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
The last Mishnah in Ta'anis states: Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel says, "There were never happier days for the Jews like the fifteenth of Av and Yom Kippur for on those days the daughters of Jerusalem would go out and dance in the vineyards…" "Tu B'Av" - the fifteenth day of the month of Av is a day which after the difficult and painful days of Tisha B'Av is supposed to be a day of unity and of joy. It
With the Shemittah year now upon us, as a rabbi and educator you will be confronted by questions such as: “I am visiting my son who is in Yeshiva in Israel this year. What can I eat at a restaurant?" Hey rabbi, what’s with Shemitta? "My family doesn't value Shemittah. Do you have any links that I could send them to better appreciate this year?” NLEResources.com is proud to present its readers with a roundup of Shemittah Resources. This page is a centralized
Rabbis and educators accompanied thousands of young adults, professionals, college students and JWRP participants throughout the Land of Israel this summer. These trips expose your students to many inspiring classes and scenes, and by extension, can help you in continuing to help them strengthen their commitment to Judaism. Indeed, there are some students
Quite often I am the ‘go to’ person with regard to whatever someone may need in Israel. As I have three married children living there and my father was a sixth generation Yerushalmi, I have hundreds if not thousands of relatives in almost every corner of the land. I was therefore not surprised when Dovid contacted me for my input. Dovid, who is just turning 20, is a good-natured
“In the Merit of the Righteous Women the Jewish People Were Redeemed”~Yalkut Shimoni Shir HaShirim:993. I met my good friend Hymie Gluck from the Bagel Store yesterday. Hymie is a warm and friendly person who I (and many others) like and admire very much. He always has a good Vort or story to relate to me any time he sees me. Yesterday was no exception as he related to an incident which brought tears to my eyes.
Times in Eretz Yisrael are tough. This week, 50% of the country found themselves under attack. People in Yerushalayim and Tel Aviv needed to run for cover from missiles. All of the Jewish world stands in unity with our brethren across Eretz Yisrael and are fervently praying and learning Torah in the merit of seeing peace return to the Land of Israel.