It’s All Beshert

We all know the word “beshert”. We feel in our bones that sometimes G-d intervenes and instigates a series of seeming coincidences leading us to make the right choice, to succeed or to be saved from a serious loss. I often ask married couples to tell me how they met....

“All of Israel are Guarantors for One Another”

In parshat Behukotai, among the list of curses that God warns if Bnei Yisrael follow a path that is contrary to Torah, we read, “they shall fall upon one another as though before a sword, when none pursues”. The midrash halakha, Safra, interprets the “falling upon one...

Does Going In God’s Ways Mean To Be A Racist?

In Parshat Acharey Mot, we are commanded not to go in the way of the goyim. This halacha is better known as “Chukot Hagoy”. The beginning of this week’s Parsha begins with the positive commandment that we must keep to the ways of G-d, which is...

Leadership in Times of Crisis

Yossi Fintz Former Shaliach in Montreal (2001-1001) Currently member of the Shomron Regional Council   “Yet, even then, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them or spurn them so as to destroy them, annulling My covenant with...

Parshat Bechukotai – 5768

Rabbi Shlomo Sobol Former Rosh Kollel in Detroit   Our Parasha opens with blessings and then moves on to curses. There is a gradual progression in sins that lead to the curses. According to the Torat Cohanim, there are seven transgressions, each bringing on the...

The Word ‘If’ – 5766

It was Rudyard Kipling who wrote about the importance of the word If. If If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait...

Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh Bazeh – 5764

The book of Vayikra concludes with a description of the the covenant between am Yisrael and Hashem The covenant involves the blessings that am Yisrael receive when they follow the paths of the Torah and the curses that befall them if they fail to go on those ways....