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Naaseh Venishma: The Torah Challenge in Every Generation

We are all justly proud of our naaseh venishma. We accepted everything in the Torah before knowing the details. For this, every Jew received...

The Great Transformer

Just a few months before the petirah of Rav Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman zt”l, the Ponovezher Rov, when he was already bedridden, a delegation arrived...

The Plowing and the Bounty

A curse. The very words send shivers down one’s spine. Chazal say, “Let not the curse of even a simple person be light in...

An Unwanted Visitor

It’s a problem. Don’t ask. Okay, you didn’t ask, so I’ll tell you anyway. We are at a loss of what to do. You see,...

Why Don’t They…

Shortly after the shocking tragedy of the Chevron Massacre in 1929, a group of yungeleit visited Rav Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld to learn from him...

An Average of .333 Makes You a Hall-of-Famer

I have a wise friend who always manages to discern practical lessons in avodas Hashem from seemingly mundane occurrences in life. As children, we...

A Ray of Lag Ba’omer Light: It’s the Thought That Counts

Lag Ba’omer is a day of tremendous potential. Although often associated especially with Rav Shimon Bar Yochai, author of the holy Zohar and the...

Sefirah Optimism from Reb Meilech

Last week, we explored what brought about the original Sefirah tragedy. This week, we will learn from Rav Avrohom Elimelech Biderman how to turn...

Sefirah: Preparation and Anticipation

One is obligated to visit his rebbi on Yom Tov, so Rav Moshe Turk, a renowned marbitz Torah in Bnei Brak, paid a call...

The Mourning of Sefirah and a Morning of Light

Just last week, when we sat at the Seder, we joyously thanked Hashem (in Lefichoch) for bringing us from mourning to Yom Tov, and...

Answer Me!

Say the words “bar mitzvah” and you immediately think happy thoughts. It is quite a momentous occasion for the bar mitzvah bochur, as now...

Adam: The Highs and the Lows

Two years. That’s how long the Mueller investigation lasted. Two years of wasted time, many millions of taxpayers’ dollars squandered. The hopes of perhaps...

The Eternal Power of Shabbos Hagadol

Last year, at this time, we discussed the meaning of Shabbos Hagadol in the writings of the Gerrer rebbes. This year, we will explore...

The Key to Redemption

The Sefas Emes (Parshas Hachodesh 5645) calls Parshas Hachodesh “the key to geulah.” He explains somewhat enigmatically that “this was the first commandment...

Parshas Parah: From Ashes To Renewal

Several years ago, I had the zechus to stand at the very spot – the notorious seventh fort – where Rav Elchonon Wasserman was...

Learning To See Like The Giants

Rav Dov Berish Weidenfeld, the Tchebiner Rov, was old and frail. He no longer felt capable of seeing visitors as often as he used...

The Shalach Shikkers

Purim is a time of renewed discovery of how much Hashem loves us, His great nissim – both revealed and hidden – that He...

“Do You Remember Me?”

This is the season. From the appeals of Parshas Shekolim through matanos la’evyonim and maos chitim, the hungry, needy and indigent line up at...

Adar Awakening

Imagine life for one long day with no night for sleep and no sunrise to awaken to. What would it be like if one...

Saving “Rav Elyashiv” And Other Rescues

We are a family of kohanim. Chazal tell us that kohanim zerizim heim (Shabbos 20a, 114b), which means, among other things, that they act...