Yerushalyim is the center of the universe, the focus of our national consciousness. The entire city is sacred, and at its center is the most sacred place on Earth, the Beit HaMikdash, the Holy Temple. It is known as Ir David, the city of King David, who chose it for his royal palace. It was
I write these words midway between two Shabbatot. Several days ago, Parashat Vayera, on the 18th day of the month of Cheshvan, a vicious anti-Semite entered the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He carried four weapons with him, including an assault rifle. He shouted, “All Jews must die!”
The sad demise of Ben Zion Shenker has left a void which cannot be filled in the world of Jewish spirituality. Our nation has been able to slowly begin to recover from the trauma of the Holocaust partly because of the revival and proliferation of Chassidic music. Ben Zion was the pioneer of this revival
Our pleasant stay in Israel was interrupted earlier this week by the news of the demise of Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis zt”l. I use the abbreviation for “zecher tzadekes livracha” advisedly, because she was indeed a “tzadekes.” She founded Hineni and stood at the forefront of the outreach movement long before it became popular and long
This Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which we observe in commemoration of the life and accomplishments of a great American. In tribute to Dr. King, Rabbi Weinreb composed this brief message: There is a tragedy that we remember this week, not a particularly Jewish one, but a universal tragedy. I speak of the
Thursday, July 24 Chavi and I arrived on El Al. The flight was full, and the landing was fine and secure, baruch Hashem. Friday, July 25 We went to OU Israel, where there were several people waiting to go on the mission. Rabbi Avi Berman (OU Israel Executive Director), a young woman named Dikla who
Straight talk from Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb about misconceptions surrounding the field and a therapist’s true role.
What does G-d want from us? What message is He sending? No one has answers to these questions. But I do have some reflections which I would like to share with you.
Because on Purim I have been face to face with death.
When it comes to raising kids, simply being present is of paramount importance.