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Sep 28, 2023, 4:04 PM
Antisemitism, anti-Israel bias worries US campus students
Despite massive protests by hundreds of students, community members, and Jewish organizations, to stop the spread of antisemitism on campuses, the University of Pennsylvania went on with its plans to conduct a weekend Jew-hating conference right before the eve...
Sep 26, 2023, 8:36 PM
The Sukkah: A Prime Location of Joy
The holiday of Sukkot has the unique power of Joy. The Bible repeats THREE times the special connection this holiday has with joy. Over the holiday, the people enjoyed the grains and fruits harvested and the atonement received over...
Sep 26, 2023, 10:41 AM
Yom Kippur 5734
It happened fifty years ago. I was a Yeshiva student, spending the month of Tishrei in and around Lubavitch headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, New York. We heard that war had broken out in Israel. As the...
Sep 25, 2023, 10:58 PM
In 5784, May Our Unity Increase Our Joy
All Jews are responsible for one another, the Talmud teaches us. After all, we are one people. It has never been true that every Jew practiced Judaism the same way or lived in the same country or spoke the...
Sep 22, 2023, 10:27 AM
Did your rabbi speak about AI?
Whether one's rabbi discussed AI, made jokes about AI, or used AI to compose their sermon, the fact remains: AI will likely be the most disruptive force this year and for many years to come. It has already caused disruptions...
Sep 20, 2023, 9:17 PM
Five Steps to Reaching God.
We are now in the season of Teshuvah, which is generally translated as "repentance." This is, however, an approximate translation of the Hebrew word. More precisely, the term "teshuvah" means "to return." The big difference is that "repentance" is...
Sep 20, 2023, 12:16 PM
During the 10 days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we recite, "Our Father Our King, we have no other King, only You." A King requires obedience. A Father is merciful. There was once a prince who was ill. All...
Sep 18, 2023, 11:41 PM
Jonah, the Soul of Each One of Us
On the holiest day of the year, at the most auspicious time of the day, the afternoon Mincha Services, we read "The Story of Jonah and the Whale." Our sages tell us that every minute and every second of...
Sep 14, 2023, 6:28 PM
Rosh Hashanah & the Timelessness of Light
Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the Alter Rebbe, said, "Such is the way of the Baal Shem Tov (founder of the Chasidic movement) – One must learn a lesson in avodas HaShem (serving God) from every physical thing that...
Sep 13, 2023, 6:02 PM
Bring back the good old days. ‘Ancient Source, Modern Meaning’
If you have 30 Seconds Revive the Glory of Yester years Before me stood a deeply disillusioned couple, their faces etched with anger and blame. She lamented, "He hardly notices me," while he grumbled, "She's perpetually critical." Their accusations seemed ceaseless,...