What’s Your Ark?

"Even when flood waters are raging all around us and everything looks bleak, there is a Noah's ark that can save us. When a person feels low and downcast, the best advice is: 'Make yourself into an ark' (Genesis 6:14).

The Sun Sets, The Sun Rises

No matter the trials or tribulations we experience, we must not sink into depression.

Secret Soviet Interrogations (Part II)

‘Arouse the holiness of religion in the hearts of the young generation. Give the youth the idea not to forget religion, and that the persecution of religion is a temporary phenomenon, as is its [Soviet] persecutor, which is only temporary.’

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Noach: Do We Really Understand why Murder is Wrong? 

If so, why was Noah commanded not to murder (and, likely, other old commandments) as well? Apparently, there was something not yet completely intuitive, and that was the sanctity of life.  

Always Thinking Of Others

There are many stories about his devotion to his students, his deep concern for everyone, his endless good deeds, and his fascinating educational approach.

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Bereshit: The Tree of Eternal Health

The healthy, the strong individual, is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he has an abscess on his knee or in his soul. -Rona Barrett

So High Or So Low? The Choice Is Ours

Kayin, a prophet, sank to the lowest level and committed murder.

Secret Soviet Interrogations

Even those never arrested lived lives of constant fear and privation, deprived of basic necessities, often losing close relatives to arrest, exile, and summary execution.

Finding Ourselves Again: The Vast Potential of New Beginnings 

The etrog and its "smell of the perfection of obedience to Gd’s command it symbolizes"

Forget The Past

The most important time of life is the present moment since the past is gone and, as for the future -- who knows what it will bring?

What’s The Purpose Of Shemini Atzeres?

What’s the point of asking his children to stay just one more day after which they will leave anyway?

Don’t Forsake Family Traditions

Although every set of three leaves on a hadas usually grows from one base, R’ Acha opted for a less beautiful hadas in deference to his teacher.

Redeeming Relevance; V’Zot HaBracha: Moshe’s Blessings and his Successful Failure

Yet in spite of Moshe’s best intentions, it is obvious that his blessings – as we have portrayed them – had little effect on the Jews once they reached the Land of Israel.

Our New Mission

This is the time for one-to-one relationships. Life is no longer a matter of quantity, but of quality.

Why Are We So Happy On Sukkos?

Emunah is like produce starting to fill out but still far from ripe.

The Power Of Just One Mitzvah

We are given an opportunity to sanctify the mundane in the spirituality of the sukkah.

With Pride Comes Peace

Say thank you for all that you have, for the tremendous abundance in your life that cannot be taken for granted in any way.

Ignoring God

The governor couldn’t believe the audacity of the man. He immediately called the police to arrest him.

No Jew Is Too Far Gone

No Jew need be intimidated by the imagined enormity of the leap from non-observance to observance. Moreover, every mitzvah a Jew performs creates a permanent bond with Hashem that can never be erased.

Redeeming Relevance: Moshe’s Command to Die

When we cannot fully understand God’s decision that accepting it shows our true allegiance to Him

It’s Not All About Us

I took counsel with my grandfather who has already passed away and with my grandchild who has not yet been born.

A Higher Purpose

One of the most significant ways of making this world a dwelling place for the Divine Presence is by giving tzedakah.

The King Of Kings

The Chofetz Chaim answered: “Every Jew needs to know how great Hashem is.”

Sneaking Into A Soccer Stadium

This is a big atonement for me. My conscience was tormented. The purpose in my publication of this story is to set an example for our youth that they should not steal.

If He Can Do It, So Can You

The Beer Chaim says that one who gives charity has the power to even resurrect the dead.

Going For The Jackpot

...G-d deals justly with all beings whereas we – because we have not always acted properly during the past year – have much to be embarrassed about.


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