Seforim in Review: Yehge Chochma

Reviewed by Rabbi Yair Hoffman The Mesivta of Long Beach stands among the most prestigious Torah institutions in America. For over half of a century, it was led by one...

Purim Kvell

By Klara In the spirit of Purim and v’nahafoch hu, there will be no kvetching in this week’s column. So what’s the opposite of kvetching? Well, there’s praising, complimenting, and showing...

Back to Basics: Is Today Tomorrow?

As we approach the conclusion of the counting of the Omer, it is an opportune time to reflect on the importance of time in our lives, and how the...

Crucial Message Of Tishah B’Av: We Must Take The First Step

By Yochanan Gordon Last week I wrote about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu taking to the internet to speak directly to the Iranian people. Instead of trying to negotiate with a...

18 Things You Should Know About Simchas Torah

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com It seems that there are a lot of people that are at a bit of a loss as to what Simchas Torah is all...

Elul: Preparing for Greater Things

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Elul has arrived. Rosh Chodesh Elul has special significance in regard to connecting more with Hashem and developing “second chances.” On Rosh Chodesh Elul, Moshe went...

Hop and Happy Mess: Falling in Love With Sukkot

For Yael Michaely, her husband Boaz, and their three young children, feeling at home in their new country began in earnest one autumn evening in 2004. For these Israelis recently...

United Hatzalah Provides Services in Uman for Rosh Hashanah

United Hatzalah provides medical security to the General Tikkun Klali ceremony in Uman, Ukraine. Teams including EMS volunteer EMTs, paramedics, and doctors, will be operating in the city of...

Daf Yomi: True Treasure of 10 Tzaddikim

One particularly moving part of the Yom Kippur Mussaf service is the story of the Ten Martyrs. Ten great tzaddikim were tragically killed by the Roman government, and their...

Ambassador Friedman Wishes Jews a Happy Sukkot

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman wished the Jewish people a happy Sukkot holiday on Sunday, thanking an Israeli farm for allowing him to pluck his own etrog this...

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Get ready to light the first Hanukkah candle, sing songs, play dreidel games, and, of course, eat. (Hanukkah takes place this year starting on...

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Whenever you want to go anywhere, there’s traffic. And people know this. That’s why when you get there, everyone asks, “How was traffic?” “Traffic was...

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