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Jewish Holidays

Avoiding Danger During the Three Weeks

July 6, 2012, by

The three weeks between the seventeenth of Tammuz and Tish’a b’Av, between the anniversary of the breach of the wall of Yerushalayim and the anniversary of the destruction of the Mikdash, are a period of mourning. But this time is also considered a period of special danger: “Caution is needed from the 17th of Tammuz […]

“I Saw Anne Frank Die”

February 4, 2012, by

At the age of 100, remembering the horrors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp BY IRMA SONNENBERG MENKEL As Printed in July 21, 1997 Edition of Newsweek© Magazine I TURNED 100 YEARS OLD IN APRIL AND HAD A BEAUTIFUL birthday party surrounded by my grandchildren, great grandchildren and other family members. I even danced a little. Willard […]

The 3 Weeks Part II: Tov and Ra

August 3, 2011, by

For part 1 click here. Ra (evil) is that which gets in the way of our achieving the tzurat ha’adam, man in his ideal state, as he was at the time of creation.

Chesed and Yirah: The Two Pathways to Loving our Fellow Jews

July 28, 2011, by

In the Sefer Yereim from Rebbe Eliezer Mi’mitz on the mitzvah of “Vahavtah L’reyacha Kamocha” he teaches us an amazing insight into this enormously important mitzvah. He writes as follows: “And you shall love your neighbor as you love yourself for I am Hashem”, He then proceeds to explain the verse as follows. “The mitzvah […]

The 3 Weeks Part I: Tov and Ra

July 22, 2011, by

The big picture: the 3 weeks and the Fragmenting of the Tzurat Ha’adam – a much earlier concept which is found at the beginning of Sefer Bereishit expresses itself during the 3 weeks & especially on Tisha B’Av. For part 2 click here.

You Just Never Know…

July 19, 2011, by

Adapted for this series from Rabbi Yaacov Haber’s “REACHINGS” Rav Gifter, the great Rosh Yeshiva of the Telz Yeshiva in Cleveland, flew one day, with a number of his students, to a wedding in Baltimore. They had to change planes in some city on the way to Baltimore. While they were waiting at the airport […]

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