Vampires, Superman and Modern Day Paganism

Rabbi Yair Spitz Menahel and Principal of Yeshivat Or Chaim, Toronto   “You shall not have other Gods before me” Spiderman, Dracula, Superman, Wonder Woman, Thor, Avengers, Avengers 2, Transformers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America and X-men are only a...

Va’Etchanan forever succeeds Tisha B’Av

Rabbi Moshe Pinchuk Former Rosh Kollel (Melbourne, 1998-2001) Currently Head of the Beit Midrash in Netanya College   The Weekly Torah readings follow a set order independent of any particular date. We begin at Be’reshit and proceed inexorably week by week until...

Love in the Shma: Two Radically Different Approaches

Love in the Shma: Two Radically Different Approaches Rav Uri C. Cohen, Former Rosh Kollel – Syracuse Familiarity may not breed contempt of the tefillot (prayers) we say every day, but it certainly makes us feel overconfident about how much we understand. After...

You Shall Not Add – 5768

Rabbi Yuki Meir Former Rosh Kollel in Montevideo   A person goes to the bank and looks over his account statements. He finds a list of expenses that are more or less familiar to him, and familiar sources and amounts of income, too. Suddenly, he spots something...

Longing for Eretz Yisrael – 5767

Rabbi Aviya Rozen Former Rosh Kollel in Melbourne   Moshe, the great leader, fulfills his assigned task and brings Am Yisrael to its land. Yet tragically, he himself is barred from entering Eretz Yisrael; Yehoshua is designated as the next leader; and Moshe finds...

Levels in the Knowledge of God – 5766

Rabbi Eliad Skuri Former Rosh Kollel in Kansas City   This Shabbat we will read the first parashah (section) of Keriat Shema twice: once as part of the regular davening, and once as a part of the Torah reading for Parashat Va’etchanan. Next week we will read the...

A young olive – 5764

I recently noticed a new wrinkle on a very familiar face. The first thought that popped into my head was to buy a gift of some new miracle cream, one of the many products of the burgeoning anti-aging industry. But after some further thought, I looked at the wrinkle...