I found some sources that I think we all can use in some form or another that relate to our situation. A little background. At the beginning of the lockdown in March, I had little sympathy for the people who were constantly complaining about all the joys they missed, the physical pleasures and even hugging of their grandchildren.
With Shavuos just around the corner, are you finding it challenging to get your students excited about learning Torah? Sometimes it can be difficult to relate to certain parts of the Torah and understand why they are still relevant in our modern lives. Every child who starts learning Torah asks this question:
At the end of Pashas Emor, the Torah describes the “Lechem Hapanim,” the special weekly Minchah offering. The dough was shaped into twelve loaves, and placed on the Shulchan in two stacks of six. Each Shabbos, the bread was replaced with fresh loaves, and the previous week’s loaves were eaten by the Kohanim. Interestingly, there... Read more »
The Mishnah, at the end of Horayos, teaches the laws of triage. Those principles convey the guidelines of determining whose life to save first when a rescuer encounters multiple people whose physical lives are in danger. Is there spiritual triage?
The lead story in this month’s Harvard Business Review (HBR) tackles the challenge of deciphering the “tidal wave of data” that is essential to help the world combat coronavirus.
With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the whole world needed to stop. While some businesses are closing down, others are finding a way to work with alterations. Social distancing is another serious change that resulted in many events being canceled. This is why in the corona era, it’s hard for the nonprofits to survive.... Read more »
How can we teach our students and congregants to respond to our temporary inability to daven and learn in our shuls? Rabbi Akiva Males, rabbi of Young Israel of Memphis, addressed this topic in a remote class to his congregants. Rabbi Males kindly shared the three mareh mekomos that served as the basis of the... Read more »
Navigating the challenges of coronavirus requires sayata d’Shmaya to establish and integrate an effective strategy to maintain your physical and mental health while promoting spiritual growth. While we continue to share many resources to refer to, today we’d like to add and highlight a few more important articles
We spend seven weeks counting up to Matan Torah, culminating in Shavuos, a holiday celebrating one of the greatest moments in Jewish history.
The Gemara Berachos 5a teaches that when suffering befalls an individual he should introspect. HaGaon HaRav Chaim M’Voloshin writes in Nefesh HaChaim, based on Rashi (Ibid) that a person should contemplate carefully into the nature of the suffering that befell him, to determine what personal shortcomings were responsible for this occurring mida k’neged mida. It... Read more »