Who’s the boss? 5779

    Who’s the boss? By Arik Speaker  Head of the International Mechina, World Bnei Akiva “Power to the people” or “G-d save the Queen”? The question of how much power to give to the rulers – may it be a single absolute monarch or a democratically elected...

Between Hasmonean and Modern-Orthodoxy

Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth Former Central Shaliach of Bnei Akiva in North America. Currently President of Ve’Ahavta – TLV Jewish Experience Between Hasmonean and Modern-Orthodoxy We tend to perceive the struggle against the Greeks as a cultural war. The Greeks...

Out of the Darkness

Rav Yisrael Krengel Former Rosh Kollel Johannesburg (2002-3)   The ups and downs of life affect us all, both on an individual level and a national one. We all know how to respond to the ups, the question is how we approach and respond to the downs. We can glean...

From Failure to Success

Daphna Kannai Former Rosh Beit Midrash in Memphis (2005-2008)   From the Failure of “Go now and see to your brothers’ welfare” to the success of “God will give an answer [that will bring] peace to Pharaoh” “I have dreamed a...

Parshat Mikeitz

Parshat Mikeitz is nearly always read on Shabbat Chanukah, and Chazal identified many connections between the parsha and the festival. For example, the first pasuk states: “And it was at the end of two full years (shnatayim)…” (Breishit 41:1) The word...

Seeing but Believing

Rabbi Yonatan Blass   After they fail to recognize him, Joseph accuses his brothers of being spies: “You are spies, to see the nakedness of the land you have come” (Bereishit 42:9). Hidden in this accusation, writes the Shelah Hakadosh, is a reference to the...

Internal Peace

Aharon Peretz Syracuse Kollel 2004   Parshat Mikeitz deals almost entirely with events surrounding the life of Joseph, widely known as Yoseph Hatzaddik, (Joseph the Righteous), and therefore it is appropriate that we dedicate some thought to investigating the...

A Collective Ner Neshama

The question we should be asking ourselves this week is, why do we have this festival known as Chanukah? The obvious answer is, because the Jewish people were saved from the Greeks and there was the miracle of the only can of oil which was found with the seal of the...