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Generational

The essence of the Haggadah and the entirety of Pesach is the relationship between father and son and the obligation for a father to...

A Private Spring

Nissan is here. The cold is gone, snow is history, and the harsh weather is a thing of the past. The ground has warmed....

Du Bist Ein Yuda

The Chazon Ish was walking with a yeshiva bochur in Lita and a few teenagers were mocking them. The bochur responded, and the Chazon...

Solid

There are many dozens of explanations of the teaching of Chazal that the Yom Tov of Purim is similar to Yom Kippur, though that...

Eternal Enemy

Ever since I was a child, I heard about Amaleik. As I grew older, I understood it on deeper levels. But I still wonder,...

Rise Up Shushan

Last week in Congress, the seat of the world’s oldest and most powerful democracy, outright Jew-hatred led to a joke of a resolution protesting...

Adar Joy

Mishenichnas Adar marbim besimcha. The month of Adar is the happiest on the Jewish calendar. We commonly understand that the joy is brought on...

Orchids

I read an obituary last week which greatly inspired me. No, it was not in the Yated, it was way too short and besides...

How To Tell Right From Wrong When the Wrong Seems So...

The left is celebrating. Retail giant Amazon was coming to New York City. The mammoth operation was going to open a new headquarters in...

Heart

Napoleon wrote that an army of rats can win a battle. How, you ask, is this possible? They can win if they are led...

Smart

This week’s parsha begin with the words, “Ve’eileh hamishpotim asher tosim lifneihem - These are the rules and laws to place before the Jewish...

Moved

In Parshas Yisro, we learn of Kabbolas HaTorah. Following the makkos in Mitzrayim, the splitting of the sea at the Yam Suf, and the...

Let Us Sing

Yetzias Mitzrayim and Krias Yam Suf are bedrocks of our faith. Locked in with no way out, the Jews were miraculously freed from slavery....

Generational Greatness

As we survey the world around us and the depths to which many have fallen, it becomes difficult to remember that we were created...

Makir Tov

This week marks the end of my sojourn in the beautiful town of Monsey. I was born here, and besides the time I spent...

Have a Harp

This week, we begin Seder Shemos, the story of redemption. But it opens with a surprising episode. Try to imagine the scene. Moshe Rabbeinu was...

Efraim & Menashe

Parshas Vayechi marks the end of Sefer Bereishis and the profound lessons of maaseh avos siman lebonim that fill its narratives. The parsha also...

Protest!

In Parshas Vayigash, we read of the emotional climax of Yosef’s revelation to his brothers. Yehudah’s desperate plea prompted Yosef to drop his disguise...

The Poetry of Lita With an American Accent: Rav Avrohom Chaim...

Vashki has lost its last son. Vashki was a quintessential Litvishe shtetel, where Jews lived for hundreds of years. Vashki, a primarily Jewish town in...

Chanukah

As we anticipate the arrival of Chanukah, our preparations should not be limited to the physical, making sure we have enough oil, wicks and...