Halachic Musings: Shopping the American Dream

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman “Yeshiva Week” is over and almost everyone has returned from midwinter vacation. Some enjoyed a staycation; some went to Eretz Yisrael or Miami; some went skiing;...

Bloom on Parashat Bo: Locusts

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “Tomorrow I will bring locusts on your territory. They shall cover the surface of the land, so that no one will be able to...

Musings of a Shliach From Montana: Am Echad

Years ago, my cousin Rabbi Shaul Wilhelm, the Chabad shliach in Oslo, Norway, told me how excited he gets when an observant Jew shows up in Norway and he...

Bloom on Parashat Va’eira: The Nile

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute This week’s parashah gives us an opportunity to visit the Nile River. Where does it originate? How is it exploited? Egypt, past and present, is...

Current Challenge: Battle for Our Freedom

By Sivan Rahav Meir We read the Book of Sh’mot and tend to ignore the fact that even among Am Yisrael there were problems and doubt. It is easier to imagine...

From the Chassidic Masters: Seeing and Believing

By Rabbi Eli Touger When the Torah names a place, the name describes not only a geographic location, but also a state of mind and a spiritual set of circumstances....

From Where I Stand: Va’eira, Prisoners Of Patience

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman והוצאתי אתכם מתחת סבלות מצרים And I shall take you out from under the burdens of Egypt. —Sh’mos 6:6 We keep hearing about tolerance. Be accepting of other people,...

Inside Out: Seeing With Your Eyes Closed

By Yochanan Gordon This article is kind of out of order, but for a column called “Inside Out,” I guess that is par for the course. While I have been...

Halachic Musings: Checking Quinoa

  Last month a kashrus alert was issued regarding quinoa. It seems that quinoa sold in the Northeastern United States was found to be infested with bugs due to issues...

British Chief Rabbi Uninvited from London Daf Yomi Celebration

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was disinvited from a major event marking the completion of the Daf Yomi cycle, the 7.5-year project of studying a page...
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