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A Tale of Two Adars: Two Months of Joy and Contemplation

Two Adars allow us to explore how to be happy more often than usual (see Kedushas Levi, Parshas Ki Sisa; Rav Tzadok Hakohein, Likkutei...

They May Not Be Removed

“Praiseworthy is a person who has found wisdom, a person who can derive understanding from it. For its commerce is better than the commerce...

The Grand Ultra-Galactic Gevaldik Gadol Zeiger

Little Zanvil comes home from cheder one day, his face streaked with dried tears. Concerned, his mother immediately hugs him tightly and asks if...

Adding Kavod Shomayim to Shabbos Ingredients

Just two words. If we only remembered them, our lives would be so different. Kavod Shomayim. The Klausenberger Rebbe (Shefa Chaim, Nisuin, No. 28, page...

Science Loses Again, But We Gain A Universe

I am beginning to believe that every once in a while, Hashem gives mankind another chance. Although He remains basically hidden in the world,...

The G-d of My Fathers

Something incredible happened in Yerushalayim in the year 1953, something that could bring great chizuk in emunah. A child was born to a young...

Your Questions in Hashkofah and Machshovah Answered

Question Why is it that when you say Shema without wearing tefillin, it is as if you are giving eidus sheker, false testimony? Even...

Little Things in Big Packages

It must’ve looked hilariously funny. Had I seen him, perhaps I would have burst out in boisterous laughter. Then again, I probably would have...

And Yosef Was in Mitzrayim

"Golus, golus, how long are you." These words are from a dveikusdike niggun composed by the Kaliver Rebbe that has been sung for generations....

Dealing With New and Old Enemies

Last week in these pages, I shared a letter that I sent to a lost innocent soul who thinks he is a Reconstructionist Jew. This...

Keep the Flame Burning

They called him the Sorof of Trisk, because like a fiery angel, his heart was aflame in his avodas Hashem. Chassidim testified that while...

The “Hypocrisy of Chanukah”

An Open Letter to a Reconstructionist Brother This column is different than all my others. But I couldn’t help it. Could you ignore a New...

Shabbos Rosh Chanukah: The Mysterious Segulah of Three Parshiyos

This Shabbos, an abundance of kedusha is coming our way. As with all such gifts, we must prepare properly for this present from above...

A Matter of Perspective That Can Change Your Life

You know the story of the couple who went to the therapist. The husband had all kinds of claims against his wife: The house...

Long Live the Bones

One can never cease to be amazed at the gadlus haBorei and the astonishing genius with which He created the world. “How great are...

Reconnecting Our Siddur and Ourselves

Sometimes, we tend to ignore the obvious. Perhaps this, too, is obvious. One obvious example (there seems to be a pattern here) is our...

A Chesed for Generations

He was one of the giants of spirit, a hero amongst his people. Like Avrohom Avinu, he had the letter hey added to his...

Politics, Bad Middos and Daas Torah

Mention of Trump is Enough to Set Off a Holy War There is almost nothing like politics to inflame passion. In today’s America, just the...

Our Sin of Kafuy Tovah Toward President Trump

Our eternally wise Torah teaches us many middos. Sometimes, the focus is on the positive, illustrating which character traits to embrace and emulate. At...

The Great Highway From Reward to Lishmah

We have often pointed out in these pages that Chazal were light years ahead of modern science even thousands of years ago. Rav Dovid...