In the Torah portions that we are currently reading, it is noted time and again that as soon as the people arrived at a new place, they immediately erected the Mishkan, the people's spiritual center and beating heart.
After all, summer vacation is not a vacation from values or from anything that is important to us. It's a vacation from school alone.
The most important question in life is how do we manage time, particularly the two months of vacation.
We need to pay attention to our bodies. We speak about values and Torah but ignore the fact that the body is the tool upon which values and Torah depend.
Once they asked a wise man to talk about his greatest dream. He answered that he had many dreams and professional aspirations, but above...
Even within large groups, or even within an entire nation, each individual has a special place and a unique mission. Each person is important.
Rabbi Greenblatt remembers that the rav stood in tallit and tefillin, looked him in the eyes, and gave him a blessing that he should become a talmid chacham and merit to live a long life. The second blessing materialized, he smiled, I hope the first did, too.
We are accustomed to transitioning from the sadness of Memorial Day to the joy of Independence Day, but how do we transition in the opposite direction, from independence to mourning?
Don't say the holiday is over and done, but that the holiday has given us something more.
One of the major messages of the Lubavitcher Rebbe was to utilize every situation in which we find ourselves for good.
Do not allow any bad thought to arise in our hearts, heaven forbid, neither when we are awake nor in a dream.
His son, Rabbi Shlomo Kanievsky touched the crowd with stories of childhood games played with his father, the mastermind, and uncovered a little bit about the relationship with his deceased wife, Batsheva.
On Shabbat we finished reading the book of Exodus with its emotional description of the completion of the Mishkan, the spiritual center that accompanied us in the desert. This apparently was the first crowd-funding endeavor of our people.
Alexander Kaganovsky, president of our cong. asked for silence and said: 'I want to thank all the emissaries who have stayed behind with us. For many years you have been saying that you are an inseparable part of us, but now you proved it in the moment of truth.'
These last two years have demonstrated how vital it is to feel solidarity not only toward those who have passed away but toward those who have been sick but are not yet fully recovered, toward business owners, toward coping parents, and, in fact, toward everyone who has been affected,--which means every one of us.
Initially, we have the task of simply lighting a fire. To educate, to explain, to pay close attention and to inspire.
I would not want to worship a G-d whose ways are understood by the mind of mere mortals.
Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook wrote: Leaving Egypt will forever represent spring for the entire world.
The difference between the righteous and the wicked is in the longevity of positive passing thoughts.
Do we grant ourselves time "to pause, look around, and consider" in order not to miss the announcement that redemption is coming, so that we can adjust the direction in which we are headed accordingly?
Ever since the funeral, thousands of people began to perform wonderful deeds in her memory – from distributing Shabbat candles and challahs throughout New York City to holding large havdalah gatherings for passersby in Jewish neighborhoods.
All they knew about her was that she was an older immigrant from the former Soviet Union. And then they discovered who she was: Ruth Alexandrovich, the famous prisoner of Zion.
They sing a little, eat a little something, but fail to see what the holiday is teaching us: It's about the power of individuals and the power of faith.
Several days ago, Eliyahu told a friend that after years in the army, in yeshiva, and in agriculture, he felt that when working at the Kotel he was completely living his dream.
This Torah portion offers us a yearly reminder: We need to check if people in the public eye are everything they seem to be
After 80 years, I finally know who I am and who my family members are, he said yesterday when he met his cousin in the city of Modi'in.
Rabbi Sacks once said that he lectured hundreds of times a year, met thousands of people every month, and spoke constantly with people of every type throughout the world. Which question, do you suppose, was he asked most often?
When a Jew of any age or condition begins his day with tefillin, he takes the two most important forces in life and points them in the right direction.
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.