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Red Cross Admits World War II Failings as Holocaust Spread

April 29, 2015, by

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross attacked his organization’s World War II record, saying it “lost its moral compass.” Peter Maurer, presenting the keynote address Tuesday at a Geneva commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi death camps, said the ICRC “failed to protect civilians and, most notably,

Becoming An Expert Giver

April 29, 2015, by

I’m pretty good at thinking about myself. You know, what do I need, what do I want, how do I feel, and so on. Marriage, and even more so, motherhood, has helped me get out of that mentality and ask myself, what does he need, what does he want, how does he feel? With my kids,

Is Hashem Necessary?

April 29, 2015, by

Hawkings Error from Shabbat.com on Vimeo. In this video, produced by Hashem.com (a project of Shabbat.com), Stephen Hawking’s theory that God wasn’t necessary to create or sustain the world is disputed by leading scientists, shedding scientific light that Hashem is indeed the key force behind the creation of the universe.

When Your Child Says Goodbye to Religion

April 28, 2015, by

You send your child to the best day school or yeshiva; celebrate Shabbat and chagim joyously. But one day, your child announces that he or she is no longer religiously observant. It’s painful. How do you understand your child’s decision to leave behind something that means so much to you? How do you relate to

One Fallen Soldier, 23 Descendants

April 28, 2015, by

On the day before Yom Hazikaron, the New York Times published this story about one of Israel’s fallen soldiers. Gil’ad, an only child, was a lieutenant killed during the Yom Kippur War. A talented musician, he was given the opportunity to serve in the army’s music division, but instead joined a combat unit with his

The Enduring Legacies of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein

April 23, 2015, by

On Monday morning, Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, the former leader of Yeshivat Har Etzion, English scholar and titan of Modern Orthodoxy both in Israel and abroad, died in his home at 81. Tributes to him poured in from around the world and across the Jewish spectrum — from the president of the Union for Reform Judaism

Rav Aharon Lichtenstein: A Personal Reminiscence

April 23, 2015, by

Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, as I knew him, was not merely a giant of Torah, but also a giant of a man. He was a child prodigy—Rav Hillel Zaks, a grandson of the Chafetz Chaim and friend of Rav Aharon from Yeshivas Chaim Berlin, recounted that Rav Aharon stood uniquely above his peers even as a

Who Caught the Bookkeeper of Auschwitz?

April 23, 2015, by

Anything but the banality of evil. This week, Oskar Gröning, 93, nicknamed “the bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” went to trial in Germany for his complicity in the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews over the summer in 1944. The trial is different from previous trials of Nazis since it isn’t about proving that Gröning was a part

What Does it Mean to be the Parent of a Chayal?

April 23, 2015, by

Yom Hazikaron Address by Rabbi Kenneth Brander to the Yeshiva University student body in Lamport Auditorium, April 22, 2015. I have no idea of what it means to be a Chayal. To go through the training to become a combat soldier in the IDF. To trek 45 miles in less than 24 hours while carrying

Parents’ Perspective on Their Children’s Aliyah

April 23, 2015, by

This essay first appeared in Yeshiva University’s publication “Torah To Go” for Pesach 5775. Republished with permission. What motivated some of our children to make aliyah? Nothing comes from nothing. Many of my mother’s relatives emigrated from Germany to Israel prior to World War II. Due to Hitler, yimach shemo, my mother, as a teenager,