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Of Simchas, Serenity, And Sirius Black

Our daughter from the West Coast surprised her sisters and delighted us by flying in for the weekend to join the festivities and meet her new nephew and niece.

The Origin Of Fake News

It is our responsibility to see through the lies and recognize the truth. This applies to our lives in every respect, but especially with regard to our constant battle against our evil inclination.

Splitting The Sea – Natural Or Supernatural?

We have here two ways of seeing the same events: one natural, the other supernatural. The supernatural explanation – that the waters stood upright – is immensely powerful, and so it entered Jewish memory. But the natural explanation is no less compelling. The Egyptian strength proved to be their weakness. The weakness of the Israelites became their strength.

The Necessity of Asking Questions

Judaism believes it’s a religious duty to teach our children to ask questions.

Ride On Time

When I sat down, this is what I was about to type. However, there in front of me, on the screen, was a post on our local community email forum stating: “Leaving for Har Nof at 5 p.m. Does anyone need a ride?”

The Moment Of Truth

As humans, we have the capacity to generate delusions of our power and control.

Welcoming Shabbos At ‘The Last Minute’

Why did this unexpected landing in Athens become front-page headlines? What did Hashem want us to learn from it?

A Brand-New Perspective

The Jewish Press has made great and important changes in recent months. Now it’s my column’s turn: “Chodesh Tov” will also undergo some revision. First, it has a new name, and second, a new focus. I am proud to report that the author (yours truly) will remain constant.

The Many Names of G-d

In this week's parsha, the Torah is preparing the ground for one of its most monumental propositions: In the darkest night, Israel was about to have its greatest encounter with God. Hope was to be born at the very edge of the abyss of despair.

The Plane Truth

It was getting late, the plane was set to take off soon, and the boy had no idea what to do.

Why Bnei Yisrael Had To Suffer

Why was the suffering justified? What was so terrible about what Dasan and Aviram did that explained this question to Moshe Rabbeinu?

Pharaoh’s Daughter Risked It All

About Batya Chazal said “The Holy One, blessed be He, said to her: ‘Moses was not your son, yet you called him your son. You are not My daughter, but I shall call you My daughter.’ ”

The Medicine Mix-Up

Given that the fever had already passed – and getting the medication down my fussy baby’s throat would be a challenge of its own – I finally decided to wait it out.

Mysterious Waze

“Literally a few moments ago, while we were driving, a young boy pushed the emergency exit door of the bus by mistake and he fell out,” the driver continued.

Why Did NYS Pick A Fight With Us?

Who runs the world? Who is behind every decree that is made whether for good or the contrary? We all know it is Hashem.

Changing The Past

We can only change the world if we can change ourselves. That is why the book of Genesis ends with the story of Joseph and his brothers.

A Faithful Friend

Imagine my joy when, last year, I received an email from Linda saying that she would be coming to Israel for the first time in the fall of 2018.

The Unexpected Leader

The stories of Judah and of his descendant David tell us that what marks a leader is not necessarily perfect righteousness. It is the ability to admit mistakes, to learn from them and grow from them. The Judah we see at the beginning of the story is not the man we see at the end.

‘Diaspora Jewry’ Doesn’t Exist

There is, not one, but two distinct Diaspora Jewries: 1) a politically and religiously conservative Jewry and 2) a politically and religiously progressive Jewry. The former is Orthodox; the latter is not. The two groups live in separate communities and rarely interact.

The Rubashkin Saga (Conclusion)

The conclusion to Shalom Rubashkin's circuitous route through the US legal system that ultimately led to justice

Ready For Takeoff

I reminded him that the government had recently changed the rules and an appointment was now required.

The Miracle Of The Streams Of Arnon

By exposing these tunnels before an attack was carried out, rachmana litzlan, Hashem has once again saved us without a single shot being fired.

Speaking To Non-Jews About God

Judaism was and remains unique in its combination of universalism and particularism. We believe that God is the God of all humanity. He created all. He is accessible to all. He cares for all. He has made a covenant with all. Yet there is also a relationship with God that is unique to the Jewish people. It alone has placed its national life under His direct sovereignty

8 Short Thoughts For 8 Chanukah Nights

So as we celebrate Chanukah, spare a thought for the real victory, which was not military but spiritual. Jews were the people who valued marriage, the home, and peace between husband and wife, above the highest glory on the battlefield. In Judaism, the light of peace takes precedence over the light of war

Chanukah In Bergen-Belsen

The Holocaust was a dark period in our history, yet there were instances where Hashem let a bit of light shine through the darkness.

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