Monday, November 23, 2020

Divrei Torah

For Your Benefit

Lech Lecha reminds me of when my father’s first cousin, Rav Avrohom Genechovsky, z’l, “walked” my first cousin and I to see Reb Chaim Kanievsky, shlita. I’ll never forget walking into the room where Rav Avrohom showed such fear and reverence of being in Reb Chaim’s presence, even though they were great chaverim and Rav Avrohom


Asicha Seminars Offers Post-Seminary Learning for Women

(Courtesy of Asicha) Many Orthodox Jewish women benefit from one or two years of growth and learning in seminaries in Israel but find themselves yearning for more as they transition into their university years and beyond.

Asicha Seminars is a new,


When Lashon Hara Goes Viral

I. Lashon Hara With Legs

The idea that derogatory speech can go viral—a post, video or message can be forwarded thousands of times—should more than ever bring home to us the severity of our actions, just how much damage we can do with a few words. However, sometimes even this vivid illustration is not enough to stop us from


Coronavirus #17: Escape From Dystopia

Humanity is constantly searching for a better tomorrow. Dissatisfied with our current reality, we endlessly dream of a better world without hardships and sadness. This hope for a better world affirms our conviction that human beings are capable of building a more perfect landscape.

As Jews, we


Where Are You Holding?

For many days and nights Noach was on a ship infested with all kinds of animals, having to sacrifice his already minimal comfort to attend to their daily needs while realizing that virtually the entire world is being burned and buried beneath. We could therefore imagine that perhaps when Noach would depart from the teiva he just wanted to


Ethics vs. Etiquette

At the end of Parshat Noach, following the story of the flood, Noach left the ark and planted a vineyard, with disastrous results:

“And he drank of the wine and became drunk, and he uncovered himself within his tent” (Bereishit 9:21).

Cham, the father of


Noach’s Ark: Protecting Us Even Today

Over the years, many individuals claimed to have found the remains of Noach’s teiva (ark). Many believe the teiva is buried under layers of volcanic debris in the snow-covered Mount Ararat in Turkey. Others believe the teiva is located in the Durupinar site in eastern Turkey under a rocky spot the shape of a boat. In 2006, a team of Texas


The Ways of God and the Ways of Man

The creation of our world is described in the Torah as a flurry of activity. Rapidly, across a short span of six days, the universe as we know it is called into being. In effortless fashion, a Divine declaration or announcement draws each aspect of our world into being. By contrast, the creation of man is far more deliberate and


Visiting the Gravesites Of Tzadikim

In the final verses of the Torah, Moshe dies under unusual circumstances. We read that God buried Moshe in an unknown location, “and no one knows his burial place to this day.” (34:6) The Gemara (Sotah 13a) elaborates that Moshe’s final resting place was concealed so that his tomb would not become a shrine of


Torah Provides Our Daily Spiritual Awakening

I had a babysitter when I was a young boy who used to tell me fascinating stories about a thousand-year-old man. Every time he went to sleep, he woke up a thousand years later to a changed world!

Today, we’re all exhausted from a whirlwind of activity starting from the early Selichos before Rosh


Man, in Whose Image?

After Elul and the High Holidays, Parshat Bereishit comes along with its renewal: A new cycle of Torah reading, A new world emerges out of chaos, and man is about to be created. Endless potential, full of awe and wonder.

“And God said: Let us make man in our image, after our likeness...”


What’s the Good Word?

The pasuk (2:15) says, “Hashem took Adam, and placed him in Gan Eden in order that he work it and guard it.” This pasuk seems to be redundant, as only a few pesukim earlier (2:8) it says that Hashem put Adam in Gan Eden! Moreover, in pasuk 8 it makes no mention of Hashem “taking” Adam and putting him in Gan Eden, whereas in pasuk 15