The essence of Tisha B’av

Rav Nechemya Taylor Torani Advisor to Torah Mitzion Hallachik and Philosophical Insights in Tefilla The essence of Tisha...

Music and the Jewish Soul – 5776

Rabbi Todd Berman Former Rabbi of campus at Brandeis University Currently Ram and Director of Institutional Advancement at Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi Source Sheets Music and the Jewish Soul – audio...

Devarim

Rav Herzl Hefter Former Rosh Kollel in Cleveland (1995-1997) Devarim – audio...

Aseret Yemei Tshuva

I was once upon a time giving a class when a student asked a very simple question in relation to repentance: How does one repent? I immediately replied that it is a very simple exercise based on three aspects: Recognizing one’s mistakes, having remorse for them and...

Appreciating the Land and the Holy Temple

It is told of Napoleon that once, while passing through a town, he noticed that all of the Jews had gathered into the synagogue and were sitting on its floor weeping. Napoleon asked, “What has befallen the Jews of this town that they are mourning so?”...

Anticipating the Redemption – 5769

Yedidya Bijel Former Shaliach in Chicago   On Tisha B’Av, we mourn Yerushalayim’s destruction and our dispersion throughout the Diaspora. Yet, once the mourning process ends, we must look forward to a better future. The Gemara (BT Shabbat 31a) famously teaches...

Eichah – 5768

Carmi Ronen Former Shaliach in Dayton   We are approaching Tisha B’Av, our national day of mourning, and I would like to try and understand the day’s essence – above and beyond its numerous mourning-related practices. Surprisingly, Megilat Eichah’s name is...

Seudah HaMafseket or Seudah Shlishit? – 5768

Rabbi Yossi Slotnick Former Rosh Kollel in Cape Town (1997-1998) Currently Ra”m in Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa   When Tisha B’Av falls on a Sunday, we are presented with a golden opportunity to listen in on an ancient discussion. We begin our brief journey with...