Darkness and the Moment of Truth

Chazal famously teach that 80 percent of the Jews in Egypt died during the plague of darkness. These Jews did not want to leave Egypt – they considered it home in spite of everything – and they left Hashem no choice but to exterminate them. They died during the plague...

The Best Galus Ever

I like to keep things simple. The arguments in favor of residing in galus over Israel inevitably boil down to two tracks: 1) Life in galus is better. 2) Life in Israel is worse. The rest is commentary. People will only move to Israel, or choose to stay there, if they...

Don’t Be Surprised When The Pogroms Begin

There are three ways the escalating tensions between New York’s Jews and the authorities can play out. 1) The Jews successfully get their point across through the courts, or civil disobedience, that the restrictions imposed upon them are unfair and infringe on their...

Just a thought

The excuse of many Orthodox Jews in America for not making aliya is that the Israeli government doesn’t have enough respect for their religious neds. They don’t want to move to Israel and work to improve the situation. Instead, their religious rights are...

A Desperate Warning to American Jews

A year ago this time, American Jews were concerned. On Pesach of 2019 the Chabad of Poway was attacked by a gunman, who murdered one person and wounded three others. It was miraculous that many more were not harmed. Several months earlier a synagogue in Pittsburgh was...
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