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Jul 3, 2018, 1:46 AM
The Fast I Don’t Fast
In the heat of the summers of my youth, on the 9th day of the month of Av (Tisha B’Av) I would go to the synagogue, remove my shoes and sit on the floor and by the light of...
Jul 2, 2018, 11:15 AM
Dr. Theodor Herzl & Building the 3rd Temple
Yesterday marked the commemoration of the 17th of Tammuz, a day of fasting and reflection and the start of the "three week" mourning period culminating in the somber day of remembrance Tisha BaAv, the Ninth of Av. In addition...
Jul 1, 2018, 3:20 PM
Naked before G-d
At the Western Wall, where we bare our souls before our Maker, Marisa Papen instead displayed haughty flesh
Jun 27, 2018, 10:31 AM
Parshat Balak and the Three Weeks
So, here are at the Three Weeks again and soon the nine days again. We go through the motions of mourning and pretending that we miss the Beit Mikdash (and maybe we want the 3rd Temple to restore God’s...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Jun 8, 2018, 6:07 PM
The anniversary of the scouts’ journey begins on Tuesday
In Parshat Shlach, Bamidbar 13:25 we read: “They (the scouts) returned from searching the land, at the end of 40 days.” Rashi asks: But is not the land 400x400 parsaot (a parsa is about 2.2 miles) and the average person’s traveling...
Jun 7, 2018, 3:23 PM
Soul Doctor Torah – Parshah Shlach
Everybody asks, why did G-d forgive us for the sin of the Golden Calf and didn't He forgive us for the sin of the spies? In this blog, collected from the teachings of Reb Shlomo who makes a passionate...
Jun 7, 2018, 7:47 AM
Stop the F-35 to Turkey
NATO's Timidity Jens Stoltenberg, the Norwegian secretary general of NATO, has clarified -- for any who harbored any lingering doubt - that if Iran were to attack Israel, NATO's "security guarantee" does not apply to the Jewish State. "This is not...
Ariel Ben Avraham
May 26, 2018, 11:27 PM
Parshat Behaalotecha: Transitioning to goodness
“And I have given the Levites, --they are given to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel --, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tent of meeting, and to make...
May 23, 2018, 9:55 PM
Local and Regional Implications of the Great March of Return
With the Great March of return having fizzled out after the bloodiest day in Israeli-Palestinian relations since 2014’s Operation Protective Edge, another high-casualty conflict or possibly even the breakout of war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza was avoided....
May 18, 2018, 1:19 AM
U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem Enhanced Peace
A New York Times editorial (May 14, 2018) reflected a common criticism of President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital in Jerusalem: Israelis and Palestinians have envisioned a capital in Jerusalem, and for...