Journal

Commitment vs “Connecting”

Commitment vs. “Connecting” The Current Crisis of Our Youth1 by R. Yehuda Amital One of the cornerstones of Judaism is commitment. However, the very concept of commitment today faces a severe crisis among some of the religious-Zionist youth, in high schools and pre-military academies and, I imagine, also among some students at hesder yeshivot. (Although my remarks are directed primarily ...

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The Jewelry and the Tent

by Rav Chanoch Waxman I In studying Parashat Ki Tisa, we are often drawn to the dramatic events that follow the sin of the golden calf (32:1-6). Moshe’s prayer (32:7-14), the tumultuous and bloody aftermath at the bottom of the mountain (32:15-29), and Moshe’s offer of his own life on behalf of the children of Israel (32:30-35) never fail to ...

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A Continuous Beginning

The Korban Tamid – A Continuous Beginning by Yair Kahn 1.  And I will dwell among the children of Israel Parashat Tetzaveh continues where Parashat Teruma left off.  While the focus of Parashat Teruma was on the construction of the Mishkan and its various vessels, Parashat Tetzaveh describes how to make the priestly garments.  These two parashiyot combine to form a section known as “melekhet ha-Mishkan.” After describing the priestly garments, the section ends with detailed ...

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Gluten Intolerance, Wheat Allergies and Mitzvos

A Guide to the Observance of Mitzvos (with Explanations) Part 1: Brachos, Kiddush and the Shabbos Meals by Asher Bush There are five species of grains that the Torah considers to be the “official” grains for all purposes. These grains are wheat, rye, barley, spelt and oats.  While not spelled out in the Torah itself, the Mishna1 rules that only ...

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The Flipped Beit Midrash

by Tzvi Pittinsky “But our students can’t read! Will this help our students read?” I remember many years ago, when Rav Shmuel Kaminetsky told me this at a Torah Umesorah convention when I showed him Gemara Berura, a technology assisted methodology for learning Gemara. As a high school rebbe, I have utilized many strategies over the years to combat this ...

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Are Women Better Than Men?

In a recent essay, I quoted authors who say that women are spiritually equal or even superior to men. A reader, writing under the pseudonym Prithee1, responded with extensive quotes from the Maharal contradicting the theory that the Torah considers women superior to men. I asked R. Moshe Zuriel, author of Otzeros HaMaharal among other books, for his opinion on ...

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The Importance of Good Intentions

by Efraim Vaynman I. Noble Intentions The need for specific intent in even the most objectively proper religious acts seems odd but speaks to a basic truth about Judaism and the relationship between man and God. The opening line of this week’s parasha reads (Ex. 25:2): דבר אל בני ישראל ויקחו לי תרומה מאת כל איש אשר ידבנו לבו תקחו ...

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