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Not Even Remotely Close: It’s Time to Return to our Houses of Faith

June 3, 2021, by

Like every other aspect of society, we in the religious community are grappling with the challenges of reopening. Yet while debates rage about complete, partial, or no return to the physical business office, communities of faith must not settle for anything less than the real thing. We must return to our houses of faith. The

The Tightrope of Turmoil & Redemption – A Voice from Israel

May 13, 2021, by

On Monday afternoon, while working in my home office in Ramat Beit Shemesh, a siren roared. My gut reaction was: “I think this is a warning siren.” I immediately went downstairs to confirm with my wife, and all five of us went into our bomb shelter room hearing and feeling the impact of rockets nearby,

The Torah of Yerushalayim

May 6, 2021, by

Did Klal Yisrael embrace Torah or was it foisted upon us? Are we G-d’s people because of our enthusiastic embrace of that mission, na’aseh v’nishmah,ַ or because G-d held the mountain threateningly over our heads, kafah alav har k’gigit? Apparently, there is a dual nature to our relationship with G-d and Torah, that includes both

The Special Significance of Yerushalayim

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

How Can You Help Solve the Tuition Crisis?

April 29, 2021, by

The “tuition crisis.” It’s a well-worn phrase in every Modern Orthodox household with school-age children. It’s a regular topic in the pages of this newspaper, and in a 2017 survey of American Modern Orthodox Jews it was ranked as the most serious problem facing the Jewish community by a wide margin. We all know that