Lessons from a Giant He was considered to be one of the greatest rabbis of this generation. His complete mastery of the entire gamut of Torah and Talmud reflected a level of proficiency that is possessed by only a few in this generation. His PhD from Harvard in English literature was a testament to his […]
For years there has been an urban legend circulating about a chance meeting between two great Talmudic scholars. The story is usually told as follows: During the Yom Kippur war, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion, Harav Aharon Lichtenstein ZT”L, felt compelled to help in the war effort. His students were fighting valiantly at […]
An inspiring true story about Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky, Chief Rabbi of Vilna (1863-1940), told by Shlomo Horwitz of Jewish Crossroads. More info available at www.jewishcrossroads.org/about.htm. Produced by Chaim Kalish of BuildaFilm Studios.
Why don’t Orthodox Jews observe Valentine’s Day? After all, it’s a day dedicated to love – isn’t that a good thing? To understand the answer, let us first examine the origins of the celebration. A Catholic Holiday? For starters, the full name of the holiday is “Saint Valentine’s Day.” You are probably familiar with St. […]
Because of our traditions, we’ve kept our balance for many, many years. Here in Anatevka, we have traditions for everything: how to sleep, how to eat… how to work… how to wear clothes. For instance, we always keep our heads covered, and always wear a little prayer shawl that shows our constant devotion to God. […]
What’s a religious holiday and what’s a secular holiday? Even though banks and post offices are closed on December 25, I think most people would recognize that Christmas is a religious holiday. Its status as a “national holiday” does not render it secular; that’s just for the convenience of the overwhelming majority of people in […]