Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Divrei Torah

Daily Study Beyond the Daf

We all want to broaden our knowledge of Torah. For those with limited time each day, one proven strategy is to join a daily study schedule. Schedules help by giving us small bites of learning each day, which add up over time. Participants receive the satisfaction of being mesayem broad areas of Torah. Daily shiurim can also connect

Transparency and Discretion

The previous parsha, Shemini, documents the culmination of a religious odyssey that was launched upon the Exodus from Egypt. The implausible dream that a house crafted by human hand could contain the overwhelming presence of an infinite God finally materializes. Immediately after this epic moment, kosher dietary laws are

Keeping Kosher in the Modern World

In the modern reality, many Jews living in concentrated Jewish regions enjoy easy access to kosher food. Most of the struggle to acquire kosher food has been eliminated, and, consequently, the values behind a kosher lifestyle oftentimes remain uninspected. Without “investing” in keeping kosher, we may forget the meaning behind

Absorbing the Experience of Silence

On my first day of an English composition class, the teacher asked that we write down one thing we hope to gain in the class. Most wrote the same thing: I want to become more advanced in vocabulary and its utilization in writing and verbal expression. One of the things I hear from people who make remarks about certain public

To Err Is Human; To Accept Responsibility Is Divine

When I was in high school, my rebbe, Rabbi Farber, z”l, took our class to a restaurant to celebrate our completing a Gemara, a siyum. One boy ordered shish kebab on big skewers. As young teenage boys, we thought these long metal skewers were quite cool. Some of us took on a dare: to take one of the skewers from the restaurant. I

Parshat Parah and the Snake

My cousin, Yakov Nagen, rosh kollel at Yeshivat Otniel, points out in his sefer “Awaken to a New Day,” a universal principle: that the parsha of the week has real-time relevance to current events.

There’s no greater current event then the yetzer hara attacking us every second of every day,

The Light of Torah Drives Away the Darkness of Anti-Religious Incitement in Teveria

In a meeting at the home of the senior Rosh Yeshiva of Ponovezh, HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein, shlita, a number of prominent rabbanim from Teveria consulted the rosh yeshiva about how to respond to the assault on religion which was transpiring in their city.

David Ohana, member of the

Biale Rebbe of Bnei Brak to Visit Teaneck and Englewood

(Courtesy of Biale Bnei Brak) Hardly a year has passed since the Biale Rebbe of Bnei Brak has visited Teaneck, yet hundreds are excitedly anticipating the return of their revered Rebbe. Each year when the Rebbe arrives at the house in Teaneck at the house where he lodges, the place becomes a public source of attraction as hundreds of people

Is It Beneath You, or Are You Just Above It?

Aharon and his children were given the tremendous responsibility of the service of the Temple. As much as this service represented the epitome of being involved in holy activities, interestingly however, the first task that Aharon and his children are instructed to perform is the mitzvah of terumat hadeshen—the removal of the

Letter Writing in Megillat Esther

As the miracle of Purim develops, letters play an important role in the unfolding drama. All told, five letters are composed and dispatched. The first two letters frame the odious plot; the first letter which establishes men as masters of the home, and the second letter which decrees the extermination of the Jews. As the tide

The Best Investment

As we delight in the warmer weather that is finally arriving, we’re also feeling a lot of pressure this time of year. Pressure on our pocketbook! It’s registration time for all the yeshivos. It’s time to pay hefty deposits for our girls going away to seminary in Eretz Yisrael. It’s only a month away from the pricey holiday

Purim: The King’s Restless Sleep

A famous joke is told about two elderly Jews, one a pessimist and the other an optimist. The difference between the two was that the pessimist would always say, “It can’t get any worse than this,” to which the optimist would reply, “Oh, yes it can!”

Let’s go back in time to Persia,