Total Devotion: An Extended Yom Kippur Fast In Auschwitz

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).

Happiest Days Of The Year

Moshe relates that people are now coming into the store to talk about the sign, but not to seek an apology.

Ishay Ribo’s Success Belongs To Us All

This night proved that Judaism does not belong only to grandma, but also to her grandchildren.

2 Friends, 42 Years Of Daily Talmud Study

The two friends have been studying together every day for 42 years and are completing the Talmud for the sixth time.

A Kindergarten Teacher Who Fell In The Line Of Duty

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.

Renew Yourself

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.

The Inspiring Filter Of The Land Of Israel

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...

Be Good

Here is some practical advice regarding our current period of mourning as we approach Tisha B'Av.

Our Constant Challenge

Indeed, we know what is of primary and what is of secondary importance in life, yet this understanding is not always easy to apply.

On Keeping Some Things To Ourselves

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,...

No More Strife

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.

A Chief Rabbi And A Great Father Too

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.

What Do We Do On Lag BaOmer?

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 Am Not A Robot!

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.

Knowledge is Power: 6 ESSENTIAL Facts about the Holocaust

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.

To Really Understand A Question

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.

But What About The Current Situation?

After the presentation, I heard the latest news from Israel. But it seemed that in Italy tonight, we had somehow covered the current situation.

The Meanings Of Sacrifice

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.

To Look Beneath The Surface

It would appear that we are hopelessly divided, especially at this time. But things are not always as they seem.

Five Aspects Of The 7th Of Adar

It’s enough to look at the picture of Hallel Menachem and Yagel Ya’akov Yaniv in order to appreciate the immensity of this loss. You see the sweetness and goodness that radiates from their faces.

On Being There, And Nowhere Else

Where are you right now? And, wherever that is, are you truly present with all your being? In the Torah portion we just read on...

Thou Shalt Not Murder

Some things are hard to accept. The world is supposed to be a good place, mostly wholesome and happy. Yet there are evil acts that ruin everything.

What Do We Do About What We Hear?

Vast amounts of information compete for our attention. Every day we are subjected to a glut of news, but how many of us are moved by any of it to do something?

Terror, Shabbat, and Consolation

Even the world press spoke differently of this terrorist attack and explained what Shabbat is all about.


When we look around at the trees and flowers in our land, we should not take what we see for granted. Shevat is not only a month of blossoming and renewed growth, but the realization of a dream that persisted throughout the generations.

A Rabbi, A Disability, An Inspiration

When G-d takes something from the body, he gives something else in its place. True, I am physically disabled, but I learn quickly and my memory is very good.

What Are These Jewish Artifacts Telling Us?

They are telling us something about special sights and sounds, flavors and fragrances, about tradition and family, about identity and longing, about an attempt at destruction and the triumph of the living.

How Checking The Kashrut Of Chewing Gum Helped Him Find A Partner For Life

How do we want to live our lives? Now that Hanukkah is over, the routine of work, study, and winter begins.

Kiel, Germany: When Light Dispels Darkness

The city of Kiel is full of pictures of the menorah and everyone here is excited about its return We have been interviewed by the New York Times, the Guardian, and other media outlets, and now feel that this story is much bigger than us.


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