(Courtesy of Sefaria) For the first time ever, learners can experience a full digital, English translation of the Mishneh Torah interconnected with other Jewish texts, thanks to Sefaria, a
(Courtesy of Migdal Ohr) Rabbi Yitzchak David Grossman is known for his unconditional love of every single Jew and his tireless work raising tens of thousands of orphaned and underprivileged children to become active citizens and leaders in Israeli society.
This year marks Migdal Ohr’s golden
Rav Nissan Kaplan’s voice echoed in the forest around the seventh Fort in Kovno, where Rav Elchonon Wasserman had been
Cruising down the parkway, I noticed a car that was seemingly advertising the message: “One Life—Live It.” Needless to say, I was confused. Maybe it was meant to be inspiring and motivating, but I was instead left scrambling for the understanding of what life is and thus what to be living!
I saw a
Up close with Rosh HaYeshiva Rav Yonason Sacks.
(Courtesy of Lander College) Students who spend a year or two learning in Israel post-high school often feel that is where they grow to become their best selves. Many are concerned they will lose their momentum when they
Despite hearing a series of frightening curses that may befall one upon not following in the ways of Hashem, our parsha says that there may nevertheless be he who “will bless himself in his heart, saying, ‘peace will be with me even if I walk as my heart sees fit.’” How is such a phenomenon possible? The Targum Yonatan ben Uziel on
A month ago, we read in the sedra of Re’eh (Devarim 12:3-4), “…and you shall obliterate their [idols’] name from that place [the land of Israel]. Do not do so to Hashem, your Lord.” From these pesukim, the Gemara (Sanhedrin daf 56a and Makkot daf 22a) learns that there is a prohibition from the Torah—one of the 613 mitzvot—not
The tochacha section of Parshat Ki Tavo depicts horrifying scenes of wretched human suffering. As divine retribution for our ongoing national infidelity, we plummet into a dark world of destruction and chaos. A gruesome apocalypse unleashes a wave of fear and panic, numbing and confusing its victims. This dazed condition is
In this week’s Parsha, Ki Tavo, we encounter a pasuk which will be read on Rosh Hashanah. It says that if we follow Hashem’s commandments, He will grant us to be like a head and not a tail (ונתנך ה׳ לראש ולא לזנב). What does that mean that Hashem is going to make us a nation that is like a head? The head is the part of
In this week’s parsha of Ki Savo, we begin by noting a peculiar commandment. We read in Chapter 26, verse 11, that we need to be happy and appreciate all good things in life that God has bestowed upon us. Specifically, the verse begins: “You shall rejoice with all the goodness that Hashem, your God, has given you and your
The mitzvah of bikkurim highlights the fundamental midah of hakarat hatov. The farmer gives the kohen his first fruits, which represents giving back to Hashem. He pronounces a declaration, acknowledging his gratefulness to Hashem for bringing him to where he is now.
In regards to the mitzvah of
As we enter Rosh Hashanah, we look for a zchus that can help us face our upcoming judgment. It may be something that also constitutes a change in how we live our lives. To that end, there is a zchus we can do that can help those living among us who are relatively invisible.
They have children who have no one to take them to shul.
They have no