Language and the lack of it is important in this parsha. Noach is an almost silent Biblical character. He found favor in G-d’s eyes, yet few Biblical commentators praise him. He saved the world physically–but he didn’t ask for more. He didn’t cry out to G-d to stop the destruction of the world, to ask
A rare, ancient papyrus dating to the First Temple Period — 2,700 years ago — has been found to bear the oldest known mention of Jerusalem in Hebrew. The fragile text, believed plundered from a cave in the Judean Desert cave, was apparently acquired by the Israel Antiquities Authority during a sting in 2012 when
If you go on Bucketlist.org, you can create your own bucket list of crazy antics, and you can also compare and contrast your lists to those of others. The last time I looked, the site claims 48,924 participants with 889,936 goals. That’s a lot to do. Better get them done quickly: you might run out
Sometimes it takes a while to realize that you are lost. You think you are on the right path but it proves to be elusive. But know this: unlikely as it seems, you are still being guided. This August, my family and I thought that we were on the right road, the one to Chalkis,
I’d like to talk about what Anthony Weiner did and my personal reaction to it, which many of you may find surprising. From there, we may have a takeaway that we can use this High Holiday season. I have to start out by saying that I was never a fan of former congressman Anthony Weiner.
The Toco Hills community in Atlanta, anchored by OU affiliate shuls Congregation Beth Jacob and Young Israel of Toco Hills, is working on a coordinated effort to make home hospitality available to members of the Jewish communities of the Carolinas and Florida who are affected by Hurricane Matthew. Over 50 local families have already signed
It is Elul and I have fallen. Literally. They say no good deed goes unpunished, right? I have always hated that expression. It seems so unforgiving. And yet, this was a good deed. I was helping my friend Valerie prepare for her mother’s shloshim. Her mother died in a car accident in Nashville, Tennessee and
“Pizza makes me think that anything is possible” ~ Henry Rollins Yachad Israel is bringing back Pizza 4 Soldiers! Yachad Israel finds it important to show support for Israel’s IDF soldiers. What better way to support than to make and send pizza! At our Pizza 4 Soldiers events, Yachad members, students in Yeshiva and Seminary,
“Rabbi, what is that on your wrist?” “It’s a Fitbit.” “Why do you wear it?” “It tracks how many steps I take each day, the quantity and quality of my sleep, and other important pieces of information.” “C’mon Rabbi, sounds like shtick to me. Do you really need that? What does it do for you?
American and Israeli government officials signed an agreement Wednesday that locks in the largest-ever package of U.S. military aid — $38 billion over the next decade — to Israel. This includes funds for missile defense systems, including the noted Iron Dome, that will protect against rockets fired by Hamas and Hezbollah and other terrorist groups.