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By Sivan Rahav-Meir An attendant at the Kotel (Western Wall) tunnels approached me when I last visited there and gifted me a book that he authored. “My name is Yisrael...

Personal Prayer vs. Communal Prayer

By Rabbi Dovid M. Cohen Last summer, my family and I traveled to the Poconos for a vacation. For logistical reasons, we planned to spend Shabbos by ourselves and without...

Blessed be the G-d of Rav Shimon ben Shetach

Being an “Askan,” a community activist, is no picnic. But it brings results for Klal Yisrael despite the fact that most of their work is behind the scenes. Many of...

Parshas Behar: To Stand Upright

Rav Yaakov Galinsky, zt’l, a scion of Yeshivas Novardok in Bialystok, was a traveling maggid and baal Mussar, an inspiring speaker and towering personality. In 1939, Rav Yaakov was...

Quicken Loans and the Issue of Ribis

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman Agudas Yisroel recently published a Psak Din signed by leading Gedolim about the prohibition in borrowing money from Quicken Loans without a Heter Iskah. Among those...

The Inaugural Five Towns-Far Rockaway Conference of Rebbetzins

By Miriam Liebermann On Sunday, May 12, the grand ballroom of the White Shul in Far Rockaway was the scene of one of the most intriguing gatherings I’ve ever attended....

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What drives a machine? Its engine. What drives an engine? Fuel. What drives fuel? Combustion. What drives a vehicle? A person. What drives a person? This question has interested scholars...

Sons And Servants

  May 19, 1973   After banning a permanent slave class among Israelites by legislating that every Israelite servant must be emancipated on the Jubilee year, the Torah offers its reason: “For...

Life in the Corridor

  רַבִּי יַעֲקֹב אוֹמֵר, הָעוֹלָם הַזֶּה דּוֹמֶה לִפְרוֹזְדוֹר בִּפְנֵי הָעוֹלָם הַבָּא. הַתְקֵן עַצְמְךָ בַפְּרוֹזְדוֹר, כְּדֵי שֶׁתִּכָּנֵס לַטְּרַקְלִין: הוּא הָיָה אוֹמֵר, יָפָה שָׁעָה אַחַת בִּתְשׁוּבָה וּמַעֲשִׂים טוֹבִים בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה, מִכָּל חַיֵּי הַעוֹלָם...

Human Virtues And Spiritual Powers

Most people try to be good; most people try to avoid wrongdoing. But to define what is good and proper can be a challenge. There are many words that...
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