By Yehuda Shurpin
You’re going to have to clue me in on
this one, rabbi.
By Yisroel Cotlar
I can’t help but wonder why a person like me, who loves Judaism, was born a gentile. Why wasn’t my soul worthy enough to be born into the Jewish nation?
By Chana Weisberg
Naomi is married to a very busy, goal-oriented individual. She often laments how due to his overloaded schedule, they rarely spend quality time with each other...
By Mendel Kalmenson
The "personal" mitzvah of Bikkurim teaches that even as we explore our individual path towards G‑d, our personal journey and destiny is deeply intertwined with, and part of the process and progress of our nation.
A condensation of the weekly Torah portion alongside select commentaries culled from the Midrash, Talmud, Chassidic masters, and the broad corpus of Jewish scholarship.
By Tzvi Freeman
For millennia, these were secrets, only to be revealed to a select few. What changed that allowed the Baal Shem Tov to reveal them, and his student's disciple to open the floodgates?
By Chana Weisberg
By Eli Rubin
A teaching about the dream of Joseph, invoking the Kabbalistic narrative of the shattered vessels, and using gender to recast the tzaddik's role in the universal hierarchy of the cosmos—with which R. Schneur Zalman’s chassidic path began.
By Jolie Greiff
Late Friday afternoon, the sun begins to set behind the San Francisco Bay…
This melodies opening reveals the remorse of the remorseful spirit, while the conclusion voices a strong hope for the acceptance and fulfillment of the worshippers' petitions to the Almighty
By Moishe New
Chassidus teaches that throughout the month of Elul the Almighty is “unusually accessible” to every Jew as He displays “a smiling countenance and receives everyone with grace and favor.” Then, why are we not enjoined to be joyous?! In answering the question, this talk addresses the obligation to educate children, and reveals a unique kind of joy that lies at the core of the preparatory days of Elul. (Sefer HaSichos 5748, Shoftim)
By Mendel Kaplan
In exploring the mitzvah of sharing Torah with others, we are empowered to be beacons of influence to our fellow Jews.
By Menachem Posner
Several days before Rosh Hashanah we begin to recite the Selichot, a series of penitential prayers and liturgy.
By Lieba Rudolph
Even when I am feeling fearless, I often find myself asking what I should do with it.
By Miriam Szokovski
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Every mitzvah connects us with our source . . .