The Heart of the Lion

The final words of Yaakov Avinu to his children begin quite terribly. The first three brothers are treated not to blessings, but to harsh criticism and even punishment. Reuven is described as impulsive. Shimon and Levi are portrayed as angry and willful. Only with the...

Crown Thy Good With Brotherhood 5779

Crown Thy Good With Brotherhood By Dr. Yocheved Engelberg Cohen Former Shlicha, Syracuse (5760-1) and Princeton (5764-5) Currently working as a Hebrew-to-English translator, the current project is translating R. Eliezer Melamed’s Peninei Halakha series....

The Eternal Life in This World The Days Don’t Pass

Rav Yakov Nagen Ram at Otniel Hesder Yeshiva  . The Eternal Life in This World The Days Don’t Pass Each encounter with death emboldens the notion that death is infinite and eternal, leaving man to contemplate the temporal and finite nature of life. These feelings...

To Be A Jew – 5777

Rav Avraham Norin Ram at the Machon Meir Conversion Center   To be a Jew Who am I?  Some call me Avraham – that's my first name. Others call me a settler, or a mitnachel, depending on their politics. My students call me Rav...

“ישימך אלקים כאפרים וכמנשה”

Rav Meir Maimon Former Rosh Kollel in Memphis (2011-2014)   “ישימך אלקים כאפרים וכמנשה” יְבָרֲכֵם בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא לֵאמוֹר בְּךָ יְבָרֵךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר יְשִׂמְךָ אֱלֹהִים כְּאֶפְרַיִם וְכִמְנַשֶּׁה וַיָּשֶׂם אֶת אֶפְרַיִם לִפְנֵי מְנַשֶּׁה...