The haftarah we read this week, a selection chosen from the second perek of Sefer Yirmiyahu, is a direct continuation of last week’s haftarah, taken from the first chapter of that book. In this selection, however, Yirmiyahu is no longer conversing with Hashem but is
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 Bracha, a”h, bat Reb David Mordechai Fishel, sheyichyeh.
This week we learned Temurah 10. These are some highlights.
The Tanach has several words for stick: shevet, mateh, mishenet, and makel. What is the difference between them?
Let us analyze the easiest one first, “mishenet.” The root here is shin-ayin-nun. This verb means “lean, support.” So a “mishenet” was originally a stick used for
On July 17, Dr. Henry Abramson wrote an article for the Orthodox Union website titled “Meet the Non-Jew Who Put the ‘Daf’ in ‘Daf Yomi.’” In his article, Dr. Abramson argued that there is a need to give credit to Daniel Bomberg, the non-Jew who paid Jewish scholars to clean up the Talmud text from the handwritten
The Hebraization of surnames exploded in popularity with the beginning of Zionism and the revival of the Hebrew language (1). But it has a much older genesis, dating back to at least the Middle Ages. For instance, in Jewish Provence, toponyms were used, so a man from Lunel (literally,
On July 4, 2018, I said goodbye to Eva Mozes Kor, Holocaust survivor, Mengele twin, my friend, mentor and inspiration, in the Krakow airport for what would be the final time. We had just concluded a life-changing journey to Auschwitz with the Davidson College men’s basketball team, an idea that
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“Of course!” we said. “We sold our house, our belongings are on
As a proud member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO), I have the opportunity to connect with organizers from around the world. To date, I have attended five NAPO conferences and earned three NAPO Specialist Certificates (Residential Organizing, Workplace Productivity, and Life
Within the past few months, the state of New Jersey has earned a distinction that most Jews would find rather undesirable—according to the ADL’s Annual Audit of anti-Semitic Incidents, released in April, New Jersey had the third highest number of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. in 2018 (after
On every trip seasoned travellers take abroad, they usually leave some time unscripted, leaving to chance some aspect of the trip to allow for spontaneous, and often unexpectedly remarkable, occurrences. One such event took place on the Shabbat the Rabinowitzes spent in Fiuggi last summer. Prior to their departure from the
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