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The Royal FamilyThe Royal Family
by Rabbi Avigdor Miller
Once you understand what it means to be part of the Nation of Hashem, slowly but surely there will awaken within you a desire to conduct yourself like the child of the King...

Pull 'Em Off!Pull 'Em Off!
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
When my turn came, Rav Noach said, 'Lazer, I'm going to teach you something that you'll need to know wherever you'll have to go around the world...'

Who Is a True Tzaddik?Who Is a True Tzaddik?
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
The average individual cannot understand the true tzaddik fully, nor is he capable of discerning who is a true tzaddik. How then, can one know who is a true tzaddik or not?

The Big PayoffThe Big Payoff
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
What do you do when you're not making enough money? Work harder? Look for another job? There's much better advice that guarantees big payoffs, financial and otherwise...

The Torah MindThe Torah Mind
by Rabbi Avigdor Miller
Every idea and every attitude in the Torah is a thought of Hashem, and every detail of the Torah that one incorporates into his own thinking process is a great accomplishment...

Jewels in the SandJewels in the Sand
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Do you know what happened to a simple geography teacher in Los Angeles who gave one emuna book – the Garden of Peace – to a person in need? Here's what happened...

First Emuna, Then UnderstandingFirst Emuna, Then Understanding
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
When a situation looks completely despondent from a logical perspective, emuna will enable you not only to cope, but attain tremendous personal growth as well...

The Tests of This GenerationThe Tests of This Generation
by Rabbi Avigdor Miller
A person asks Rabbi Avigdor Miller osb"m how he can guard himself against the temptations of this generation, which are incessantly pulling a Jew away from his Judaism...

Put the Hummus Back!Put the Hummus Back!
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Parents, don't ever take any custom lightly. Anything we do in the service of Hashem will make a lasting impression on the soul of our children for years to come...

The Final TestThe Final Test
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Only one test remained; those who passed would receive the prestigious unit insignia of a full-fledged elite guardsmen, a true mark of excellence and distinction...

The Emuna 26The Emuna 26
by Lori Steiner
Emuna is the cure for dysfunction and the path to tranquility; emuna is a choice to partner with G-d, knowing that He does only good even if we do not understand...

Seventy: The Secret of GeulaSeventy: The Secret of Geula
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Seventy years was the period of exile between the First and Second Holy Temples. 'Seventy' is the deep secret of Geula, as we shall soon see, with Hashem's loving grace...

Fear One, and Fear No OneFear One, and Fear No One
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
The whole world was afraid of Haman; the one exception was Mordechai. What made him so courageous in his refusal to prostrate himself before the arch-tyrant?

The Secret of LongevityThe Secret of Longevity
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
People get their roles mixed up. They say to Hashem, 'Hashem, You make teshuva and I'll make a living.' They think they're doing Hashem a favor...

Warning from AboveWarning from Above
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Rav Shalom Arush says that everything comes from Hashem and it's all for the best. Does that statement include the Nuremburg Laws and the Holocaust?

Politically IncorrectPolitically Incorrect
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
There's no connection between political correctness and truth; history shows the painful price our nation pays whenever we disregard our spiritual leaders in favor of populism...

The Delivery ManThe Delivery Man
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
This week is the inauguration of newly-elected US President Donald Trump; his entrance to the White House is paved with a long list of miracles, as well as Hashem's humor...

Thoughts about G-dThoughts about G-d
by Yehoshua Goldstein
You may claim that you do not want to work hard, that you would rather take your chances and just live carefree and easy. But let's analyze that attitude for a moment...

Joy in JailJoy in Jail
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Tradition tells us that Joseph the Tzaddik sang and danced all day long despite the horrid conditions of incarceration in Egypt; where did he get the inner strength to do so?

Amida Prayer PloysAmida Prayer Ploys
by David Perlow
Many of us are stuck. We see people in the prayer services enjoying the experience and sometimes we feel left out. Here are a few simple ploys to enhance your prayer experience...

The Cane and the FluteThe Cane and the Flute
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Now that the smoke has cleared after Mr. Trump's historical and unprecedented come-from-behind victory, it's time to ponder about the message that Hashem is communicating to us...

The Game-Changing PhraseThe Game-Changing Phrase
by Dovber HaLevi
Whenever you're worried or in a predicament that you don't know the way out of, you can always fall back on this one game-changing phrase that will put you in the winner's circle...

Some Thoughts on ThinkingSome Thoughts on Thinking
by Dr. Zev Ballen
Like in a jigsaw puzzle, If you don’t know what the completed picture is supposed to look like, you obviously won’t know what to do with pieces...

How Much Self-Love is Okay?How Much Self-Love is Okay?
by Dr. Zev Ballen
Taking care of peoples’ need, ours included, is usually not coming from love. It usually is coming from our worries about ourselves and others - worry is not love...

Making Room for BlessingsMaking Room for Blessings
by Sunny Levi
We all hold onto things till the bitter end. It could be a relationship, a job, a routine, a state of mind, or even a goal. Maybe Hashem has something better in store?

A Slice of WatermelonA Slice of Watermelon
by Steve Gardner
Our country is blessed with wonderful produce but that blessing is only because of the blessing of rain sent to us directly by Hashem each year, in answer to our daily requests...

The Loser in 2016The Loser in 2016
by Dovber HaLevi
Even though the 2016 American Presidential election is still four months away, the author claims that he knows who will lose...

Save Me!Save Me!
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Rebbe Nachman had to escape from Tiberias; he climbed the high stone walls and suddenly slipped. He grabbed a protruding stone, but was suspended between heaven and earth...

Heights of HeartbreakHeights of Heartbreak
by Dovber HaLevi
Few modes of Divine service can match that of a broken heart; it is tantamount to a ritual sacrifice on the holy altar of our Holy Temple in Jerusalem...

Judaism of JoyJudaism of Joy
by Dovber HaLevi
Whether Breslevers or Beatnicks, anyone can be seen in Israel's breathtaking nature reserves, enjoying all the amenities that Hashem's holy land has to offer...

Jumping Into the FireJumping Into the Fire
by Tiferet Israel
She imagined being connected to the courageous heart of the martyrs – the long list of Jews who when faced with the choice to die or convert to another religion, chose death...

On Gays and JusticeOn Gays and Justice
by Dovber HaLevi
To treat someone differently because of how they came into this world is to condemn a decision Hashem made. It is to mock their specific mission in life...

Little Sin, Big SinLittle Sin, Big Sin
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Having a setback shows a person how terribly he needs Hashem every moment of the day. As such, the setback is intrinsically good, for it brings a person closer to emuna...

Rubber-band EmunaRubber-band Emuna
by Rivka Levy
Hashem sends a big test; in desperation, after nothing else helps, the person under fire prays frantically. Then, after Hashem sends relief, he pings back to his old self...

A Moment Too LateA Moment Too Late
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Any veteran traveler knows that it's better to arrive at the train station a whole hour before it leaves than to arrive a single moment after it pulls away...

Freedom of ScreechFreedom of Screech
by Dovber HaLevi
How did we get to a point where it’s acceptable to discuss the worst abominations in the Torah, yet it is wrong to act to silence the discussion?

Blessing of the TreesBlessing of the Trees
by Tal Rotem
On Rosh Chodesh Nissan, we begin to say Birkat Hailanot, the blessing of the trees. It's also Rebbe Nachman's birthday. What's the connection between the two?

Clean MoneyClean Money
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
The businessman said, 'But Rabbi – Saturday is the biggest sales day of the week. There's no way that I can shut the door in the face of so many customers...'

Teshuva with a SmileTeshuva with a Smile
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Purim is proof that people misinterpret the concept of teshuva; they think that in order to rectify and atone for sins of the past, they need to cry and be melancholy...

The Potential of Every MomentThe Potential of Every Moment
by Batya Rosen
Today is a once in a lifetime opportunity; if we’re focused on what’s really important and believe in the value of what we’re doing, there’s no limit to what we can accomplish...

A Push off a CliffA Push off a Cliff
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
If a person strikes up a conversation with you, clarify in your mind if he is expressing G-d's will or not; is he or she a positive influence or negative influence?

