The crowning of the title “rabbi” on a group of 150 young men at Yeshiva University this past Sunday was not only a celebration of individual achievement and accomplishment. It was more than families rejoicing in what might be the greatest joy a Jewish parent can experience—the conferring of the title “rabbi” on a son. It
In 1857, a leading Reform-minded rabbi in America, Isaac Mayer Wise, published a prayer book he called Minhag America. With this publication, he attempted to unify American Jews around a single text of prayer, which, of course, faced immediate opposition and eventual failure. More radical reformers felt the book was too
Shabbat HaChodesh: Parshiyot Vayakhel-Pekudei
The special maftir reading established by the Tana’im in the Mishna was meant to remind the congregation that the time to offer the Korban Pesach, the paschal sacrifice, was quickly approaching, and so, the selection quotes Hashem’s unique
They say a picture is “worth a thousand words.” One of my children was recently looking at an old family photo album and stumbled upon a picture of an Israeli soldier holding a canteen. He asked me, “Who is this?” I proceeded to tell him a story, the details of which I remember with great clarity. It was the summer
“So, Rabbi, bottom line—what’s the deal with drinking on Purim? What’s the message we are supposed to take from this unusual law?”
That was the question I was asked by a sincere and thoughtful congregant last week. I first replied that I once asked Rav Reuven Feinstein what is
From the president on down, Americans are very attached to their money. They don’t part with it so willingly. They feel this even more acutely when they must give an accounting and pay taxes, as they do on April 15. But not so in our parsha of Pekudei, when we give an
One of the most emotion-charged campaign platforms of the 2016 election cycle was the declaration by candidate Donald Trump that the U.S. should build a wall along its southern border as a way to stop illegal immigration.
Perhaps ironically, the week of President Trump’s inauguration
As religious Jews, our lives seem to be governed by the observance of laws, mitzvot. We go through life thinking such thoughts as: Is this product kosher? I can’t do this, it’s Shabbos; I have to put on my tzitzit; I can’t say that, it’s lashon hara; I must perform the mitzvah of etrog and lulav; I have a shidduch for her;
There is no question that recent advances in technology have forever changed our world. Technology has added a plethora of conveniences and supportive functionalities. Waze gets us places faster. Google gets us more information than we can learn in a lifetime. Entertainment platforms give us personalized songs, streaming movies and
“Much has been said and written on the utility of newspapers; but one principal advantage which might be derived from these publications has been neglected; we mean that of reading them in schools.” [The Portland Eastern Herald, June 8, 1795]
A large body
Before teens can effectively talk to God, tefillah needs to talk to them.
Tefillah is not only one of the core parts of Judaism, but of any solid yeshiva education, sometimes performed up to three