Tuesday, August 03, 2021

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Reimagining Our Identities Post-Pandemic

I was not trained to be a yoetzet during a pandemic (it was not part of the curriculum). After all, virtually no one on this planet was trained to do his or her job under these circumstances. I was trained to share my Halachic knowledge, advise women on areas of women’s physical and mental health that intersect with taharat


Kisui Rosh: Does the Type of Hair Covering Matter?

Over the past month or so, readers of a number of prominent Orthodox Jewish publications have noted a series of ads restricting or discouraging the use of certain kinds of women’s head coverings, including a publicized teshuva declaring lace front or lace-topped wigs as inappropriate for use by married women.


Dirshu Together With Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s Siach Emunah Organization Announces New Kinyan Sheviis Program

Rav Chaim Kanievsky attends inaugural asifa and writes seminal letter.

Anyone who has merited to enter the hallowed home of the Sar HaTorah, Maran HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, can attest to the overwhelming feeling of awe and kedusha permeating the air. Just being in


Keep Your Cool!

We can avoid making mistakes we’ll regret if we keep our cool and don’t get angry. In this week’s Torah portion (Num. 20:10-12), Moses, although a great person, allowed a feeling of anger to cause him to make a costly mistake. We can learn from here not to let anger get in the way of our judgment.


Two Types of Anger

Many are familiar with the “golden mean” or the middle path of the Rambam. Regrettably, some misunderstand this as a prescription for religious mediocrity. Under no conditions did the Rambam endorse lukewarm religious adherence or “middle of the road” religious passion. Lethargic or middling religious experience is anathema


Statutes and Rocks

“This is the statute of the Torah that the Lord commanded, saying, Speak to the children of Israel and they shall bring to You a perfectly red unblemished heifer, upon which no yoke was laid” (Num. 19:2).

The opening commandment of this parsha, to bring an unblemished red heifer in order to purify an


Rav Huna bar Yehuda, Yoma 70

This column’s focus is on the people who appear on the page of Daf Yomi. Often, when learning Talmud, we focus on the shakla vetarya, the give and take, and focus less on the people who present the ideas. Yet, Chazal do consider attribution important, telling us that הָא לָמַדְתָּ שֶׁכָּל הָאוֹמֵר


Tefillah Is Our Personal ‘Iron Dome’

Last month, Hamas fired thousands of rockets into Eretz Yisrael attempting to kill civilians—men, women and children. Most of the rockets targeting populated areas were shot down by the Iron Dome defense system. Still, Iron Dome was at times overwhelmed by huge simultaneous barrages of rockets. With Hashem’s help, there were only a


Moving Forward While Looking Back

It’s been a rough 1½ years for all of us. So much loss, so much pain and so much devastation. With everything that’s happening (a pandemic, a number of horrific tragedies in Israel, a war in Gaza, and the growth of antisemitism worldwide), it’s not hard to question “where do we go from here?” I’m reminded of an Abie Rotenberg


Appreciating Our Fathers on Father’s Day

We are about to observe the secular holiday of Father’s Day. To some it is only a Hallmark card tradition. To others it is a chance to pause and appreciate all that our fathers have done for us.

The verse tells us that “a son honors his father...” (Malachi 1:6). The Ten Commandments compels us to


Gedolei Yisrael Address First Major Post-Corona Dirshu Gathering

“There is such a large crowd here, but I feel that there are much more than just a lot of people here tonight. I feel the presence of millions of dafim of Gemara here together with us tonight! I feel that millions of se’ifim in Shulchan Aruch have joined us tonight, and they are only here because of the organization


Parshat Chukat

It was one of those long, summer afternoons that seem to go on forever. Aron and his younger brother Jack had run out of things to do and were bored. They had even dug through their old games closet that had the most boring games in the world. They were about to give up until Jack pulled something out of an old cardboard box. “Hey, look

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