The Book of Ovadya, which we read this week as our haftarah, focuses upon the sins of Edom, depicting the ultimate destruction of the nation of Edom, the descendants of Eisav. In identifying who exactly this prophet was, many meforshim, including Rashi,
I previously wrote about interesting words in Az Yashir and the Amidah. Now I will turn my attention to Hallel, which comprises Tehillim chapters 113-118. I will discuss these words in the order they appear. I will use ḥ (and Ḥ) for the letter “ḥet.”
Akeret: Here the meaning is
October 26-27, a few weeks ago, was the week of the Shabbat Project, when Jews of all affiliations and backgrounds throughout the world were united in observing Shabbat.
It has become in vogue at the end of shabbatons to have a Carlebach-style Havdalah. Before beginning Havdalah, with the lights
Getting a true definition of time is not as simple as it may seem. And that
In 1908, a wealthy woman was brutally murdered
You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll feel what it’s like to breathe the air of Israel on a daily basis.
Immigration into the United States has long been a dream for men and women in foreign countries
“Perfect Flavors” is
“Life is full of choices,” we often hear. The truth is, however, most of us set out on a rather mundane life journey, differing little from our parents or other caretakers in our life goals, traditions and practices. Certainly this is a generality that applies to the everyday decisions that we make, if not the
At the beginning of this week’s parsha we learn that Eisav was coming with 400 men to attack Yaakov and his family. The pasuk then says: “vayira Yaakov me’od, vayeitzer lo” (Bereishit 32:8), that Yaakov was very afraid and was very distressed about this meeting. Rashi tells us that this fear was not for his own life, rather
There are many things in life that we as individuals have little control over. Rockets are flying in Israel, friends are getting sick, we fear anti-Semitism, school shootings seem to be more common. Mental illness is on the rise; anxiety and depression are rampant in our children. Our children face bullying, while at the same time