Chanuka – The beginning of a new Judaism – 5777

Rabbi Ilan Goldman Former Rav-Shaliach, Bnei Akiva England Currently Executive Director of Project Aseret   Chanuka – The beginning of a new Judaism Prophecy – experiential Judaism There is a fascinating story in the Talmud (Sanhedrin 102b), of Rav Ashi,...

Sukkot: The Festival of the Land – 5777

Rabbi Ilan Goldman Former Rav-Shaliach, Bnei Akiva England Currently Executive Director of Project Aseret   Sukkot: The Festival of the Land Sukkot is the last of the three Regalim. We all know that Pesach is a reminder of Yetziat Mitzrayim, and that Shavuot is a...

Untanei Tokef – 5777

Rabbi Eldad Zamir Former shaliach in Cape Town (1997 -1998) Currently Senior Instructor at the Nativ ’Giyur” program in the IDF   Untanei Tokef One of the highlights of the High Holidays is the time when we say the prayer “Unetaneh Tokef”....

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...

Rosh Hashana Around The Corner – Be Prepared! – 5777

Hanoch Shalev Former Shaliach in Melbourne (2003-04) Rosh Hashana Around The Corner – Be Prepared! “If I catch you smoking”, I was warned, “we’ll send you for a week of volunteering at Dr. Ploni’s Oncology Department”. This, I would have thought, is the appropriate...

Love Still Stands a Chance – 5777

Rav Yakov Nagen Ram in Yeshivat Otniel   Love Still Stands a Chance The Sefer Yetzirah (Chapter 1, Mishna 1) relates that God created the world with a story. This teaches us that life itself is an ongoing story, and a true story does not end. Five years ago, on...

Shabbat Chazon – 5776

Dani Eisenstock Former Shaliach, Kansas City (2002-03)   Shabbat Chazon This Shabbat we will be celebrating on the 9th of Av. This year it will be a true celebration, including eating meat and drinking wine on the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. How can this...

Music and the Jewish Soul – 5776

Rabbi Todd Berman Former Rabbi of campus at Brandeis University Currently Ram and Director of Institutional Advancement at Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi Source Sheets Music and the Jewish Soul – audio...

Mourning: Action and Affect – 5776

Rav Herzl Hefter Former Rosh Kollel in Cleveland (1995-1997)   Mourning: Action and Affect I believe that the period of Bein HaMetzarim, between the straights, is the appropriate time to devote to the study of the laws of mourning. Our response to death and loss...