God For President!

To which kingdom do we belong? Which government are we loyal to? By what criteria do we allocate our fealty?

Down-To-Earth Deeds Develop Into Diamonds

"An animal also has an instinct to care for its young, but you are doing more than that. You are performing chesed, an act of kindness for another human being. Does it matter that he also happens to be your son?"

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.

Kabbalat Shabbat After Sunset: Sublime Or Superfluous?

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

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 Home-Run Hitter

Twenty-five years ago, when kiruv was still a relatively new concept, a group of four young rabbis left Ner Yisrael with families in tow to head down south to Atlanta, Georgia. Rabbi David Silverman was one of those pioneers who founded the Atlanta Scholars Kollel. He is a powerhouse of kiruv – his charisma, sincerity and broad knowledge have helped him inspire thousands of Jews, including this writer.

A True Commitment

In the vernacular of our sages and in our prayers, Pesach is titled, “Z’man chayrusaynu- Time of our freedom.” Although we did attain freedom at the time of our redemption from Egypt, titling the holiday as such doesn’t seem to encapsulate the root of the holiday’s greatness.

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.

Business Success 101

With the warm reception they had received in Manchester, and with both Aaron and Rivka preferring quieter areas and smaller communities to the hustle and bustle of London, they decided to move there.

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.

Inside Purim: Even More Fascinating And Intriguing Insights On Purim And The Megillah

These are excerpts from the sefer “Inside Purim” which contains additional answers to the following questions and much more.

Why Do We Read The Megillah?

On Purim we read Megillas Esther twice, once by night and once by day. It is uncertain what the nature of the obligation is.

The Torah Source For Covering One’s Hair

We recently layned Parshas Naso which contains the Biblical source for the obligation of a married woman to cover her hair. An eesha sotah is a woman whose husband suspects her of having acted immorally. The Torah commands the Kohein to take various steps to demonstrate that the sotah has deviated from the modest and loyal path of most married Jewish women (Rashi 5:15-27). Among the procedures, the pasuk clearly states: “ufora es rosh haisha…” and he shall uncover the hair of the head of the woman (5:18).

From Center Field To Center Stage: The Journeys Of NFLer Alan Veingrad

In 1992 the Dallas Cowboys won Super Bowl XXVII. Among the members of the team was a young Jewish man named Alan Veingrad. Alan, now Shlomo, became frum several years later and found a much more significant calling: as an in-demand speaker he captivates Jewish and non-Jewish audiences around the world with lessons from his football days and from his teshuva journey.

A Revolutionary Rabbinic Idea For Organ Donations

JERUSALEM – A leading Orthodox rabbi in Israel has a revolutionary proposal for the harvesting of organs from a clinically dead patient. At present, his proposal not only has no support from other rabbis, it is also against Israeli law – but he is not fazed.

Tasting the “Heat” of the Torah

As a Baal Teshuva who discovered the “emes” about eight years ago, I am often asked by my FFB friends in my very FFB neighborhood to describe what inspired my wife and I to take the plunge and more specifically, what it feels like to lead a Torah observant life after so many years of living on the “other side.”

Torah Live’s Mezuzah Presentation – A New Approach To An Ancient Mitzvah

Nowadays, Jewish parents and educators must ask themselves how they can present Torah and mitzvot in a way that speaks to this generation. To many youth today, Judaism’s rich heritage seems outdated, irrelevant and boring.

My Pleasant Dreams – 851 Of Them

Prior to the Knesset vote on the Regulation Law, which was defeated on June 6, I visited the protest tent where people were on a hunger strike and I realized we are again going through what we went through in the days before the destruction of Gush Katif.

Back on the Field Again

Shlomo Veingrad has traveled further for his speaking engagements than even during his days in the NFL, crisscrossing America and speaking around the world.

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.

The Soul of the Stranger

From elected officials to people in the street, from the highly educated secular upper class to yeshiva students to the working poor, numerous Israelis seem to share a lexicon and intellectual framework which denigrates and dehumanizes Africans, belittles their suffering, and trivialized their plight.

Daily Midot Program

Our Mission: When it comes to Chesed the Jewish people are at the front of the line. We’ve tackled Chesed and everyone is aware of the unbelievable work and generosity that we are involved in. Now it’s time to take on a new, more difficult challenge: Middot (character trait).

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.

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.

Cold Soup

If you ask someone coming out of church on a Sunday, "Do you believe in G-d?" the worshipper will be shocked. "What type of question is that? Of course I do!"

The Voice of a Child

Children should be seen and not heard. It was a maxim that I heard many times throughout my childhood and which caused me a fair amount of frustration. When, I often wondered, would I cross that invisible line and move out of the periphery to which I was assigned, into the arena of adulthood and be given the chance to express an opinion that people would listen to?

A Summary of Chanukah Laws

The following general overview of Chanukah laws - Chag Sameach!

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.

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.”

From Riches To Rags

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

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