Concealed and Revealed Nitzavim 5778

Jeff Kupferberg Oleh from Montreal, friend of Torah MiTzion Concealed and Revealed The Torah explains that what is hidden is for Hashem and what is revealed is for us and for our children. How are we to understand this verse? הַ֨נִּסְתָּרֹ֔ת לַה’ אֱ-לֹקינוּ...

Motivate Yourself! – 5778

  Rabbi Shai Finkelstein Former Rosh Kollel, Memphis 2000-2005 Motivate Yourself! One of the main issues in education is the issue of motivation or the lack of it. The question of how to motivate ourselves,our children and our students is a crucial for continuity and...

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...

A Work Plan for 5776

Emanuel Elstein Former Shaliach in Washington (2003-4) and Memphis (2010-12)   When I was in a summer camp in Memphis, I heard a great line from the local fixit man, who also happened to be a preacher: “If you aim low you have nowhere to go. If you reach...

Sisyphus and the Stone that Would Not Roll

A story is told in Greek mythology about Sisyphus the king of Corinth who angered Zeus king of the gods. As punishment, he was to hoist a mighty rock up to the top of a mountain and rest it upon its peek. Unfortunately, Sisyphus could never complete this task since as...

From Heaven to Earth

Rav Benjy Levy Dean of Jewish Life & Learning of Moriah College in Sydney Parshat Nitzavim begins with a grandiose declaration by Moshe on the final day of his life uniting ‘heads of tribes, elders, officers, men, children, women and converts… from woodchoppers to...

Written Dvar Torah The Nation, the Individual, and Teshuva

Parashat Nitzavim opens with a somewhat difficult pasuk: “You stand today, all of you, before Hashem your God: the heads of your tribes, your elders and your enforcers – all the people of Israel, your children, your women and your stranger in the midst of...

Experience is Everything

דוד רונד, דייטון, תשס”ג The Torah tells us that when the Jewish people come into the Land of Israel and have their own nation, the King should read the entire Torah in the presence of the entire nation every seven years. The Torah states, “Gather together...