“Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.” ― Criss Jami I remember it vividly. I’m inside the synagogue near the fire exit which only... Read more »

Introduction, Insights from the Akeidah, Understanding Nisyonot Introduction There are many important issues and questions to clarify with nisyonot (tests): Are there different types? What is their purpose or purposes? Is everyone given tests? Should we view them as positive or negative? Are they absolutely necessary for our growth and development? Is it really the... Read more »

Rabbi Nachman Bulman z”tl beautifully describes the eternal connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem in the Forward of David Rossoff’s, Where Heaven Touches Earth: “Locations where Jews have lived since our Father Avraham’s time, have dotted the globe. But one Place remains central from beginning to end – Yerushalayim, the heartland of Hashem’s People.... Read more »

Updated May 10, 2021 Days after the Meron Tragedy, many people have questions and are searching for religious responses to the seemingly unreal events that unfolded on Lag B’Omer. The following are a collection of thoughtful and insightful resources devoted to exploring religious responses to this tragic episode in Jewish history. We wish a speedy return to normalcy for... Read more »

It’s okay not to know… and to admit it. In a “social” world (sadly, often of the more superficial variety), in which we feel a constant urge to be smarter, more successful, happier, and better looking than the next person, it’s hard to start a post by admitting that I don’t know something. That it’s... Read more »