Motivate Yourself! – 5778

  Rabbi Shai Finkelstein Former Rosh Kollel, Memphis 2000-2005 Motivate Yourself! One of the main issues in education is the issue of motivation or the lack of it. The question of how to motivate ourselves,our children and our students is a crucial for continuity and...

Broken Vessels Pleading to be Mended – 5777

Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger Former Shaliach in Boca Raton (1999-2007) Currently Executive Director and Community Rabbinic Scholar of Dallas Kollel   Broken Vessels Pleading to be Mended Not every biblical character manages to get himself swallowed by a whale. But if...

The Power Of Repentance

This Shabbat is a very special one, Shabbat Shuva, the ultimate preparation for the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. But as we reflect on our previous deeds and mistakes and indulge in serious introspection and repentance, we are forced to ask the most basic of...

Let Us Take From This to Serve Hashem – 5769

Rabbi Yitzhak Neriya Former Rosh Kollel in Montreal   We can learn Torah from everything that happens to us. Today, as we approach Yom HaDin (the Day of Judgment), I would like to draw a lesson from the Second Lebanon War; to glean an educational insight from the...

Teshuva – 5766

We are currently in the midst of the “ten days of repentance” – “aseret yemei teshuva”. When speaking of the concept of “teshuva” there is another word that automatically attaches itself – “sheleima” (complete, perfect). This expression – “teshuva sheleima” –...

Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech – 5763

Rabbi Eli Blum Former Rosh Kollel, Cleveland (2007)   Parshat “Nitzavim” is, in effect, the beginning of the end of the book of Devarim, and deals with the renewed covenant that the nation enters into on the basis of the principles, which we find throughout the...