Reviewing: “Illuminating Jewish Thought: Explorations of Free Will, the Afterlife and the Messianic Era,” by Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank. The Toby Press; Maggid Books and RIETS Press. 2018. English. Hardcover. 686 pages. ISBN: 9781592644988.
Legendary Yeshiva University Professor of English
When school administrators are interviewed for their positions, one of the standard questions they are asked concerns their philosophy of education. This is true for limudei kodesh as well as general studies. The underlying assumption being that the head of school or principal will implement this philosophy as a supervisor and educational
One of the most popular customs for Purim is to drown out the name of the villain, Haman, with a noisemaker. In Hebrew, it is called a ra’ashan; in Yiddish, it is a grogger which comes from the Polish word for rattle.
The origin of this custom comes from the Book of Exodus 17:4: “For I will
A colleague of mine recently attended an educational conference. She met a teacher during a session about working with students who have experienced trauma. The teacher said she knew how to help traumatized students, but asked wonderingly, “How do I help me? You have to get into their lives in order to teach them. And their trauma is
(Courtesy of Yeshiva University) Thanks to a generous donation by Marcos and Adina Katz, YU is proud to announce the introduction of its YUTorah App. Providing anywhere-in-the-world access to YUTorah.org, the largest audio Torah website in the world, users will now be able to listen to more than 180,000 shiurim and over 2,000
New York State’s passing a recent abortion law inspired a flurry of statements by Jewish organizations expressing halacha’s opposition. The hubbub suggests Jewish tradition has a clear view of how Jews should react to secular abortion laws, when such is not the case.
Beginning in December 1996, a small group of members of Congregation Agudath Sholom, (CAS) in Stamford, Connecticut, embarked on a seven and a half year schedule to learn all 2,711 pages of the Talmud at the rate of one page per day. A former member named David Cohen organized and inaugurated
Since 2011, the Jewish community of Stamford has operated a state-of-the-art mikvah, enhancing Jewish life in the area. The Minnie Manger—Marcia Lieberman Mikvah is located behind Congregation Agudath Sholom. The facility is dedicated in memory of a beloved mother and daughter,
With a weekly session with individual students, a biweekly meeting with the parents and a monthly conference with both parents and teachers, I spent the 1995-96 academic year participating in what was then known in the Teaneck Public School District as
Much has been said in recent years about the difficulties many singles in the Orthodox Jewish community have faced finding their intended, with the often used term “shidduch crisis” sparking fear and hysteria in the hearts of many. Hoping to shed further light on the growing singles
The imperatives to honor and revere parents are truly weighty positive commandments. They are demanding even when ageing parents have clear minds and are essentially healthy. These precepts are even more challenging if a parent suffers a physical disability or dementia. It is not for naught that the third century