The Shattered Picture Frame

By Yochanan Gordon The 3rd day of Tamuz is universally recognized as the day upon which the Lubavitcher Rebbe passed away. It is usually around that time that I use...

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Recently, I ran into Rav Chaim Kanievsky, zt’l’s son in law, Rav Yitzchok Koledetsky, shlita, lbc’l, who was leaving the Vasikin minyan in the Agudah shul before davening had...

“From Sinai To Yerushalayim”: Nachman Seltzer’s Book About Roy And Leah Neuberger’s Story

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman There is no storyteller like Nachman Seltzer. And there is no story like that of the growth of Roy and Leah Neuberger. Put them together in...

The Great Dialogue

By Norman Lamm, zt’l The Jewish year has two peaks or high points, one coming in the Fall with the months of Ellul and Tishrei, and the other in the...

Parashat Vayikra: Managing Religious Guilt

Failure is inherent to human behavior and deeply woven into religious experience. Despite our best efforts to rise above our weaknesses and to transcend our limitations, we all, inevitably,...

Wisdom from Devorah Paley and Asi Tzobel

Thoughts This Week By Sivan Rahav-Meir Can you experience national unity on Zoom? Ten-thousand women from all sectors of society registered for a broadcast that was launched by Devorah Paley to...

Earning Our Lives

Rebbi Chanina ben Chachinai lists three activities that cause a person to be “mit’chayev b’nafsho (mortally guilty)”—staying awake at night, traveling alone and directing one’s heart towards meaninglessness. ...

Parashas Vayikra: Do You Care?

Our parashah introduces us to the various offerings that were brought in the Temple, with extensive discussion about the korban chatas, the sin offering. These offerings were brought specifically...

Vayikra: The Calling

Rav Yitzchok Breiter, Hy’d, was one of the great Breslover manhigim of Pre-War Europe. As one of the first Jews in Poland to make the difficult journey to Uman...

Musings Of A Shliach From Montana: Fun & Unity

Purim was out of this world. Approximately 70 people joined together at our “Purim in the Roaring Twenties” themed celebration. Adults and children came in costume, we read the...
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