Fear and trembling. Those have been our primary religious emotions during the past several weeks. Although Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are referred to nowadays as the High Holidays, traditionally they were known as the Days of Awe, Yamim Noraim. Frightful days, fearful days. During this recent time none of us escaped a sense of […]
Delivered at the OU Israel Center, September 25th, 2019 (Leil 26 Elul 5779)
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 […]