The Torah presents us with apparently contradictory visions of the Jewish soldier. In considering this contradiction, we can find essential guidance for our own pursuit of greatness. On the one hand, we are taught of the spiritual vulnerability of the Jewish soldier, granting him license to be with a lovely captive and
Remember for us the covenant of the patriarchs, as You said, “And I will remember My covenant with Yaakov, and also My covenant with Yitzchok, and also My covenant with Avraham I will remember, and the Land will I remember.” (Selichos Liturgy quoting Leviticus 26:42) One of the central elements of the Yomim

The United States was hit by two disasters over the past two weeks. One was natural, and the other was man-made. One left devastating damage as the result of strong winds and hard rain, while the other left horrific damage resulting from hate and discrimination. One caused hopelessness, while the other provides great reason to hope. Texas, and the Houston community in
I once wrote that HHH stands for “hazy, hot, and humid” and that sometimes we all suffer from a ‘triple H’ day. That was what HHH stood for yesterday. Today, HHH stands for something very different: “Heavy-Handed Harvey.” The sheer destruction and vast swaths of devastation which we

Moshe and Yocheved (names changed) are your regular yeshivish couple. Moshe grew up in Flatbush, learned in Eretz Yisrael, and upon returning to the US, continued learning. Yocheved grew up in a Torah’dik family in Far Rockaway. She went to the local schools and attended one of the

Disclosure: The following story has been altered to protect the lives of those who are mentioned in it. Please realize that I have a policy of never replying to shidduch questions via email. This incident is the reason for my policy. I hadn't seen Laibel Stern in almost ten years. I invited him back into the study and as
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