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Shechem, D.C.

Hakadosh Boruch Hu looked at the Torah and created the world (Bereishis Rabbah 1:2). The Torah is the blueprint of the world. Because there...

The Loss of Privacy and How We Can Bring it Back...

For many reasons, I generally try to vary these columns, certainly not repeating a subject or topic from one week to another. However, this...

The End of Vaping and Smartphones: A Taste of Yemos Hamoshiach

There is one force that we love to hate, but it is a crucial part of our lives. I speak, of course, of the...

Prisoners on An Empty Ship

The lights did not go on in Heichal Hatarbut that evening. The sounds of music and singing weren’t heard and the stars did not...

Saving Shabbos Saving Ourselves

Shabbos is under fire once again, this time sadly in our beloved Eretz Yisroel. After risking our lives to maintain its kedusha in foreign...

The Pillar of Chesed

The rosh yeshiva was in a quandary. What was he going to do? Rav Yisroel Grossman, mechaber of seforim and close confidant of Rav...

Avrohom’s Ten Nisyonos and Our Daily Lives

I don’t usually write about the parsha for this newspaper; I reserve that for my shul bulletin, drashos and Chumash shiurim, and there are...

The Sukkah and the Piano: Which Plays the Most Lasting Notes?

My sukkah is still up, but that is not the only reason I was thinking about this topic. I was recently struck by a...

Rock Solid Foundation

“Our forefather Avrohom was tested with 10 trials, and he withstood them all, to show the degree of our forefather Avrohom’s love for Hashem...

Ah Gezunten Vinter

At various times over the past few weeks, we wished each other “ah gezunten vinter – may you have a healthy winter.” What do...

Taste of Yom Tov

Find a full Yom Tov menu in the week’s Y Magazine. Here’s the dessert to top it off.

Playing House

It is perfectly natural for children and teenagers to be envious of a classmate or friend who always dresses according to the latest styles...

Oasis of Clarity

One of the great tzaddikim who lived in the early part of the 19th century was Rav Leib of Telz. The Vilna Gaon said...

A Day to Enjoy

“Go eat rich foods and drink sweet beverages, and send portions to those who have nothing prepared, for today is sacred to our L-rd....

Winning It All On Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah makes many demands of us. In Mussaf alone – the longest of the year – we go back to creation and contemplate...

Rosh Hashanah Dessert: Chocolate Log Cake with Pomegranate Filling

Yes this dessert has many steps. Yes each step is important (so don’t cut corners if you want the cake to be...

A Jacket and a Riddle

This had never happened to me before. It was but a small matter, and now I can laugh about it, but at the time,...

An Eivel Yochid for Thousands

The first feeling was shock. Terrible, heart-rending shock. How could Lakewood, and so many beyond Lakewood, carry on without Rav Shlomo Gissinger zt”l? His...

Segues into Elul

Returning from summer camp brings with it a bag of mixed emotions. There is a feeling of pride that we were zoche to make...

A Heavenly Elul Lesson 5779

Last week, as Elul was approaching, I found myself on a plane traveling to the chasunah of a dear friend and former congregant. I...