Sunday, August 14, 2022

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It’s Our Time

I saw a story where a student of the Vilna Gaon once came to ask him what he considers to be the “best mussar sefer” to learn. The Vilna Gaon responded by naming a few, but the student pressed on: “But which is the best?” The Vilna Gaon said, “I don’t wish to pick favorites,” and pointing to the clock that rested upon the wall


Where Are You Supposed to Be?

I once heard a rav say that you are exactly where you’re supposed to be. Another time he discussed the notion of the difference between those who have a “piece” of Olam Haba versus those who are a ben Olam Haba. One who has a piece of Olam Haba can lose it, but a ben Olam Haba is one who is rooted in the next world as if it’s a


It’s All About Time

No one ever has enough time. Time flies. Time’s a wasting. Time is an illusion. Time is precious. Time heals all wounds. We chase time but we never catch it. Time waits for no man. Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. These are just some of the quotations we associate with time.


A Taxing Situation and a Spiritual Return

Spring has sprung, which means not only is Pesach on the way, but, alas, the dreaded “t” word: yes, taxes. Groan ….

Shortly after we had sent the sundry paperwork to our accountant and thought that it was a done deal, we were informed we also needed to send the letter 6419 from the IRS, which


SWC ‘Courage to Remember’ Holocaust Exhibit Opens in Albany

(Courtesy of SWC) Against the backdrop of the horrific invasion of Ukraine and continuing antisemitic attacks across the U.S., New York State Senator Anna Kaplan (D-North Hills), a leading advocate for increased Holocaust education in New York State’s schools, brought the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s


Heichal HaTorah’s Night Seder Attracts Hundreds to Chavrusas and Shiurim

The Heichal HaTorah Night Seder Program officially launched on February 7, about two months ago. Rabbi Yitzchak Genack reported that a number of components have converged to make the initial offerings very successful.

“The first component directly fostered


Gedolei Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael Give Guidance and Express Excitement About New Dirshu Chaburas Hashas Iyun Program

“I am very excited about this program because it combines both yedias haTorah with learning b’iyun in a way that will tremendously enrich any participant.” Those were the words of HaGaon HaRav Dovid Cohen, shlita, rosh yeshivas Chevron about the new Dirshu Chaburas HaShas program, said at a pivotal meeting attended by HaGaon


Rav Chaim Kanievsky, zt”l A Prince of Torah

Why did close to a million people go to this rabbi’s funeral?

Imagine discovering at the earliest age a passion for an endeavor for which you have an abundance of natural talent and skill. Add to that the head-start of growing up surrounded by the


Rav Chaim Kanievsky, zt”l Grieving a Gadol Hador

Evel Gadol LaYehudim

It all suddenly…stopped. Having finished our Purim seudot on Friday at Yeshivat HaKotel in Yerushalayim, we were now preparing for the transition to Shabbat—to turn the simchah of Purim into the oneg of Shabbat.



Israel: The ‘Eighth’ Wonder of the World

“And it was on the eighth day…” So begins our sedra of Shemini.

“The eighth day,” explains Rashi, refers to the day after the week-long inauguration ceremony of Aharon and his sons. It was the day when the Mishkan was permanently erected, the day that the kohanim started their service of


Our Wings to Fly

In memory of Rav Chaim Kanievsky, zt”l.

In Parshat Shemini we finally arrive at the moment we have been waiting for. Since Parshat Teruma we have been focused on the construction and inauguration of the Mishkan, all of which was meant to facilitate the Shechina residing within the Jewish people.


The Way of the Law

In Parshat Shemini at the end of the first aliyah, it says that the korban was done in the proper way that the law commanded. Was there a reason to believe that the korban would be brought in the wrong way? Why add that it was done in the proper way?

I believe that the reason the Torah is telling us it

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