The Mishkan’s construction is described at length, down to the finest detail. What, in fact, is the importance of these small details?
They are a reminder that everything can suddenly be turned upside down – and turn out for the best.
One example of the special evaluations that school children in Israel have received in recent days is a Certificate of Heroism.
He related that when he was called up for reserve duty, he tried to think of something that would be spiritually fulfilling, and decided that whenever he’d have some spare time, he’d study Tanach with the commentary of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz.
This is not only about resiliency or a return to the routine of daily life and normal functioning. It is rather growth as a direct, beneficial consequence of the trauma itself.
For six years I underwent dialysis until he arrived and saved me.
It seems that we are living in a dream world. Reality is more outlandish than anything imaginable.
It is therefore always a good idea to put a time limit on our negative emotions. Instead of just saying, 'It's very hard for me,' say 'It's very hard for me right now.'
It's the story of two girls in Auschwitz who wanted to fast on Yom Kippur (even though according to halacha or Jewish law they were not, of course, required to do so).
Moshe relates that people are now coming into the store to talk about the sign, but not to seek an apology.
This night proved that Judaism does not belong only to grandma, but also to her grandchildren.
The two friends have been studying together every day for 42 years and are completing the Talmud for the sixth time.
Just as there are grieving parents and siblings after someone is killed, in this case there are grieving children – those who will start the school year without their beloved preschool teacher.
Have you ever thought about the hobby of the guy who cleans your street? Or his dreams? The city of Akko – as reported by journalist Yair Kraus – has put up new signs which make its sanitation workers into stars.
All of us can identify with one or more of the following scenarios: next to our bed, a pile of books that we began but didn't finish; a computer screen full of open web page tabs scrunched together at the top of the screen...
Here is some practical advice regarding our current period of mourning as we approach Tisha B'Av.
Indeed, we know what is of primary and what is of secondary importance in life, yet this understanding is not always easy to apply.
Perhaps you are familiar with this question: “If a tree fell in the forest and no one heard it, did it make a sound?” Or,...
It would seem that this is an appropriate week to distance ourselves from Korach's path and put an end to all lingering controversy and strife.
He would praise me even for grades that were not so good. He wanted me to feel good and successful even if I did not receive a hundred percent.
Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai told his students that everything depends on the affability between us. Love and unity and affability are the foundation of everything.
I once went on a group tour of Mount Herzl and happened to meet Miriam Peretz there. She lost two sons to war and, turning to our group, spoke as follows: Stones and living water are not just meant as customs. They incorporate a perspective that we must take with us as we venture forth from this holy day.
We face Holocaust denial, ignorance, and forgetfulness, as well as claims that the Holocaust was not a unique or particularly anti-Jewish event. It is therefore more important than ever not only to remember what happened, but to make a commitment never to forget.
Before the Exodus from Egypt, when everything seemed stuck, when no solution had yet appeared on the horizon, the redemption began when the nation of Israel simply lifted its eyes towards heaven and cried out to G-d.
After the presentation, I heard the latest news from Israel. But it seemed that in Italy tonight, we had somehow covered the current situation.
Shabbat does not only last 25 hours; Shabbat reverberates throughout the entire week and is meant to favorably influence our six days of work and other activities.
It would appear that we are hopelessly divided, especially at this time. But things are not always as they seem.