Thursday, March 23, 2023


Israel’s North Breached

Security forces neutralized a terrorist who carried out the terror attack adjacent to the Megiddo Junction.

A terrorist found with multiple weapons and wearing a suicide belt this past Monday was neutralized after a roadside bomb in Northern Israel had been detonated.


Are the Abraham Accords Proving to Be a Success?

Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer and National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi recently returned from what could end up being a fateful trip to Washington, where their aims were stopping the nuclearization of Iran and expanding the Abraham Accords.

Biden administration officials have reportedly


US Professors Speak at Terrorist’s Conference

A terrorist associated with the group that murdered my daughter, Alisa, has organized an “academic” conference—and professors from several mainstream American and British universities are among the speakers. It’s an outrage and a badge of shame for those institutions.

The terrorist’s name is


Cong. Israel of Springfield Brings Purim to JFSCNJ

(Courtesy of JFSCNJ) Our sincere thanks to the leadership, members and their families of Congregation Israel of Springfield for donating, packing and delivering over 100 mishloach manot, which were distributed to Holocaust survivors and to recipients of the Tomchei Shabbos- Shabbat Package


The Social Animal

At the beginning of this parsha Moses performs a tikkun, a mending of the past, namely the sin of the Golden Calf. The Torah signals this by using essentially the same word at the beginning of both episodes. It eventually became a key word in Jewish spirituality: k-h-l, “to gather, assemble, congregate.” From it we get the


Hosting Conversion Candidates for Yom Tov Meals

Just as one cannot learn to drive, swim or perform surgery from reading a book, conversion candidates cannot understand how to experience Yom Tov by reading sefarim. Joining observant families for Yom Tov meals is an indispensable part of educating conversion candidates and helping them integrate into the Jewish community.


Mitzvos Ledoros and Hora’os Sha’ah

Editor’s note: This series is reprinted with permission from “Insights & Attitudes: Torah Essays on Fundamental Halachic and Hashkafic Issues,” a publication of TorahWeb.org. The book contains multiple articles, organized by parsha, by Rabbi Hershel Schachter and Rabbi Mayer Twersky.


Doing More Than We Say

שַׁמַּאי אוֹמֵר… אֱמֹר מְעַט וַעֲשֵׂה הַרְבֵּה… (אבות א:טו)
שִׁמְעוֹן בְּנוֹ אוֹמֵר, כָּל יָמַי גָּדַלְתִּי בֵין הַחֲכָמִים,

Renewal and Revival

 Parashiyot VaYakhel-Pekudei, Shabbat HaChodesh

“Hachodesh hazeh lachem rosh chodashim … ” This week’s special maftir reading taken from the 12th perek in Shemot, opens with Hashem’s declaration that “this month,” i.e., the month of Nisan, will be the first of the


Only Sumchos

After fifth-generation Tanna, Rabbi Meir died, his contemporary Rabbi Yehuda didn’t want an influx of Rabbi Meir’s students, whom he considered troublemakers (Nazir 49-50). He told his students not to admit any of Rabbi Meir’s students. “They aren’t coming to study, but to overwhelm me with halachot.” Nevertheless, one of Rabbi


Beyond Bubble Wrap

Who generates the most excitement? I would venture to say it’s the Fed-Ex or UPS guy. (By the way, did you know Fed-Ex and UPS are merging? It’s going to be called “Fed-Up.” It’s happening on Tuesday, after they take the word “gullible” out of the dictionary.)

Mail can be exciting, but


Zera Shimshon on Parshas Vayakhel/Pekudei

וַיּעֲַשׂוּ כָל חֲכַם לֵב בְּעשֵֹׂי הַמְּלָאכָה אֶת הַמִּשְׁכָּן עֶשֶׂר ירְִיעתֹ שֵׁשׁ מָשְׁזָר וּתְכֵלֶת וְאַרְגָּמָן וְתוֹלַעַת שָׁנִי כְּרֻבִים מַעֲשֵׂה חשֵׁב עָשָׂה אתָֹם (שמות

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