This is the final essay of a three-part series on “Understanding and Accepting Nechama.” Click here to read Part Two.    Guidance of what to say, and what not to say, at a shiva (house of mourning) As helpful as many ideas may be for our personal understanding and acceptance of nechama, it is extremely important to realize that they may be... Read more »

This essay is Part Two of a three-part series on “Understanding and Accepting Nechama.” Click here to read Part One.    Rav Moshe Weinberger, based on an essay from Rav Kluger, explained the meaning of nechama:  “A family was sitting shiva for their loved ones that had died in a terrible accident. They were trying to think... Read more »

IS THE CHOSEN PEOPLE A RACIST IDEA? Part 1: Defining the Meaning of “Chosen People”  The Questions – “Chosen People” raises many different questions: Why does any group need to be chosen or different from everybody else?2. Is the existence of a single chosen group within mankind an ideal situation?3. What exactly does it mean to be chosen?4.... Read more »

The Moral Imperative argument is one of the classic discussions which address the existence of G-d. It is also valuable in terms of what it teaches us about morality itself, and why morality matters so much to all of us. PART I — Consider what type of a world would exist if there were no absolute, objective morality. If... Read more »