This Week's Articles

Come into Your Inner Chambers

Lockdown, quarantine, social distancing, isolation… Whatever you call it, we are experiencing a potential disaster unprecedented in our lifetime. In such times, it is...

Despair is Not a Jewish Word

Yerushalayim lay in ruin, the Second Bais Hamikdosh destroyed, and the smell of death was in the air throughout the city. Rome was now...

Faith, Not Fear

Time has stopped. A giant hold button has been pressed and everything has paused. Everything that was so important a couple of weeks ago...

In the Merit of Emunah

At the Seder, we raise the matzah and recite Ha Lachma Anya to open the Maggid section. We say that the matzah we are...

Ma Nishtana Hashana Hazeh? Why is This Year So Different Than...

This year is different. On Pesach, we are accustomed to ask questions. “Why is this night different than all other nights?” This year, I...

My Take on the News

Everyone Is Davening - Including the Scientists I know that I don’t have to describe the feelings we are experiencing here in Israel, because you...

My Take on the News

Looking Forward to Pesach Another year has gone by and we are heading toward Pesach and the Seder night again. May Hashem perform miracles for...

Nazi War Criminals on the Run

Who Helped Them Escape?  With the recent opening of secret Vatican archives from the Holocaust period, researchers hope to learn more about how thousands of...

Pesach: The Yom Tov of Eternal Light

We are accustomed to think of Chanukah as the Yom Tov of light. But that shimmering menorah was actually preceded by the light of...

Seder in Solitude

Oh! What a heartfelt Seder Not seen in many years Our hearts broken like matzah The salty water, tears   Will Totty come home from shul? Will shul just be...

Six (So Far) Takeaways From the Corona Epidemic

I am undoubtedly not as wise as some of my columnist colleagues who have decided to avoid writing about corona until, G-d willing, it...

Sounds of Solitude

Not talking ‘bout the virus Not talking ‘bout the fear Just talking ‘bout the feeling Alone, just sitting here   I cannot meet my neighbors I cannot go to learn To...

The “Breiteh Machine” – The Complex Machine Called Man

“Fix Your Tie and Smile. You Are Being Videoed.” Years ago, the great mashigach of Lakewood, Rav Nosson Wachtfogel zt”l, once said in a shmuess,...