Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Arami Oved Avi: The Interpretation Hidden in the Mishna

As children, we all grow up thinking that the phrase “arami oved avi” is a reference to Lavan seeking to destroy Jacob. After all, this is what we are taught in the Haggadah, Onkelos, and Rashi.

But when we get to high school and start learning commentaries like Rashbam and Ibn Ezra, we

The Starting Point

During Shacharis and Mincha most weekdays, following Shemoneh Esrei, davening continues with the recitation of Tachanun. Perhaps the most under-appreciated section of davening, Tachanun is an intense supplication. We begin the prayer by resting our head on our arm (if in the presence of a sefer Torah), then sit upright, and

The First of Nisan, the Forgotten Jewish New Year

Part II

In an article on the Seder al-Tahwid liturgy found in the Geniza, liturgical scholar Ezra Fleischer postulated that the Kiddush ceremony on the holiday was based on an earlier Mishanic-era institution. The Mishnah in Rosh Hashanah 2:7 describes how the Sanhedrin

Rosh Chodesh Nisan

Shabbat HaChodesh

Parshat Vayikra

The final chapters of Sefer Yechezkel are prophecies that detail the construction of, and the service in, the future Beit Mikdash. The special haftarah designated for this Shabbat before (or of) Rosh Chodesh Nisan is taken

SINAI at JKHA Alum Yaakov Guttman Inspires Kushner Students to Pursue Their Dreams

On February 13, RKYHS students heard from Yaakov Guttman, a former IDF soldier now serving as a firefighter in Tel Aviv, when he presented a “TED”-style talk as part of RKYHS’ special SEED speakers program. As a child with significant learning disabilities, Yaakov shut down academically when his father passed away

How Yaakov Guttman’s Story Inspired One Student

I find Yaakov Guttman’s story inspiring because he pulled himself up from an abyss of tragedy and walked the winding path of life. It could have been easy at many points of his journey to drop or lie down and never get up. But he didn’t. It was not an easy road, it never is.

I associate with his life

What I Learned From Yaakov Guttman’s Inspired Speech

Yaakov’s story is inspiring because the way he grew up, and became the man that he is today, showed how someone like him, someone who had a harder time than I have had, was able to become a very important person. I thought I was struggling, but after hearing his speeches, I thought to myself “If someone who has more difficulties in

Fire and Rescue: Yaakov Guttman

A special speaker came to RKYHS,

his name was Yaakov Guttman.

He had a great story, he had an inspirational one.

It started long ago:

Yaakov’s dear dad died.

Yaakov was but a lad of 10.

His spirit went

into a state of despair and he shut down

down down from the world.

With no book read, he made

Jerusalem Marathon: Team Shalva and Me

I am not sure if I am awake at this moment nor if I will make any sense. I returned yesterday after spending four non-stop days accompanying a group joining Team Shalva at the Jerusalem Marathon. My group of 43 participants had three chaperones. More than 600 runners represented Team Shalva alone at this

‘With Liberty and Justice’

Excerpting: “With Liberty and Justice: The Fifty-Day Journey From Egypt to Sinai” by Joe Lieberman with Rabbi Ari D. Kahn. Maggid Books, Koren Publishers Jerusalem. 2018. Hardcover. ISBN-10: 1592645011. $24.95.

I have spent all of my professional life in the law –

Author Rabbi Chaim Dalfin Publishes  Newest Book About the Chabad-Lakewood Relationship

Reviewing: “Lakewood and Lubavitch” by Rabbi Chaim Dalfin. JEP. Hardcover. ISBN-10: 0997909927. $35.

After years of research, Rabbi Chaim Dalfin, author of over 50 books including “Rav and Rebbe” and “The Real Shlomo,” has published another bestseller. He looks at

Lior Arussy Helps Companies ‘Embrace Change’

By Adam Samuel

Reviewing: “Next Is Now: 5 Steps for Embracing Change—Building a Business that Thrives into the Future” by Lior Arussy. Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. 256 pages. ISBN-10: 1501171453. $27.

Lior Arussy, a Yeshivat Har Etzion “Gush” alum