There are many strategies to introduce newcomers to the excitement, meaning and depth of Chanukah. One approach is by teaching the Talmudic discussions addressing the mitzvah of lighting the Chanukah menorah. Learning Gemara with newcomers to Judaism is a vital step to help empower them to become active participants in the Mesorah. The NLE Thinking Gemara shiur on Chanukah can assist rabbis, educators and
On most holidays in the Jewish calendar, it's clear what we're celebrating. Pesach – we're celebrating the Jews going free from Egypt. Purim – we're celebrating the Jews being saved
Hashgachah Pratis, or Divine Providence, is one of those principles that people tend to either believe in entirely or not at all. Some feel that every single little episode in life has meaning because G-d ordained it, while others claim that there is no such thing as Providence, and therefore everything is random. Judaism affirms... Read more »
Mazal tov! You want to publish a book! Or maybe not. Maybe the mazal tov is still a ways off, but you are polishing up your manuscript and want to publish ten copies to give friends for them to critique. If possible, you want to avoid paying a publisher and you have some basic computer skills. Is there a way to self-publish?
Teaching Gemara is something that can be incredibly rewarding. After all, learning Gemara with children and newcomers to Judaism is a vital step to help empower them to become active participants in the Mesorah. That said, it can be very challenging to teach Gemara and simple things such as finding the place or how to translate
We’re deep into football season. One of the usually uneventful times of a football game is when the team on offence fails to make a first down, is too far to attempt a field goal, and punts the ball into the opponent’s territory. Avid spectators reserve such plays for going to the fridge to replenish the Coke (read, “beer”) and
Are you or your students struggling with learning/reviewing new skills in Chumash, Kria or Gemara?
Do you wish there was a place where you could send your students or children to learn and review those skills?
Can you imagine if the children would be excited to practice those skills - even to the point
The National Archives, housed in an austere building in downtown Washington, D.C., contain original copies of the founding documents of the United States of America: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights. I went there to listen to scratchy tape recordings made secretly in Richard Nixon’s Oval Office, recordings of fraud and deceit... Read more »
In 1995, Rabbi and Mrs. Leib Kelemen arranged for a group of English speaking residents of Har Nof, Jerusalem to serve as Shabbos hosts for a few dozen students visiting Israel on a short trip from the US. Rabbi and Mrs. Jonathan Bressel were among the hosts that Shabbos, featuring meals and lodging with families,... Read more »
Charitable contributions are a traditional method of lowering taxable income for many people along with HSAs and IRAs. It’s also an easy way to give to the less fortunate and fulfill your obligation to perform tzedakah. To help maximize charitable contributions, there are a few things that you should know first. Know what the IRS... Read more »