SheLo Barchu BaTorah Techilah – 5768

Rabbi Moshe Har-Noy Former Rosh Kollel in Detroit   The Gemara (BT Nedarim 81a) declares that the Beit HaMikdash was destroyed because shelo barchu baTorah techilah (“they did not recite the blessing on the Torah first”): “For Rav Yehudah said in the name of Rav,...

Shavuot – 5768

Rabbi Bezalel Safra Former Rosh Kollel in Detroit   On Pesach we left Egypt. The nation achieved liberty and freedom. But this great joy was incomplete, because freedom in and of itself is not a goal. Unbounded freedom leads to boredom, which, in turn, leads to...

Ger Shemitgayer K’Katan Shenolad – 5768

Rabbi Yisrael Shachor Former Rosh Kollel in Chicago   Many people study the topic of geyrut (conversion) on Shavuot, because at Har Sinai, Am Yisrael underwent a tahalich giyur(conversion process), as specified in the Gemara (BT Yevamot 48a), consisting of all...

Lag Ba’Omer – 5768

Rabbi Zvi Alon Former Rosh Kollel in Montevideo   The Gemara (BT Shabbat 33b) cites the familiar story of Rashbi (R’ Shimon bar Yochai) and his son R’ Eliezer, who remained in a cave for twelve years. We are first told about the well-known debate between Rashbi,...

Parshat Emor and Yom Ha’Atzmaut – 5768

Rabbi Eli Blum Former Rosh Kollel in Cleveland   As we celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut and mark sixty years since the establishment of the State of Israel, we must take a moment for introspection and self-evaluation. Appropriately, this year, Yom HaAtzmaut falls in...

Israel At 60 – 5768

Gael Grunwald Head of the Hagshama Department, World Zionist Organization (WZO)   Currently celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of its establishment, the State of Israel is a great and revealed miracle granted by HaKadosh Baruch Hu to Am Yisrael. I would like to...

The Brachah on Kneidlach and Matzah Brei – 5768

Rabbi Yossi Slotnick Former Rosh Kollel in Cape Town (1997-1998) Currently Ra”m in Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa   In the Diaspora, even those individuals who generally refrain from eating gebrochts (known as shruyah in Hebrew or “soaked” matzah) on Pesach, enjoy...

Shvi’i Shel Pesach – 5768

Ethan Weisberg Former Shaliach in New York   Throughout Yetziat Mitzrayim (the Exodus from Egypt), Moshe finds himself at odds with chartumei Mitzrayim (the Egyptian necromancers). The initial confrontation occurs when Aharon’s staff is transformed into a tanin...

The Four Cups of Wine – 5768

Rabbi Moshe Har-Noy Former Rosh Kollel in Detroit   The Mishnah (BT Pesachim 117b) states: “Between these cups – if one wants to drink, he may drink. Between the third and fourth [cups at the Seder] – he may not drink.” R’ Ovadiah MiBartenura explains: “Lest he...

B’chol Dor VaDor… – 5768

Rabbi Yechiel Wasserman Head of the Center for Religious Affairs in the Diaspora, World Zionist Organization (WZO)   Twice, the Torah commands us about chinuch hayeladim (education): “And you shall teach them to your sons and you shall speak of them,” (Devarim...