Marrying Nine Daughters With A Eulogy

Over the course of the 18th century, the Ashkenazi population of The Hague grew to surpass that of the Portuguese, the latter being the earlier and more establishment community in the Netherlands.

2,4,6,8… How Can We Motivate?

As soon as we wake up, we are (hopefully) motivated to join the world.

The Beginning Of Torah She-b’al Peh

When one reads the commandments of Shabbat as they appear in the books of Shemot and Devarim, two divergent formulations appear: “Zachor” and “Shamor.” Which one appeared on the Ten Commandments?

Justice Ginsburg’s Yom Kippur Moment

We should not make that lawyer choose between observing his or her faith and appearing before the Court.

Dear Dr. Yael

None of these girls are the “same type” yet going to their seminary branded them as a certain “type.” Had their respective husbands not gone out with them because of the schools they went to, they would’ve never married their bashert.

The Chaftetz Chaim’s Erev Yom Kippur Shmuz

At some point in the last half a year, everyone has had something in their lives changed. The most important thing to know about these changes is that they were orchestrated by Hashem personally.

A Once-A-Year Opportunity

Only once a year, during these 10 days, is Hashem is available to everyone no matter how sullied he or she is.

Why Are They Capitalizing ‘Black’?

AP's style is now to capitalize Black in a racial, ethnic or cultural sense, conveying an essential and shared sense of history, identity and community among people who identify as Black, including those in the African diaspora and within Africa. AP style will continue to lowercase the term white in racial, ethnic and cultural senses."

We Should Believe What Arab Dictators Say

If “moderate” Arab leaders have to make extremist statements to “appease the radicals,” it means the masses of Arabs continue to hold radical anti-Israel views.

With Pride Comes Peace

Say thank you for all that you have, for the tremendous abundance in your life that cannot be taken for granted in any way.

Litzman Explains His Resignation, Blasts Gamzu

Said Litzman, "Gamzu doesn't understand the significance of such a pilgramage [to Uman] just like I don't understand the importance of a basketball game."

Ignoring God

The governor couldn’t believe the audacity of the man. He immediately called the police to arrest him.

Rosh Hashanah Under Lockdown

While my children and I did not attend shul this year (my husband attended a very small, very early morning minyan), we did manage to have a special davening experience.

No Jew Is Too Far Gone

No Jew need be intimidated by the imagined enormity of the leap from non-observance to observance. Moreover, every mitzvah a Jew performs creates a permanent bond with Hashem that can never be erased.

The Arc Of The Moral Universe

This is a doctrine fundamental to Judaism and its understanding of evil and suffering in the world: G-d is just.

Ben Uliel, 26, Receives Three Life Sentences, Rabbis Protest

Asked how Ben Uliel reacted to the news, Baum said, “He has great faith. He is a follower of Breslov, and he looks for the good in everything.

The Power To Hold Back

In Cheshek Shlomo, Rabbi Pappenheim connects “eitan” to the biliteral root aleph-tav, which he further reduces to the monoliteral root tav. He explains that this root means connections and linking.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Dating can be hard and it can be disheartening. This is especially true for those that have dated for a long time.

Daf Yomi

Twin Cities ‘A City Is Given A Karpif’ (Eruvin 57a)

Can A Headscarf Make You Happy?

I’ll be very honest and vulnerable: When we started, we were young and we felt very threatened when there was a trend in accessories and everyone and their mothers were involved in a headband company.

Whose Fault Is Our Suffering?

We all sometimes think in warped and twisted ways. ... As an example, control fallacies can lead us to believe that we have absolutely no control over our lives.

A Case For Trump: Showing Appreciation Is A Torah Value

President Trump has called out anti-Semitism voiced by members of Congress such as Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, while Biden has welcomed their support and pledged at the virtual Million Muslim Vote Summit to invite “Muslim American voices as part of [his] administration."

Mining For Failure In The Face Of Success

Although an obvious breakthrough for peace in the region, it was brokered by Trump. And horrors, Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu were even nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize!

A View From A Recovering Democrat

I have clear memories of walking to shul with my father and feeling confused and uncomfortable watching black people step off of the sidewalk on Wickham Avenue as we walked by, seemingly in deference to our superior position as “white folk.”

In The Matter Of Picking RBG’s Successor: Dems Are Failing The Nose Test

Various party functionaries cited as precedent Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal to schedule a confirmation hearing for President Obama’s 2016 choice of Merrick Garland to replace Scalia, who had recently died, because it was a presidential election year.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

Everyone agrees that these numbers are up, but that's pretty much where agreement ends. Will the lockdown decrease the numbers?

We Should Be Listening To Attorney General Barr

Two very prominent examples of how his own decision-making has been challenged are Barr’s efforts to dismiss the Michael Flynn prosecution and his reducing the sentence imposed on Roger Stone initially recommended by prosecutors in the case.

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