This week’s parsha says that the Torah is no longer in the heavens. Instead, it is for us on Earth. Rabbi Glenn Black of NCSY Canada points out that this same line appears in the Gemara, where it describes an argument between Rabbi Eliezar and the sages and three surprising miracles unfold to prove his […]
The Torah is one weighty scroll, and not just when it comes time to lift it. Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky, the founding Menahel of The DRS High School in Long Island, New York, shares the favorite piece of Torah of his grandfather, Rabbi Dr. Joseph Kaminetsky.
The month of Elul is here and Rosh Hashanah is nearly upon us. Rabbi Arieh Friedner, city Director of NCSY Cleveland, is reminded by this time of year that we must constantly strive towards perfection: undertaking to build ourselves is like planning to build a house. Find out why we don’t need to be perfect, […]
In this week’s parsha, Moshe is commanded to set up cities of refuge on the East side of the Jordan, but knows that he will not be able to enter the Land of Israel and live to see the fruits of his efforts. Rabbi Yitzchok Dinovitzer, Associate Regional Director of Atlantic Seaboard, whose NCSY experience […]
On Erev Tisha B’Av, Karen Hochhauser, a New Jersey NCSY Alumna who made aliyah, is thinking about the miracle of life in Eretz Yisrael, but also its challenges. A pasuk from Parshat VaEtchanan reminds Moshe and Bnei Yisroel never to forget about doing chesed and good deeds, adding to an outpouring of love over several […]
Rashi asks why Moshe Rabbeinu rebukes the entirety of Bnei Yisrael in Parshat Dvarim. Rabbi Tuvia Fried, Learning Director at NCSY Camp Sports, addresses Rashi and reminds us of the power of our words and deeds to carefully create and quickly destroy.
This week’s parsha, Masei, goes into such detail about the route that the journey and encampment of the Jewish people took them as they traveled from Egypt to the Land of Israel. Why the 42 specific stops? Rabbi Judah Hulkower, an alumnus of West Coast NCSY, tells us that each location speaks to a different […]
Rabbi Chaim Loike, Rabbinic Coordinator at OU Kashrut, discusses how the Jewish people were cursed in this week’s parsha, Matot, not directly, but through an indirect weakening of their connection with HaShem by causing them to sin.
Amanda Esraeilian, an advisor for Midwest NCSY and former International President, examines the census process of the Land of Israel described in Parshat Pinchas and is struck by how fairly the land is then divided between families. But life is rarely proceeds so justly. How can we rationalize living through those unjust experiences?
What can we learn from talking donkeys? Carol Rhine, COO of NY NCSY and Director of JUMP takes a look at a strange message sent to a king of Moab who tries to curse the Jewish people. What lessons can we take away from this and more recent events in Jewish history? Carol recorded this […]