A verse in parshat Mishpatim, echoes the spirit of the famous phrase from Hillel in Pirkei Avot. Scott Shulman, Program Director for Israel Free Spirit, the OU’s Birthright trip provider, examines the faith the Israelites demonstrated to do and obey Hashem’s Commandments.
A question posed about 100 years ago to a Rabbi by Jews living in Buenos Aires is the topic this week. Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner, Rosh Beit Midrash of YU Zichron Dov in Toronto, explains why we celebrate Tu BiShevat, the so-called Birthday of the Trees, halfway into the month of Shevat to coincide with the […]
Ari Hoffman, the Director of Seattle NCSY, presents a logical unfolding of the ten plagues that afflicted the Egyptians as well as how Hashem’s promise to lead the Israelites out of Egypt is a foretelling of something even greater.
What are the qualities that makes a good person into a great person, a ‘gadol’? Keevy Fried, the Associate International Director of NCSY looks at this week’s parsha, Shemot, for an example from Moses’s life. In the Torah, two verses say that he ‘grew up’. What qualities distinguish the first growth from the latter one?
Jacob, soon to die in Egypt, blesses Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Menashe, and asks to be buried in the the land G-d promised to Abraham. However, an action he takes prevents the kind of bad blood that had dogged the family for generations.
By this week’s parsha, Joseph has been through the emotional ringer: from his brothers selling him into slavery, to his meteoric rise in Egypt. Yardenna Bannett, NJ NCSY Senior Specialist, describes the emotional reunion between Joseph and his father Jacob this week. Jacob collapses and says the Shema, but what does this central prayer mean […]
Rabbi Greenberg, the JLIC educator for campuses in Greater Toronto, asks how Jacob could live through the pain of losing his son Joseph and how we too can keep a glimmer of hope even in the darkest times.
As Jacob returns to meet his brother Essau after 22 years, Rabbi Jack Melul of the University of Oregon Hillel and JSU/NCSY in Eugene, Oregon, shares a commentary from Rashi: how did Jacob keep the 613 mitzvot while living with his father-in-law Laban away from Israel? What is the distinction between being able to perform […]