Communicating Effectively: The Power Of Words

With the advent of the Internet our generation has entered into a period of instant communication. Ostensibly this way of corresponding would seem the most efficient and best, but in my estimation it represents the worst type of interaction.

The World Stands On This

Understandably, judges responsible to maintain a healthy, fair, functional society need to be “men of truth” (Shemot 18:21). This attribute gives them the best chance to achieve the first goal listed by Rashbag – din (law/justice).

In Our Hands Yet All Is Known

The word used by the Mishnah to describe our choice, reshut, means domain or control. The implication is that we are given not only free choice to decide, but also control over the outcome.

Reflections On Women Of The Wall

I am particularly discouraged and disappointed with the so-called “Women of the Wall” and their monthly actions which disturb the prayers at the Kotel, creating a chillul Hashem.

Three Pillars For The World And For Ourselves

Rav Kook defined shalom as people appreciating and finding the appropriate place for each other’s strengths.

Onward And Upward – Through Learning Torah

Rebbi Akiva compared a Jew’s need for Torah learning to a fish’s dependency on water.

The Power of ‘Ten’

The ten tests Avraham passed expressed and taught his contemporaries about commitment to Hashem and thus earned him his reward.

Life In The Corridor

Our souls ultimately seek things more meaningful than what this world has to offer, and we should make sure not to get lured astray by the non-spiritual aspects of our world.

In Our Hands Yet All Is Known

Whether this particular Mishnah is making this point or not, we know that Hashem sees not only the present, but also everything in the future.

Why We Do What We Do

People who serve Hashem with ulterior motives take what is meant to be focused on Hashem and make it about themselves. As this diametrically opposes the goal of creation, it would be better for such a person to not have been created.

Keeping Our Children On Track

Hevel’s sacrifice represented the dominance of the spiritual, for as a shepherd he was totally dependent on Almighty G-d – he was alone.

If Not I . . .

Ultimately, no one else will take responsibility for us in our place.

What Exactly Are We Celebrating On The Last Day Of Pesach?

Even after the people left Mitzraim, the Jews continued to see the Egyptians as their owners and taskmasters. Only with the death of their masters at Yam Suf did the Jews feel completely redeemed and truly free.

Does Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine Portend The Coming Of Mashiach?

Rambam tells us that even the greatest of our sages did not know how the messianic era will unfold. All we have to work with are the words of the prophets which are obscure and offer little concrete details.

How Hashem Waits For Us

I believe that the plague of the firstborn was meant to occur at the very beginning. It was only Bnei Yisrael’s lack of faith that required nine plagues to precede it.

A Look Back At The Pollard Fiasco

One would think that in the United States, where one’s freedom is protected by law, there is no need to worry about antisemitism.

Life On Loan

Hashem aims, of course, to gift it all to us, but only if we use these gifts in a meaningful way. If we do not, Hashem reclaims them from us.

Consider This…

The gift of life comes with the expectation that we use it properly.

Purim – Reconnecting With Our True Selves

When we muffle our identity, He muffles his love and care for us. When we assert our true selves, He expresses his true love.

Getting In Sync

A person who identifies with Hashem’s will must use the unique abilities and circumstances Hashem created him with and places him in to appreciate how he is meant to best serve Him.

The Megillah: How-To Manual on Defeating Anti-Semites

Israel must demonstrate confidence in ourselves and an iron determination to defy our antagonists. Mordechai teaches that it is not through appeasement that one achieves peace but rather through strength, self-assurance and unequivocally firm resistance to tyranny and injustice.

What Is Kedusha?

Anything that the Jewish people accept as holy becomes holy to our people.

Why We Do All That We Do

Since everything we do for the sake of Heaven (including neutral, permissible actions) contributes to kavod Hashem, we should appreciate and fully focus upon whatever we are doing at each moment.

Saving Our Children

Children mimic what they see, and often the child who strays is driven by the inconsistencies and contradictions of his parents.

For Heaven’s Sake (Part II)

The Medrash takes this further by asserting that the Jewish people themselves embody G-d’s glory, and that one of the purposes of their galut is to spread G-d’s word throughout the world.

For Heaven’s Sake (Part I)

These sources seem to imply that the world was created for our own personal development rather than for G-d’s honor. How can we reconcile these contradictory understandings of why the world was created?

Why Esther Wanted Her Story To Be Known

Esther was concerned that history should know the true story – that she was propelled by Divine forces to be the instrument to save Klal Yisroel.

All In – The Segula Of The Jewish People

After the last perakim of Sanhedrin speak about sinners executed by Beit Din for their sins, this mishnah emphasizes that though these people are killed because of their grievous sins, they still have a portion in Olam Haba.

Children And Brothers

We are all brothers – children of Hashem. Separating from one another is an affront to the unity of Hashem’s oneness.

The Value Of Every Man

Though the Torah describes Hashem creating man in His image in its first chapter, Hashem only tells man about it in chapter nine.

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