Yavan + Tzaddik = Tziyon

How unlikely that these kohanim, whose sole job was ministering to Hashem and to the spiritual needs of our people, would all of a sudden become masters of artillery.

Where Wisdom Begins

In the end of the third chapter of Pirkei Avot, Rebbi Elazar ben Azariah introduces us to four pairs of interdependent concepts.

Why Would Someone Walk Out From The Priestly Blessings?

The old man answered that he was a kohen and he wanted to give everyone a blessing before he would be killed.

Toiling For Torah

The second chapter of Pirkei Avot ends with two related teachings from Rabbi Tarfon, both centering around procrastination and productivity.

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.

On Science And The Sages

I think that we have to follow the approach of the Tannaim and Amoraim. They followed the latest scientific developments of their time.

Getting Older; Respecting Age

In American society we are all caught up with the idea that youth is very important. We are always trying to perceive ourselves as younger.

‘All Have The Right To Ascend To Holiness’

Today there are many stumbling blocks that prevent people with disabilities from participating fully in services or even in Jewish education.

Is The Kosel A Holy Place?

Perhaps the reason this conflict erupted was for the purpose of reminding us that the Kosel is a holy sanctified place, which must be treated as such.

People Eat for Free and They Work for Free

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov once revealed what he called a great secret - people eat for free and they work for free. He explained this with the following parable.

When Jewish Women Suddenly Find Time

All year long, women seemingly have no time to breathe – you can’t even insert a needle into their jam-packed schedules – but after Purim, suddenly there is time to tackle the massive project called Pesach. How does one understand it?

Lessons On Responsibility From Sichon And Og

There is an obvious question about this story. Why would Sichon and Og wage war with Klal Yisrael?

Good Vs. Evil

Anyway he gave it a try and got in the car and sure enough… the car started! He was surprised and asked the old man, how did you know what to do?

Why Is There So Much Chutzpah Nowadays?

Chazal tell us that brazenness will increase during the pre-Messianic period. And yet, a pillar of Torah life is deference to the previous generation. So how do we reconcile the two points and explain the level of chutzpah among us?

Food For Thought

The Chasid Yavetz explains that sharing Torah at meals is uniquely important because it defines and expresses how we view our lives. Man, like animal, needs to eat in order to stay alive.

Time To Take Out Your Black Book

Any generation in which the Temple was not rebuilt is a generation in which it is considered to have been destroyed.

Rationality, Not Rational

“The generalities of the commandments necessarily have a cause and have been given because of a certain utility."

Karet And Ariri

The Torah refers to a punishment that seems identical, or similar to, karet with the word "ariri."

Why Do We Take Three Steps Back?

We wish to express our desire to achieve closeness with Hashem as we approach Him to ask for our daily needs and requests.

For Heaven’s Sake: The Jewish People

Like the prohibition against idolatry, chillul Hashem is one of the few aveirot we are commanded to sacrifice our lives to avoid.

A Peel Without Its Fruit

The Hafla’ah writes that since we want our prayers to rise to the heavens, they must be infused with a ruach, a spirit that causes them to ascend to Hashem’s Throne of Glory.

Marijuana Legalization Advocates Gain Victory; Rabbis Weigh In

Administered property by doctors, marijuana could be a samah shel chaim [potion of life]. Freely used by people at large, it could well be a samah shel maves [potion of death].

This Week's Luach

New York City
Dec. 27, 2002 - 22 Teves 5763
4:15 p.m. E.S.T.
Sabbath Ends: 5:26 p.m. E.S.T.

Think Before You Act

There is more to be learned from Hashem’s diagnosis. A blessing is critical in helping us properly focus when we do a mitzvah.

Why G-d Chose The Early Zionists

Rav Teichtal then cites a tradition from the Gemara (Chullin 63a) that the redemption will be heralded by impure birds – a reference to sinful Jews.

Q & A: Al Achilat Matza (Part I)

QUESTION: I have noticed that when we eat the matza at the seder on Passover, we recite the blessing of Hamotzi lechem min ha'aretz, followed by Al achilat matza. Why don't we say Al achilat matza when we eat matza during the remainder of Passover?Moshe JakobowitzBrooklyn, NY

Concern For One Another

This amount, when placed into perspective in relation to the entire number of those that were in the desert, represented only one percent of the entire community.

Ambassadors Of Light

The mitzvah of bikur cholim is often neglected. We should include time in our schedules to spend time with those who are ill, but so many pressing reasons prevent us from doing so.

Being On The Team

Even when we pray on behalf of individuals, we pray for them as part of the broader community.

Menachem Av

Hashem wants us to realize that we are not in control of Har Habayis, and this should disturb us.


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