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Taking Our Learning to a Higher Level

The elation and euphoria of the Siyum Hashas has borne fruit. As I looked around the crowded room on Sunday morning when we began...

A Thought About “Daas Torah”

The concept of “daas Torah” is one that has very much taken root in our collective communities. It is also an ideal that is...

Hundreds of Thousands Celebrate the 13th Siyum Hashas of Daf Yomi

“Please send information about daf hayomi,” pleads a letter to the editor in a 1982 edition of the now-defunct Jewish Observer, the truncated sentences...

Learning from the Siyum Hashas: Meaningful Lives, Wasted Lives

I have not spoken to all of the well over 90,000 people who were at MetLife Stadium and Barclays Center. But I have heard...

Providers of the World

Shocked. Stunned. Numbed. What words can one use to describe the emotions upon hearing of the horrific bloodshed in Jersey City? At first, one...

Am Yisroel: A Nation and a Race Defending the President’s Executive...

On December 11, 2019, President Donald Trump signed a historic executive order applying Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to Jewish Americans....

Avel and the Siyum Hashas

Question: My children and I are very excited about the upcoming Siyum Hashas, which will be celebrated with so many thousands...

NYC Report Gives Yeshivos Excellent Grades. Will Media Bias Ruin it?

At the face of it, a report by New York City’s Department of Education gives excellent grades to its handful of yeshivos whose secular...

Victory Over Yavan Vigilance Toward His Descendants

Last week, we discussed several of what appeared to be losses to the Yevonim but in truth were great triumphs. One of these was...

The Light that Unites

There he sat in his house in London all alone. It was the third night of Chanukah in 1941 and one of the greatest...

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...