Aliyah L’Regel: Trusting Time, and Faith to Follow

This D’var Torah is based off of an idea published in the hot-off-the-press “Al Harishonim: Shabbos & Moadim” by Rav Aryeh Brueckheimer In the context of the parsha of the Mo’adim in Parshat Mishpatim, the chagim are related to their location in the agricultural cycle of the year- Pesach is “chag ha’aviv,” Shavuot isn’t even […]

Negating the Negah: Balancing Sucessful Spiritual Life in Eretz Yisrael and מרוב עצות לא רואים את היער

“Life in Eretz Yisrael presents unique challenges, many of them spiritual. But, unlike challenges everywhere else in the world, they are directly from Hashem, and we do a great disservice to ourselves by taking them as “mikreh,” and not seeing them as a message from Hashem.

Pesach- Why Karpas?

After we wash our hands and return to the table, the karpas is offered around. The Shulchan Aruch lists several different types of vegetables that can be used for karpas or maror, but most contemporary sources conclude that Ashkenazic Jews have the custom of using potatoes (though some sects of Ashkenazim, including those of German […]

Purim- Shaking Off Our Servitude

On nearly every Jewish day of celebration, including our second most recent salvation of Chanukah (and, according to most gedolim, even the most recent one, Yom Ha’atzma’ut), we read and sing a specially curated collection of Tehilim in praise to Hashem. Called Hallel, its purpose is as simple as the name- praising Hashem for saving […]

Rosh Chodesh Adar II-May this Month Be an End to our Suffering

As we slowly but surely approach the holiday of Purim, Jewish People around the world celebrated the second Rosh Chodesh Adar over the past two days. In nearly all synagogues in Israel and a select few outside, the congregants concluded Mussaf according the traditional tefilah text of the Vilna Ga’on (commonly known by its all-too-misleading misnomer, Nusach […]