As Shabbos concluded and the news arrived from Sandy Hook Elementary School, a feeling of numbness came upon us. The unthinkable and incomprehensible had really occurred.
We cannot ever fathom the theological implications of the Connecticut school shooting. We can only mourn. We can add, "Where was G-d during the shooting?" " to our long list of unanswered questions. The tragedy of every life lost by a mad shooting is beyond comprehension.
Rav Mendel Weinbach zt”l was the beloved founder of Yeshivat Ohr Sameach. He is someone who has brought hundreds—if not thousands of Jews—closer to the Ribbono Shel Olam. Below is a roundup of articles, links, and audio that relate to this great Torah giant. Jewish Press Announcement of Rav Mendel Weinbach’s Levaya Rav Mendel Weinbach... Read more »
Days after Hurricane Sandy touched down, we published a post entitled, Insights from Chazal on Hurricanes! This post was followed by another which revealed new ways How Your Organization Can Raise Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds.
The Jewish web has being growing fast in the past five years, and that includes in the Orthodox sector. Naomi Elbinger has compiled a list of the top sites in various niches of this market and has graciously allowed us to use her graphs and parts of her findings.
A few years ago when I was traveling, a relative suggested I read the book “It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life” by Lance Armstrong. They said that as a person who appreciates inspiring stories about overcoming obstacles, I would be impressed with the book and may find future fodder for future Vorts in it. I read the book and do not recall being particularly inspired.
As a Jewish educator it is my hope that we can see brilliant laymen and individuals from within our greater community walk in the footsteps of Mr. Khan and consider not even dropping their profession entirely, but giving of their time and expertise, to educate and empower the future of Klal Yisrael.
I know I am supposed to feel like a repressed, suppressed, oppressed and perhaps depressed victim of a patriarchal leadership, relegated to the back of the bus by bushy-bearded, black-coated, wild-eyed fanatics. But what if I don’t?
Here, the reader will find what can be said of using this medium as a tool for inculcating Torah values as well as riveting in otherwise complex, didactically challenging material.