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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

Yom HaAtzmaut: Redemptive Moments During the Past Year

April 15, 2021, by

In life, before we move forward, we must take inventory. It is true in the business world just as it is true in many areas of life. Without examining and taking stock, we fail to learn from the past and risk repeating the very same mistakes. For religious people “cheshbon hanefesh” – moral inventory –

73+1 Reasons Why I Love Israel

April 15, 2021, by

Yes, there are imitations, but here is the original Jerusalem Post 17th straight year of new “Reasons I love Israel,” even though 2020 was a year of challenges. In no particular order: 1. Rappelling, spelunking and droning: Archaeologists rappelled into Dead Sea caves and recently found 2,000-year-old biblical texts of Prophets Zecharia and Nahum. Fighters

40 Teens From 22 U.S. Cities and Vienna Join Yachad’s Virtual Inclusion Training Seminar

February 25, 2021, by

Nearly 40 teens from across the United States met virtually to receive training focused on becoming ambassadors for making Jewish communal life more inclusive for individuals with disabilities. The Orthodox Union’s (OU) Yachad, the leading organization for individuals with disabilities, organized the sessions. The program coincides with Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) celebrated

Purim 2021: Marking a Year Since Our World Turned Upside Down

February 25, 2021, by

In the coming days, Jews will celebrate the Purim festival, a holiday built on the theme of how everything can instantly be turned upside down. In the original Purim story, a day dedicated to the destruction of the Jews became the day of their triumph, while the gallows prepared for the Jewish leader Mordechai were

My Startling Conversation With Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski Zt”l

February 25, 2021, by

Throughout my life, since high school, I had almost idolized Rabbi Dr Twerski zt”l. Here was a man who had the appearance, “levush” (garb), and most importantly, the “heartzik warmth and emotion” of a Chassidic Rebbe, and yet was so fully accomplished, respected, and influential in the secular world. From what I had heard about