Thursday, October 06, 2022


Of Sticks And Stones

It was just another day in the beginning of the year for the fifth grade class, just another day for everyone except Avi. Avi still remembers that day 30 years later. The rebbi brought the class to the school library to show them various sefarim, including a Shas. As the rebbi was reading off the names of the Masechtot, a few of Avi’s


Yeshivot Bnei Akiva’s Rav Naftali Kandler Visits Shaarei Orah

By now most of us are familiar and take pride in the fact that the Dati-Leumi/Religious Zionist community forms the backbone of Tzahal, the Israel Defense Forces. While this segment of Israeli society represents approximately 10 percent of Israel’s population, it contributes nearly half of the officers of the Israeli armed forces. While


Behar: The Chatan and the Chocolate Factory

Vayikra: 25: 8-13

Based on a true story. Circa 1987

“Lenny, the chatan’s here!”

“Mom, what are you talking about?”

Lenny Steiner came down the stairs of his


Kiddushin 70-76

May the merit of these words of Torah serve as an aliyah for the neshamah of Menachem Mendel Ben Harav Yoel David Balk a”h.

Kiddushin 70

How Can Someone Who Suffers From Celiac Disease Recite Birkat Hamazon?


Nazi Policy and Black Victims—Before, During and After the Holocaust—From Africa to Berlin to North Carolina

In recent years, too many in the African-American community have expressed a disconnect to Holocaust topics, seeing the genocide of Jews as someone else’s nightmare. After all, African Americans are still struggling to achieve general recognition of the barbarity of the Middle Passage, the inhumanity of slavery, the oppression of


Eitan Katz Captures the True Essence of Jewish Music

With six popular solo albums to his credit, Eitan Katz has become a household name, his heartfelt music warming the hearts of Jewish listeners worldwide for years. Born in Teaneck, into a family where music was not a hobby but a way of life, Katz grew up immersed in a culture where song reigned


This Sunday, Let's Share Our Support and Love for Israel!

Since I was named as one of Mr. Trump’s Israel advisors a few weeks ago, people have been sharing amazing insight and emotions with me about Israel. I have had the good fortune of speaking to, meeting


North American ‘Chidon HaTanach’ Adult Bible Contest Semi-Finals to Be Held June 19

Once again, the Orthodox Union and the Center for the Jewish Future of Yeshiva University join the World Zionist Organization and other partners in co-sponsoring the US National Bible Contest for Adults, an event that will determine which outstanding Bible scholars will represent the United States at the International Chidon HaTanach (Bible


Great Nonfiction for Kids

Everything Robotics by Jennifer Swanson with Shah Selbe

National Geographic Kids, 2016

Everything Roboticsis about the history and purpose of robots. From robots that can play ping pong to robots used as


Timeless Text and the Power of Photography Create New Jewish Prayer Experience

Nehalel beCholis the newly released weekday siddur from Nevarech Press, joining with the already acclaimed Shabbat volume, Nehalel beShabbat, to make up the two-volume complete prayer book, Siddur Nehalel. Modeled on the vastly popular Nevarech Bencher(Grace After Meals book), which has sold


Koren Publishers and RCA Announce New Partnership

Jerusalem—Koren Publishers is proud to announce a new partnership with the Rabbinical Council of America, which will include the RCA’s endorsement on all new editions of Koren’s English-Hebrew Mahzor series. This new partnership begins with the release of the latest addition to the Mahzor set: The Koren Shavuot Mahzor with


Savoring a New Translation of ‘Orot’ By Rav Kook

“Orot,” by Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook, translated with footnotes and introductions by Rabbi Bezalel Naor (Maggid Books, 2015)

Thirty-five years ago, as a young 17-year-old I traveled to Israel to study at Yeshivat Har Etzion at the feet of two giants of Torah and Yirat

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