Sunday, February 16, 2020

Divrei Torah

Yeshivas Acheinu Chanukas Habayis Attended by Senior Gedolei Yisrael

What brought the venerated, nonagenarian gedolim, HaGaon HaRav Dov Landau, shlita, rosh yeshiva of the Slabodka Yeshiva, HaGaon Harav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi, shlita, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Ateres Yisroel, as well as the octogenarian kiruv legend and tzaddik Rav Uri Zohar, to a chanukas habayis for a yeshiva? Why would

One Small Step

The grand narrative of Parshat Lech Lecha follows Avraham’s journey as he follows God’s directive: travelling from his home in Haran and establishing a new life in Eretz Yisrael. The story reaches its climax when Avraham receives the promise that he will have children and they will inherit the land. With wonderful imagery, the

Judaism Is Different

For approximately 2,000 years, humanity was lost in theological confusion and moral mayhem. Finally, one great man uncovered the Creator of the universe and journeyed to the supernatural land of Divine presence. Avraham’s selection dramatically revolutionizes the history of religion.

The man

Influence Through Modeling

When my wife gave birth to twin girls 20 years ago, we did not realize what pattern she was setting in motion. Baruch Hashem, my twin daughters both got married this past year. The oldest twin just gave birth to twin boys last week! We believe that this week’s parsha provides us some guidance regarding our future relationship

Carrying On a Legacy

As I reflect on the bris of Yosef Chaim this past week, I cannot help but appreciate the timing and the context of such a special occasion. I have served as a mohel for many years and performed many brisin, but this one felt a little different, a little bigger. I didn’t fully understand, however, until I turned my attention to

God’s Command

There’s a concept brought down in Eruvin (31b) that mitzvot lav lehenot nitnu, mitzvot were not given for pleasure. Yet Rashi explains that when God told Avraham to go from his land, it was “for [his] benefit and for [his] good.” Is God perhaps negating the rule of mitzvot lav lehenot nitnu, for Avraham is gaining pleasure

Yerushalayim: Then and Now

And Malkitzedek, king of Salem, brought forth bread and wine (Bereishis 14:18)

The significance of Malkitzedek, the high priest, bringing forth bread and wine to Avraham, who had just returned from war was, on a granular level, twofold (see Rashi). First, it was common to eat a sumptuous meal

West Orange Course to Help People Cope With Life Challenges

This fall, Chabad of West Orange will offer “Worrier to Warrior,” a new six-session course by the acclaimed Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), to help people deal with life challenges by accepting themselves and finding meaning in adversity.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.,

Positively Responding to Challenges in Life

As Avraham begins his journey through his ten nisyonot (challenges and trials), it leads us to think about the nisyonot that each of us go through. Many times we wonder why we must undergo so many challenges, from big to small. What does Hshem want from us already? It’s common to associate cognitive negativity toward the

In Anticipation…

I’m just going to say it as it is. The talmidei chachamim comprising the vast body of the Dirshu Torah army live lives of genuine mesiras nefesh when it comes to their learning.

I have a reason for mentioning this right now. It has to do with a recent conversation I had with a friend.

Cyber-Towers of Modern Bavel

Sadly, an entire planet had suffered total moral collapse and was tragically annihilated by the violent waters of the flood. Noach’s world disappears and humanity must be rebuilt from scratch. A few generations later, an ambitious company of people attempt to form a modern city punctuated by a tower. For some unspecified reason,

Walking Ahead of God: Rav Kook on Parshat Noach

The Torah states that “Noach was a perfect tzaddik...Noach walked with Hashem.” [1] Chazal teach that Avraham was on a higher level, as the Torah describes him as walking in front of Hashem. [2] [3] This has to be more than just a play on words. What exactly do these terms signify?

We know