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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...

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...