We are accustomed to talk about our difficulties and hardships, but not to share our deliverance from them.
When we examine the lives of the fathers of our nation, we see that they had to continually confront challenges and crises.
You must tell yourselves: I am not my pain. I feel pain, but it alone does not define who I am.
It's not about if you will do what your parents ask, but how you will do it. It's not about if you will pray and keep Shabbat, but how.
Selichot prayers are attended by optimistic people, people who believe that it's possible to change ourselves and the world around us.
Do you know how to be thankful for what you have and to rejoice in it?
Exactly like Shabbat that arrives every seven days, the shmittah arrives every seven years and is meant to calm, refresh, and restart the entire economy
We too can access the powerful potential of these days – from the 1st of Elul to the 10th of Tishrei – and resolve to work on a specific area: from marriage, education of our children, learning, prayer, and character refinement to the relationship we have with our cell phone.
Patience, listening, concentration, waiting patiently, the capacity to be here and now and not to run ahead, the ability to fully experience the moment – all of these are significantly diminished in the digital age., But Shabbat..
If we were so concerned about every patient on a ventilator, scrupulously counted every coronavirus patient and victim, and carefully adhered to social distancing and wearing masks – how could this pandemic not have taught us to have greater appreciation for life under all circumstances?
At some point, I stopped and said to myself: 'Wait a minute, what is going on with me?' I felt a sense of obligation and began thinking: I represent something, but I know nothing about what I represent.
Apparently, she is the oldest woman in Israel. So we came to celebrate with her, with the aunt who always fascinated us with stories about the pioneers, the different waves of immigration, and the beginning of modern settlement in our land.
When grandmother grew up and had children of her own, another chapter of self-sacrifice began.
The road to any success is no less important than the success itself.
Four million people died worldwide, and despite everything, somewhere in New York City, a secretary at Yeshiva Darchei Torah was looking for the address of a family in Israel to return the small sum they paid for lunches.
Even at the height of personal anguish it's still possible to demonstrate such sensitivity.
Because of the War of Independence and establishment of the state, the event was postponed and never took place. My grandmother would always say that she somehow felt that her life was missing something.
Rashi explains that the Torah coupled these two incidents together on purpose, in order for us to notice that the spies saw what happened to Miriam, but did not learn a lesson from it. In his words: "And these wicked people witnessed it, but did not learn their lesson."
When my father visited Russia, Jews there asked him: 'How many are marching for us in America?' He was embarrassed to tell them how few there were.
If the field workers assist us in fulfilling the mitzvot associated with agriculture in the Land of Israel, the caregivers assist us in the mitzvot associated with honoring our parents.
It's not normal to permit a reality such as this, and those living near the Gaza border have put up with it for 20 years.
After my son, Rabbi Eitam, was murdered with his wife in a terrorist attack, I told my students that no one promised me that G-d is an ATM machine.
The intent of the prayer is to teach us to give thanks for surviving potentially life-threatening situations.
These three years are meant to atone for Adam's sin – the sin of impatience.
This is greatness. Not to be content with an individual solution that is beneficial only to yourself, but rather to change the accepted way things are done so that all may benefit from your experience.
Will we still remember the importance of eating healthy now that we can again eat whatever we want outside?
Freedom is not only about rights or privileges, but also about responsibilities.
Freedom is the ability to strive to find the good where no one else sees it. And also to articulate it, with passion.
I never thought I would get so excited over a conversation with friends around a dinner table. I never was so enthusiastic about candies thrown at the bridegroom when he received an aliyah to the Torah.
How far we are from those distant halachic discussions regarding a public oven for several families...