I heard this amazing true story from Rabbi Yitzchak Fanger who heard it from Rabbi Yosef Levi.* Rabbi Levi regularly visits Jewish prisoners in...
The Torah is based, as its narratives make clear, on history, a realistic view of human character, and a respect for freedom and choice. Philosophy is often detached from history and a concrete sense of humanity. Revolutions based on philosophical systems fail because change in human affairs takes time, and philosophy has rarely given an adequate account of the human dimension of time.
A blessing in disguise--
Another crucial point to note is which political party is embracing these attacks and, in a sense, bringing them about and justifying them: and that is of course the Democratic Party.
We couldn’t believe it when she told us where Chana was staying and that it was only two blocks away from her.
What does Parshat Emor tell us about Shabbat that we do not learn elsewhere?
The receptionist, who was familiar with my story, said that they had not been able to retrieve my phone that morning.
“I have no words to thank you,” Marcus stammered. “But, would you mind if I ask you a question? Why did you decide to bend over backwards to help me?”
We must not lose sight of who is running the world and who orchestrated the recent rocket attacks, and the insubstantial and meaningless ceasefire. The rockets were sent for a purpose.
Who then were Esau and Jacob? What did they represent and how is this relevant to Yom Kippur and atonement?
Yaakov Avinu went to Mitzrayim with 70 souls, and when we left, we had become a great nation.
G-d, in his mercy, will send you little gift-wrapped signs.
Habbat Shalom and Chag Sameach
Bnei Yisrael were not meisim lev after seeing the yad Hashem destroy Mitzrayim in front of their eyes.
The pans of blondies had suffered minor volcanic eruptions, and chocolate chip-flecked batter hung like drapes around every side.
Jews became the only people in history to predicate their very survival on education. The most sacred duty of parents was to teach their children. Pesach itself became an ongoing seminar in the handing on of memory.
We see that suffering is not considered equal to death.
Then she dangled the bait in front of me: “If I pay for you to buy a gown, would that help?” Well, I guess a little bribery never hurt.
The Sages say, it's as bad as all three cardinal sins together – idol worship, bloodshed, and illicit sexual relations. Whoever speaks with an evil tongue, they say, is as if he denied G-d. Why are mere words treated with such seriousness in Judaism?
Since the restructuring of my column at The Jewish Press, we have been focusing on the Jewish tenet that whatever G-d does, His interest is our good – even if we fail to see how events are for our betterment. Here is an example with a compelling script.
We’ve met the most wonderful, caring people who have helped us and Eli weather this draining challenge.
We know that the Torah’s perspective on having children is of course positive.
he sacrifices a woman brings on the birth of a child, and the period during which she is unable to enter the Temple, have nothing to do with any sin she may have committed or any “defilement” she may have undergone. They are, rather, to do with the basic fact of human mortality, together with the responsibility a parent undertakes for the conduct of a child
I didn’t see a solution to my housing needs forthcoming. Instead of getting down, I strengthened myself with the thought that “other people manage to find a place to live, and so will I.”
The international community has pressured Israel since its inception. Against all odds she has flourished and grown, it is has become a true exception.