It was the first meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and United States President Jimmy Carter that occurred in July 1977. At this momentous occasion, President Carter expressed his opposition to the establishment of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Prime Minister Begin responded (as recounted by Yehuda
It was a miracle to me, although many would not agree. Three years ago I traveled to Israel with my daughter Tziporah for my nephew’s bar mitzvah. With so much to see together in a short period of time, we had to make some difficult choices. While visiting some very serious places as we all do in Israel, we decided to do
The prophet Zecharya spread the word of Hashem to the returnees from the Babylonian exile at the beginning of the Second Commonwealth. He, together with his contemporary Chaggai, shared words of encouragement to the newly returned exiles who faced the challenge of resuscitating
Did you ever wonder where the Hebrew word machar(m,ch,r), tomorrow, comes from? Well, if you stare at it, you will realize that it may be a contraction of yom achar, the day after! So suggested the 19 th-century Biblical commentator S.D. Luzzatto.
I will now offer a
Lighting candles on Erev Shabbat—when does one light Chanukah candles on Erev Shabbat?
Rav Aviner: One lights Chanukah candles before accepting Shabbat and lighting Shabbat candles. One should ensure that the candles have long wicks and enough oil to remain lit well into Shabbat, for
Our menorahs on Chanukah shine bright, but for what purpose? Are they just ornaments for the holiday? The Gemara in Shabbos indicates that Chanukah is all about the menorah—publicizing the miracle of the oil lamp lit from a one-day supply of pure oil, burning for eight days.
With all the
Many times in life, and especially in Judaism, we don’t fully understand the reason why we do things or the source behind the origins of our traditions. For instance, how many of us truly understand why it is that on Chanukah we eat jelly doughnuts? And why do we eat mostly dairy foods rather that most of our other holidays when we have
As we all know, the second-most-referenced book of the Bible in our sacred liturgy is the Book of Psalms, the Sefer Tehillim. And one of the finest commentaries of recent vintage is that of Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb’s Psalm 27 in the Koren Tehillim, a work I previously referenced in my column, The Kosher
What would motivate Zalmen Mlotek to offer classes at a Tokyo University introducing spiritual songs of resistance composed during the Holocaust to Japanese students? Possibly, it relates to his father’s having been saved from the clutches of the European decimation by being provided with a transit visa by
Editor’s Note: We welcome a new column by Jonathan (Yoni) Schick, President of GOAL Consulting Group.
“We do not appoint a leader over the community unless he has a sack of loathsome things hanging behind his back.” (Talmud Yoma 22b)