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.

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.

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.

Uman Is Not About Parties

For some people, Uman is the ultimate dream. They also deserve our empathy and should not be mocked or denigrated.

Dying At Home, Alone

Just as there are people who need food, there are people who need to be noticed - now more than ever.

Living Amidst Plenty

The true challenge of our lives, as described in Sefer Devarim, is living with prosperity – in a society where everything is abundantly available.

Advice From Moshe

It's always possible to ask forgiveness and to forgive, and to begin anew.

We Don’t Even Realize What We’re Missing

We are like poor people who do not know they are poor and how rich they could be.

What If…?

On Shiva Assar B’Tammuz, the sin of the golden calf occurred. If we had not sinned on that day, Moshe would have come down from Mount Sinai without breaking the tablets and would have given them to us with great celebration.

Happy Or Miserable? It’s Your Choice

You write the story of your journey through life. You choose whether to give pleasant or unpleasant names to the stations along the way.

What Should We Do?

What do we do in the face of this corona that has not disappeared as we expected?

Does Anyone Care About Privacy Anymore?

Each tent faced a different direction so that no one could see into the tent of anyone else.

Lies Never Win

Korach was the hero of the hour. His ratings and the spirit of the times were on his side.

Idleness Is Deadly

The nation had nothing to do. There was no mission to accomplish, no sense of urgency, and about this our sages wrote: "Idleness leads to boredeom and boredom leads to sin."

Just Follow Hashem’s Lead

Sometimes we set up camp for a short period of time and other times for a much longer period.

The Day After

The Torah offers us something new: learning for the sake of learning. In the world of competition this is something exceptional.

From The Virus To Mount Sinai

We did not huddle together because of Pharaoh or the Egyptians or the Nazis or any other threat.

When It All Depends On You

Each individual felt less responsibility for completing the minyan, felt someone else would take his place, and simply excused himself from showing up.

Why Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai?

Most of us don’t understand the Torah of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai at all, but we understand that there is something there, that there is a greater unseen depth to life.

What Are Children Learning?

Our children have learned how to maintain a connection with grandma and grandpa without hugs, how to manage with their brothers and sisters when cooped up in isolation, and how to follow new rules that changed their lives.

The Kohen Gadol: Alone And Not Alone

The high priest is alone. It is forbidden for anyone to be with him, but it is precisely because of this restriction that his power is so great.

What Kind Of Pesach Is This?

So what are we getting out of Pesach this year? Pesach itself. In this strange and difficult time, we are left with Pesach itself. With the festival of freedom.

On Nechama Leibowitz’s Yahrzeit

The lecturer said he understood her message to him – that in her classes the objective was not to demonstrate how much she knew (and she knew a lot), but to teach the public.

What Makes Shabbos Different These Days?

It appears that our mission this Shabbat is to bring the holiness of the synagogue - now standing empty - into the living room and the kitchen.

Stuck At Home

coronavirus has given all of us homework

The Coronavirus: Embracing Uncertainty

“All of us are presently learning a course in ‘How to live with uncertainty.’ From my experience, to succeed in this course you need to open your heart to embrace the unexpected.

Three Lessons From The Coronavirus

Humanity today has received an abundance of life and health as an incredible gift. But does it properly take advantage of this blessing?

On Thunder And Apples

“We cannot keep the thunder and lightning of Sinai with us, but we can take the spirit of Sinai and incorporate it into mitzvoth – whether we are at the market, at home, in the bank or the car.

Don’t Stop At Hearing

Only Yisro went deeper into what this all meant to him. He didn’t just hear – he changed.


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