The Emotionally Intelligent Leader

By Rabbi Doron Perez In the early 1980s, a new realm in the field of intelligence emerged: Emotional Intelligence. The guiding visionary behind it was Professor Howard Gardner, a psychologist...

Shliach From Montana: Uncharted Territory

It’s remarkable how a week can change our lives so drastically. We’ve officially entered uncharted territory, which scares all of us so much. Shuls, schools, and mikvaos are closing...

From Where I Stand: Vayakhel on Bar Mitzvahs

  By Rabbi Yossy Goldman “See G‑d has appointed Betzalel, the son of Uri, the son of Chur of the tribe of Judah.” –Sh’mos (35:30, 31) Now Chur, Betzalel’s grandfather, was a son...

Bloom on Vayakhel: Permanent Delight

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “On six days, work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to the L-rd;...

Musings of a Shliach From Montana: Speaking Up

  I’ll never forget the father-and-son Shabbaton I enjoyed while studying in Detroit’s Chabad Yeshiva during the winter of 2000. My father couldn’t make it, as he was caring for...

Ecological Wine and Kilei HaKerem, Part II

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute Last week we began to discuss kilei ha’kerem, intercropping with grapevines, as it relates to the new ecological winegrowing trend. Now we will look...

Souls on Fire: Clothes Make the Man

Rabbi Chaim Bruk The Talmud says that Rav Yochanan referred to his clothing as “my honorers.” Bozeman is an exercise and health-oriented, ranch-loving, outdoorsy, nature-addicted place where most people don’t...

Do the Ends Justify the Means?

By Rabbi Berel Wein One of the greatest problems that has dogged religious life throughout the centuries is the place of material wealth and money in the structure of religious...

Parashat Mishpatim: Dungeons, Cisterns, Pits

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute In parashat Mishpatim, which deals with the laws of damages, the bor (pit or cistern) is cited as a possible public safety hazard: “When...

Parashat Mishpatim: Our Obligation to Assist

By Rabbanit Rachelle Fraenkel Parashat Mishpatim is the biggest source for Mishpat Ivri — Jewish law — the ancient legal system developed throughout thousands of years of halachah. In modern use,...
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Dear Chana Laya, Although you’re only two years old, I am taking a few minutes during this most hectic Erev Pesach to put pen to...

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