Death Before DefilementDeath Before Defilement
by Dovber HaLevi
Must a Jew deploy his weapon of last resort to resist the type of temptation that bombards our eyes and brains in this last generation before Moshiach?

Strangled with StringencyStrangled with Stringency
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
A person is at liberty to add more intent, joy and desire in fulfilling a mitzva; this is of course highly commendable. But, he may not add or detract from the mitzva itself...

The Strong ComebackThe Strong Comeback
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
If a person maintains his joy in life, his setbacks will be short and minor and his ability to recover will be so strong that his setbacks will turn into triumphs...

Private EyesPrivate Eyes
by Racheli Reckles
Imagine all of the things that we wouldn’t do if we were really aware that Hashem and the NSA were recording all of our actions, 24 hours a day...

Seeing is BelievingSeeing is Believing
by Dr. Jacob Freedman, MD
If we only open our eyes, we see a whole world that overflows with Godliness and such beauty that no human designer could ever conjure, much less create...

Brit and BondBrit and Bond
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Many people misinterpret the concept of teshuva, or penitence. They think that in order to rectify and atone for sins of the past, they need to cry and be melancholy...

No ShortcutsNo Shortcuts
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
A young man asked me what his first task during these weeks of the Shovevim period should be, and what he should seek to achieve. I told him to start by guarding his eyes...

The Drive to OblivionThe Drive to Oblivion
by Dr. Zev Ballen
The resistance to submitting to G-d leaves people vulnerable to many situations in life that they are not capable of adequately coping with on their own...

Aging in DignityAging in Dignity
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
As long as a person hasn't corrected and uprooted a certain lust, that lust governs him. This is especially true when it comes to the strongest form of lust...

Don't Live on Easy StreetDon't Live on Easy Street
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Every time a person undergoes a test of faith, overcomes an obstacle in the performance of a mitzvah, or fights against temptation, he or she strengthens their soul...

The Godly ReflectionThe Godly Reflection
by Racheli Reckles
When non-believers get challenges in life, it is purgatory for them, because they see no reason or justification for their tribulations...

The MailmanThe Mailman
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The gabbai tapped me on the shoulder and called me up to the Torah; that was strange, because I didn't buy an Aliya – they were auctioned off at prices way past my budget...

Beloved DoveBeloved Dove
by Dr. Zev Ballen
Your beloved dove is that most hopeful and resilient part of you that never gives up on you or on your faith regardless of how entrapped you are, feeling by the 'blackness'...

The Third Temple IndexThe Third Temple Index
by Dovber HaLevi
We wonder when the Third Temple will be rebuilt. Some of us wonder if it will be built. As we wonder Israel prepares itself. It has been for the last 100 years...

The Screeching HaltThe Screeching Halt
by Dovber HaLevi
In order to watch TV, surf the net, or blaze the social media network you have to stop moving. You have to bring the momentum of your body and soul to a complete halt...

The Ongoing SensationThe Ongoing Sensation
by Dovber HaLevi
Can you be happy all the time? How do you get to a point where nothing can remove your inner joy? How does all of this positive emotion impact your life?

The Oyster SyndromeThe Oyster Syndrome
by Racheli Reckles
How does such a gorgeous, valuable pearl emerge from filth and waste? From the lowest depths of muck and mire comes a symbol of beauty and wealth that women cherish...

The Right to ChooseThe Right to Choose
by Racheli Reckles
Under the guise of progressive, modern living, Planned Parenthood secretly furthered the true agenda of murdering helpless babies in order to keep the lower class in check...

Rebounding RidiculeRebounding Ridicule
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
It's amazing how our words – for better or for worse, rebound right back at us. We get a heaping taste of the verbal delicacies that we serve others...

Opening of DarknessOpening of Darkness
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
The prime objective in all our prayers should be that we merit in attaining the wonderful spiritual awareness that everything is from Hashem and all for the best...

I Love Your NameI Love Your Name
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Nothing seemed wrong, yet Esther and Kobi had difficult marital problems. Kobi said, 'She makes me feel like a prison inmate with a number and no identity.' What was askew?

Splash in a BucketSplash in a Bucket
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The Evil Inclination wants us to waste our time on inconsequential things. He'll let a person splash in a bucket of water all day long, for ultimately, nothing will change...

The Divine LaughThe Divine Laugh
by Dovber HaLevi
The moment you understand that even if you choose to do right, it may not be the 'right' that Hashem intended for you; for now, you are being given a different opportunity...

Judaism of JoyJudaism of Joy
by Dovber HaLevi
Whether Breslevers or Beatnicks, anyone can be seen in Israel's breathtaking nature reserves, enjoying all the amenities that Hashem's holy land has to offer...

The Emuna SkepticsThe Emuna Skeptics
by Dr. Zev Ballen
To the emuna-skeptic, emuna people are viewed as a sort of a drop-out culture that bowed out of life and handed everything over for G-d to do, like freeloaders...

Time to UnplugTime to Unplug
by Arie Sebbah
A yeshiva high-school student reflects on what Shabbat means to him: disconnecting from the fake world of technology and getting a taste of real life...

The Sweetness of JudaismThe Sweetness of Judaism
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Why do so many people fail to taste the sweetness of Sabbath, the joy of a holiday, the exhilaration of prayer or the satisfaction of understanding a page of Gemara?

Rachav's RopeRachav's Rope
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Who would imagine that a woman who engaged in harlotry for forty years would not only become the wife of Joshua but the great-grandmother of Jeremiah the Prophet...

Beyond NatureBeyond Nature
by Yael Karni
Do you absolutely believe Hashem can and will help you with everything in your life? If you do, you will surely see Hashem’s hand turning nature upside down for you...

Shema: Loving HashemShema: Loving Hashem
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
So many people are bewildered, chasing after the mirage of material amenities, not thinking for a single moment that they should be loving Hashem...

Who Is a True Tzaddik?Who Is a True Tzaddik?
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
The average individual cannot understand the true tzaddik fully, nor is he capable of discerning who is a true tzaddik. How then, can one know who is a true tzaddik or not?

The Shalom RevolutionThe Shalom Revolution
by Yael Karni
When we greet our fellow Jew with "shalom", we are bestowing on the blessing of peace on him; we could be changing that person’s situation for the better...

Finding ReggieFinding Reggie
by Chaya Golda Ovadia
If Hashem can do miracles for a cat, imagine what He can do for us? Regardless what problems we have or what pains we are suffering, we can always turn to Him...

Focused on HashemFocused on Hashem
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
When a person is focused on Hashem, he avoids countless transgressions such as jealousy, coveting, hate, competing with others, revenge, evil speech and many more...

Shema Yisrael!Shema Yisrael!
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
We learn a wonderful lesson from the most important prayer in Judaism, the Shema. This is the foundation of our faith, where we declare our steadfast emuna in Hashem...

The Buzz and the BeesThe Buzz and the Bees
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Did Moses really know everything? Why didn't he invent wireless technology? Why didn't all the Children of Israel enjoy the convenience of iPhones and microwave ovens?

The Right Way to PrayThe Right Way to Pray
by Eliya Baruch
If you were going to request something important from your wife, husband or your boss you'd be totally focused until you got it. You would be respectful, kind and patient...

Will the Ten Tribes Return?Will the Ten Tribes Return?
by Rabbi Mendy Elishevitz
The Ten Tribes were exiled during the First Temple Era - over 2,000 years ago, and have been separated from the rest of Jewry ever since. Will they rejoin the rest of us?

Passing the TorchPassing the Torch
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The unbroken chain of Torah is indestructible by virtue of those steadfast pupils who totally nullify themselves to become the worthy receptacles of their master’s teachings.

The Time Has ComeThe Time Has Come
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
In the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks in France and Denmark, the rabbis in Israel and abroad continue to debate, 'Aliya or not'. What is Hashem telling us?

The Tzaddik's BlessingThe Tzaddik's Blessing
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
The tzaddik’s blessing is most effective when the person’s motive is to get closer to Hashem, but it is not a replacement for a person’s own efforts...

The Swallow's SongThe Swallow's Song
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
All of creation sings songs of praise to the Almighty, but the birds excel. Of the birds, the swallow sings with all its soul, teaching us the meaning of genuine gratitude...

