The Place of the Displaced, the Replaced, and the Misplaced

The Kohen is the one who will accompany these three alienated individuals and, by so doing, become their connection to the rest of society.

Torah Shorts: Parshat Naso: Secrets of the Priestly Blessing

Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise. -Victor Hugo

The Ten Commandments – More Relevant Than Ever

A Jewish student from MIT visiting Israel told me, after describing the hypocritical protests on behalf of Hamas that took place on her campus: What our world needs the most now is faith, vision, and a clear moral compass.

Torah Study Is Not Like Calculus

When we think this Shavuot about the revelation at Sinai, let’s remember that the Torah was given surprisingly in the midst of billowing smoke and blackness.

Nullify, Nullify!

I asked My people to bless Me when they are sated, and they responded by blessing Me even if they only eat a portion the size of an olive (or an egg). They do so because they recognize that everything comes from their Father in Heaven, and they seek to give Me great pleasure in all that they do.

Why Weren’t the Non-Jews Under the Mountain?

Judging from the sources in the Talmud, there is more than a tinge of ambivalence about the non-Jews being left out of Matan Torah....

Heroic Moments

May you and all the wounded have a speedy and complete recovery, Michael. We can only imagine how many wonderful heroic acts like this are taking place each day in rehabilitation clinics throughout Israel.

A Home For G-d

The real theme of this book is how to live so that G-d will plant His presence among us, so that G-d will be with us and among us.

Torah Shorts: Parshat Bamidbar: Tribal Wisdom, Humility, Courage, and Wealth

History is not everything, but it is a starting point. History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day. It is a compass they use to find themselves on the map of human geography. It tells them where they are but, more importantly, what they must be. -John Henrik Clarke

Engraved Upon The Tablets

The reason a person without Torah can never be truly free is because human beings are slaves to their passions and desires.

Business Opportunity

It is the supporters of Torah who provide the artillery to those involved in Torah study to win the war of holiness in this world.

Revitalizing Our Prayers – Part Thirty-Five

This is vital information for parents and educators, to know how to direct their children to the right school and the correct teachers.

A Few Words Apropos The Wedding Season That Begins Now

The UN security council stood for a moment of silence in his memory. What exactly were they thinking about during that moment of silence, which was also observed by the U.S. Deputy Ambassador to the UN?

Torah Shorts: Parshat Bechukotai: Messianic Predictions

Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy. -Brian Tracy

The Reward Of All Of Them

Avraham was a righteous individual in a mass of wicked depraved individuals and civilizations, and he was one single light in the face of a growing darkness.

A Sign From Above

Hashem gives us opportunities to do teshuva. He delivers minor punishments to put us on notice. However, if these signals are ignored, then the suffering becomes more and more difficult.

Revitalizing our Prayers – Part Thirty-Four

Please, return us the real thing which is bringing our sacrifices in the Beis HaMikdash.

Ribis – Parshat Behar

The prohibition of “Ribis”, interest, is unique.

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, an “Accident” of History

Since historical events like these have the potential to challenge our faith, they create a religious imperative to search for God’s loving hand even in the face of tragedy and sorrow. That is an important part of R. Akiva’s legacy as well as that of R. Shimon’s.

Miracle Of Miracles

The question is asked: If the miracle of the blessing will already be obvious, as our pasuk indicates, in the sixth year – when the land produces a crop that is sufficient for three years – why would the people be worrying any further?

Torah Shorts: Parshat Behar: The Snake’s Illusion

A banker is a fellow who lends his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain. -Mark Twain

Revitalizing our Prayers – Part Thirty-Three

A beautiful example of how heaven is exclusively a place of peace can be found in a Gemara in Maseches Sotah. We are informed of a fascinating fact: Daily, in the desert, together with the mon fell women’s beauty treatments because that which beautifies a woman fosters more love and harmony in the home, which promotes peace.

Learning From Everybody

If one who wants to be wise begins to believe of himself that he is special, then he will no longer be prepared to learn from everybody.

Yom HaZikaron For The Fallen Soldiers Of Israel And Victims Of Terror: Let The...

In a Tel Aviv train station, I stood looking at the stickers on the walls. A common theme emerging from these stickers? The importance of remembering to smile.

The Word

As we continue to speak less, we will continue to have less room for defilement… and for sanctity

Having Proper Intention

In Chovat HaTalmidim, the longest chapter concerns the struggle against laziness in students of Torah that the Aish Kodesh describes as the greatest blight upon a young mind.

Torah Shorts: Parshat Emor: Flesh of my Flesh

May the gods grant you all things which your heart desires, and may they give you a husband and a home and gracious concord, for there is nothing greater and better than this - when a husband and wife keep a household in oneness of mind, a great woe to their enemies and joy to their friends, and win high renown. -Homer, The Odyssey

Kiddush Hashem

The Sefer Rishon L’Tzion cites the Medrash Shmuel, in the name of the Meiri, that when a person causes a chillul Hashem it is because he was not careful with the honor of Hashem.

Revitalizing Our Prayers (Part Thirty-Two)

The ensuing requests also fit nicely for we follow this up with the request, L’ma’an yeichal’tzun yididecha – In order that You deliver Your friends.

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