This Week's Articles

A Second Chance

On Pesach Sheini, I always think about the survivors of the concentration camps. It was at this time of year that many of the...

Because I Want To

Who hasn’t come across at least one resistant-to-authority type in her lifetime? Some of us have the dubious pleasure of working for one. Others...

Bonov D’Shmuel

Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l, the premier posek of the previous generation, allowed himself one title: “avuha d’Shmuel — the father of Shmuel,” an...

Carbonation Inspiration

There are an infinite number of items in the world that we may gain inspiration from. Avrohom Avinu studied the briah and came to...

Derech Eretz before Torah: Stories about proper behavior

The Gift Of A Name Mottel Greenfeld and Chaim Engel were the fortunate survivors of the concentration camps; their parents, siblings, and entire extended families...

Empowering Children to Be Children and Families to Function as Families...

Thousands in Lakewood Pay Tribute to Chai Lifeline at Annual Dinner   “Someone asked me, ‘What does Chai Lifeline do for you?’ I answered, ‘What...

Encounter at the Mayo Clinic

I looked out the window from the eleventh floor of the Mayo Clinic and I was certain that I was dreaming. After all, anything...

Expect Tougher National Security Policies

President Trump’s selection of veteran diplomat and outspoken conservative John Bolton to replace General H.R. McMasters as his national security advisor is a signal...

Food of Faith & Freedom

As we approach one of the many peaks of the Seder, we raise the matzah and recite Ha Lachma Anya, opening the Maggid section....

From the Depths of Prison Spring Hope, Faith and Song

When you think “Yaakov Shwekey,” the association that immediately comes to mind is his sweet and powerful voice, with his trademark Middle-Eastern style, admired...

Israel-Iran Confrontation Over Syria Escalating

In the wake of Iran’s renewed efforts to turn Syria into a base to attack Israel, the dark clouds of war developing over the...

Kortz Un Sharf

A Missed Opportunity On the seder night, before Avodim Hoyinu, the Tchortokover rebbe would often relate a mayselah from our great rebbe’s and leaders, with...

Kushner & Greenblatt Meet Netanyahu And Abbas

Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Jared Kushner in Yerushalayim last week to try and lay the groundwork for peace negotiations which broke down three...

Maybe, Maybe

It was back when the iron-horse railroad was coming to Russia and the transportation ministry planned to lay thousands of miles of track upon...

My Take on the News

Adar Begins with Chaos Here in Israel, insanity has set in. It is as if our country misread the halachah of “mishenichnas Adar marbim b’simchah,” and...

My Take on the News

It Isn’t Over for Netanyahu Yet The scandals just keep coming. Shlomo Filber, a close associate of Prime Minister Binyomin Netanyahu and director-general of the...

My Take on the News

Lingering Memories of Purim On Thursday, it felt as if the entire country descended upon Bnei Brak. The next day, everyone flocked to Yerushalayim. In...

My Take on the News

“Hefetz Doesn’t Know Anything!” Prime Minister Binyomin Netanyahu may have been out of the country, but his thoughts were focused on the investigations at home....

My Take on the News

Provisions for Pesach Here in Israel, there are organizations in every neighborhood and city that distribute food packages to the needy in advance of the...

My Take on the News

The Police Deny Responsibility In the midst of this sadness, the preparations for the hillula of Rav Shimon Bar Yochai on Lag Ba’omer continued. With...