mitzvos that our performed in our merit), what we must seriously keep in fresh in our mind is that our interactions have a lasting impact and a value for eternity.

Elul: The Spiritual ‘City Of Refuge’

A Jew must escape from his egocentric existence and embrace a new life founded on the conclusions of true soul-searching and repentance.

We Are What We Remember

The answer to the question, Who am I? is not simply a matter of where I was born, where I spent my childhood or my adult life or of which country I am a citizen.

Eretz Yisrael: A Place Beyond Place (Part II)

Kefitzas haderech enables one to transcend the laws of time and space. Why is this possible? It is due to the unique location in which kefitzas haderech always occurs: Eretz Yisrael, the land that transcends the bounds of time and space.

Single Guys

In this article, we explore the etymologies of ravak and two other Hebrew terms for an unmarried or single man – panui and bachur – try to zone in on the nuances they express.

A Mitzvah-Worthy Car

It had just passed its test, when a friend offered us a newer car for a very reasonable price. It was a shame to just discard our old ‘friend’ but we also knew it wasn’t sellable.

The Birthday Present

The lovely lady in charge asked me to sing “Happy Birthday” over the telephone. I noted that that night, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz WAS actually my birthday. I sang and I was accepted.

Elul – The King In The Field

When the farmer sees the king in his field, does he keep on plowing? Does he behave as if this were just another day in the fields? Of course not.

The Limits Of Love

Love is central to Judaism: not just love between husband and wife, parent and child, but also love for G-d, for neighbor and stranger.

Eretz Yisrael: A Place Beyond Place

Hashem promised Avraham the land of Israel as a sign of their eternal covenant. There are a number of mitzvos that can only be performed in Eretz Yisrael. Our question, then, is twofold. What is the underlying uniqueness of this special land, and why does Eretz Yisrael possess this unique quality?


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