Why Did His Parents Name Him Yitzchak? In Memory of My Father, Dr. Ivan...

How could parents providing such a name know that their son would need it to survive life's trials?

Do You Have An Internal Locus Of Control?

Like the Slonimer Rebbe, Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz (Daat Torah p. 205-206) does understand "levado" as meaning alone. But based on the Midrash, he assumes that being alone is constructive. How can it be constructive?

My Mother, Irene Klass, On Her Ninth Yahrzeit

The years pass, but my memories of you – my beloved mother – only get stronger.

A Sefer’s Journey

This sefer seems to have been sent to New York in 1939 by an Eliyahu Margolies of Warsaw several months before the Nazis invaded Poland.

Was Yehudah HaMaccabee A Fanatic? An Interview with Rav Shlomo Aviner

The vast majority of Jews... called Yehudah a fanatic and messianic dreamer, who endangered the security of the nation.

Yaakov Avinu’s New Name

Note, first, that this is not an adjustment of an existing name by the change or addition of a letter, It is an entirely new name, as if to signal that what it represents is a complete change of character. Second, as we have seen, the name change happened not once but twice. Third – and this is the puzzle of puzzles – having said twice that his name will no longer be Yaakov, the Torah continues to call him Yaakov. G-d Himself does so.

10 Fastest Growing Green Jobs

The motivation behind using wave energy is simple: The ocean is perpetually moving, so why not capture that movement to create power?

The Jewish Side Of Alfred Stieglitz

Sadly, the passengers in the photo were most likely people denied entry to the United States and who were therefore forced to return home to Europe.

Domaine du Castel: A Miraculous Wine Story

Mrs. Sutcliffe’s letter motivated Eli to turn his small, hobbyist wine production into a professional winery, which he named Domaine du Castel.

My Beloved Grandmother Mrs. Irene Klass

She believed in giving people chances in life to be great and to bring out their potential to its maximum.

The Clueless AOC

Last week, she made yet another strange statement, doubling down on her curious comments on the news that Amazon had rented space in Manhattan’s new Hudson Yards development.

A U.S.-Israel Defense Pact?

Of particular interest is the case of American refusal to support Israel’s desire to take preemptive action against the Arab states arrayed against it in the run-up to the Six-Day War in 1967.

Processing The IG Report And The Drive To Impeach

The resolution also charges Mr. Trump with obstruction of Congress by directing the Executive Branch “to defy lawful subpoenas” seeking testimony and documents relating to its Ukrainian probe.

Is It Proper…? Is the desire to be more machmir than one’s father good,...

Is the desire to be more machmir than one’s father good, bad, or neutral?

The ‘Jew Coup’: Are We Responsible?

Schiff, Nadler, Kasrlan, Feldman, Gerhardt, Berke, Goldman... their actions against President Trump are antithetical to Jewish beliefs and values.

Rabbanut Grants McDonald’s Kashrut Certificate Despite Being Open On Shabbos

Since fast-food hamburgers are pre-cooked before Shabbat, cooking is not a problem. The warming mechanism, though, is not like a regular Shabbat platter.

A Very Personal Trip To Prague

Theresienstadt does not look like a concentration camp, rather it is a quaint town today, with landmarks of Jewish Holocaust-related buildings scattered throughout.

Believing In Our Abilities

In a brilliantly creative rereading of the pasuk, Rabbi Shimshon suggests that alluded to in Yaakov’s word choice is this discovery of self-efficacy.

Searching For Heather Dean

Israel certainly played a pivotal role in allowing her to see herself as part of the Jewish people.

As Rockets Rain Down On Our Brothers And Sisters (Part II)

The Gemara (Meseches Megillah) wonders why Esther invited Haman to a private feast. How could she have sat at a private meal with such a monster?

Phone Fun

I have had more than a few people tell me that they use their phones to do just about everything except making calls.

Davening For A Miracle

We learn in this week’s parsha that when Leah realized that she was going to have her seventh son, and her sister Rachel would then only be able to have one of the Shevatim, she davened that her fetus be changed to a girl.

Escape The Worry Cycle

Joe worries a lot. It’s not apparent to most people. In fact, he’s often described by people he knows as a really calm guy. “Nothing bothers Joe!” they say. It’s an act.

The Left Hates The Salvation Army. That’s All You Need To Know

And while it destroys good institutions, the left never builds a viable replacement. Is there a left-wing equivalent to the Boy Scouts, a left-wing institution that helps mold boys into responsible men? Of course not. The left destroys, but it builds nothing – except state power. Or, to take the present example: Is there a left-wing equivalent to The Salvation Army? No, there isn’t.


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