Preparing for the Geula 5779

 Preparing for the Geula  By Mordechai Hadad Former Shaliach in Montreal (2016-17) Currently a student in Ariel University As we get closer to Pesach, we prepare ourselves and our homes in various ways for the “festival of freedom”. The preparations that most quickly...

Happy birthday to … us!

  Arik Speaker Head of the International Mechina, World Bnei Akiva  .   Happy birthday to … us! Sometimes the connection between two stories, figures or pssukim in the Torah is not very obvious – but, like we see so many times in the Gemara, when you “scratch”...

When Good Intentions Are Not Enough – 5777

Rabbi Yonatan Rosensweig Former Rosh Kollel Melbourne (2006-2009) Currently Community Rabbi in Beit Shemesh   When Good Intentions are not enough This week, in both the parsha and the haftara, we are confronted with an uncomfortable truth: contrary to popular...

Not Just the Tuba, the Full Orchestra – 5776

Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger Former Shaliach in Boca Raton (1999-2007) Currently Executive Director and Community Rabbinic Scholar of Dallas Kollel   Not Just the Tuba, the Full Orchestra Unbeknownst to me, the girl I asked to my senior prom was an observer of the...

The Magical Number Of 8

Just from the name of this week’s Parsha (“Shmini”), we get a hint that there is something special about the number 8. The number 8 in Judaism is what is called a typological number – in other words, it is not just a number but it is also a symbol. In order to...

Haste And The Mitzvot

Am Yisrael waited a long time for the completion of the Mishkan. Months had been spent investing immense effort into the minute details of its construction. Each brick had to be in its proper place, each of the keilim had to be precisely the size Hashem had...