To Chasidim, Shabbat is much more than just a time for recharging batteries. It is central to their lives and their philosophy. Over the years I’ve come to love trying to unravel the Torah thoughts of the Sfat Emet, the second Rebbe of Gur, and one of the things I’ve noticed is how many of these divrei Torah move inexorably towards a
A project in memory of Baruch Leib HaKohen b. Mordechai Yidel ve-Dobba Chaya.
Fire on Shabbat
Early in this week’s parsha, Moshe reminds the people of the obligation to keep Shabbat, including abstaining from melacha, creative labor, and
It’s sort of cool when the Torah reading of Titzave coincides with the special reading of Zachor, which reminds us of the obligation to obliterate the nation of Amalek. That’s because there’s a famous Midrash at the beginning of Titzave which reminds us of the symbolism of making extremely pure olive oil for use in the holy Temple.
The Kohanim hold a lofty position among the Jewish People. They are the ones who serve before God in the Beit HaMikdash, who protect the Temple, and who administer and execute all of its functions. As such, they are a permanent part of the Temple. When one enters the Temple, what he or she expects to see is the glorious structure itself,
A project in memory of Baruch Leib HaKohen b. Mordechai Yidel ve-Dobba Chaya
Three times in this parsha, the Torah uses the word tamid which means always but, as Rashi points out, has various connotations. In 27;20, the Torah speaks of using pure oil for a Ner Tamid a permanent light,
Music of the Soul
Background music; it’s practically everywhere. You can hardly go shopping anywhere without music playing overhead as you browse through the merchandise in a store. In fact, you can probably learn a lot about a store, like what kind of clientele it hopes to
My father, a”h, was fond of the quote I made my title this week, and it’s apropos of what I found in the five Rashis for this week.
What Comes Our Way
21;13 speaks of unintentional killing, and refers to ve ha Elokim ana le yado, that Hashem brought it his way. In the second comment on those words, Rashi sees this as the source verse for David
Acclaimed Holocaust scholar and award-winning film producer Dr. Michael Berenbaum returned to the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys to instruct the seniors on technique and the gravity and privilege of interviewing and filming Holocaust survivors as part of the “Names Not Numbers” program.
A few weeks ago, I was part of a small group of rabbis and students went to stand in solidarity with the Jews of Paris. The attack on the Super Casher is just one of a string of anti-semitic attacks on world Jewry. I noted that the Jews in Paris vacillated between displaying their Judaism proudly and hiding their Jewish markers out of fear.
From the text of Parshat Bo: 10: And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians were marching after them; and they were very afraid; and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord. 11: And they said unto Moses: “Were there no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away
New Rochelle—Women’s Initiative for Jewish Studies (WIJS) is a new program with the mission of introducing outstanding women Jewish studies scholars to the Westchester (and beyond) community. This ongoing program will feature speakers from both the United States and Israel through a series of weeknight lectures held
New York–Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology’s Older Adult Program has received the 2014 Innovative Training Award from the Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs. The national award, created in 2011, is given to one program each year that demonstrates excellence and creativity in