Noach: The Problem With Preaching

From Where I Stand By Rabbi Yossy Goldman נח איש צדיק . . . בדורותיו Noach was a righteous man . . . in his generation. — Bereishis 6:9 Do sermons really work? Can the words...

From The Chassidic Masters: Error Of The Spies

  The Torah portion Sh’lach relates how the men sent to spy out Eretz Yisrael returned and reported that the country was unconquerable. The Jewish people, they said, would be...

From Where I Stand: Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Tent

  מה טובו אהליך יעקב How goodly are your tents, O Jacob. —Bamidbar 24:5 “That’s some new kitchen Sandra just had done. State of the art!” “Psst . . . Did you see the new car...

Parashat Re’eh: The Importance Of The Journey

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “Should the distance be too great for you, should you be unable to transport them, because the place where Hashem your G-d has chosen...

Bais Yaakovs, the Navi Test, and the Archbishop

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com The Navi Morah: “Girls, don’t forget that Thursday is a test on all of perek tes. Don’t forget to review the Malbims on the...

Haftarat Parashat Pinchas: A True Lottery

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “Only through lots shall the Land be apportioned …” (Bamidbar 26:55). Our Rabbis taught: , said to , “Yehoshua, do you convict me...

Chayei Sarah: Yiddishe Nachas

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman Once upon a time, a pious Jew was traveling through the countryside in Eastern Europe. He came to a shtetl where the local schochet (ritual slaughterer)...

Vayikra: Bulls and Lambs

BY RABBI YOSSY GOLDMAN When a man will bring an offering from among you . . . Vayikra 1:2 Not only animal rights groups have difficulty with this week’s parashah. Many, if...

Parashat Noach: Can An Exceptional Event Rectify A Situation?

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “And the L-rd said to Himself: ‘Never again will I doom the earth because of man, since the devisings of man’s mind are evil...

Toldos: The Book Or The Blade?

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman הקול קול יעקב והידים ידי עשו “The voice is the voice of Yaakov but the hands are the hands of Eisav.” —Bereishis 27:22 Who are we? Who were we?...

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