Darkness, Then DawnDarkness, Then Dawn
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Don't ever lose hope; with emuna, your period of darkness will be followed by a wonderful illumination. The darkness actually leads to the light...

The Potential Rabbi AkivaThe Potential Rabbi Akiva
by David Perlow
Those of us who are growing in our observance of Torah must remember that we are not better than anyone who isn’t keeping all of Torah yet; rather, we are privileged...

Spiritual Laws of MotionSpiritual Laws of Motion
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Specific laws of biomechanics determine the healthy movement of the body and its limbs. The laws of the physical world are relevant to the spiritual world as well...

Preparing for ShabbatPreparing for Shabbat
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
No task in the preparation for Shabbat is too mundane, to be dismissed at the back of one’s hand, for the preparation of Shabbat is tantamount to preparing for...

Waiting for MoshiachWaiting for Moshiach
by Racheli Reckles
How do we properly fulfill our halachic obligation of anticipating and waiting for Moshiach? Is this something tangible and relevant? Many have no idea what this means...

Why the Jealousy?Why the Jealousy?
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Why is jealousy so terrible? A jealous person looks at people with a begrudging eye. Hashem is the exact opposite – He wants everyone to succeed...

Forgive and be ForgivenForgive and be Forgiven
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
When Hashem arranges for someone to insult or humiliate us, it's like winning the Irish lottery; that is, if we accept the abuse without losing our temper...

The Only SolutionThe Only Solution
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The Jewish people are in a very difficult situation today, with enemies on every border as well as within our borders.

Prayer and AbundancePrayer and Abundance
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The Creator desires that we pray, for prayer connects a person with to Him and helps us realize that everything we have is a free gift from Him...

A Taste of MoshiachA Taste of Moshiach
by Racheli Reckles
This week is Thanksgiving in the USA; in Judaism, every single day is Thanksgiving and a taste of the World to Come...

The Healthy BrainThe Healthy Brain
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
A person functions according to the content of his brain. He must be careful to guard it against harmful content that destroy his judgment and thought process...

The Gift of EnthusiasmThe Gift of Enthusiasm
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Wouldn't we love to serve Hashem with enthusiasm, to pray with devotion and to learn Torah with a burning desire?

The Day of EmunaThe Day of Emuna
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The Sabbath is an opportunity for a person to reconnect with his own soul, to get off the mad-rush carousel and ponder what life is all about...

Spiritual Iron DomeSpiritual Iron Dome
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Certain people blend in the crowd; no one notices anything particularly special about them. Yet, these seemingly 'average' individuals are actually the guardians of a generation...

Moshiach, Now?Moshiach, Now?
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Is the coming of Moshiach what the Jewish People needs right now? Will Moshiach solve our day-to-day problems? Will life be easier?

Moshiach's DonkeyMoshiach's Donkey
by Rivka Levy
Don't worry about being on a low level, even below the level of Moshiach's donkey, because Hashem is right there with us, wherever we are...

Dance the Troubles AwayDance the Troubles Away
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Does Hashem want fasting and sackcloth? Is there a better alternative? The Klausenberger Rebbe, who lost a wife and 11 children in the Holocaust, gives us proper perspective...

The High Price of HatredThe High Price of Hatred
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Ahavat Yisroel, the unconditional altruistic love that Jews should have for each other, where each Jew loves his fellow like his own soul.

Emuna and the EyesEmuna and the Eyes
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Rebbe Natan teaches us an important spiritual principle: one's actions and behavior in the material world trigger equivalent behavior and actions in the spiritual world...

The Unlimited PantryThe Unlimited Pantry
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Hashem feeds us, even in the most extenuating of circumstances, like in the middle of a war when the supply trucks can't make it through to the front lines...

A Time for ChangeA Time for Change
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Everyone feels that Moshiach and Geula are fast on their way. The world is in a dire state, not only morally, but from many other standpoints...

The Best PartnershipThe Best Partnership
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Our senior partner demands that we take life seriously, assume responsibility for ourselves and do what we can in performing our designated task on earth...

Every Creature is My TeacherEvery Creature is My Teacher
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Since every creation is a product of Divine wisdom, then we can find Divine wisdom within each creation.

Falling in FantasyFalling in Fantasy
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
How often have we seen heads of state, judges, and other important people throw their entire career down the drain because of one imprudent act fueled by lust?

Lenient and SeriousLenient and Serious
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
If the angels use powers of reasoning - inference, induction and deduction - in attempting to fulfill Hashem's wishes, then we should too...

Darkness Before LightDarkness Before Light
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Did you ever wonder why the Hebrew Calendar day begins at sundown, and the darkness of night precedes the light of day?

Your New NameYour New Name
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Many people aren't happy with the name that their parents gave them. Are they allowed to change their name? What's in a name change? Here's the good news...

Barefoot and HolyBarefoot and Holy
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The Kohanim and the People of Israel are required to go barefoot on the Temple Mount and in the Holy Temple; is this respectful?

Pure and ImpurePure and Impure
by Rabbi David Charlop
A life of purity necessitates us to distance ourselves from impurity as an intrinsic part of becoming a holy people. It has nothing to do with being physically dirty or soiled...

The Blessing of WealthThe Blessing of Wealth
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
A person's abundance is not material. It is spiritual and depends on Divine input, as King Solomon says in the Book of Proverbs, 'Hashem's blessing brings wealth'...

Fear of AnimalsFear of Animals
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Since man is the prime of creation, he has the innate potential to rule over creation. His slightest fear of any creation is an indication that his emuna is not yet whole...

It's Your DonkeyIt's Your Donkey
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
If we see that we're having inexplicable difficulties in life, it could be because our stern judgments and criticisms of those close to us have invoked the same against us...

Spotting the EnemySpotting the Enemy
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The evil inclination doesn't object to one's immersing himself in Torah, as long as he does nothing to improve in the area of personal holiness...

The Price of a LollipopThe Price of a Lollipop
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Most people are like little children with a wad of hundred-dollar bills in their hands; they trade all their money to a swindler who gives them a lollipop...

The United States of SodomThe United States of Sodom
by Racheli Reckles
In Sodom and Gomorrah, people were so wealthy that they passed laws prohibiting any underclass or homeless people from passing through their cities...

How Much are You Worth?How Much are You Worth?
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Imagine that you're the Prime Minister, the President or a record-breaking professional athlete; how much would you sell yourself for?

Kaddish of Gog & MagogKaddish of Gog & Magog
by Howard Morton
Our Sages say that Persia will destroy the entire world and the Jews will be in a difficult situation. Why are we quiet? Where is the awakening?

Fantasies of the HeartFantasies of the Heart
by Yael Karni
What drives these mental images – is it our intellect or emotions? How sure can we ever be that what we see is real, that what decisions we make are based on reality or illusion?

Blessings on Forbidden FoodBlessings on Forbidden Food
by Rabbi Eli Mansour
Halacha clearly allows and even requires eating non-kosher food when this is necessary in the interest of 'Piku'ah Nefesh' – saving a person's life; does one make a blessing?

Back to the FutureBack to the Future
by Rick Eskenazi
If we are instructed to repair the world, how did the world become broken in the first place? Couldn't G-d have created a perfect world, or fix it Himself?

Through the Eyes of a DeerThrough the Eyes of a Deer
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
We shouldn't lament attributes we lack, for if Hashem didn't grant them to us, then we don't need them.

Reciting 'Song of Songs'Reciting 'Song of Songs'
by Rabbi Eli Mansour
If a person did something wrong, Heaven forbid, reciting Song of Songs of Friday afternoon can atone for him...

Two YardsticksTwo Yardsticks
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
If we really loved others like we love ourselves, we would judge them fairly; but judging them fairly is a prerequisite to loving them. What comes first?

One Heart – One PeopleOne Heart – One People
by Chaya Golda Ovadia
Rebbe Nachman encouraged us to be sincere and honest; that way, we'd remove the barriers that block our connection to Hashem and to each other...

The Wise Man and the FoolThe Wise Man and the Fool
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Everybody makes mistakes, even the greatest tzaddikim. Hashem doesn't punish a person for making a mistake; He waits to see what we do after making the mistake...

