Thou Shalt Not Complain

For the PDF version click HERE What is the sin that ruins it all? Even the sin of the Golden Calf – an idolatrous lapse at the holiest moment in the relationship between God and the Jewish people – was not beyond atonement and rectification. What could be worse? What...

We all need someone to lean on 5779

We all need someone to lean on Parashat Beha’alotcha By Gina Junger Member of “Shivtei Yisrael” community in Ra’anana Everyone has their breaking point; when they feel they just can’t handle the task they are given. Even Moshe Rabeinu! In...

פרשת בהעלותך: שליחים “מתוך בני ישראל”

  שחר ששון שליח לשעבר בוושינגטון (תשס”ה) כיום מלמד בישיבת “שערי רחמים” ירושלים   פרשת בהעלותך: שליחים “מתוך בני ישראל”   לאחר שבספר ויקרא עסקנו לא מעט בכוהנים המשרתים בקודש, התחלנו בספר במדבר לעסוק גם בלוויים ושלל תפקידיהם, כמו גם...

Light and Humility – 5777

Yonatan Sinclair Former Bnei Akiva Shaliach Currently Bnei Akiva Limmud Director and Head of Australian Desk   Light and Humility   How do I balance being a leader and being humble? When is the right time to step up, and when should I step down and let...

Good Trumpet, Bad Trumpet – 5776

Arik Speaker Director of LILMOD and Head of the European Desk at Torah Mitzion   Good Trumpet, Bad Trumpet There is a well-known rule: the greater the expectations – the greater the disappointment. Some people prefer to lower their expectations, while others...

Finding Your Tafkid – Mission in Life

Rav Yisrael Krengel Former Rosh Kollel Johannesburg (2002-3)   The beginning of the Parsha discusses the details of building and lighting the Menorah in the Mishkan. The verse (Bamidbar 8:4) states, “These are the instructions for constructing the Menorah…like...

The Suprising Downfall

Looking at the beginning of Chumash Bamidbar we seem to see a very ideal situation where Am Israel is in the desert learning torah, traveling according to G-d’s commandment and all united to do the right thing. It is just after the pssukim of “Vayehi...

I Am Proud To Be Humble

By uttering this sentence, I have brought myself into a paradox: if I take pride, then how am I humble; and if I am humble, then how can I take pride in it? The Gemara at the end of Masechet Sota (49b) says, “When Rebbi [Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi] died, humility...