Jerusalem Study Center Strives to Bolster Diaspora Community Leaders’ Torah Expertise

The International Halacha Institute offers personalized online training in French, English, Hebrew and Spanish.

Our Yom HaAtzmaut Chassid

his is not the standard look for someone who attends our shul even if just passing through, especially since there are other shuls on the block that may be considered a better fit. I'll be honest that if someone comes in looking like this, it's usually to collect tzedakah.

The Genizah Journey: Where Does Your Shaimos Go After You Drop It Off?

Genizah is not overseen by any national rabbinic authority in the United States, and it is a tradition practiced not only in the Orthodox world but by other streams of Judaism as well.

Off The Derech (Part III)

It was obvious I was in the wrong place with the wrong people and I needed to get out of there.

Off The Derech (Part II)

Makom, a branch of the organization Jew In The City (JITC), was founded in 2014 by Allison Josephs, to help Jews who feel they no longer want to stay in their community of birth find a new community of choice – instead of leaving Judaism altogether in frustration.

Off The Derech (Part I)

While his going OTD was painful for his mother, Boruch says she still accepted him – and worried more about the types of people he was hanging with.

The Religious Connection of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel

Though demography was not an exact science, Jews may have numbered several million in the early Roman Empire.  For more than a century before...

A Soul On A Mission

Among them was Aryeh Abramov, 17, who was to leave for a year in Israel two days later. “He was an all-around good person,” Abramov said, “he gave to all of us by always making the minyan, so it’s nice that I can be here and make a minyan for him.”

First Ever Book About the Jewish Festivals for Emerging Jewish Communities Released in Time...

The author of the book Ronit Treatman, the daughter of Israeli diplomats who speaks several languages and lives in Philadelphia, was inspired to write the book after she became involved with the Bnei Anousim, the tens of millions of people around the world descended from forcibly converted Spanish and Portuguese Jews through the organization Reconectar.

Israeli Rabbi Forms After-School Program For Americans

Rabbi Samson will teach a special 32-session course designed for bar mitzvah boys that will provide an overview on the 613 mitzvot, with a concentration on the daily mitzvot such as prayer and those related to Shabbat. A parallel course for bat mitzvah girls will also be offered.

How Vayichan Brought Together Speakers From Across The Globe – And Across The Spectrum...

Rav Taragin doesn’t want to distract from the purpose of the program, whose essence is joining members of Klal Yisrael together.

Questions That Have No Answers: A Tradition of Silence

Elie Wiesel was once asked, “Is there a tradition of silence in Judaism?” “Yes,” he answered. ”But we don’t talk about it.”

Essential vs. Non-Essential: A Pesach Lesson of the Pandemic

This pandemic has forced us to redefine “essential” and “non-essential.” With the proper frame of mind, many of us can be empowered in unprecedented ways to sincerely and genuinely sing Dayeinu from the essence of our being.

Kabbalat Shabbat After Sunset: Sublime Or Superfluous?

Saying a shorter version of Kabbalat Shabbat would hardly be unprecedented or a scandalous reform.

A Guide To Help You Daven The Right Way

In Israel, most people are more careful to stress the end of the word (what’s called “mil’ra”), where it usually belongs for Hebrew words.

The Final Tying Of The Knot

I always go far into things. I’ve always been a seeker. I was looking for tranquility, peacefulness, and accomplishment.

The Lonely Bride: Four Out Of Four (Part VI)

Even though her dreams for a perfect wedding had been shattered by her brothers’ boycott, she never resented them or their decision.

The Wedding Boycott: Four Out Of Four (Part V)

When the Stern children wondered why marrying Jewish was so important, their parents struggled to answer.

If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them! Four Out Of Four (Part Four)

It didn't take long to understand the depths of the Torah lifestyle.

Is Davening A Bore And A Chore?

It becomes quite clear that measured by time, Klal Yisrael values avodas ha’tefillah, serving Hashem through prayer, tremendously.

Like Dominoes: Four Out Of Four (Part III)

“I liked Israel, and felt good being Jewish for the first time in my life.”

Why Do We Make Kiddush?

All of Shabbos centers around this one, primary idea: that we are enjoined to recall and internalize the fact that Hashem created the world in six days and rested on the seventh.

Four For Four: Part II – Out Of The Hot Tub And Into...

Here I am with everything. All of my facilities. Youth. Strength. Looks. Money. Degree of talent. Family. Health. And after all of that and more, I think I'm miserable? It can't be. Something's got to change.

The Teshuva Journey: Four For Four (Part One)

The four Stern children reported that the religious observances felt like just that: observances of a culture with little relevance to their modern lives.

The Do-It-Yourself, Do-Over Pidyon HaBen

Our rav also advised me that given the circumstances, I should not rely on an ordinary Kohen, but should specifically find one with a proven lineage to avoid having to do a third pidyon haben in the future.

From Riches To Rags

Throughout his month in Israel, Kalman realized he had found his home, in the beis medrash and in Eretz Yisrael.

An Unorthodox Return To Orthodoxy

They built the community there. Some of their children hung around, but all of their grandchildren disappeared. They were lost to Judaism. You can’t hand down secular Judaism, bagels-and-lox Judaism, Ken said.

Steps Along The Way

Fast forward to 1977. Larry had already begun to become observant while in graduate school. When his PhD research flopped that year, Larry decided to pack his bags and headed to Eretz Yisrael to work on a kibbutz.


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