Yom Haatzmaut is the day that the State of Israel in particular and the Jewish people as a whole celebrate the creation of the State in 1948. On this day you will find a greater diversity of observance and non-observance in the Orthodox Jewish world than on any other day of the Jewish calendar. There are
Rabbi Avraham Edelstein describes the Jewish nation’s extraordinary connection to the Land of Israel in his commentary on Parshas Masay: “After man lost the Garden of Eden, the Land of Israel became the greatest spiritual place on earth, the link between Heaven and Earth and hence the epicenter of the world. This intrinsic holiness of... Read more »
The first NLE Morasha shiur on anti-Semitism reviewed the history and pervasiveness of over 3,700 years of anti-Semitism and then demonstrated that in light of the severe, ongoing persecution and violence towards the Jewish people, this hatred is unique. This second Morasha shiur on anti-Semitism explores several principal proposed theories of anti-Semitism and then shows... Read more »
Throughout world history, the Jewish people have endured severe ongoing hate, persecution, exile, violence and genocide. Although in recent decades American Jews have not experienced much anti-Semitism, their French and even British counterparts are now seriously questioning their future in Europe due to the increase in anti-Semitic acts there. Israel is subject to ongoing threats... Read more »
As I write these words, The New England Patriots football team is about to observe a ‘Moment of Silence' in memory of Ezra Schwartz, a native of Sharon, MA, who was killed in a terror attack on Thursday. The Moment of Silence originates with the Quakers. Since silence contains no statements or assumptions concerning beliefs and requires
Until now, things seemed to be getting slowly better in our world. A post-Holocaust world made anti-Semitism a bad word in Europe and America and the Six Day War turned Israel into being a hero. That is no longer the case. Israel is vilified all over the world, and anti-Semitism is back in vogue in Europe. But the terror does not stop on