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The Incredible Power of a Tishah B’Av Nidcheh

We know that all great events are embedded somewhere in the Torah. Tisha B’Av is most famously found in the “unnecessary” crying of Klal...

Kaddish in Lonely Field in Poland- Revolt and Escape from Sobibor;...

75 years after the uprising at Sobibor, a Nazi death camp in Eastern Poland where 250,000 Jews were murdered, a splash of international limelight...

Remembering Mike

It is difficult to put into words the story of a young American Jew who gave up his business and his everyday living in...

Kaddish In A Lonely field in Poland

The ancient words of Kaddish echoed eerily in a quiet wheat field in a small town in Poland as family members of Josef Kopf,...

Israeli Chief Rabbinate Slams The Door On Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

In a document that was just obtained and leaked by ITIM, the pluralistic Yerushalayim-based organization whose purported goal is to assure fair treatment by...

Tragedy Compounded

The tragic loss of ten high school students – nine females and one male – last week in a flash flood in Israel’s South...

Suriving and Triumphing Over  Ikvesa D’meshicha

As we enter the second segment of the Omer, the period after Lag Ba’omer, some of the various minhagim allow us to breathe a...

The Mysterious Ziz

The morning after the Pesach Seder, a Yid approached Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein very much moved by something that had happened at his Seder. “I...

The Seder of Paradox, An Evening of Growth

In many ways, the Seder is the high point of the year. For those who know, each one of us is like the kohein...

Parshas Hachodesh- Reaching For Eternity

Man has long been obsessed with the elusive dimension known as Time. The distinguished British man of letters, J.B. Priestley, wrote a volume titled...

The Sweetness, the Strength, and the Smile- Mordechai (Mordy) Turner Z”l

Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l passed away on Taanis Esther, 5746. That Purim, the bochurim in Yeshivas Telshe still reveled in the Purim atmosphere, not...

Stories Of Love Of Torah And Mesiras Nefesh For Torah About...

Mesiras Nefesh For Learning Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach grew up in a time of great poverty in Yerushalayim. As a child and bochur, his family...

Taanis Dibbur- A Fast Whose Time Has Come

The New York Times Magazine has a weekly feature called “How to…” It usually offers advice on how to perform some seemingly simple but...

Rising To The Challenge

A little over two years ago, I undertook a project that felt rather daunting. A wonderful family asked me to write the story of...

Rav Shmuel Auerbach zt”l in His Own Words- The Legacy of...

In light of the sudden petirah of Rav Shmuel Auerbach zt”l, I thought it would be appropriate to listen to some of his own...

The Sublime Relationship Between a Rov and His Kehillah

For several reasons, I’ve been thinking lately about the relationship between a rov and his kehillah. First of all, last week my shul kindly...

Excerpts From a Letter From R’ Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin to His...

Dearest Kinderlach, As Yom Kippur approaches and we make a cheshbon hanefesh of the past year, in addition to recognizing where we went wrong, we...

A Sukkah of Serenity

My sukkaleh! I cannot wait To sit inside its shelter To shield me from this crazy world That reeks of helter skelter Outside the world has just gone...

On Serving Hashem With Joy

Not With A Sour Face It was chol hamoed Sukkos, when writing is prohibited except under pressing circumstances. Despite his busy schedule, the Chofetz Chaim...

Sukkos: The Yom Tov of Jewish Unity

There are many similarities between Pesach and Sukkos. Both begin with a seudah – a festive meal – which families and often friends eat...