Nature's SongNature's Song
by Rivka Levy
Who cares what frogs, rats or vegetables say when they speak to G-d? Perek Shira - 'Nature's Song' - is more than what meets the eye...

A Walking BillboardA Walking Billboard
by Racheli Reckles
Is a man that 'loves' you for your looks really the man you want to be with? You deserve someone who wants the 'you' that shines from within...

It's Not What We See!It's Not What We See!
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
We sometimes give knee-jerk reactions to situations that seem to be bad. But in spiritual reality, it's all good.

Occasional IdolatryOccasional Idolatry
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
A person who smokes dope can't be a Breslever; he can't even be a Jew for that matter, because he's serving a false god, especially if he is addicted...

Tale of Rusty ToolsTale of Rusty Tools
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Hashem gives each of us a fantastic set of tools, to do our designated tasks on earth. But, if we don't take care of them, they might become rusty or altogether ruined...

Make Your ChoiceMake Your Choice
by Yael Karni
What I decide to have for breakfast doesn’t really fall under the category of free will, but whether it is kosher or not, and how I eat it, does...

Taming the AnimalTaming the Animal
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The difference between man and animal is that man has a soul, a potential to attain unlimited spiritual heights.

Epoch of the MessiahEpoch of the Messiah
by Howard Morton
Rabbi Wasserman saw two millennia of Jewish life in Europe go up in flames with his own eyes. So why did he talk about the Jews in America in the final moments of his life?

Divine Soul, Divine BodyDivine Soul, Divine Body
by Yael Karni
It’s almost obvious and yet we are bludgeoned into believing that the soul doesn’t exist, that there is just a body. So how can we derive evidence of a soul?

The Emuna CatsThe Emuna Cats
by Chaya Golda Ovadia
We can learn so much from a cat; if we had the cat's trust in Hashem and its modesty, we'd be in much better shape.

Our True MissionOur True Mission
by Rick Eskenazi
Jews should stop running away from the mission that G-d has given us, to be a Kingdom of Priests and bring the world to the knowledge of G-d...

Black is BeautifulBlack is Beautiful
by Tal Rotem
Nissim 'Damian' Black grew up on the tough side of the street in South Seattle. His music used to be just as violent as his neighborhood, but he's brought it all into Judaism.

Unlimited LoveUnlimited Love
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
A person can't really pray until he realizes that Hashem loves him always.

Election FeverElection Fever
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Give the average person the choice between political activism and prayer, and he'll prefer signing petitions, writing letters, convincing other people...

A Disposable WorldA Disposable World
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The more society modernizes and becomes sophisticated, the more it renders things cheap and disposable...

by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Enjoy the power and beauty of your soul. To do so, you must develop your own personal relationship with G-d.

The Sweet LifeThe Sweet Life
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Some simple secrets to living a life of complete sweetness, with marital bliss and no debts...

They Don't DecideThey Don't Decide
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Each passing day brings Iran closer to a nuclear warhead. Only the naive think otherwise.

Forgiving and ForgettingForgiving and Forgetting
by Yehudit Levy
For transgressing the laws between man and G-d, such as keeping kosher, we can repent to Him directly.

'All His Glory' - Crowning The King, Part 4'All His Glory' - Crowning The King, Part 4
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
By spreading emuna all over the world, we also crown Hashem in all His glory. If people don't know about emuna, they can't know The King.

The Gentle Green SoulsThe Gentle Green Souls
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Do plants have souls? Can you really talk to our little green friends? How do we know that they understand and answer?

Crowning The King, Part 2Crowning The King, Part 2
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
People equate 'romance' with 'love', but there are greater expressions of love than physical gestures.

Crowning The King, Part 1Crowning The King, Part 1
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Our mission in the world is to reveal Hashem's sovereignty and illuminate the world with this knowledge.

The Emuna FortressThe Emuna Fortress
by Dovber HaLevi
He didn’t put us in this world to live static lives. Every part of our being has to be in a constant state of growth.

Higher than AngelsHigher than Angels
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Our job in this world is to do exquisite things with the most mundane and crass raw material.

Personal ConservationPersonal Conservation
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Our forefather Abraham had a mind capacity and powers of reason that we can't begin to fathom.

The ArcherThe Archer
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Prayer is like a powerful hunting bow in our hands; we must learn to use it safely and effectively.

The 5 Most Important Things to Know About PassoverThe 5 Most Important Things to Know About Passover
by Rabbi Benjamin Blech
Our greatest contributions to the world summarized in five words: memory, optimism, faith, family, and responsibility.

Shabbat HaGadol, 5772Shabbat HaGadol, 5772
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
This coming Shabbat is known as Shabbat HaGadol, the great Shabbat.

A Second ChanceA Second Chance
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Hashem is more forgiving and compassionate than anyone can fathom.

Purim and IranPurim and Iran
by Rabbi Shraga Simmons
Startling parallels between ancient Persia and Israel’s predicament today.

Amalek: War Against the Root of EvilAmalek: War Against the Root of Evil
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
The obligation to kill every single Amalekite. They were the first anti-Semites.

Reincarnation and Jewish TraditionReincarnation and Jewish Tradition
by Yaakov Astor
Does Judaism believe in reincarnation?

Rewriting HistoryRewriting History
by Dovber HaLevi
Making repentance for something is like rewriting history.

The Secrets of TorahThe Secrets of Torah
by Rabbi Nissan Dovid Kivak -- translated by Aaron Yoseph
The secrets of the Torah teach us one thing – that Hashem is here.

Girls' NamesGirls' Names
by Rabbi Shraga Simmons
The origin and meaning of some of the most common Jewish names for girls.

Naming A BabyNaming A Baby
by Rabbi Shraga Simmons
A name defines a person's essence. Choose carefully.

Genuine VitalityGenuine Vitality
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Arrogant people are never happy; they're extremely temper-prone.

The Daily ReminderThe Daily Reminder
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The pure soul will give an accounting of all its deeds.

Chana and Her Seven SonsChana and Her Seven Sons
by Staff
During Chanuka, we commemorate the Maccabean victory over the Greeks.

These Small LightsThese Small Lights
by Yael Zoldan M.A.
Chanukah reminds us that we are not the same as everyone else.

Conversion to JudaismConversion to Judaism
by Staff
What of the non-Jew who wishes to convert to Judaism?

1913: Rabbi Kook Leads Rabbis' Tour of the MoshavotRabbi Kook Leads Rabbis' Tour of the Moshavot
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
The story of the famous tour 1913 of ten renowned rabbis to visit and encourage the new farming communities in the Shomron and Galilee.

Salvation MonthSalvation Month
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
This week marks the new month of Kislev. We are all under the underlying tension of the Iranian threat – will there be a war or not?

Time for TruthTime for Truth
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
A person cannot begin to attain a goal if he doesn’t know where he currently is.

What Is Love?What Is Love?
by Gila Manolson
Many believe love is a sensation that magically generates when Mr. or Ms. Right appears. No wonder so many people are single.

The Ten RemembrancesThe Ten Remembrances
by Rabbi Shalom Arush -- translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The Torah commands every Jew to remember ten archetypical Biblical events.

Seven Wonders of Jewish HistorySeven Wonders of Jewish History
by Rabbi Motty Berger and Rabbi Asher Resnick
Seven milestones that defy historical patterns and fulfill ancient prophecies.

In the Hands of HeavenIn the Hands of Heaven
by Rabbi Pinchas Winston
Your job is to have children, and to raise them the best you can.

Shmini Azeret and Simchat TorahShmini Azeret and Simchat Torah
by Rabbi Shraga Simmons
God adds a special day at the end of Sukkot, a day of great intimacy with our Creator, as He asks His children to remain with him for extra personal time together.

Hoshana Raba: The Role of the WillowHoshana Raba: The Role of the Willow
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
translated and adapted by Rabbi Chanan Morrison

Why does the lowly willow merit this special attention?

Sukkot: Atonement Through UnitySukkot: Atonement Through Unity
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
The concept of unity in the Four Species. An inspiring analysis for the holiday of joy and unity.

