The Ari HaKadosh – Rabbi Yitzchak ben Shlomo Luria (1534-1572) – passed away 446 years ago this week. Here is a simple teaching from him.
A memorial to Rav Ovadia Yosef (ZT"l) in his daughters' recollections
It has been one year since the passing of Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman at the age of 104, on Chanukah Eve. Many stories were...
Wishing you a great start to a great new year. Shana Tova!
An inspired and inspiring list of "SHOULDS" for Elul--and the whole year
What is the connection between the story of the spies and of Korach?
BH Baruch HaShem: B&H is a real Kiddush Hashem
According to Chassidus, the general redemption needed to be preceded by personal redemptions from every single person. That is, every person should prepare himself to be redeemed from all the elements that hinder his life
Tuesday was the 23rd yahrzeit of Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Neriah, founder of the Bnei Akiva yeshivot, educator, revolutionary, author, Rabbi Kook's disciple, and Israel Prize laureate. Here are just a few phrases from the great legacy that he left:
l the parshiyot we read during Elul serve as reminders for how we can fix and improve our lives before the coming new year. The opening verses of each of these parshiyot point toward the direction we should go
This year, on the 10th of Tevet, on this sad day, we received news of the passing of Rona Ramon z"l, wife of Ilan Ramon, z"l, and mother of Asaf Ramon, z"l.
A society in which nobody cares about a person who falls down and dies, but mourns a stone that falls, is a society that has a problem; it cares more about physical progress than human life.
All that's gold does not glitter-in truth
Jacob's dream revealed to us that there is another dimension: a vertical one, a spiritual, hidden, top-down one, which we do not see.
Sports or Judaism--two top athletes made the right decision
Of course, we do not expect our elected leaders to be Moshe Rabbeinu---but wouldn't it be great if just one were great.
Long before social media posts and tweets, the Kotzker delivered messages in short, bite-size form. Here are just a few of his gems
“Also, you should know, that this rejection, as painful as it is for you today, upgrades you. It transforms you into people who know how to believe in themselves even when others don’t always believe in them." Encouragement to students applying to HS. Words of wisdom: Believe in Yourself!
"The first man, Adam, whose greatness is unfathomable, nevertheless raised Cain, the first murderer. In contrast, Terach, who was an idol worshiper, raised Avraham, the founder of our nation and the one who established faith in One G-d. How can this be?"
This weeek's parsha teaches us two pillars of life...
“The boy from Russia who was not accepted to study physics because he was a Jew is now part of a team that is sending off a spacecraft containing a disk with the entire Hebrew Bible scanned onto it and an Israeli flag.”
Rav Kook's gift for the days of Elul.
“After 2,000 or more years of exile, you could say that from the six days of Creation until this day, we have not merited to see a day like this, that we are holding elections in a Jewish state. Shehechiyanu! Blessed is the One that kept us alive and sustained us and brought us to this day!" When Torah meets democracy.
27 years ago, on the 4th day of Adar Sheni, Menachem Begin passed away. Here are 3 enduring messages from his legacy.
Moshe was a stutterer and did not look for a leadership role, but he proved that one can lead even without charisma – through the power of faith, prayer, and a sense of mission.