Monday, June 17, 2019


Anti-Semitism Before Hitler

Part 2

(Continued from last week)

We will see that individual groups and organizations spoke and wrote about the Jews creating a hate, resulting from the Jews being successful in politics, business, banking and other areas of activity. These groups and

We Like the Same Foods

Dear Mordechai,

I’m engaged, and I just found out that my kallah likes some of the same foods that I do! How exciting is that?

So exciting! It’s like found money! You didn’t tell the shadchan you wanted someone who liked this food, yet he/she/it found

Thankful Thoughts

It is fair to say that anyone who sends a timely and sincere “thank you” card after receiving a gift, clearly has menschy manners. Such authoring of appreciation is a classy gesture oozing with etiquette, pulsating with politeness and saturated with suavity. When you put in writing that a gift is gratifying, you show that you

A Special Father’s Day Word Search

I love doing a lot of activities with my abba. My abba is amazing at building with legos. I love when he plays legos with me. I am learning to ride my new two wheeler bike and my abba helps me every weekend. I can’t wait to help my abba with the word search I made!

By Gavriella Newman

Again, But Not Again

In Parshat Naso the Torah tells of the Nesi’im, the leaders of each tribe, giving gifts to the Mishkan. Each gift was exactly the same, and yet the Torah lists each one, repeating the details twelve times. Why is this? Why not just stop after the first gift and say “and all the others gave the same?”

Confessions of an Imperfect Student and a Demanding Professor

We have seen time and again that public figures, no matter how hard they try, can’t hide past mistakes. When you take on a public role, eventually the truth will come out. As the chair of the department of computer science at Yeshiva University (YU), I am no longer a private citizen, so it is safe to assume that my skeletons will

Seeing the Present Through the Light of the Past

Parshat Bamidbar

Sefer Hoshea from which this week’s haftarah is taken is the first book of Trei Asar, the collection of 12 “minor” (read: smaller) prophetic books that close the nevi’im section of the Tanach. In the first perek of the book, that chapter that precedes our selection

Bechorot 46

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk, a”h, and Meira Chaya Nechama Beracha, a”h, bat Reb David Mordechai Fishel, sheyichyeh.

This week we learned Bechorot 46. These are some highlights.

The Produce of Our Inheritance

Children from the youngest of ages are taught the ever-important words “Torah tziva lanu Moshe morasha kehillas Yaakov, The Torah that Moshe commanded us is the inheritance of the Congregation of Jacob” (Devarim 33:4). This expresses a fundamental tenet of Judaism about our belief in the Torah. It is an “inheritance.” It is

What Is the Root of the Word ‘Torah’?

Hebrew has a root Y-R-H. It means to “proclaim/instruct.” This is the root of the word TORaH. (In the noun form of Y-R-H, the “yod” changes to a “vav.” This is common.)

The root Y-R-H is interesting because it also has another meaning: “throw/cast/shoot.” This meaning is found,

Revelation, Har Sinai and the Modern-Day School Classroom

Shavuot is described as Zman Matan Torateinu. In what way can we expect to relate to the Har Sinai experience in our times? The Torah clearly expects each and every one of us to “never forget what we saw at Chorev” (Deuteronomy 4:10), yet we usually associate that dictum with the general sense of appreciation for the Torah we

Let My People Know: The Steinsaltz Approach to Jewish Education

It is often said that “knowledge is the key to success.” However, in Judaism, to “know” is not straightforward, leaving so many feeling despondent and disconnected. Prevalent attitudes among many modern Jews is that the traditional Jewish texts that make up the vast library of Jewish knowledge and wisdom are