The Dust Storm
December 2nd, 2020
We begin every day with these brachas, so they must be important.
“Blessed are You, Hashem … Who gives the heart understanding to distinguish between day and night.”
“Blessed are You, Hashem, that I am not a slave!”
“Blessed are You, Hashem, Who clothes the
Do You Think I Am A Calm Person?
November 25th, 2020
The opening scene of this week’s Parsha always thrills me. I see Yaakov Avinu in this vast world with the stars above him, setting out on the journey which will change world history forever. He is completely alone; there is no one else … until he becomes aware of the malachim going up
Bereft... Memories of Rabbi Dovid Feinstein ZT"L
November 19th, 2020
In the spring of 2019, my dear friend and colleague Reb Tsemach Glenn took me to the Lower East Side of Manhattan and introduced me to the Gaon ha Rav Dovid Feinstein zt”l. If you have read my book, From Central Park to Sinai: How I Found My Jewish Soul, you will know that I was raised on the
The Dimension of Impurity
November 12th, 2020
I was in the middle of writing this week’s article when I learned that the U. S. election has apparently been decided. I would like to comment on what I believe is the significance of this event. I understand that the validity of the results is under challenge, but those challenges would not
The Keys in the Dumpster
November 5th, 2020
The story of Am Yisroel is a story of arising from the depths.
This is also the story of each individual. The greatest of the great admit that they have a mountain to climb. Listen to King David: “I am a worm and not a man, scorn of humanity, despised of nations.” (Psalm
The Courage of Noach and Avraham Avinu
October 28th, 2020
I find it difficult to take a stand in front of people who disagree with me.
Chazal tell us that a shy person will not learn (Avos 2:6). In other words, if I am going to look ignorant by asking a question, I will not ask. The yetzer hara tries tells us we have to protect our reputation. After all,
"Corona" Means "Crown"
October 21st, 2020
You have already seen the article below. It was written by me some six months ago for Shabbos Hagadol, the Shabbos before Pesach. I think it is time to re-read it.
Now, almost eleven months after we first heard of Covid 19, we do not know much more than we did at the
October 15th, 2020
Now the Awesome Days have come to an end; Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkos and Shemini Atzeres. I was emotional when I left the sukkah. I did not want to say farewell to the Holy Guests who had come to elevate us by their presence.
We are going to have to try to bring the kedusha of Yom
Our Hiding Place
September 30th, 2020
Erev Yom Kippur I received an email from a yeshiva in New York, which said, “The Satan is trying mightily to close shuls and mosdos ha Torah. We are on the verge once again of not being allowed to gather for tefilla or learn in our bais medrash.”
Shortly afterward, I received an email
Hebrew Edition of "Hold On"
September 30th, 2020
Dear Friends, I am thrilled to announce that my new book, “Hold On: Surviving the Days Before Moshiach,” has just been released in Hebrew under the title “Tachzik Chazak!” for distribution in Israel by Feldheim Publishers. Tachzik Chazak is available through all
September 24th, 2020
This Parsha contains a song which Moshe Rabbeinu taught to the Children of Israel.
This song is cosmic in magnitude, presenting the panorama of the history of Israel, from our days as slaves to Paro, through our epic Desert March, our glorious settlement in the Land of
September 16th, 2020
This year the first day of Rosh Hashana is on Shabbos; we do not blow the shofar. Our Rabbis issue a statement about this. “And Rabbi Yitzchak said: Any year in which they do not sound a tekiah [blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah] they will
The Shtender in the Parking Lot
September 10th, 2020
As Rosh Hashanah draws close, what should occupy our mind?
Let’s try to learn from Moshe Rabbeinu. Here is how our Parsha begins: “You are standing today, all of you, before Hashem, your G-d ….” (Dvarim 29:9)
All of us! Together! Standing before Hashem!
Is Corona a Curse?
August 27th, 2020
I recently received an email which referred to the current worldwide plague as a curse: “We [will] get together when this [cursed] business is over.”
Is Corona a curse?
I would like to examine the situation more closely. We owe it to ourselves to make every effort to view
Danger from the North
August 20th, 2020
The Port of Beirut blew up several weeks ago. Not only did a warehouse containing 2750 tons of ammonia nitrate explode, but the country itself is in chaos. After twenty years under the control of corrupt warring factions, this is the result.
Beirut used to be called “Paris of the
Proclaim It from the Mountains
August 13th, 2020
“See, I am setting before you today blessing and curse. The blessing: That you will hearken to the commandments of G-d … and the curse, if you will not hearken …. And it shall come to pass, when Hashem … will bring you to the land … you shall deliver the blessing
August 6th, 2020
Remember, do not forget, that you provoked Hashem, your G-d, in the wilderness, from the day you left the land of Egypt until arrival at this place, you have been rebels against Hashem. And in Chorev you provoked Hashem….”
