Senseless Hatred – Cause and Cure

How is it possible to be genuinely kind to someone and to hate them at the same time?   Remarkably, this is what the Talmud seems to say regarding the spiritual cause of the destruction of the Second Temple:   “During the Second Temple period the people occupied...

Senseless Hatred – Cause and Cure

CEO, World Mizrachi Movement How is it possible to be genuinely kind to someone and to hate them at the same time?   Remarkably, this is what the Talmud seems to say regarding the spiritual cause of the destruction of the Second Temple:   “During the Second Temple...

Shabbat Chazon – 5776

Dani Eisenstock Former Shaliach, Kansas City (2002-03)   Shabbat Chazon This Shabbat we will be celebrating on the 9th of Av. This year it will be a true celebration, including eating meat and drinking wine on the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. How can this...

Devarim

Rav Herzl Hefter Former Rosh Kollel in Cleveland (1995-1997) Devarim – audio...

A Remembrance of Weeping and of Hope

Each year, our national memory is gradually reinforced over the course of the year: the process begins with the minor fasts, spread over the year like warning signs, then intensifies with the “three weeks” starting on the 17th of Tammuz, culminating in the “nine days”...

Shabbat Chazon – 5769

Yedidya Gruber Former Shaliach in Atlanta As we approach Tisha B’Av, we are frequently enjoined to recall the famous Talmudic dictum: “Every generation which did not witness the rebuilding of the Beit HaMikdash, it is considered as if it was destroyed in that...

Torat Eretz Yisrael – 5766

Rabbi Shlomo Sobol Former Rosh Kollel in Detroit We have merited starting Sefer Devarim, the last of the Five Books of the Torah. Devarim opens with the phrase: “These are the words”. In Sefer Shmot (21:1), Rashi cites the Midrash: “Wherever it says ‘these’, it...