Just Because

Today, when we are about to read Parshat Toldot talking among other things about a family, all I can think of is the prospect of it – a fleeting tiny breath of fresh air. These days my heart races from heaven to hell and back twenty times a day. Being used to misery in my…

Women’s Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah in my shul is pretty happy with lots of dancing on the ground floor, and lots of women watching from above. Normally, this arrangement is fine with me. I, actually like to be on the second floor, where on a regular Shabbat we don’t have many women, and I can see and hear…

Life after Pardes in Jerusalem

Well, every good thing comes to an end, and I am firmly settled back in the land of the USA, the city of New York, the supposed “center of the world” or so it deems itself. For me, of course, this phrase does not ring true. The only real center of the world is Jerusalem,…

It’s Over. Hopefully, not for Long

Riding in a Nesher sherut, I can hardly hold back tears. Despite missing my family, and worrying about my mother, especially, my heart aches at the thought that I am leaving Jerusalem in a couple of hours. I am grateful to be the first passenger in the vehicle thus getting a chance for the last…

First Week in Israel

Technically, this is my second week. I arrived, exhausted after a long layover in Europe and a few hours that took me to get to Tzfat from Ben Gurion, Thursday. Having been met by my friend, a jewelry designer, whom I didn’t see since 1994, I was clearly ready to crash, but happy to see…

Beha’alotecha

A few takes on this week’s Parshah come from some of the sources I like:   “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Take the Levites from among the Israelites and purify them.’” (Numbers 8:5)  Parashat B’ha-alot’cha describes the final preparations for leaving Sinai: the purification of the Levites, the order of the tribes, and the trumpet calls to signal the…

Memphis

So for the last few days, I’ve spent my time at the event my organization holds every two years on the border of three states, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. Apparently, the bridge that I saw every day from the Convention Center window marks the border of two of them going along the mighty Mississippi river. What can I…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses – Tzav – צַו

Originally posted on Noshing Across the Nation:
This an extremely hard to comment on parshah. צַו Means “command” ו  אֵשׁ, תָּמִיד תּוּקַד עַל-הַמִּזְבֵּחַ–לֹא תִכְבֶּה. 6 Fire shall be kept burning upon the altar continually; it shall not go out. Listen to the Voice of your Lord! Don’t stroll to the right or to the left! This…

Parshat Vayera

This week, for Parshat Vayera, again, I am bringing you some great d’var Torah from the teachers that I like to listen to myself. Rabbi Joe Wolfson is always able to bring out some unusual points on the Parshah. His lectures are published on YUTorah, the site of Yeshiva University. Another piece is from the Partners-in-Torah…

Happy Birthday … Wherever You Are

Today, you would have turned 65. According to current American standards, a young man. Standing at your matzeva מצבה this morning with your very grown-up, smart and beautiful daughter, I was thinking about the time when you were her age, a father in love with his child, a husband in love with his wife, a man…

Simchat Torah / שמחת תורה

Holiday time is so busy that I never have time to right, especially that I am really swamped at work. So, again, I resort to someone else’s wisdom that is much deeper than mine, anyway. Below, you will see the D’var from my colleague Dr. Ackerman. I hope you enjoy it and have the best ending…