As Am Yisroel stands on the east bank of the Yarden
Admas Bnai Chaim
July 23rd, 2020
Please read the following words carefully. During the Evening Prayer recently, I suddenly stopped on three words: “b’admas bnai Cham.” What do those words mean? This is the section following the Shema when we are speaking about the countless instances
Why Is Corona Not Going Away?
July 16th, 2020
Why are we not “back to normal?”
When will Corona end?
My friends, I asked this question months ago, during the first wave of Corona. In Ancient Egypt, Pharaoh “hardened his heart” and refused to believe in Hashem. He attributed the Ten Plagues
Judging Others Favorably
July 9th, 2020
We are in the midst of the Three Weeks.
Rabbi Yehuda Michel Lefkovitz zt”l discusses the difference between the destruction of the First and Second Temples.
In the time of the Second Temple, Am Yisroel were busy with Torah, mitzvos and acts of kindness. So why was it
Queen of the Night
July 2nd, 2020
One evening, years ago, as we walked in the garden at Kibbutz Lavi, we inhaled an aroma that seemed to come from Gan Eden. When we later merited to plant our own garden in Yerushalayim, we searched for the source of that aroma. It is a tree called Queen of the Night.
Approaching July 5, 2020
June 25th, 2020
Dear Friends, please pardon the strong words in this article. They represent my assessment of the current situation. I feel it is my responsibility to be forthright.
On July 5, 2020, the story begins in my book “2020 Vision.”
As we near that date,
Feeling Like a Grasshopper
June 18th, 2020
The miraglim were afraid. They regarded themselves as insignificant “grasshoppers” who are scorned and stepped on by the ferocious giants around them. They collapsed from fear.
Fear becomes panic. Panic causes us to act irrationally.
If you are panicked,
Wings Above Turbulent Waters
June 4th, 2020
My friends, we celebrated a beautiful Yom Tov of Shavuos last week, and suddenly the world became dark.
What is happening?
“Ulla said: May [the Messiah] come, but may I not see him! And so said Rabbah: May he come, but may I not see him! [But] Rav Yosef says: May
The Quiet of the Night
May 25th, 2020
Dear Friends, this is the article I sent out last year before Shavuos, but I like it so much I am going to send it out again. It is so right for the times we live in. We need desperately to greet King David’s descendant, Moshiach ben Dovid, very soon. And B”H … we
The Real Normal
May 21st, 2020
People are saying, “When will things get back to normal? When will Corona go away?”
Let’s think about this.
In Ancient Egypt, after the plagues, Pharaoh did not recognize the existence of Hashem. For this he is considered evil. He did not want to recognize
The Mitzvah Tantz
May 15th, 2020
This week we complete the Book of Vayikra, which is also called “Leviticus.” The last Portion in Vayikra is Bechukosai, which contains the first “Tochecha” in the Torah, a very frightening prophetic passage which describes in detail what will befall the Children of
Pause in the Journey
May 14th, 2020
We Jews are on a journey. We are going to Har Sinai! Isn’t that what it’s all about? What a beautiful time of year is Sefiras Ha Omer, when we measure our progress every day!
“Whenever the cloud was lifted from atop the Ohel, afterwards the Children of Israel would
The Word "If"
May 7th, 2020
“Hashem spoke to Moshe, saying: Speak to Aharon, saying: Any man of your offspring throughout their generations in whom there will be a blemish shall not come near to offer the food of his G-d.” (Vayikra 21:16-17)
What, kohanim have to be perfect?!
Yes, my friends, we
Miracles in the Streets
April 30th, 2020
We have witnessed tragedy over the past several months. So many have been taken away! Young people and older people, strong and weak, great rabbis and family members have been taken from us. We are bereft! There have also been miraculous escapes. Strong people told of incredible weakness;
Over the Garden Wall
April 23rd, 2020
I am writing from the Holy City of Yerushalayim. A few weeks ago, when it was still permitted to pray together outdoors, I was fortunate enough to be over a garden wall from a minyan. I was davening alone (my shul had shut down), but I could hear the sounds of
Restoring the Crown
April 2nd, 2020
Do you know the literal meaning of the word “corona?”
“Corona” means “crown.” The word is derived from Latin, the language of Edom/Esav, the language of the Roman Empire. This is Edom who destroyed the Second Temple. The Torah lists among the descendants