So many times we see a friend after a painful experience and the person somehow seems different. People might say, “that experience really changed them.” I’ve never really understood that. I’m one of those who tend to believe that people don’t really change.
Most of us have probably
(Courtesy of YTH) Interview with Rabbi Yechiel Ben-Ari, menahel of Yeshiva Toras Halacha in KGH:
Thanks, it’s great to be here. With Hashem’s help,
School is starting. New faces, new school supplies and hopefully some new ideas. That is not to say that all old ideas need to be jettisoned. However, since we are in the season of cheshbon hanefesh, an introspective examination of our behaviors, it behooves parents, teachers and administrators to evaluate what works, what
This anemic response to the plight of European Jewry elicited criticism. If the partners to this union were indeed bound by a “common destiny,” said Louis Lipsky, a prominent Zionist leader associated with the American Jewish Congress, cooperation between them had “clearly shown
If we were all to practice what we preached, we could accomplish true greatness. One individual who has truly lived a life based on his ideals and standing up for what he feels is right is Walter Mosley.
Narratives and perceptions are a product of one’s own home and environment. Growing up in the
It’s said that familiarity breeds contempt. While many people may be familiar with the Shir HaKavod, also known as Anim Zemirot, its depth and extensive use of
Free speech. The right to express oneself under American jurisprudence is one of the most misunderstood principles in constitutional law. The First Amendment guarantees the right of American citizens to engage in free expression—but free expression does not mean free of consequences. It means, like any constitutional provision,
As someone who’s been a student, a parent and a teacher, I think we should do something to change these school-supplies lists. The school sends home massive lists that haven’t really been changed since the first year the school was in operation, and then after you buy everything on it, the teacher walks in on the first day of
One of the most chaotic activities in Judaism is the synagogue kiddush. In theory, a kiddush is simply supposed to be social snack-time to reward those who trudged to shul and to tide them over until lunch. Indeed, without the incentive of a post-service kiddush, overall synagogue attendance likely would decrease but, then again,
I recently joined Kids of Courage on their annual summer trip. What an adventure it was! Spending eight days with 350 people who are as close as family is a unique experience that words cannot describe. There are smiles everywhere and the joy is contagious.
This year’s destination was
“Israel has a right to self-defense in the face of indiscriminate violence and vicious attacks against civilian populations,” said New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez. “It is an appalling but often-used tactic by Hamas to launch rockets indiscriminately at Israeli population centers. Nobody should be surprised that a terrorist