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Why We Went to New Orleans

October 7, 2021, by

The Jewish People have many needs.  Locally, we have numerous schools and organizations that need funding, elderly people who rely on our help for a safety net and, unfortunately, no shortage of people who struggle to afford an Orthodox lifestyle.  There are so many Jews around the world who could use more assistance and aid;

NCSY’s Ben Zakkai Honor Society Presents Its 2021 Candidate Members

August 12, 2021, by

The Ben Zakkai Honor Society raises critical funds to provide direct scholarships for NCSYers to continue their Jewish education after high school, or to participate in various NCSY programs, For over 50 years Ben Zakkai membership has selected five new Alumni Inductees as well as up to twenty “candidate members” from among several thousand graduating

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