Parashat Nitzavim: Rosh Hashanah for an Uplifted Nature

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “The four new years are: On 1 Nissan, the new year for kings and festivals; 1 Elul, the new year for tithing animals; …...

Musings of a Shliach From Montana: Tochachah

Parashas Ki Savo is a hard parashah to swallow. Ki Savo is one of two parshiyos in which Hashem lays down the Tochachah, his rebuke to the Jewish people,...

Ki Tavo: ‘Social’ Mitzvot Versus ‘Real’ Mitzvot

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “When you have set aside in full the tenth part of your yield … and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the...

The Fallen One

By R’ Mordechai Young When I was living in the dorm at Yeshiva Sh’or Yoshuv, a roommate and I had an interesting conversation. He told me his goal for the...

Musings Of A Shliach From Montana: Happy Birthday

Birthdays. Some hate them, while others love them. Growing up, I loved celebrating my birthday, not only because of the presents, but because within Chabad, as per the instructions...

Parashat Shoftim: Of Men and Trees

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute  “Are trees of the field human to withdraw before you into the besieged city?” (Devarim 20:19). Even at times of war and siege, the Torah...

Rabbi Young: Constructive Destruction

  By R’ Mordechai Young I once had a comb that was simple but efficient. One day, I noticed a few small words written on it. Those words presented a huge...

Re’eh: Virtue, Vice, and Vision

From Where I Stand By Rabbi Yossy Goldman “See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse.” –Devarim 11:26 Blessings and curses. Stirring stuff from the Bible this week as Moshe...

Parashat Eikev: On Rain and Relationship

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “There the grain you sowed had to be watered by your feet,” (Chagai Huberman, Parashah Eretz Yisraelit; translated and edited by Rabbi Moshe Bloom). “For...

Eikev: Bread, Bucks, and Making a Living

From Where I Stand By Rabbi Yossy Goldman Man does not live by bread alone –Devarim 8:3 This passage in the Torah is a famous line, but what does it mean? The verse...
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Judgment Day: Yom Kippur Arrives With COVID-19 Cases on the Rise

BY SHIRA HANAU AND PHILISSA CRAMER (JTA) – In synagogues and in their parking lots, in backyard tent services and on Zoom, Jews around the world will spend...

Cuomo: 10 ZIP Codes Account for 25% of New COVID Infections

Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised alarm Monday about the emergence of a handful of coronavirus hot spots in New York, saying just 10 ZIP codes represented...

Simcha Is Essential. Drink Wine.

By Gabriel Geller Royal Wine/Kedem For many, if not most of us (all of us quite frankly), Shabbos and yom tov are not only great mitzvos;...

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