Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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Beshalach: Split the Sea, Win a Prize

Anyone can tell the story of the splitting of the Red Sea. The Israelites were up against the shoreline. The Egyptians were bearing down on them with chariots and spears. It didn’t look good. Suddenly, God intervenes, the waters part, the nation flees to safety, and the pursuing Egyptians wind up in the drink in a big way. It was definitely a huge miracle, one that


Where Were the G’dolim on Da’as Torah?

(This is the second part of a two-part article. Part One appeared in the 711/13 issue of JLBC.)

Da’as Torah! The very words themselves are enough to inflame passions within the Orthodox world, and far beyond.

But what is “ Daas Torah?”

Da’as Torahis, at bottom, a modern concept of


Dwarfs on the Shoulders of Giants

Is the study of Torah progressing or regressing? Whatever one’s intuitive response may be to such a question, a definitive answer is surely elusive.  Methodologically, at least it would first be necessary to define what we mean by “study of Torah,” “progression,” and “regression.” It would therefore be necessary to settle on an appropriate


Parshat Va’eyra - The Challenge of Knowledge

When we study a passage in the Bible, it is helpful to identify key words that are repeated throughout that passage—this helps us understand the underlying message of a Torah section. The root “yadoa” (yod/daleth/ayin) or “to know” appears about 20 times in the story of the exodus from Egypt and in each case it is a keyword at a crucial juncture in the


Vayechi: Brevity (Bereishit: 49: 19-21)

They had been waiting outside the classroom for over 20 minutes. They could see the parents that were huddled with Rabbi Jacobs by his desk, deep in conversation. But each parent-teacher conference was only allotted 10 minutes on the clock, and these people—who were they, the Reinholds?—had gone well over their time slot.

“Should I say something?”


The Hebrew Humanitarians

There is no denying the fact that press coverage of Israel by media outlets around the world is often less than flattering. Indeed, Israel is routinely maligned in the media and vilified by those who are theoretically tasked with providing the public with impartial reporting of the news.

As a result of this adverse exposure in the press, Israel’s reputation


In Good Times Prepare for the Bad Ones

Things finally seem to be getting better for Yosef. Following being sold to Mitzrayim, the difficult challenge of eishes Potipharand his subsequent imprisonment, Yosef gets a major break. Parohis very disturbed by his dreams and no interpretation satisfies him. Then Yosef comes along and explains in a way that satisfies Parohthat


Chanukah: Pirsumei Nisa on Highway 287

He could never show his face in the Chabad House again. He was a laughingstock. Everyone knew what he had done. He was even on the local news. It was a disaster.

The day had started out innocently enough. Menachem went to the Chabad House in Franklin Lakes as usual, eager to help out. Usually he just worked in the kitchen, washing dishes or peeling


How Connected Are We?

Each day we walk around in our modern world wirelessly connected. Whether we’re sporting a tablet, smartphone (or two) or even the new wave of wearables, such as pedometers that monitor our every move, we maintain connections with people in various ways throughout the world. It has all become rather second nature to us.

Technological advancements are not new,


Teaching Santa in Our Schools

I don’t particularly want to sound like Sarah Palin, but the term “holiday season” irks me.  It smacks of a pernicious movement to homogenize society that hearkens from a time in my youth when America was a melting pot rather than a salad bowl. “We’re all really the same because we all celebrate holidays in December,” the phrase seems to


How to Confront the Enemy

The story of the tumultuous life of Yaakov Avinu continues in Parashas Vayishlach, which begins with a description of his preparations for his upcoming encounter with his brother Eisav as he returns to Eretz Yisraelafter being away for many years. It is clear from the Torah’s presentation that Yaakov is terribly nervous about the prospect of


Vayishlach: Davening in Dusseldorf (Bereishit: 32:5)

When Avi Morgenstern got engaged, it was a source of great simchafor the entire Morgenstern family. He was the first of the generation of cousins to get married, and everyone wanted to be at the wedding. That posed a serious problem for the New Milford branch of the Morgenstern clan. Steve and Maggy Morgenstern had four children. All of them were very close

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