“Lebanon… which you cross there to possess”

Rav Eldad Zamir Former shaliach (Cape Town, 1997-98)  Senior Instructor at the Nativ ’Giyur” program in the IDF Click Here for the PDF version   About fifteen months after the Second Lebanon War, we were called up to miluim in the Gush Talmonim region, which is part...

Consolation through Isolation

Click HERE for the PDF version Nachamu Nachamu Ami! This Shabbat all over the Jewish world we will read these words. Be comforted and be consoled my nation. How can we be comforted and how can we be consoled? Only yesterday we were sitting on the floor crying over the...

Thoughts on the Rereading of the Aseret Hadibrot

Much has been written trying to explain the distinctions between the Aseret Hadibrot as originally formulated in Parshat Yitro as opposed to the way they are relayed in Parshat VaEtchanan (see, for example, Ibn Ezra and Ramban Shmot 20:7 and Rambam Moreh Nevuchim...

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...