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When Disaster Hits

It sounds quite nice, but I wonder whether Abraham had it easier than do we. He had a warning and a reason as well from the only reliable spiritual authority. God appeared to Abraham and told him that a storm was coming to Sodom because of her evil. As far as I know, God did not appear to anyone to warn that the East Coast would be punished for her 'evil'

Prophecy, Certainty, and True Religious Struggle

As Avraham and Yitzchak went to the ‘Akedah, we admire their fortitude, not their faith, their having found the will to carry through on an enormously difficult task. Humans want to live; we all the more so want our children to live, especially a child who is the long-awaited answer to prayers, the one Hashem had promised would continue this parent’s ethical and religious revolution.

Worms And Newsies

Sometimes we think we have more power than we actually do. Sometimes we think we have more knowledge than we actually do.

All The Way To The Top

If we want to achieve personal greatness, we have to hold onto our goals and dreams.

Rav Ovadia Yosef, zt”l

A memorial to Rav Ovadia Yosef (ZT"l) in his daughters' recollections

Elder Aliyah to Israel, Like Abraham and Sarah

Rather than just encourage aliyah for the young, Israel and professional Zionists in the exile, must make a concerted effort to encourage aliyah for the elderly. It will be the renewal of their lives, and that will be good for them, and for the Jewish people.

Aleph Beta: Lech Lecha: Was Abraham The First Wandering Jew?

God just promised Abraham the land. Why is it that, though God keeps reassuring that this land is his, he refuses to settle down?

People Are More Important

A society in which nobody cares about a person who falls down and dies, but mourns a stone that falls, is a society that has a problem; it cares more about physical progress than human life.

Noach: Why Aren’t Dinosaurs In the Torah?‏

Why is there is no mention of dinosaurs, and other prehistoric animals, in the Torah?

The True Measure of a Man

God doesn't need a slave to order and say: Build an ark! He could have made it in a second. God desires a partner. It is up to us to rise to that role. Noah's greatness was that he figured it out.

Parshat Noach : The Importance of Miracles

There is a supernatural/metaphysical element to Nature, which we can ignore for long periods of time--Until we can’t,

Landing After Sukkot

Wishing you a great start to a great new year. Shana Tova!

Parshat Bereishit

The message is clear - there really is no such thing as a quiet day.

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Bereshit: Grab the Fleeting Inspiration

Stung by the splendor of a sudden thought. -Robert Browning

Why God “Protects” the Tree of Life

Why is the status or identity of this seemingly central tree not mentioned before Adam sinned. Was it permitted at that time or forbidden?

Don’t Be Satisfied with Belief

People of my acquaintance often treat belief as a sort of Pascal’s wager. As you may recall, Blaise Pascal, the seventeenth century mathematician, said...

Torah Shorts: Afterlife Reunions: Vezot Habracha

Time is not what you think. Dying? Not the end of everything. We think it is. But what happens on earth is only the beginning. -Mitch Albom

Ari Fuld’s Last Shiur

Moshe is about to pass away, Ari says, and leaves the nation one message: "Take responsibility!" Moshe focuses on the nation. This is the message Ari lived and left us with.

Avoiding Zipline Disasters

As it turned out, Mordy and Yissachar were the very last people who wanted to go on the zipline that day. Mordy went first and had a great time until…

Three Types of Idolatry: Parshat Haazinu

Moses is warning us, in what was meant to be a song to be remembered throughout our history, to stay far away from all forms of idolatry--regardless of shape or ideology

It’s Not About You

Wishing that everyone will be remembered for life.

Parshat Nitzavim

This week's parsha presents us with an example that balances the need to guard information with the need to reveal it on some level.

Tips In His Pocket

An inspired and inspiring list of "SHOULDS" for Elul--and the whole year

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