Thursday, October 06, 2022

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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


Coming Together to Honor the Torah

One of the hallmarks of Judaism is the unique attachment that each Jew shares with one another. We may come from diverse backgrounds, different locations and divergent paths in life, yet there is a common factor that ties us together and connects us in an extraordinary and unparalleled fashion. Limud HaTorahcreates a bond between Jews that is


“Ki Heim Chayeinu – Torah is Our Life! Torah Keeps Us Alive!”

The invitation was appealing, it beckoned us to attend the Dirshu Shabbos Kinnus Olam HaTorah—a Shabbosthat promised to rejuvenate both my husband and I physically and spiritually. Yet, I was hesitant. Being somewhat more of a shy personality, I could not imagine finding common ground with any of the other women who would be in


“What Was He Thinking?”

Here it was, the sixth session of the class which was using the book of Genesis as a source for studying the nature of leadership. It was proving not to be the kind of class in which the teacher lectured and the students listened passively. Rather, it was more like a discussion group in which everyone participated.

Everyone, that is, except for Hillel. In my

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