All disagreements in life result from poorly-defined expectations. The Chofetz Chaim discusses faith within halacha in the context of partnerships with non-Jews and Shabbos. His discussion of the importance of Torah in his introduction to the Mishna Brurah. This shiur is sponsored by Chana Spivak in loving memory of her son, בנימין אליעזר. Download the […]
Many of the Maharal’s writings focus on the distinction between the world as it should be and the world as it is. The difference between חומר and צורה parallels the difference between the Jews and the nations of the world. Delivered 17 Elul 5778 (August 28th, 2018) at the OU Israel Center, Jerusalem.
Doing Teshuva Effectively: What is spirituality? Is it different from religion? And how does the answer to this question bring us closer to G-d? Watch Part 1
In our generation, we have the ability to be aware of everything that is going on in the world, the challenge is the concept of “nosei b’ol im chaveiro” Watch Part 2
This article was written for The Jewish Press, September 19, 2017 edition. Reprinted with permission. In this essay, I hope to introduce to a fresh perspective on the Festival of Rosh Hashanah. In order to do so, I ask you to join me in a simple thought experiment. Imagine that Rosh Hashanah began in a […]
The path out of galut, out of darkness into light. Why are we still in a state of “mipnei chataeinu galinu me’artzeinu” (because of our sins we in exile)? Tisha B’Av has to do with our sins which cause our exile.
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The Churban happened close to 2000 years ago but the loss continues until today. How do we learn from the churban, how do we move ahead and grow? Click here to watch with closed captions.
Of the many dimensions to the loss of the Beit HaMikdash the person-to-person aspect that it represents – discord and disharmony is the most tragic and it is this last aspect that we can fix today!
Tisha B’av is a day of introspection. It is not only about events of the past, it is also about recognizing that we are still in a time of distress.