Astronaut Ilan Ramon’s question: “When Should I Observe Shabbat on the Columbia?”   Jewish educators often teach how relevant Judaism is to real life by addressing the latest news, trends and technological innovations. One arena that has grown from fantasy to reality is the exploration of outer space. Students grow up with the Star Trek... Read more »

Mark Sutton, the stuntman who parachuted into the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London dressed as James Bond, was killed on Wednesday in a wing-diving accident in the Swiss Alps. He was 42. Mr. Sutton, a former Gurkha rifle officer for the British Army, died after jumping from a helicopter and crashing into... Read more »

The Yid and the Id: Jewish Perspectives on Psychology & Personal Development The American Psychological Association (APA) defines psychology as: “The study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience — from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged.... Read more »

Unless Mashiach will soon greet us, we will once again be spending the coming Tisha B’Av in mourning, fasting, teshuvah and yearning for the rebuilding of the Beit HaMikdash (Temple). We have already published two Morasha classes addressing 1) Why we commemorate the Three Weeks and Tisha B’Av and 2) What we can do to... Read more »

Ein Ma’avirin al HaMitzvot – You have only one day out of jail. When should you take it? What should you do? (Pesachim 64b) Imagine the following scenario: In Communist Russia of 1970, Alexei Shimonovich, a teacher of Judaism and fifteen-year refusenik (“refused” permission to emigrate to Israel), was tracked by the KGB, tried and convicted for... Read more »

Ein Shaliach Lidvar Aveirah “I Was Only Following Orders” – The Criminal Agent (Kiddushin 42b). If your Super Bowl winning football coach offers you money to injure an opposing player during a game, can you do it? If you’re caught, who’s responsible — “coach” or you? The New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, widely dubbed Bountygate,... Read more »
Educators working with newcomers to Judaism invariably need a serious response to “Hey rabbi, what’s with those strings? Are those Jewish prayer beads?” The new NLE Morasha shiur, Unraveling the Mitzvah of Tzitzit and Tallit offers a comprehensive approach to the nature, meaning and importance of tzitzit. Clothing is a fundamental part of human existence.... Read more »

Osek Bemitzvah Patur Min Hamitzvah, Multitasking Mitzvot – Should you ever stop doing one mitzvah to go do another? (Sukkah 25a) Halachah, Jewish law, is the framework for the way we navigate our lives. Depending on the dynamics of each day, and the opportunities and challenges that arise, we are empowered with free will to reach our... Read more »
The Shema is undoubtedly the most well known prayer in Judaism. You might call the Shema our “national anthem,” since it so fully encapsulates essential principles of Judaism. It is the first Jewish concept a child learns and the last words a person expresses on his deathbed. When we recite the Shema, we declare our acceptance of God as our Creator and King and our recognition that He directly rules