Journal

Beyond Words

Beyond Words: The Dance Between Knowing and Not Knowing Hashem by R. Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D. This is for anyone who, even as Rosh Hashanah approaches, faces doubt – in particular questions of Emunah/belief. The source of doubt could be one’s own uncertainties or perhaps those of someone we know. Questions may arise about Hashem’s existence, the compatibility of science and ...

Read More »

A New and Old Wind is Blowing

by Shmuel Winiarz Is the “Yeshiva world” too insular? Does its single-minded focus on Talmud and codes stifle its members from exploring the world of ideas? One graduate of Volozhin expressed that very notion in a poem he wrote in 1898, entitled Hamatmid. Chaim Nachman Bialik writes of his profound ambivalence towards the schools of his youth. He expresses his ...

Read More »

The Experience of Rosh HaShana

by R. David Brofsky, excerpted from Hilkhot Mo’adim: Understanding the Laws of the Festivals Rosh HaShana in Tanakh Rosh HaShana, as it appears in Scripture, is somewhat mysterious. The Torah commands: And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, it shall be a holy convocation [mikra kodesh] for you; you shall do no servile work; it ...

Read More »

Say No to Snark

by Dr. Erica Brown “A fool’s lips bring strife…A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are the snare of his soul.” Proverbs 18:6-7 We’ve all been in the unhappy presence of snark. We know people who make critical, cutting, biting or snide comments when they could have easily said the same thing in a more pleasant way. The ...

Read More »

Where There Is No Beit Din

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I am a lawyer in a country with a small Jewish population, in which when we need a din Torah, we fly someone in from another country. A Jew who is suing another Jew asked me to represent him, and the dispute is on a modest amount of money, which is less than the cost ...

Read More »