Saturday, March 25, 2023


Parshiot Vayakhel-Pekudei

Last week’s cufflinks were the classic theater masks, representing:

1) The Israelites went from the high of matan Torah to the low of the chet ha’egel.

2) The inability to see Hashem’s face.

3) Moshe Rabbeinu’s


Does My Barbie Make Me a Baby?

Dear Shayna B.,

I am in seventh grade and I still like to play with Barbies. This is really embarrassing because I am too old to play with them and I am afraid someone will find out. What should I do?


Devorah and Her


Biden Isn’t Serious About Opposing Palestinian Terrorism

A bid to strengthen the Taylor Force Act that penalizes the Palestinian Authority’s “pay for slay” policy is necessary. But the administration is still evading the law in other ways.

The victim of the most recent Palestinian terrorist attack was a young American. Elan Ganeles, a


Spotlight on Sammy Sussman


Sammy Sussman lives in Teaneck and goes to The Bryant School. He is 4 years old. He’s the first one in his house to take the Jewish Link out of the bag. He loves to play Chutes and Ladders and Uno. Sammy also loves to do real cooking, pretend cooking, counting and sounding out words and letters. His hobbies are playing


The Palestinian Authority For the Rights of Terrorists

A new bill that is moving swiftly through initial rounds in the Israeli parliament is garnering harsh criticism from the Palestinian leadership. The bill basically states that an Israeli citizen or resident who commits a terrorist act and agrees to receive payment for it from the Palestinian Authority is thereby stating a preference to


War of Words Erupts Over Yeshiva Sovereignty

A battle royale took place last week in state Supreme Court in Albany. On the one hand, yeshiva leaders believe they are seeing the end of their unique teaching methods. On the other hand, the state education department maintains it wants more uniformity in teaching style and coursework.


Can There Be Compassion Without Justice?

At the height of the drama of the Golden Calf, a vivid and enigmatic scene takes place. Moses has secured forgiveness for the people. But now, on Mount Sinai yet again, he does more. He asks God to be with the people. He asks Him to “teach me Your ways,” and “show me Your glory” (Ex. 33:13, Ex. 33:18). God replies: “I


A Jealous God?

Keil Kana

Describing Hashem as a “Keil Kana—a jealous God” in Parshat Ki Tisa (Shemot 34:14), seems unflattering. Avot 4:21 states that jealousy, (unbridled) desire and (pursuing) honor remove one from this world. Moreover, the straightforward meaning (according to the Ibn Ezra


The Torah Shebe’al Peh

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.


Learning During Kaddish

לעילוי נשמת
יואל אפרים בן אברהם עוזיאל זלצמן ז"ל

Question: I give a shiur to a few people before Shacharit and aim to finish when davening begins, with Rabbi Yishmael/Kaddish D’Rabbanan. Sometimes, we


Reprimand or Encouragement?

Parshat Ki Tissa

When we listen to the prophetic words of the Navi Yechezkel that are read this Shabbat, we might wonder why this 36th perek of his sefer was chosen as the special haftarah for this Parshat Parah. We are puzzled—but not because there is a lack of connection to the theme of this


Zera Shimshon on Parshas Ki Sisa

וַאֲנִי הִנֵּה נָתַתִּי אִתּוֹ אֵת אָהֳלִיאָב בֶּן אֲחִיסָמָךְ לְמַטֵּה דָן וּבְלֵב כָּל חֲכַם לֵב נָתַתִּי חָכְמָה וְעָשׂוּ אֵת כָּל אֲשֶׁר צִוִּיתִךָ: (שמות לא:ו)

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