It’s An Honor

These days of Sefirah, when we joyfully anticipate kabbolas haTorah, feature the concurrent mourning over the death of the twenty four thousand talmidim of Rebbi Akiva. As the Gemara in Maseches Yevamos (62b) tells us, this was a punishment for not giving honor to one another. The timing is obviously not coincidental. Hashem is teaching […]

The Fifth Cup

A while back, we spoke about José, the janitor employed by Yeshiva of Far Rockaway when I was learning there. Every Wednesday, he would walk around in a jovial mood, singing, “Today’s my last day.” He was going to win the lottery later that night and would be able to retire. “A dollar and a […]

Make Jews Great Again

On Purim, the main focus seems to be on mitzvos bein adam lachaveiro, mitzvos between a person and his friend, as indicated by mishloach manos and matanos la’evyonim. There is a well-known hint for this in the Megillah from Haman’s disparaging remarks about us: “Am mefuzar umeforad bein ha’amim – A nation that is scattered […]