Today is the 28th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar, Yom Yerushalayim. Fifty-one years ago, as a result of the Six-Day War, the city of Jerusalem and its holy sites were once again in Jewish hands. For the first time since the War of Independence, when the Kotel HaMaaravi (the Western Wall) fell into Jordanian hands, Jews and
There are three major opinions regarding visitors to Eretz Yisrael on Yom Tov Sheini: Rav Yosef Karo requires two days of observance, Teshuvot Chacham Tzvi rules that one day suffices, and Rav Soloveitchik and others blend the two opinions. To which of these opinions do Sephardic Jews adhere?
Sefer BaMidbar, which we begin this Shabbat, begins with the events that took place in the beginning of the second year of Bnei Yisrael’s sojourn in the desert and closes with those events that occurred only a few months before their entry into Eretz Yisrael. Clearly, the bulk
Torah is eternal and exists outside of time and outside of space. For this reason Torah was delivered in a barren desert landscape, without a clear date tagging this event. The word of Hashem is incumbent upon us regardless of where we live or when we live.
Yet the epic events of Har Sinai were
(Courtesy of Kollel Chatzos) It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. It’s the moment you are living for.
The night is inky, the world is asleep and you’re infused with such purpose, such pleasure, such pride that your heart feels tight with joy.
Last week I was at Citi Field in Queens on two different occasions. On Sunday I attended the Orthodox Union’s “Day of Torah Learning” held in the conference rooms at Citi Field. It was a beautiful and inspiring event, with thousands of people in attendance to hear words of chizuk and Torah from a group of wonderful
In a letter written to his wife, Abigail, future President John Adams wrote, “I must study Politics and War that my sons may have liberty to study Painting and Poetry, Mathematics and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematics and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and
We watched history in the making this past Monday as the US Embassy was officially opened in Jerusalem. We don’t think as many people were absorbed in this as they might be watching a final game of the Stanley Cup or the clincher of a tie in the ninth inning of a World Series game, which is unfortunate. Tears rolled down
No attempt at writing a sketch of this nature can be complete without mentioning the seminal work “Zakhor; Jewish History and Jewish Memory” by the late Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi.
Yerushalmi contends that “only in Israel and nowhere else is the
As a physician it is clear to me people should be organ donors. I know there is a shortage of organs and thousands of people die waiting to get an organ that never gets donated. But I did not know Jews have one of the lowest organ donor rates in the Western world. All Jews and, surprisingly, even secular Jews who have