Recent Essays

  • Vort from the Rav: Vayakhel-Pekudei

    Arnold Lustiger (0)
    Vort from the Rav: Vayakhel-Pekudei

    Ex. 35:22 וַיָּבאוּ הָֽאֲנָשִׁים עַל־הַנָּשִׁים The men came with the women. It is interesting...

     
  • Rabbinic Ordination and Halakhic Authority

    Yaakov Ariel (9)
    Rabbinic Ordination and Halakhic Authority

    by R. Yaakov Ariel This book review appears in Hebrew on R. Ya’akov Ariel’s website, dated 23 Shevat, 5771. It...

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Joel Rich (2)
    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich As best I can tell, the source for saying haftarah the Shabbat before a yahrtzeit is the Zohar in acharei mot...

     
  • Let’s Lower Tuition!

    Rafi Eis (4)
    Let’s Lower Tuition!

    by Rabbi Rafi Eis Day school tuition continues to rise five years after the affordability crisis began.  Avi Chai, PEJE,...

     
  • Dishonoring the Rav

    Gil Student (3)
    Dishonoring the Rav

    Nasty rabbinic politics are usually best quickly forgotten. However, sometimes it pays to remember just to keep in mind that...

     
  • Vort from the Rav: Ki Sisa

    Arnold Lustiger (0)
    Vort from the Rav: Ki Sisa

    Ex. 32:19 וַיַּשְׁלֵךְ מִיָּדָו אֶת הַלֻּחֹת and he flung the tablets from his hands. There...

     
  • Purim, Jews and Monotheism

    Gil Student (0)
    Purim, Jews and Monotheism

    It is well known that the book of Esther does not contain God’s name explicitly, although tradition finds various hints...

     
  • Seven Reasons Rabbis Should Be Criminals

    Gil Student (0)
    Seven Reasons Rabbis Should Be Criminals

    In the spirit of twisted Purim humor: Seven reasons why rabbis should be criminals: Savings Jewish organizations often struggle...

     
  • From the Archives of Tradition

    Yitzchak Blau (0)
    From the Archives of Tradition

    by R. Yitzchak Blau In this essay, Dr. Moshe Simon analyzes the usage of different types of irony in the Book of Esther. The...

     
  • Preparation and Spontaneity

    Yehuda Amital (0)
    Preparation and Spontaneity

    Based on a sicha by Harav Yehuda Amital Adapted by Rav Ronnie Ziegler Translated by David Silverberg Regarding the first...