Jerusalem’s New Vibrant Culture Center: Mt. Of Olives

Most importantly, the Jewish presence in the area of the Mt. of Olives, and throughout eastern Jerusalem, has grown significantly in recent years.

Is the World A Better Place With You In It?

My reasoning was that self-esteem needs to be earned, that it cannot and should not be given. People walking around with unearned high self-esteem are often a danger to society.

The Sound of Silence – Seeking Hashem’s Unspoken Will

The Torah tells us that it was Avraham who searched for (“Vayisa Avraham et einav”), found, and decided to sacrifice the ram. G-d had relieved him of his duties, but Avraham continued looking for opportunities to serve.

Creative Strategies for Giving Tzedakah

These trusts are a wonderful way to benefit charity and achieve a family’s retirement and estate planning goals in a tax advantaged manner.

Flexibility And The Iron Man

It's important to recognize that this kind of competition involves a serious investment of time.

Q & A: Elul And Tishrei, A Time To Repent (Part III)

Question: I am interested both in the name “Elul” and that month’s unique position as the last month of the year as it is connected with Tishrei, the month that follows, and its holidays, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. I am also interested in the religious practices during the month of Elul. M. Goldman Miami Beach, FL

Dear Dr. Yael

In order to reduce tension and worry, you can try to calm your nervous system by using muscle relaxation, exercise, and meditation.

The Year Of Hakhel

Nowadays, there is no Jewish king, and there is no Beis HaMikdash. But the essence of this mitzvah, gathering together with fellow Jews for Torah study and inspiration, is something each and every one of us can do.

The History Of Machloket (Part I)

How did debate emerge? According to the Geonim, every detail of every law was given at Sinai. Debate emerged from the forgetting of those details. Talmudic analysis is an attempt to retrieve that which was forgotten.

New Year, My New Name

For all the meaning a religious Jewish life can bring, let’s be honest: this is a complicated world to live in.

Avinu Malkeinu – A Prayer With A Variety Of Customs

It is taught that the power of this prayer lies in its dual declaration of G-d as both our Father and our King.

Tzedakah – A Great Way To Have A Better New Year – Part One

When it comes to someone’s time, there is little that one can do to extend their divinely allotted ration of life. But tzedakah can accomplish even this...

The Unattainable Uman – An Alternative During The Soviet Era

Describing the situation in 1918, R. Itshe Mater Korman, a Breslov hasid from Poland recalled, Then began the great dangers surrounding the Gathering in Uman – even from within the Ukraine – due to the bands of murderers, may their name be blotted out.

Why Judaism?

Choose life. No religion, no civilization, has insisted so strenuously and consistently that we can choose.

No Hard Feelings

Being a forgiving person is not a one-time deal... It demonstrates that the person is a man of faith because he understands that the fault does not lie with the one who insulted him. It is his own soul that needs refinement.

Kindness Quotient

Dating can be daunting without the added pressure of seeking “kindness” above all else due to a difficult background. Of course you are looking for someone who is kind after your experience at home, as you hope to create a more peaceful life for your future family.

A Helpful Tool For Children

From the reviewer’s perspective, being asked to review this booklet has given me the chance to engage in introspection as to my own relationship with Viduy.

Elul Babies

On one of our myriad trips to Target I spotted a t-shirt with the words “Who are these kids and why are they calling me mom?” I laughed so hard I cried; my girls looked at me like I was nuts, and I think my oldest daughter was a little insulted at my reaction.

Rosh Hashana: The Three Stages Of Teshuva

At root, all of Klal Yisrael is one, an interconnected self. Each of our individual neshamos are part of a bigger whole, like individual cells that make up a single human body.

Returning To The Rav’s Teshuvah Lectures

One unique feature of this book is that over the past few years, Lustiger has been posting to YouTube powerful video clips of the Rav (most of them in Yiddish with subtitles).

One Small Step

The more you want to serve G-d, the more the Evil Inclination strives against you (Likutey Moharan I, 72). If you realize this, you can fight him with strategy (Proverbs 20:18, 24:6) and continually defeat him. With G-d’s help, you will be worthy of emerging victorious.

Rosh Hashana Greetings From John Dean (And Other Unusual Rosh Hashana Cards)

In this article, I present some of my more “off the beaten path” items that I think might be of interest to readers.

You Will Arise And Be Compassionate To Tzion

Raba bar Rav Shila taught: “You will arise and be compassionate to Tzion because it is time to show her chen, the occasion has come.” (Tehillim 102:14).

The Shofar’s Horn

When monies are invested into a potential endeavor, the undertaking can go in one of two possible directions – the principal can be lost, or it can produce profit.

The Oberlin College Case: Woke Zealotry Can Come With A Big Price Tag

The recent outcome of a lawsuit first begun in 2016 by a family-owned business suggests that it may no longer be the case that everything goes in the woke era.

‘You Are Standing Here Today’

Rosh Hashana is referred to as a day of light. In what way is the day that we, and the entire world, stand in meticulous judgment a day of light?

Long Live The King

The fact that she died in her beloved Scotland, brought a cascade of memories about my own mom and dad rushing back and I cried again.

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