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Saturday, June 06, 2020

Divrei Torah

Kohelet in Quarantine

We can agree that this is one of the hardest and most uncertain times we’ve lived through, but we must sustain a balanced and healthy mindset. Megillat Kohelet discusses finding balance in life, so I believe this is one of the best Jewish texts to study now.

Kohelet, Chapter 5, Verse 10,

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Twelve Years Without a Single Break

The incredible story of klal Yisrael’s messengers, who used the powerful, soul-stirring words of David Hamelech to bring salvation and hope to the nation.

(Courtesy of Tehillim Kollel) As we approach the Yom Tov of Shavuos, yahrtzeit of Dovid Hamelech, Tehillim Kollel marks an incredible

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Memorizing the Daf Yomi?

This happens to me all the time: I walk out of a shiur, and my friend asks me, “How was it?” I say, “It was great,” so my friend asks, “What did you learn?” and then I am unable to respond. This is one of the main arguments against Daf Yomi. People dedicate hours of their time to Daf Yomi. But often, if you ask what they learned

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The Sustaining Environment of Torah

On Lag B’Omer I was invited to participate in two Zoom weddings. One was in the Barn Estate in Clayton, Ohio. Yes, the wedding was taking place…in a barn! Only family attended, but since they had many brothers and sisters, they needed a large open area. This huge farm facilitated social distancing. The other wedding took place in the

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Beating the Corona Blues

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn have negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance-use disorders. In a recent poll, nearly half (45%) of adults in the United States reported that their mental health has been negatively

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Yom Yerushalayim: The Six Revolutions of the Six-Day War

The actual State of Israel was established 72 years ago in 1948. However, the modern State of Israel as we know it was launched in 1967. The Six-Day War was so revolutionary and so transformative, that in many ways it was more groundbreaking than 1948. Thousands of years ago, God created our natural world in six days. Fifty-three years ago

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Yeshivat HaKotel Presents Unique Global Achdus Lerning Experience This Sunday

(Courtesy of Yeshivat HaKotel) An unprecedented worldwide achdut learning experience will take place on Rosh Chodesh Sivan (May 24) at Yeshivat Hakotel.

For the first time in Jewish history, on the date when the Jewish people first arrived unified at the foot of Har Sinai, four Israeli chief

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Who’s Your Daddy?

It almost seems obvious what the definition of a “father” is. However, in this week’s parsha we see a broader definition of this term.

The pasuk says, “And these are the offsprings of Aharon and Moshe on the day that Hashem spoke to Moshe at Har Sinai; And these are the names of the children of

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Kabbalas HaTorah Will Look Different This Year

(Courtesy of Daf Hashavua) The Yom Tov of Shavuos. The acceptance of the Torah. Not merely a remembrance of what was, but an actual giving of the Torah to those people who study it and hold it dear. Shavuos has always come, no matter where and how the Yidden found themselves. It has come during times of great joy,

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Working Toward a New Normal

When I was learning in yeshiva in Eretz Yisrael as a young man, I attended the world-famous Aish Discovery Program. Despite my growing up with a yeshiva background, it was an eye-opening experience. It was three full days of seminars and exercises with mind-blowing, enriching ideas to digest. One of the closing exercises was to write a

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Corona Diary #8: Shemitah Lessons During Corona

In the modern industrialized world, the mitzvah of shemitah may seem a bit remote with little relevance for our daily urbanized lives. Interestingly, life in Israel has restored the practical relevance of shemitah. In the latter part of the 19th century, when Jewish communities first organized in Israel, shemitah presented an almost unconquerable challenge. Nascent

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Heart-Strong

Imagine the life of those who spend their daily hours working vigorously in their farms, rain, snow or shine, investing an immense amount of time and energy to ensure that their field develops rich and bountiful produce so that they can have food for themselves and their loved ones. For many years they plow, plant, sow and reap, with

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