The Guide for SukkotThe Guide for Sukkot
by Breslev Israel
One of the three pilgrimage festivals that the Jewish people were commanded to celebrate.

Another ChanceAnother Chance
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
How important it is for us to put aside time, each and every day, to be alone with our Maker, to speak with Him.

What is Yizkor?What is Yizkor?
Elevating the soul of a departed loved one.

The Anniversary of the First Day of CreationThe Anniversary of the First Day of Creation
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
Rosh Hashanah is sort of a miniature creation of the world.

The Gift of FailureThe Gift of Failure
by Dovber HaLevi
Another failure. All the more reason to jump up and dance!

Freedom of Torah StudyFreedom of Torah Study
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
Something good might come from the Left's attempt to portray the settlers as being cruel. This helps to deter our enemy.

Elul - the month of loveElul - the month of love
by Reuven Hammer
Ani l’dodi v’dodi li – I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.

Anatomy of ForgivingAnatomy of Forgiving
by Dovber HaLevi
One of the big challenges in life is that our worst adversaries often turn out to be those closest to us.

A Time for LoveA Time for Love
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
All arguments, fighting, dissension and bickering come from a deficiency or a total lack of emuna.

Cities of Refuge, Cities of HopeCities of Refuge, Cities of Hope
by Moshe Burt
The very existence of the Irei Miklat and the laws surrounding them have a clear implication: there is always hope for the future.

Like Grains of SandLike Grains of Sand
by Rabbi Eliezer Melammed
Having a family is a challenge that raises man above and beyond his short and limited life to the expanses of eternity.

Rebuilding the TempleRebuilding the Temple
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
It would help if the world acknowledged the historical importance of the site of the holy sanctuary for Jews.

Customs of the 'Three Weeks'Customs of the 'Three Weeks'
by Rabbi Eliezer Melammed
An essential, concise and easy to understand primer for the customs of this period of mourning for the destruction of the Holy Temples.

Be a Jew in the Workplace!Be a Jew in the Workplace!
by Rabbi Eliezer Melammed
The workplace can seem a total negation of everything a religious person has hitherto experienced. Here is a wise analysis and practical guide.

Redemption Made EasyRedemption Made Easy
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
What would happen if Moses walks into a synagogue, and declares, “Behold! I have come to redeem you, Hashem has sent me”...

The Land of EmunaThe Land of Emuna
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Our most basic precept of emuna is that everything comes from Hashem.

by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Having seen and heard the glory of Hashem with their own eyes and ears, the Children of Israel trembled with fear.

The Wilderness and ShavuotThe Wilderness and Shavuot
by Moshe Kempinski
Shavuot occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan.

Walking Into the UnknownWalking Into the Unknown
by Moshe Kempinski
We are entering a time of great upheaval and concern.

Hatikva – The HopeHatikva – The Hope
by Moshe Kempinski
Those who sang Hatikva at Bergen-Belsen did not become a people because they lived together, or spoke the same language.

Shoah: Our Own Flesh and BloodShoah: Our Own Flesh and Blood
by Rabbi Eliezer Melammed
The 'why' of the Holocaust is not comprehensible, but aksing "for what purpose", what we can learn from the Holocaust, is answerable.

Rebuke: Malpractice of a MitsvaRebuke: Malpractice of a Mitsva
by Rabbi BenZion Shafier
We are responsible for rebuking our sinning friends.

Loving the LandLoving the Land
by Rabbi Eliezer Melammed
We are obligated to constantly praise Eretz Yisrael, to cherish her landscapes, to beautify her open stretches with trees and flowers.....

Lessons from JapanLessons from Japan
by Rabbi Lazer Gurkow
What significance the infinitesimal has!

A Divine Act of LovingkindnessA Divine Act of Lovingkindness
by Moshe Kempinski
We are living in a time wherein HaShem waits for us to find Him.

Get Into the Real Purim SpiritGet Into the Real Purim Spirit
by Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran
Klal Yisrael. All of Israel. One people. One community. One. Would that it were always so!

Torah Eye on News: HistoryTorah Eye on News: History
by Rabbi Berel Wein
What happened to the study of Jewish history? Why is that study crucial?

Torah Eye on News: UncertaintyTorah Eye on News: Uncertainty
by Rabbi Berel Wein
There is no people that has existed as long and as dangerously in the milieu of uncertainty as has the people of Israel.

Temple Building for DummiesTemple Building for Dummies
by Rabbi Tzvi Fishman
On the Mount of Olives, overlooking the Temple Mount.

Tyranny from a Torah ViewpointTyranny from a Torah Viewpoint
by Myles Kantor
Non Jews can be righteous and share eternal life. Tyrants represent a specific form of evil from a Jewish perspective.

Rav Kook: Priestly ClothesRav Kook: Priestly Clothes
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
Three stories of conversion.

Choosing a Baby's GenderChoosing a Baby's Gender
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
A question that sometimes arises in families with children of one gender.

Love: The Key to EducationLove: The Key to Education
by Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran
Is there a standardized lesson plan from which we can derive instruction as to how to transmit more than just dry knowledge and information to students?

Planting Trees in the Holy LandPlanting Trees in the Holy Land
by Rabbi Eliezer Melammed
Settling the Land can be done by planting trees and also by aiding its development.

To Be or not Tu Be-Shvat?To Be or not Tu Be-Shvat?
by Yonatan Sredni
In a lighter vein, but with a serious note.

Manna--The Tough Free Food TestManna--The Tough Free Food Test
by Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran
Which position presents a greater challenge – readily available cuts of prime ribs or the continued dependence on G-d’s manna?

Culmination and PinnacleCulmination and Pinnacle
by Moshe Kuhr
The Holocaust: Culmination of Edom's Exile and Pinnacle of Christian Experience.

Memories of the SoulMemories of the Soul
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
Torah is not merely commanding us to remember and commemorate the Exodus from Egypt. Always remember this historic date.

How Much Does a Child Cost?How Much Does a Child Cost?
by Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran
It seems that HaShem intended for the baby -- the Jewish People -- to first crawl and then walk.

Exodus: The Long VoyageExodus: The Long Voyage
by Moshe Kempinski
Moses asked the question we have been asking for two thousand years.

Lessons from the FireLessons from the Fire
by Moshe Kempinski
One can never ascribe with certitude Divine intentions and purpose to dramatic events in our lives.

Wikileaks Meets Torah's WaysWikileaks Meets Torah's Ways
by Yaakov Weiland
Our culture glorifies exposure, whether in tell-all memoirs or reality shows.

Why Sing at the Shabbat Table?Why Sing at the Shabbat Table?
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
What purpose do zmirot, Shabbat songs, serve?

Chanukah: Display and MeaningChanukah: Display and Meaning
by Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran
Chanukah is a holiday with outer display, but inner meaning.

In Those Days, in These TimesIn Those Days, in These Times
by Shalom Pollack
Chanukah, from Hellenist times to the Revolutionary War. And on to today.

The Moslems are Simply JealousThe Moslems are Simply Jealous
by Rabbi David Bar-Hayim
Moslems cannot understand why non-believers are so materially successful, while Moslems world-wide wallow in squalor.

Spread Over the Land of IsraelSpread Over the Land of Israel
by Rabbi Eliezer Melammed
'Ufaratzta', spread out, says G-d to our forefather in the Book of Genesis.

Don't Miss: A Universal BlessingDon't Miss: A Universal Blessing
by Dr. Kenneth M. Prager
'For Everything a Blessing' is about understanding the prescience of an ancient blessing that struck home.

Rosh Chodesh: Jewish Mothers DayRosh Chodesh: Jewish Mothers Day
by Tzipporah Berabi, translated by R. Sylvetsky
The women were given the first day of the new month as a partial holiday in their honor.

Rav Kook: Prayer at SunriseRav Kook: Prayer at Sunrise
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
An analysis of Psalm 72.

The Matriarch Rachel's GraveThe Matriarch Rachel's Grave
by Shira Smiles
This week, 11 Cheshvan, is the date on which our Matriarch Rachel died. Thousands pray at her grave on the road near Bethlehem every year.

