Sukkot: The Etrog

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute The mitzvah of taking the arba’ah minim on Sukkot is the paradigm of hiddur mitzvah. Since the Torah refers to the etrog as “the...

Parashat Lech-Lecha: Sodom and Jerusalem

By Dr. Yael Ziegler Sodom is the Bible’s model of how not to build a society. Though it is prosperous and tranquil, these advantages do not foster generosity or consideration...

Back to Basics: The Power Of Teshuvah With Joy

By Rabbi Tuvia Teldon As we approach Yom Kippur, I often think about the Chassidic mandate to do our teshuvah b’simcha, with joy. I would like to use the following...

Antidote to Sodom: An Agricultural Lesson in Gratitude

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute Where Is Sodom? Sodom is generally identified on the southern bank of the Dead Sea, some 390m below sea level, and it is the lowest...

Sifsei Chen: Taking Olam HaTorah By Storm

  The newly reprinted sefer Sifsei Chen is fundamentally changing the learning of sifrei chassidus. In providing the groundwork and background for those unfamiliar with common themes in chassidus, the...

More Than One Way to Connect to Hashem

By Mrs. Sara Munk I have always been taught that the Torah only shares with us exactly what we need to know. There are no extra details and no missing...

Giving Sinners the Benefit of the Doubt

By Yochanan Gordon The importance of the laws of lashon ha’ra and hotza’as shem ra cannot be overstated. For decades, we have seen the release of sefarim attempting to bring...

Halachic Musings: Inducing Labor

  Notwithstanding the proliferation of halachah hotlines, it is getting harder and harder to get hold of a rav or posek during a critical time. One very common question that...

Lech-Lecha: Give Me The Soul!

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman The weekly parashah is enlivened these days with the arrival of Avraham on the biblical scene. Our founding father brings new life to the world as...

A Tenth-Grader’s Letter to God

By Yochanan Gordon Being God’s people, we are often attracted to stories of positivity and depth we can use to maintain our strength in the craziness we encounter. Occasionally we...
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