God-Wrestling in the Footsteps of Jeremiah

Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger Imagine two children playing hide and seek; one hides but the other does not look for him. G-d is hiding and man is not seeking. Imagine his distress. Reb Baruch of Medzhibozh (Quoted in Souls on Fire, p. 84) Coined in the 1970’s by Arthur...

Master of Rebuke – 5775

Rabbi Ilan Goldman Former Rav-Shaliach, Bnei Akiva England Currently Executive Director of Project Aseret   Master of Rebuke הָלֹךְ וְקָרָאתָ בְּאָזְנֵי יְרוּשָׁלִַם לֵאמֹר: כֹּה אָמַר ה’: זָכַרְתִּי לָךְ חֶסֶד נְעוּרַיִךְ אַהֲבַת כְּלוּלֹתָיִךְ לֶכְתֵּךְ...

The Essence of Nedarim – 5768

Rabbi Shlomo Sobol Former Rosh Kollel in Detroit As befitting the conclusion of Sefer Bamidbar, Parshat Matot and Parshat Masei’s two main topics are Bnei Yisrael’s travels and the preparations for the upcoming entrance into Eretz Yisrael. Yet, the Torah chooses to...

Vendetta? – 5766

Our parsha records how Moshe received his last mission on earth: “Hashem spoke to Moshe, saying: Take vengeance for the Children of Israel against the Midianites; afterward you will be gathered unto your people.” Several questions arise from these two verses: 1. What...

Parshat Matot – 5765

This week’s Parshah opens with the details of vows and how to annul them. This seems to be a simple set of laws until we consider the context of this passage in the Torah and its placement here towards the end of the book of Bamidbar. The book of Bamidbar relates the...

Who is a Zionist? – 5764

Rabbi Emanuel Cohn Former Avrech in Montreal (2001-2003) Founder of “Torah MiCinema” – Teaching Film and Judaism   Since we commemorate this year the 100thYahrtzeit of Theodor Herzl z”l, it is worth contemplating Zionism for a moment. The term...