The Inner Will of the UniverseThe Inner Will of the Universe
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
Abraham, the Sages noted, was the first person in history to address G-d as his 'Master' (Gen. 15:8). Why makes this so noteworthy?

Tower of Babel: RebellionTower of Babel: Rebellion
by Larry Domnitch
A rebellion can be against a regime, but it can also be against G-d.

Shmini Atzeret: Enjoy What's LeftShmini Atzeret: Enjoy What's Left
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
Making music with what is left is a great lesson for life as the holiday ends.

Kosher Food--A New Trend?Kosher Food--A New Trend?
by Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran
Food matters.

Sukkot Completes the Days of AweSukkot Completes the Days of Awe
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
The Season of Our Joy, as Sukkot is called in the Bible.

You: As G-d IntendedYou: As G-d Intended
by Yaakov Weiland
A world without a person who connects with G-d has no purpose and is not worth celebrating.

Natural vs. Artificial ManNatural vs. Artificial Man
by Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran
Our lives are spent straddling this divide – the real and the fantasy...a Rosh Hashanah message.

Psalm 36: Man and BeastPsalm 36: Man and Beast
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
A telling analysis by HaRav Kook of Psalm 36: "You Deliver Man and Beast".

Moses' MessageMoses' Message
by Rabbi S. Weiss
There is one primary, fundamental theme which runs through both readings this week.

Be Optimistic!Be Optimistic!
by Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran
We ache. We fear. We tremble. We feel lost in this world. But let us, this holy season, resolve not to allow these to touch our hearts.

Free Will vs. CausalityFree Will vs. Causality
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
To what extent are events pre-determined, and to what extent do we have free will? To what degree are we responsible for our actions?

Spiritual Oil Spills, FlotillasSpiritual Oil Spills, Flotillas
by Yaakov Weiland
Israel has been steadfast in opposing the flotillas; never surrendering our mantle of holiness or love of Israel.

Justice and the JudgesJustice and the Judges
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
"Justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may live and inherit the land which the Lord your God gives you."

The Laws of RepentanceThe Laws of Repentance
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
Elul is the month of repentance. With the end of the year fast approaching, the time to make a personal accounting has arrived.

Can Rabbis Work Miracles?Can Rabbis Work Miracles?
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
How should we view the practice some people have of approaching rabbis with requests for healing, miraculous remedies, and amulets?

The Fifth CommandmentThe Fifth Commandment
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
Surely “Honour your father and mother” belongs to the second tablet!

For a Nation to Mourn as OneFor a Nation to Mourn as One
by Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran
There are times when the individual is one with the community. Tisha B'Av is one such time.

The Three Weeks: A ShiurThe Three Weeks: A Shiur
by Rav Chaim Drukman
The three week mourning is the loss of Jewish sovereignty over the Land of Israel, not only the Holy Temple.

How Badly Do We Want It?How Badly Do We Want It?
by Go´el Jasper
This is a period of mourning what we’ve lost and sadness for what we don’t yet have. But think hard--do we really mean it?

Fasts: Time to ContemplateFasts: Time to Contemplate
by Rabbi Yisrael Kaniel
The Seventeenth Day of the month of Tammuz is a fast day, one of five historically based fasts that occur during the Jewish year.

Morning Prayers: Before EatingMorning Prayers: Before Eating
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
One who eats and then prays, has placed the physical before the spiritual, but also missed something else.

Psalm 9: Nations who Forget G-dPsalm 9: Nations who Forget G-d
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
In every generation, they rise upon us to destroy us.

Legacy of the Six MillionLegacy of the Six Million
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
For Holocaust Remembrance Day--their Last Will and Testament.

Civil MarriageCivil Marriage
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
Should Israel allow civil marriages between Jews?

Passover Facts and FiguresPassover Facts and Figures
by Yoram Ettinger
Passover holds a special place in Jewish history.

Love in the Song of SongsLove in the Song of Songs
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
The Song of Songs is read on the Intermediate Sabbath of Passover.

Korban Pesach: Paschal LambKorban Pesach: Paschal Lamb
by Dr. Aryeh Hirsch
Pleasing to the L-rd, as in days of old and former years.

Dirt is not Chametz, but...Dirt is not Chametz, but...
by Dr. J. Werblowsky
A psychiatrist's analysis of the housewife's real motives is just what is needed during the pre Passover madness.

Matzah: an Absolute BreakMatzah: an Absolute Break
by Rabbi Eliezer Melammed
Matzah and Chametz are diametric opposites, morally, philosophically and metaphysically.

Passover Wine and WheatPassover Wine and Wheat
by Shira Smiles
Matza represents humility. Wine can cloud discernment between right and wrong.

Bread: More than Calories
by Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran
Our daily bread is more than the sum of its calories and the Hillel sandwich we eat at the Passover seder is more than a sandwich.

Who and What are Precious to G-d
by Levi Chazen
The Torah repeats things when there is something to be learned from it.

Clothes Make the (Jewish) Man
by Rabbi Mori Michael Shelomo Bar-Ron
Clothes should make the Jewish man recognizable as Jewish.

Understanding Adar
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
There are four special readings, in addition to the regular Torah readings, on the four Sabbaths of the month of Adar.

Yes We Can Be Joyful
by Moshe Kempinski
We can and should increase joy no matter what. The Jewish People have had many difficult times during the month of Adar, starting with the year of the first Purim.

Checking Pockets before Shabbat
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
Checking out your pockets before the start of the Sabbath is not only to prevent transgressing the prohibition against carrying objects.

Kol Isha: Serah bat Asher
by Rachel Adelman
By the merit of the righteous women of that generation.....

Tradition Today: Do not destroy
by Reuven Hammer
Tu B'shvat has arrived - a holiday for trees!

Praying for the Government
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
Pragmatic expediency or theological principle?

Change You Can Believe In
by Rabbi Aron Moss
Wherever you go, you'll still be there.

The Educational System
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
The problem is a social-ideological one.

Blessings Over Joy
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
Every event has spiritual significance.

Marrying for Looks or Money?
by Rabbi Aron Moss
See beyond the superficial and meet a real person.

Israel, Read the Sign
by Rabbi Aron Moss
The name Zion holds the secret.

Lights of Joy and Inspiration
by Rabbi Lazer Gurkow
It is up to you, so kindle that light.

Miracles and Dreidels
by Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran
What a spinning top can teach us about miracles.

So What's His Name?
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
"God" is not His name, it's His job specification.

Nothing to Fear in Fear of G-d
by Rabbi Aron Moss
I think this is a translation issue.

Taking Jacob's Ladder
by Moshe Kempinski
We must be empowered like Jacob.

The Minyan Market
by Rabbi Francis Nataf
I would need to sacrifice my prayer needs.

The Eternal Bond
by Rabbi Eliezer Waldman
The Jewish people and our homeland.

Chana: A Charming Name
by Rabbi Aron Moss
Can you tell me what my name means?

Torah Study or Profession?
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
When the community supports Torah scholars.

Kosher Clothing
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
I heard someone talk about a "kosher suit".

Personal Choice
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
What if I don't want to obey the commandments?

Taking Responsibility
by Rabbi Aron Moss
How can I teach him to not to shift the blame?

The Temple: Means or Goal?
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
Our society should become HaShem's Sanctuary.

Tefillin: For Mind, Body & Soul
by Rabbi Aron Moss
Why do we put these black boxes on?

A Jewish Class System
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
I don't like Jews being divided.

Postponing Pregnancy
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
A person may not delay fulfilling the commandment to have children.

The Divine Ideal
by Yehuda HaKohen
Even that which appeared to be secular, or at times hostile to our Torah, has come only to prepare the way for the full expression of G-D’s Name.

Thou Shall Be a Mensch
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
"And you shall go in His ways."

You're No Angel
by Rabbi Aron Moss
Can I be fully observant and not go mad?

Sukkot Water-Drawing Celebration
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
The nature of these evening celebrations is peculiar.

Life is a Sukkah
by Rabbi S. Weiss
And only He can keep us safe.

Sukkot Means Aliyah
by Rabbi David Samson
This generation, we are able to appreciate the mitzvah of sukkah.

For Yom Kippur, Why Do We...?
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
"It's your Jewish black fast again this week?"

