Courting Israel

Chazal teach that the Land of Israel is acquired with suffering, which is not the best sales pitch for aliya. Moving and acclimating to any new environment is difficult, but it seems moving to Israel has a built-in spiritual requirement for the transition to be...

Living Among the Secular and Irreligious

Opportunities arise, and opportunities vanish: We must seize the opportunity immediately when it presents itself to us. Often, the chance will not present itself again in the future. No matter how unrealistic the scenario seems at that time, and that maybe, a better...

Idol Worship in Exile

The Rabbis taught: One should always dwell in Israel, even in a city that is mostly heathen, and not dwell outside of Israel, even in a city that is mostly Jewish – for anyone who dwells in the Land of Israel is likened to one who has a God, and anyone who dwells...

The dove is being called to return

וישלח את היונה וגו’ ולא מצאה מנוח וגו’: יהודה בר נחמן בשם רבי שמעון אמר אלו מצאה מנוח לא היתה חוזרת. ודכוותה “היא ישבה בגוים לא מצאה מנוח” (איכה א) – אלו מצאה מנוח לא היו חוזרים. ודכוותה “ובגוים ההם לא תרגיע ולא יהיה מנוח וגו'”...

The Suffering of the “Progressive” Jew

For all the different categories and stripes of Jews that exist and have existed throughout history, there are really only two that matter when you boil it all down: those who accept the divine origin of the Torah, the divine wisdom of the Sages, and the binding...
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