Monday, September 26, 2022

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Making a Difference In the World of Kiruv

A number of years ago I took a course in collaborative mediation. The course was given by a veteran Iowa attorney/mediator who practiced in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I arrived one day early for the 15-hour course and decided to travel to Postville, Iowa. Postville is the site of a kosher slaughter-house and is home to perhaps 50 observant Jewish


Inspiring Chanukas Habayis for New Campus Of Yeshivas Acheinu in Eretz Yisrael

Gedolei Yisrael led by Rav Binyomin Finkel graced the event.

It was at the beautiful chanukas habayis for the striking building of Yeshivas Acheinu L’Tzeirim and the mayor of Kiryat Sefer, Rabbi Yaakov Gutterman, was addressing the crowd. His words encapsulated the


Democracy and Religion: Creatures of Rights or Creatures of Duties

Korach was a cynical demagogue who launched a mutiny against Moshe. This was nothing holy about his intentions. The actual claims he lodged, however, did carry legitimacy. He asserted equal rights for every individual member of society, foreshadowing the great arguments of modern democracy.

“We hold


Makor Students Celebrate Siyum With YU

Yudi Pfeffer, a student at The Makor College Experience, a partnership program of Makor Care and Services Network and Yeshiva University, with the RIETS Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Herschel Schachter at a siyum in the Yeshiva.


Yearning to Have an Open Relationship With Hashem

There are lots of signs of summer. School and yeshiva end and camp begins. Tests and classrooms take a backseat to the relaxing outdoors. Weddings abound—my fridge door is covered with invitations! But there’s another side of summer also. The Three Weeks / Nine Days are on the horizon. With this period of time, we are reminded of a


Korach and the Overbearing Parent

Numerous explanations are offered to explain what were Korach’s motivations in starting a religious mutiny against Moshe and Aharon. Rashi (16:7) cites the Midrash Tanchuma and teaches that Korach experienced a prophetic vision through which he saw that his descendants would include Shmuel HaNavi as well as numerous Levi’im who would


The Steps and Others

Step-Parent Week is generally celebrated in the beginning of June in the United States, but Halacha is something that applies all year round. Everyone knows about the mitzvah of honoring parents; It is one of the Ten Commandments. Indeed, according to the Gemara in Kiddushin, it is also one of the natural laws that the entire world is well


Chock Full o’ Nuts

Of all the symbols or signs that Hashem could have sent to convey to Bnei Yisrael that Ahron’s children and the tribe of Levi were Divinely designated for exclusive service in the mishkan, why were almonds chosen?

Korach, in the parsha bearing his name, deludes 250 men into thinking they had a right to


Feedback Feeds Growth

Korach throws a rebellion, and of course, Datan and Aviram are right up there with him. As the parsha begins (16:1-2), “And Korach…and Datan and Aviram…and Ohn ben Pelet…and they stood before Moshe….” This is no surprise as this was quite consistent with Datan and Aviram’s general behavior throughout the Torah. As the Midrash


The Responsive Baby Bassinet

There is a special bassinet that provides motion and soothing noise and reacts to an infant’s crying by intensifying them. Is it permitted to use this bassinet on Shabbat, and if so, are there special instructions?

[I researched the operation of a specific product but I have left the parenting research


Do You Have Faith? It’s Because You Are in Touch With Reality

What does it take to have faith?

According to Dictionary.com, you need to be a little bit... detached from reality. Here is how it defines “faith:” “Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.”No wonder why when someone does something


Bnot Sinai: Bringing Women’s Torah Learning to the Five Towns

On August 8, founder Tamar Beer and program coordinator Rivky (Terebelo) Rosenfeld are preparing to present the fifth year of the summer program Bnot Sinai in the Beth Sholom congregation in the Five Towns, open to women of all ages who are passionate and dedicated to Torah learning.


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