The Nullity and the Greatness
by Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran
The tension of Man's duality on Yom Kippur.

A Period of Introspection
by Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin
We can choose how best to spend the time we have.

Knowing the Teruah-Blast
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
Fortunate is the nation that knows the teruah.

Reishit HaShanah
by Rabbi Emanuel Feldman
Where does Rosh Hashanah appear in the Bible?

Elul: Recognize the Relationship
by Shira Smiles
Are we being hypocritical at this time of year?

Shofar: Humility and Strength
by Rabbi Lazer Gurkow
The order of these blasts is curious.

Scholars Making Peace
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
How can study bring peace?

Healing Our Broken Hearts
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
A psalm reveals the secret of the healing process.

The Laws of Elul and Selichot
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
Time set aside for the purpose of improvement.

The Search for Fulfilment
by Rabbi Aron Moss
Maybe this is why we are so dissatisfied.

Matrilineal Descent in Judaism
by Rabbi Aron Moss
Jewishness is not in our DNA.

I and My Beloved in Elul
by Moshe Kempinski
Love means constantly moving towards the beloved.

The Classroom of Moshe Rabbenu
by Rabbi Francis Nataf
Moshe's educational strategy.

Rabbi Akiva's Prayer
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
There are two levels of kavanah.

The Dream of a Nation
by Yeoshua Kingberg
Why allow evil to come into our midst?

Converts and Jewish Unity
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
Converts connect to the unifying Sinai experience.

The Dream of a Nation
by Dan Illouz
In modern times, dreaming is not enough anymore.

You Think You're Too Busy?
by Rabbi Aron Moss
On spirituality. And making a good cholent.

Gratuitous Hatred
by Rabbi Mois Navon
What is it and why is it so bad?

The Call for Sacred Splendor
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
Why does HaShem not rebuild the Temple?

The Three Weeks: Valuable Vision
by Shira Smiles
It all depends on your perspective.

Remembering the Temple
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
As the Temple is in ruins, our joy is incomplete.

Mourning and Consolation
by Rabbi Aron Moss
A profound message of hope in the midst of sorrow.

National Mourning
by Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran
Is there any calamity that can transform a nation?

It Gives Me Great Pleasure
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
We need to discipline our pleasure.

Religion is for the Weak
by Rabbi Aron Moss
And to be honest, religion is not my only crutch.

Miraculous Remedies and Wonders
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
The main channel for clinging to God is Torah.

Goals for the Month of Tammuz
by Rabbi Chaim Richman
A rendezvous with destiny.

Halachic Man and Authentic Man
by Rabbi Francis Nataf
Western man feels hollow at the center.

Ambivalent Attitude Towards Zion
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
There must be a spiritual vision of Israel.

'Tearing the Family Apart'
by Rabbi Aron Moss
My sister is hurt that I won't eat at her house.

Orthodoxy and Reform
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
Reform ideology is outside the Halachic loop.

Settling the Land of Israel
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
An eternal, never-changing Torah commandment.

Are Miracles Really Miraculous?
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
A philosophical problem.

Conflict at the Shabbos Table
by Rabbi Aron Moss
A simple slice of Challah.

Election Result
by Rabbi Avi Shafran
What sort of "racism" is this?

Solving G-d's Messages
by Rabbi Adam Winston
A world of continual communication.

The Secret of Lasting Love
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
Abiding as the values upon which it is founded.

Is it Worth Losing Sleep Over?
by Rabbi Aron Moss
Mistakes we can correct on Shavuot.

Who Counts?
by Rabbi S. Weiss
Keep telling your story.

Jerusalem Day: Windows to Peace
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
We turn towards the city of Jerusalem in prayer.

Jerusalem: Kodesh Kodashim
by Dr. Aryeh Hirsch
We should remember the Holy of Holies - Jerusalem.

Is There a Hell?
by Rabbi Aron Moss
It is a great kindness that we are sent to Hell.

Sefirat HaOmer: Striking Balance
by Shira Smiles
Every Jew has to count because every Jew counts.

Rashbi and the Rainbow
by Rabbi S. Weiss
Why do we celebrate Rashbi's life so brightly?

What is Judaism?
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
More than a religion.

Kashrut in Times of Difficulty
by Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran
We are both physical and spiritual.

Weather, Prophets, Independence
by Rabbi Francis Nataf
Independence is not ideal in all ways.

The Reed Sea and Yom HaAtzmaut
by Moshe Kempinski
HaShem's message is clear: Go forward!

Male Identity and the Haircut
by Rabbi Aron Moss
"I'm not a girl, I'm a boy."

Female Identity and the Mitzvot
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
The most significant expression of reciprocation.

The Cry of Redemption
by Moshe Kempinski
After crying out, we must act.

Mah Nishtanah: The Four Answers
by Rabbi Aron Moss
The Four Questions are actually four statements.

Rabban Gamliel and the Matzah
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
An amazing contribution to the shaping of Judaism.

Redemption of Creation
by Rabbi Mois Navon
Consternation over Birkat HaChamah.

The Moment of Decision
by Shira Smiles
We are asked to internalize the lesson of the sun.

Sh'foch Chamatcha: Justice
by Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran
The truth of "b'chol dor vador" and the geulah.

Unity Governments & the Mishkan
by Rabbi Francis Nataf
Before the lion sits together with the lamb...

The Twilight Hours
by Moshe Kempinski
This is a very dangerous time.

The Root of All Evil
by Rabbi Shea Hecht
Money is getting a bad rap.

A Holy Man in Afghanistan
by Rabbi Aron Moss
Without warning, he was hit by a rocket.

A Tale of Two Mountains
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
The Temple Mount and Mount Sinai.

Divided by a Common Bible
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
Hear that Bible's message of morality.

Purim: As Happy as a Child
by Rabbi Aron Moss
Am I supposed to just switch on happiness at will?

The Joy of a Mitzvah on Purim
by Rabbi Shea Hecht
What has become of the mitzvah of shalach manos.

Zion Needs the Messiah
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
Even though he may tarry, we are not to lose hope.

Yeshiva, Science, College, Faith
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
Their aims are different.

The Month of Adar
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
We increase our joy.

The Jew and the Stranger
by Rabbi Francis Nataf
The paradigmatic bond of Moshe and Yitro.

The Twilight of Rabbi Kook
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
A mighty figure who fought for truth.

Am I My Brother's Keeper?
by Rabbi Shea Hecht
Unhealthy misperceptions about reporting abuse.

Bless Us
by Rabbi Avi Shafran
An occupational hazard of religious observance.

How Are Leaders Produced?
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
The religious public lacks a leadership tradition.

The Tree-People of Israel
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
We will be eternally planted in Zion.

Psalms 12: Circles and Lines
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
Kabbalists distinguished between the two realms.

Teshuvah During Zion’s Birth
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
Take shelter in good deeds and complete teshuvah.

Soul With a Healthy Appetite
by Rabbi Aron Moss
What Jewish mothers know.

The Torah on 'Disengagement'
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
It goes without saying...

Fear Within, Fear Without
by Rabbi Francis Nataf
How were we meant to change the world?

How to Act During Zion’s Birth
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
There will be a period of birth pangs.

True Guardians
by Rabbi Lazer Gurkow
Legality does not always equate with morality.

Psalm 27: Unanswered Prayers
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
Understanding the very essence of prayer.

Yosef and Yehuda: Then and Now
by Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed
Making the best of it and seeking perfection.

The Fast of the Tenth
by Daniel Pinner
When Jewish independence was extinguished.

HaShem's Faith in Us
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
The Creator has faith in the world; and in us.

Saving Another's Life
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
It is forbidden to stand aside and be apathetic.

Chanukah: Richness of Spirit
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
An important part of the message of Chanukah.

Chanukah and Domestic Peace
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
Lighting when people are coming home from work.

Rosh Chodesh and the Greeks
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
It seems a strange mitzvah to oppose.

Christmas Tree in a Jewish Home?
by Rabbi Aron Moss
I am in a tricky situation.

Imagining Chanukah
by Dr. Aryeh Hirsch
Imagination vs. intellect in the Chanukah lights.

