Last Sunday, I joined with Team Yachad to participate in the Miami Half-Marathon. While I was there, I met a man who was familiar with my writing from this very web site. (Gratifying though that was, any egotism it might have caused was offset by the fact that he was 15 years my senior and
In a well-known Chasidic tale, a rabbi wishes to demonstrate the consequences of lashon hara to a habitual gossip. He has the man cut open a pillow and scatter the feathers to the wind. “Now gather up every last feather,” the rabbi tells him. “That’s what it’s like trying to get back the gossip one
The Mishna tells us, “in a place where there is no man, strive to be a man” (Avos 2:6). Sadly, not every marriage turns out to be a fairy-tale romance.
On Halloween, a 22-year-old woman – whose name I will withhold to protect what little privacy she has left – decided to dress as a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing. This entailed dressing like a regular marathon runner but with fake blood on her extremities. And, as young people do, she posted the picture
A quick look into the idea of Makom Kavua.
Not that one’s prayers are not efficacious if one doesn’t memorize them of if he doesn’t understand every word he’s saying, but wouldn’t our prayers be more meaningful to us if we knew what we were saying?
Do we really believe that our ancestors held such enlightened views on women? My answer is, “No, of course not. Don’t be ridiculous.” But that doesn’t mean that the Torah doesn’t.
Fights over the spelling of “Knaidel”, the shape of bourekas and if we can put keys into challah? It seems like the Jewish community has forgotten that there are true problems facing our society.
Do we make things unnecessarily hard on ourselves or do we conspire to avoid our responsibilities?
It takes something different to get each of us thinking about humility.