Hachnasat Orchim: To Sit at Henny Machlis’ Table

October 21, 2015, by

When we first learn that “Noach was righteous in his generation…” we applaud his stature until the rabbis, on deeper reflection, note that “in his generation” suggests that the bar was fairly low for righteousness when he lived. Abraham, however, is said to have been “righteous” without any qualification. He was truly righteous, in any

Some Personal Reflections on Sukkot in Yerushalayim

October 15, 2015, by

There is nothing as incomparably, magnificently festive as Yerushalayim just prior to, and during Sukkot. The city is illuminated by the incandescent sunshine of the pre-rainy season. Everywhere one looks, sukkot in infinitely varied sizes and styles dominate the streetscape. The markets are filled with yom tov shoppers, pushing and shoving in the finest Israeli

Five Changes I Made To My Life in Israel

October 14, 2015, by

Alexandra Benjamin wrote the following post on Facebook. In the wake of almost 30 terrorists attacks in Israel, she wrote about the five changes she made to her life and five things she refuses to change. We are grateful to Alexandra for allowing us to share this. Five Changes I Have Made to My Behaviour

The Worst New York Times Story Ever?

October 12, 2015, by

The New York Times recently published an article that was so appallingly flawed and dangerous that it simply beggars belief. Its subsequent “clarification” only serves to highlight how bad it was. The article, Historical Certainty Proves Elusive at Jerusalem’s Holiest Place, was a masterpiece of obfuscation and falsehood. It took minor academic debate about the

Wave of Terror in Israel: Latest Updates

October 8, 2015, by

As new terror attacks continue to emerge in Israel, it’s important to stay informed. The links below will provide coverage from numerous major media outlets in Israel: Arutz 7 Times of Israel Ha’aretz Jerusalem Post

Savitsky Talks: Who Will Support The State of Israel?

October 7, 2015, by

In this episode of  Savitsky Talks: Steven speaks with Heshy Zelcer, CEO of Hakirah: The Flatbush Journal of Jewish Law and Thought, about his latest think-piece: “Who Will Support the State of Israel?” “The mood of the American people is shifting a little bit away from supporting Israel,” Zelcer states. “A lot of this is

The Irreplaceable Lives We Lost

October 7, 2015, by

Commenting on the tragedy of the Holocaust, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach once said, “It’s not just the number six million. We lost so many holy people.” These words kept circling in my mind the last few days… “Its not just the number—we lost so many holy people.” The media reported: “Four people murdered in two terrorist

The Teshuva of Shabbat

September 16, 2015, by

(Excerpt from When God is Near: On the High Holidays, by Rabbi Yehuda Amital) For decades, thousands from around the world gathered to join Rabbi Yehuda Amital zt”l as he led the High Holiday prayers at Yeshivat Har Etzion. Right before the most critical points in the services, at moments of high spiritual intensity, he

Savitsky Talks: What’s Next for the Iran Deal?

September 10, 2015, by

President Obama has already gotten the votes he needs to support the Iran Deal. What happens next? What happens to the relationship between America and Israel? In this audio segment, Stephen Savitsky, interviews Robert G. Sugarman, former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations and past national chair of the Anti-Defamation League,

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