The Entire People Shuddered
March 26th, 2020
My friends, did you ever wonder what Ancient Egypt was like during the Ten Plagues? The sense of danger surrounded you. You felt as if you were in the grip of something totally beyond your control. You were completely powerless, unless you had access to the Power Who controls all. Closeness to
The Future of the World
March 19th, 2020
I am the father of a new book.
It’s not such a joke. One puts one’s whole self into a book, one’s emotions and hopes. Labor pains accompany its birth, followed by intense effort in rearing it and sending it out into the world. One hopes for nachas, that one’s
The Dearest of all Korbanos
March 12th, 2020
We have entered the days of our Redemption, the month of Adar, when the earth becomes warm, the sap begins to flow and brilliant flowers appear. This is the time of greatest hope. Even though we are beset with danger, we are also filled with hope. My friends, it is important to keep in
I Have Removed Your Iniquity
March 5th, 2020
Pardon me, but I do not favor sloppy clothing for a Jew. It seems clear that Hashem wants us to dress with dignity: “Know before Whom you stand. And on account of this you will merit the life of the World to Come.” (Berachos 28b) The ultimate example of dressing with
Look At Your Own Plate!
February 28th, 2020
Why are the measurements of the Aron Hakodesh given in fractions?
“When it comes to ruchnius, a person should feel that he is never done… he should constantly strive to attain more … because there are no limits to the heights a person can achieve in the spiritual realm.”
The Bais Medrash Saves Us
February 21st, 2020
“Since the day that the temple was destroyed, Hakodosh Baruch Hu has nothing in His world but the four amos of halacha.” (Berachos 8a)
This week the character of the Five Books of Moses changes from a narrative about the creation of the Jewish People to a presentation of the halacha
The Ultimate Humbling Experience
February 14th, 2020
I told my chavrusa (study partner) that learning Gemora is the “ultimate humbling experience.”
Well, for me anyway!
You think you have it all figured out, and then the Gemora tells you: start all over again!
Hopefully, Torah remakes us, takes golus out of us and re-molds us as loyal