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Spiritual Growth for Jews

Just Ten Minutes?

“Take ten minutes out of your day, To do what you enjoy,” the “experts” now say. Ten whole minutes? Is that all we get? Nearly twenty-four hours with pleasures unmet? Has it come down to this? Must we settle so low? Our foremother knew more than today’s “experts” know. “All her days were good,” our […]

Dealing With the Loneliness of an Older BT Mother.

My wife is in her late forties and finds that she has no one to relate to. We have a 3, 5, 7 , 11 , 13 and 15 year old. She finds that all of the ladies her age are grandmas and all of the ladies in her situation are much younger. How do […]

Torah Homeschooling

Homeschooling is beginning to boom amongst Orthodox Jews. Last summer, a Baltimore woman, Mrs. Avivah Werner, organized The First Annual Torah Homeschool Conference along with other local homeschooling parents. People came from as far away as New York, Michigan, and Sharon, MA to attend the conference. Presenters spoke on subjects ranging from different homeschooling philosophies […]

A Glimpse of Redemption

By Michael Freund This past Tuesday night, at the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem, I think I may have witnessed a foretaste of the Messianic era. It was the eve of Yom Yerushalayim, the day marking the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War, when young Jewish paratroopers armed as much […]

Are You Planning on Staying Up All Night to Learn on Shavuos?

Are you planning to stay up all night to learn on Shavuos? Do you usually start to nod off during davening on Shavuos morning? If so, at what point of the davening?

The Holy Potato

The state of Idaho is not a place where one would expect to find many Jews, but that hasn’t stopped Chabad Rabbi Mendel Lifshitz and his wife Esther. They moved to Boise, Idaho five and a half years ago with the goal of building up the local Jewish community. When they arrived, they were greeted […]

Yom Yerushalayim

Tonight starts the date of 28 Iyar. This is the date that the holy city of Jerusalem was reunited, and her children who had longed for her were finally able to return to the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, and all of the Old City and Mount of Olives. The Arabs had for 19 years […]

Memories to Truly Cherish

Seth Clyman Jerusalem I will never forget it. As I was driving that early Jerusalem morning I noticed the roads were empty. Where was everyone at eight thirty in the morning? The air was clean and crisp and it was strangely quiet. No one was on the streets, no buses, trucks or taxis. What a […]

Recognizing the Greatness of a Small Act of Kindness

I’m not exactly sure why I was so struck by this act. There are many times when we play the equivalent of musical chairs at Mincha. We’re all listening to the Chazzan repeat the Shmoneh Esrai and then it’s time to put our heads down for Tachanun, the next part of the prayer service. And […]

Rabbi Shimon Green on Loving to Learn Torah

Rabbi Shimon Green gave a unique shiur on loving Torah and helping our children love Torah. You can download it here. True Torah is pleasant to learn. Locking our children into Torah is not a true path. Torah is sweet and pleasant when properly taught and understood. Humility is the starting point of learning. When […]

How Much Time Daily Should I Spend on My Purpose in Life?

I recently received the e-mail below from a friend, asking for my thoughts on how he should allocate his time for a certain aspect of what he feels is perhaps his “life’s work,” the reason why he was placed on this earth. If you can, think about his question and my response to him. Perhaps […]

Rabbi Shimon Green of Bircas HaTorah is Speaking in KGH on Wed, May 5th

Rabbi Shimon Green of Bircas Hatorah in Yerushalayim, will be giving a shiur for men and women on Wednesday – May 5th, 2010 at 8:30 AM at at Congregation Ahavas Yisroel 147-02 73rd Avenue titled “The Essentials Needed for a Lifetime of Learning for You and Your Children” Rabbi Green is Rosh Yeshiva and co-founded […]

Waking Up Is Hard To Do

Silly me! It took me so long to open my eyes to the fact that we could have religious leaders who appear outwardly very pious and above reproach, but really aren’t. Waking up is a struggle alright. Over thirty years ago, after searching for spirituality in many religions, reading the book, A Tzaddik in Our […]

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