The recent events in Eretz Yisroel that have brought upon us so much pain
and terror have also brought us tremendous unity. Achdus stems from caring
for one another with love that supersedes any differences of opinion or
outlook, and this is what happened so beautifully these last few weeks.
How can we keep this achdus? How can we impro [...]
I really hope that this article is never printed and we are instead busy
rejoicing together in Yerushalayim. At the very least, I daven that by the
time this article is printed, the Israeli army feels it has accomplished
everything it wanted, all missiles and tunnels have been destroyed, and
the war is over.
Until the arrival of Moshiach, non [...]
Tisha B’av. The day chosen for generations as a day of tragedy and
suffering for our holy nation. Chazal tell us that this is the day
that the meraglim came back with their negative report about Eretz
Yisroel which we were guilty of accepting and therefore became a day
fixed on our calendar for mourning. It all began with a negative
Recently, we discussed the importance of not getting “hung up” on your
child’s current behavior, not becoming negative or despondent over his
lackadaisicalness or other shortcomings, but focusing on his good points
and trying to create a closer relationship.
The next question is: How do we do this? How do we remain positive when
our child is [...]
I happen not to be the biggest fan of color war, especially for younger
children, but in order to “legally” be considered a camp, I have to comply
with regulations. I do not believe that color war should be brought into
davening and learning, for although one can argue that mitoch sheloh
lishmah ba lishmah, to me it belittles such sacred acti [...]
As difficult as it is to write about the painful tragedy our holy nation
has just experienced, I cannot bring myself to write about anything else.
I am certainly unworthy of offering any perspective, but allow me to share
a lesson that I hope will serve as an aliyah for the neshamos of the three
Boruch Hashem, this summer, besides h [...]
Just this week a frustrated parent called me up about his teenage son.
“Tell me what to do. My son is sleeping till one o’clock in the afternoon.
I can’t stand watching him do nothing. What should I do? I should just sit
there and say nothing to him and pretend everything is fine?”
The short answer some would give to this particular fat [...]
Many have termed our dor “the instant generation.” We are able, for better
or for worse, to access things incredibly quickly. Food can be prepared
for us in seconds. Information and communication are transferrable in a
heartbeat. Unquestionably, this reality has raised our expectations. We
need immediate gratification and we have lowered [...]
I believe that we have allowed the cultivation of an anti-Torah hashkafah
that hurts us and others profoundly. We will call it the “chutz
We have created – each one on his respective level – a picture of who can
be considered part of our club, our machaneh. Those who dress, act and
look acceptable according t [...]
There has been much written about the main cause of children becoming “at-risk.” There are those who point to a lack of marital harmony, there are those who point to weak parenting and schooling, there are those who attribute it to technology and temptation, and there are those who say that there is no rhyme or reason for this challenge. I be [...]