Starting the New Year on the Right Foot – 5768

1. Favorable Signs for the New Year 2. When to Eat the Omens   Favorable Signs for the New Year On Rosh Hashanah, our every action has significance pertaining to the year to come. This is the first day of the year, and it is on this day that God apportions life...

“And You Will Return Unto Hashem” – 5768

Rabbi Chaim Possick Former Rosh Kollel in St. Louis   The essence of evil: There are those who claim that man is a victim of random fate. They approach evil by attempting to ignore its existence; in other words, they “suffer in silence”. Yet, Rav Soloveitchik...

Eichah – 5768

Carmi Ronen Former Shaliach in Dayton   We are approaching Tisha B’Av, our national day of mourning, and I would like to try and understand the day’s essence – above and beyond its numerous mourning-related practices. Surprisingly, Megilat Eichah’s name is...

Seudah HaMafseket or Seudah Shlishit? – 5768

Rabbi Yossi Slotnick Former Rosh Kollel in Cape Town (1997-1998) Currently Ra”m in Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa   When Tisha B’Av falls on a Sunday, we are presented with a golden opportunity to listen in on an ancient discussion. We begin our brief journey with...

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...