There’s Reason To Protest

“Mi laHashem eilei!” is a charge to every person in every generation to step up to the plate.

When It All Depends On You

Each individual felt less responsibility for completing the minyan, felt someone else would take his place, and simply excused himself from showing up.

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.

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.

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.

Torah Shorts: Emor: To Challenge our Nature

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

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.

Remedying The World: Learning From Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

None of us, of course, can be so presumptuous as to compare ourselves with Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.

What Are Children Learning?

Our children have learned how to maintain a connection with grandma and grandpa without hugs, how to manage with their brothers and sisters when cooped up in isolation, and how to follow new rules that changed their lives.

The Journey of Halacha

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the teacher of the Zohar who we honor on Lag B'Omer, plants seeds of infinite growth in our minds so each of us can begin our time travel with Torah with a taste of her eternally expanding wisdom embedded in our souls

Iyar: The Month Of Healing

It follows that particularly in Iyar, Hashem supernaturally heals, removing sickness as if it never existed.

United We Stand

Taking revenge on another individual is like taking revenge on oneself.

TORAH SHORTS: Acharei Mot-Kedoshim: Liability for Ancient Sins?

It is an old habit with theologians to beat the living with the bones of the dead. -Robert G. Ingersoll

The Kohen Gadol: Alone And Not Alone

The high priest is alone. It is forbidden for anyone to be with him, but it is precisely because of this restriction that his power is so great.

Aharei Mot-Kedoshim: What Aharei Mot and Kedoshim Share

As I read Aharei Mot-Kedoshim each year, I wonder about what it does to us as Jews to live in a world whose morality is so clearly at odds with the Torah’s.

The Day The Rebbe Shocked His Chassidim

Great is charity, for it brings closer the Geulah.

Why Do People Speak Lashon Hara? (Parshas Tazria/Metzora)

This is the gift of speech. Speech is the mechanism that enables us to connect with other people, to overcome the barrier between us, so let us respect and not abuse it.

The Power Of Silence

The Chofetz Chaim notes that despite the severe sins of individuals, if we wouldn’t speak lashon hara, the Satan would be completely powerless.

Waiting On The Sideline

In this week's portion, the man, having been officially declared impure, is now ready for the end of his nightmare beginning his process of purification--on the sidelines.

TORAH SHORTS: Tazria-Metzora: Spiritual First Responders

A man of courage is also full of faith. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Be Grateful

The Be’er HaChaim says that during moments of stress, a person’s focus should always be on the good in his life.

What Kind Of Pesach Is This?

So what are we getting out of Pesach this year? Pesach itself. In this strange and difficult time, we are left with Pesach itself. With the festival of freedom.

Against All Odds

“They will laugh the first day. The second day there will be less laughter. After a few days, no one will laugh anymore.”

What Kind Of ‘Leaping’ Does Pesach Require?

Considering how morally depraved Egypt was, for the Jews to leave this country, rise up to true freedom, and then receive G-d’s holy Torah just seven weeks later required a tremendous “leap” on their part.

Say Thank You, Out Loud

Our sages who tell us that causing a chassan and kallah to rejoice is like rebuilding one of the ruins of Yerushalayim.

On Nechama Leibowitz’s Yahrzeit

The lecturer said he understood her message to him – that in her classes the objective was not to demonstrate how much she knew (and she knew a lot), but to teach the public.

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