When I was 20 years old I lost my voice for a few weeks. I attributed this to my learning in a large beis midrash filled with hundreds of people speaking in loud voices with their study partners. Talking to a chavrusa for eight, 10 or 12 hours a day can be quite taxing to the vocal cords! I took some voice lessons from a special
Some people seem to have a “green thumb.” Whatever they try to grow, be it flowers, vegetables, herbs or even trees, all grow beautifully. For some of us, we know ahead of time that it’s an exercise in futility. Ever wonder why? I may have uncovered an answer.
A few years ago, a study was
On the seventh day of Pesach it is customary to recall the story of the sea splitting and the miracle of the Jews walking through walls of water, escaping from the pursuing Egyptian army. The new Jewish nation is so relieved to have been saved that they sing Shirat Ha’yam, the Song of the Sea. In the movie, we see the graphic
As too many of us know personally, it’s not uncommon for large trees to fall during a storm. What you may not know is that a study was done to discover why some trees fall and others don’t. It seems it’s based on how close the tree is to its water supply. When a source of water is nearby, a tree’s roots are minimal and it
In the recent days, months and years, incidences of youth using violence against others has increased in a horrific way. In the recent Parkland tragedy, 17 lives were taken, the pain heart-wrenching and unimaginable. In the wake of this tragedy, we hear voices of different parties expressing the need to rein in on gun control, get
To the outside world, preparing Thanksgiving dinner for family and a few guests can be amazingly stressful. It’s once a year, with so many expectations and so many traditions, including all the shopping, cooking and cleaning up afterward. OK, you’re probably laughing right now, thinking, “That’s just a regular Shabbos
Why do we call this Shabbos “Shabbos Hagadol,” the great Shabbos? What is so great about it? What is the connection with the upcoming holiday of Pesach it precedes?
The most popular explanation is that the Jews tied up lambs, which were considered to be Egyptian gods, for the Passover
Pesach is often called Chag HaEmunah, the holiday of faith or, more accurately, belief. But what is belief and how do we acquire it? A better understanding of belief can help us recognize its role in today’s complex world. Our starting point is a debate among Arabic
Shabbat Hagadol commemorates the Shabbat prior to the actual Exodus from Egypt, which occurred on a Thursday. That year Shabbat fell on the 10th of Nissan, which was the day the Jews launched the Korban Pesach process by purchasing the lambs. This simple purchase actually was a defiant act of rebelliousness since the Egyptians
America has lots of expressions involving time. Time is money—Time flies—Ahead of his time—Killing time. Time is a concept that preoccupies us a lot! Since I broke my foot a couple of months ago, I find myself …well … more “pressed for time.” Just getting dressed and getting ready in the morning takes an additional 20
One of the most transformative korbanot is a chatat, offered in response to negligent shogeg commission of sin. It offers an opportunity for soul-searching, teshuva and catharsis. If the majority of the nation commits a sin based on an inaccurate verdict of the central Sanhedrin, a unique chatat is delivered. This korban, known as