The Unknown Warrior of Chanukah
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
There's one person whose courage no one thinks of.

After the Chabad House Massacre
by Rabbi Eliezer Waldman
We are all emissaries.

No Smoking Allowed
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
It has become undeniably clear.

A Meticulously Observant Jew
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
Tzitzis hang freely from their uniforms.

An Ocean of Tears
by Rabbi Aron Moss
The death of that selfless couple has hit me hard.

Act Local, Think Global
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
Continue Avraham's mission in the Promised Land.

Can We Conquer Death?
by Rabbi Aron Moss
A profound message of hope in the midst of sorrow.

A Parable for Our Times
by Rabbi Francis Nataf
Leaving the farm.

Coming to Judaism - Part III
by Rabbi Avi Shafran
For Jews unafraid to face Jewish verities.

The Laws of Brit Milah
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
"Of greater importance than all other mitzvot."

Coming to Judaism - Part II
by Rabbi Avi Shafran
The Creator directly introduced Himself.

T'filat Chana
by Batya Medad
The ambiguous nature of Hebrew is the key.

Coming to Judaism - Part I
by Rabbi Avi Shafran
A compelling case for the Torah's truth.

Lech Lecha: Hail to the Chief
by Levi Chazen
The Ishmaelite exile at the End of Days.

The LHC & Maimonides’ Microscope
by Rabbi Avi Shafran
A new glimpse of G-d’s subtle wisdom.

The 'Noah Covenant' With Mankind
by Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin
Not everyone has to be Jewish.

Religious vs. Secular Law
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
We have a principle, Dina D'malchuta Dina.

Hey Noah, Nice Boat
by Levi Chazen
An amazing aspect of human nature.

Woman and the Forbidden Fruit
by Chana Weisberg
Chavah longed for this new knowledge.

Gan Eden: Adam Names Names
by Dr. Aryeh Hirsch
Names, in the Hebrew language, reflect reality.

Two Kinds of Dwellings
by Sharona Margolin Halickman
Two mitzvot with something special in common.

Why Does It Always Rain?
by Rabbi Aron Moss
This question puzzles meteorologists everywhere.

Sukkot and the Wedding Feast
by Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin
Alas, this is all just a glorious dream - for now.

'On This Day, G-d Will Forgive'
by Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin
Rejoicing on Yom Kippur over G-d's grace.

Yom Kippur: Past and Future
by Dr. David S. Ribner
The history and meaning of Kol Nidrei.

The Holy King
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
Why change the text of the prayers for ten days?

The Berditchever Rebbe's Prayer
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
"You commanded a t'ruah and they blow a hundred!"

What a Difference a Day Can Make
by Rabbi Francis Nataf
We are finally conscious of G-d's presence.

The Music of Teshuvah
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
The shofar is a wake-up call.

Signs and Omens on Rosh Hashanah
by Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin
Conjuring positive prayers for a good year.

by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
Ancient man took it for granted.

Respecting Our Souls
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
The soul stems from the Divine essence.

Seeing Your Soul
by Rabbi Aron Moss
What does it actually mean to have a soul?

Counting Blessings and Calories
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
Giving expression to one's faith.

Why You Shouldn't Be Religious
by Rabbi Aron Moss
Welcome to the grey area.

Guard My Tongue and Lips
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
The two aspects of speech.

by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
The way to greet a new and exciting moment.

All Israelis are 'Settlers'
by Sharona Margolin Halickman
Equal to all of the other mitzvot put together.

The Laws of Elul and Selichot
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
Time set aside for self-improvement.

Jerusalem and the Summer of Love
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
Between the Six-Day War and East Village hippies.

Meditation and Shoelaces
by Rabbi Aron Moss
Ideals are concretised through actions.

Eikev: A Declaration of Faith
by Daniel Pinner
Delving into what God is telling us in the Shema.

Surviving and Growing
by Rabbi Aron Moss
The life that was is gone.

Psalm 122: Peace and Scholars
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
True peace comes through divergent views.

Va'etchanan: Both Sides Now
by Rabbi S. Weiss
The significance of Moshe's last mitzvah.

A Look at Tu B'Av
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
For the purpose of establishing Jewish families.

Our Own Flesh and Blood
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
There is pattern and purpose in the world.

Know Your Life's Purpose
by Rabbi Aron Moss
The Rebbe's answer to the ultimate question.

Signs of Life
by Rabbi S. Weiss
We won't dwell too long on the destruction.

The Beauty of the Universe
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
The Temple promotes the world's spiritual advance.

Taking the Plunge
by Rabbi Lazer Gurkow
The soul is reluctant to jump, but God guides it.

Who is God's Suffering Servant?
by Rabbi Tovia Singer
The broad rabbinic consensus.

The geography of Tisha B'Av
by Stephen Gabriel Rosenberg
The location of Jerusalem is sacred, but how did that come about?

The Jewish Approach to Converts
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
The Torah takes a firm stand on this issue.

The Ten Lost Tribes
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
They were not lost, only displaced.

The Real Messianic Jews
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
Jews who have remained faithful to Judaism.

Personal Pain, Universal Prayer
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
A universal perspective in the midst of suffering.

Psalm 97: Light for the Tzaddik
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
We find that light comes before joy.

Religion: On Earth and in Space
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
Is religion to blame - even in outer space?

A tale of two converts
by Stewart Weiss
Why someone seeks to become Jewish often determines just that.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe's Diamonds
by Rabbi Dov Greenberg
The anti-Zionist atheist Jew and the Rebbe.

Terrorists for Captives?
by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
It is forbidden to give in to any such extortion.

The Ten Suggestions
by Dinka Kumer
The 10 Commandments is the right address to start.

What Would Hillel Say?
by Rabbi Avi Shafran
"Progressive" Jews bend text to get desired result.

From Zion to Jerusalem
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
The internal - external meaning of the Holy City.

Even in the Shadow of Death
by Rabbi Francis Nataf
Doing what needs to be done is not a decision.

by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
The time of transition.

Yom HaAtzmaut as a Festival
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
A modern-day miracle is being celebrated.

The Siren's Song
by Rabbi S. Weiss
Contrasts and commonalities of two sirens.

Rabbi Kook on the 'Hillel Sandwich'
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
Examine the significance of matzah and maror.

Deconstructing Dayeinu
by Rabbi Avi Shafran
Enough? What are we saying?

Nissan and Aseret Yemei T'shuvah
by Dr. Aryeh Hirsch
Days of t'shuvah via love of God.

Making Pesach With Our Hands
by Rabbi Francis Nataf
Do physical preparations really 'get in the way'?

Tacheilis... yes or no?
by Judah HaKohain
Interesting video from Arutz Sheva regarding the wearing of tacheilis (blue thread).

On Women Wearing Tallit and T'fillin
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
Are women allowed?

The Real Story of Purim
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
Intrigue in the palace is just a sideshow.

The Holy Chutzpah of Mordechai
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
Haman was enraged at Mordechai’s refusal to bow.

Two Adars and Queen Esther's Tomb
Aligning the lunar calendar.

The Moshiach/The End of Days
Knowledge of G-d will fill the world. The whole world will worship the One G-d of Israel.

We Need Your Prayers
by Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen
Each of our prayers serves the cosmic purpose.

'I Don't Observe Shabbat, Why Should I Wear a Kippah?'
by Rabbi Shlomo T. Chein
I am not shomer shabbos [Shabbat observant] though I want to be. I have only recently started to observe kashrut.

The Origins of T'fillin
by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple
The name is probably from t'fillah, "prayer," and denotes prayer-accompaniments.

ABCs of Judaism
by Rabbi Noah Weinberg
Embedded deep in our consciousness is the knowledge about the purpose of creation, how to love, how to reach our potential. It's all there. We just need the basic tools... the ABCs.

Day to Day Judaism: Prayer
by Rabbi Maurice Lamm
Jewish prayer is a discipline. Don't just wait for the mood to strike. Prayer is subordinate to study, but taken together, Jewish Prayer and Torah study are the yin and yang of religious life.

Israel in Exile
by Rabbi Berel Wein
For nearly two millennium, Jews were alien sojourners in Christian Europe, and even in Moslem Africa and Asia Minor.


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