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To The Max

In this week’s parsha, we learn about the parah adumah, identified as a chok, a mitzvah without a reason we can understand. Rashi explains...

Reach for the Light

The mitzvah of counting the Omer is found in this week’s parsha. The posuk (Vayikra 23:15) states, “Usefartem lochem mimochoras haShabbos… And You shall...

Food of Faith & Freedom

As we approach one of the many peaks of the Seder, we raise the matzah and recite Ha Lachma Anya, opening the Maggid section....

Potential, Unity and Renewal

One of the greatest Chassidic rebbes was the Izhbitzer. One of his followers was Reb Dovid of Lokov, an elderly chossid, who had known...

Time to Build

Vayakhel and Pekudei conclude the five parshiyos that discuss the construction of the Mishkon. The Mishkon was constructed over a period of a few months....

Warmed on the Inside

This week’s parsha opens with the commandment of counting the Jewish people following the sin of the Eigel (Rashi). They were not to be...

Let’s All Be Happy

Sukkos is upon us. The Yom Tov of joy has returned. We study its halachos and concepts so that with the observance of its...

A New Start

Chassidim recount that the Komarna Rebbe related that he heard from Rav Mordechai of Chernobyl that it is known that the Baal Shem Tov...

Exploring Roots in a Bygone World

Here I am, last Wednesday afternoon, at Newark Airport, waiting at the gate for a plane. What, you ask, is the big deal? I am...

Maybe, Maybe

It was back when the iron-horse railroad was coming to Russia and the transportation ministry planned to lay thousands of miles of track upon...

Sanctify the Moment

The parsha this week begins with the words, “Vayakhel Moshe es kol adas bnei Yisroel.” Moshe descended the mountain the day after Yom Kippur...

Remembering My Grandfather, Rav Eliezer Levin zt”l

The Imrei Emes of Ger and the Chofetz Chaim were traveling on the same train. At one of the stops, a resourceful Gerrer chossid...

Vision for Greatness

This week’s parsha of Beshalach is associated with the parting of the sea at Kriyas Yam Suf, where the Jewish people completed their departure...

Let the Light Shine Brightly

There are many mitzvos to which the Torah refers as zeicher l’Yetzias Mitzrayim. We do them to remember our deliverance from Mitzrayim. Did you...

The Sun Rises Over Yerushalayim

In his introduction to sefer Shemos, the Ramban refers to it as the Sefer Hageulah. The parshiyos of Shemos recount our subjugation in Mitzrayim,...

New Era, Same Goal

The opening posuk of Seder Shemos marks the end of one era and the start of another. “V’eileh shemos bnei Yisroel habo’im Mitzrayma.” On...

Rav Moshe Shapiro zt”l

Rav Moshe Shapiro zt”l was a giant in Torah, mussar and machshovah, virtually without parallel. He was a rebbi to thousands, expanding vistas and...

Neis Gadol Haya Poh

With a prolonged hiss, the last of the Chanukah lights flickered and went out. Pools of darkened oil, smudged glasses and used wicks are...

Renewed Resolve

Weeks of immersing ourselves in the ma’asei avos, the encounters and stories of our forefathers, as we move through Seder Bereishis, leads us to...

Praiseworthy

There are various terms used in Hebrew to refer to our nation. The one that is used most often is the singular “Yehudi,” or...