Cities for Our Children – 5777

Rav Reuven Spolter Former Community Rabbi in Oak Park Detroit Currently a Jewish Studies Instructor and administrator at the Orot College of Education in Elkana   Cities for Our Children Rabbi Berel Wein once related that when they were building the new building...

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...

Not to be Side-Tracked

Parshat Mas’ei starts by mentioning the 42 stations that the Jewish people made in their Journey through the dessert. The fact that all the Meforshim struggle to explain the reason for mentioning these places indicates the fact that the Torah left this reason...

Departures and Journeys – 5769

Ido Tauber Former Shaliach in Montreal   “These are the journeys of the Children of Israel, who left the land of Egypt according to their legions.” (Bamidbar 33:1) Bnei Yisraelare finally coming to the end of their long sojourn in the wilderness – an era...

The Arei Miklat – 5768

Rabbi Eli Blum Former Rosh Kollel, Cleveland (2007) Parshat Masei discusses one who takes a life b’shgagah (unintentionally). Such a person is banished to an ir miklat (a city of refuge). As the Torah states: “You shall designate cities for yourselves, cities of...

The Land of Israel: Open Borders? – 5767

Daniel Damboritz Former Shaliach in New York   During the course of our parasha, Hashem speaks to Moshe, telling him to order the boarders of the Land of Israel to Bnei Yisrael. Interesting enough, when looking back at the Covenant between the Parts (Brit Bein...