David Hamelech calls out to God, “לא אמות כי אחיה, I will not die, I shall live,” (Psalm 118, Tehillim). A Jew recites this pasuk on most festive days of the Jewish year, every Rosh Chodesh, every Yom Tov and at the Pesach Seder. It is a pasuk that is part of our Hallel, our prayer of praise to God. I have
At the burning bush, Moshe Rabbeinu is tasked with the mission of redeeming the Jewish people from Mitzrayim. As his first encounter with historical mission occurs, Moshe has pause and hesitates for various reasons: Pharo deems intractable and Moshe’s own extreme humility makes him feel unworthy of this Divine agency. However,
Let’s face it: technology has taken over our world. In countless ways, today’s amenities and style of living seems like the stuff of yesterday’s science fiction. For better or for worse (or both), every sector of our life has been dramatically transformed through technological advancements. Perhaps the most astonishing
When I was 20 years old I lost my voice for a few weeks. I attributed this to my learning in a large beis midrash filled with hundreds of people speaking in loud voices with their study partners. Talking to a chavrusa for eight, 10 or 12 hours a day can be quite taxing to the vocal cords! I took some voice lessons from a special
Some people seem to have a “green thumb.” Whatever they try to grow, be it flowers, vegetables, herbs or even trees, all grow beautifully. For some of us, we know ahead of time that it’s an exercise in futility. Ever wonder why? I may have uncovered an answer.
A few years ago, a study was
On the seventh day of Pesach it is customary to recall the story of the sea splitting and the miracle of the Jews walking through walls of water, escaping from the pursuing Egyptian army. The new Jewish nation is so relieved to have been saved that they sing Shirat Ha’yam, the Song of the Sea. In the movie, we see the graphic
As too many of us know personally, it’s not uncommon for large trees to fall during a storm. What you may not know is that a study was done to discover why some trees fall and others don’t. It seems it’s based on how close the tree is to its water supply. When a source of water is nearby, a tree’s roots are minimal and it
In the recent days, months and years, incidences of youth using violence against others has increased in a horrific way. In the recent Parkland tragedy, 17 lives were taken, the pain heart-wrenching and unimaginable. In the wake of this tragedy, we hear voices of different parties expressing the need to rein in on gun control, get
To the outside world, preparing Thanksgiving dinner for family and a few guests can be amazingly stressful. It’s once a year, with so many expectations and so many traditions, including all the shopping, cooking and cleaning up afterward. OK, you’re probably laughing right now, thinking, “That’s just a regular Shabbos
Why do we call this Shabbos “Shabbos Hagadol,” the great Shabbos? What is so great about it? What is the connection with the upcoming holiday of Pesach it precedes?
The most popular explanation is that the Jews tied up lambs, which were considered to be Egyptian gods, for the Passover
Pesach is often called Chag HaEmunah, the holiday of faith or, more accurately, belief. But what is belief and how do we acquire it? A better understanding of belief can help us recognize its role in today’s complex world. Our starting point is a debate among Arabic