We Are All Farmers Now

Or the shul rabbanim who find their source of income dwindling but must still feed their families.

The Torah And Free Knowledge

The Jewish people had universal compulsory education 18 centuries before England did.

Rabbi Aharon Yaakov Schwei: A Chassidic Rav Exemplar

The family fled on the last train out, embarking on a long trip to Central Asia. German airplanes strafed the train, and they survived only by miracles, said Rabbi Schwei in recalling the fright all his life.

Q & A: Making Up For What We Missed (Part V)

Question: The Covid-19 pandemic has put an end to almost all public gatherings; hence, much of Jewish congregational ritual has come to a halt. Is there a way to make up for everything we missed? M. Goldman

The Old Switcheroo

The Torah stipulates that if one tries to transfer holiness from one animal to another, both the original animal and the new animal become consecrated.

Is It Proper…? When bad things happen to someone else, is it appropriate to...

When bad things happen to someone else, is it appropriate to speculate why?

In It Together

The greatness of man manifests itself in his inner contradiction, in his dialectical nature, in his being single and unrelated to anyone, as well as in his being thou-related and belonging to a community structure.

Can You Overcharge Someone?

The Gemara states that the rules of onaah apply only to movable items that have intrinsic value. This excludes real estate, which is not movable.

Why Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai?

Most of us don’t understand the Torah of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai at all, but we understand that there is something there, that there is a greater unseen depth to life.

Rabbi Leibel Groner, A True Chassid

He never sat in the Rebbe’s presence – he always stood – almost without movement, listening intently to the Rebbe’s every word and watching him for the slightest indication that he might need something.

Don’t Be Anxious

Hishtadlus is proper; worry and concern are not.

Happiness Really Makes A Difference

Enthusiasm and delight are contagious. If we are excited to study Torah and do mitzvos, so will our children.

Q & A: Making Up For What We Missed (Part IV)

Question: The Covid-19 pandemic has put an end to almost all public gatherings; hence, much of Jewish congregational ritual has come to a halt. Is there a way to make up for everything we missed? M. Goldman

Lost In China

He reluctantly pulled himself up, slung his knapsack over his weary shoulders, and walked for several hours until he discovered that he was approaching the same big rock that he had passed several hours earlier.

The Power Of A Curse

The whole idea contained in the 13 Attributes of Compassion is that G-d’s love and forgiveness are stronger than His justice and punishment.

Daf Yomi

A Matter Of Intention? ‘The Primary Labors Are Forty Less One…’ (Shabbos 73a)

Divorce Bills And Other Documents

Rabbi Sofer explains that all legal documents are called “get” because they bring people together (e.g., lenders and borrowers, buyers and sellers, etc.).

Is It Proper…? How does a young woman determine what is or isn’t immodest...

How does a young woman determine what is or isn’t immodest when it comes to clothing that falls in the grey area of tznius?... Ask her mother? A teacher?

Consistency as a Way to Avoid Tokhakha

Rashi had thought the blessings the parasha details before the tokhaha also started with consistent Torah study. We can initiate a virtuous cycle, consistent Torah study aimed at discovering the best ways to act on Gd’s word, and reap remarkable blessings.

How Jewish Children Feel in Their Own Words

This assignment taught me a lot about what young Jews are thinking in 2020, and it taught them a lot about what their Jewishness means to them. Tears came to my eyes as I read their accounts.

Corona Lag B’Omer: Celebrating Together Apart!

This year more than ever, the spiritual teachings of Lag B’Omer and unity take on a new relevance when the physical health of our community depends on each other as well. As we dance together but apart this Lag B’Omer

Torah Shorts: Emor: To Challenge our Nature

All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God. -Sir Thomas Browne

Miracle On A Lonely Road

As a visitor, one can often feel a sense of danger there, although if one’s Jewish radar is properly tuned in, one can feel the concentrated presence of Hashem in His Holy Land, more so than anywhere else on earth.

We Are A Special People

Introspection is good! Teshuva is good! But to blame anyone is downright sinful. Only G-d judges people. We don’t have that right.

Jewish Leadership: When Leaders Are Human: Parshas Emor

We don't seek leaders who transcend human struggle and temptation, sit on mountaintops meditating on their naval. Our leaders are individuals who embrace the physical, uplift it, and connect it to the infinite.

This Too Shall Pass

People who are challenged in extraordinary times are often able, not only to survive, but to flourish.

Adjusting To Unprecedented Times

It is in our DNA to valiantly risk everything to congregate together to talk to Hashem... But then came Covid-19 and we had to make a huge adjustment in our behavior.

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