In a world where we have been in crisis mode over a pandemic for more than two years, we need to stop trying to define the “new normal” and move forward with looking at an acceptable risk level in our lives. In essence, we need to overcome the meshugas of coronavirus.Read More »Emunah in the Face of Fear
It’s the winter holiday season again in the world. For most, Chanukah is simply a blip on the radar. For others, it’s a Jewish holiday that’s like the other days (that one with the man in the red suit, for example). It seems that a majority fit in this second category.
Then there’s another group that looks to history to understand the present holiday, and from there we have an entirely different concept behind this holiday.Read More »The Miracle of Chanukah – The Real “Reason for the Season”
כִּֽי־בַיּ֥וֹם הַזֶּ֛ה יְכַפֵּ֥ר עֲלֵיכֶ֖ם לְטַהֵ֣ר אֶתְכֶ֑ם מִכֹּל֙ חַטֹּ֣אתֵיכֶ֔ם לִפְנֵ֥י יְהֹוָ֖ה תִּטְהָֽרוּ׃Vayikra 16: 30
For on this day atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you of all your sins; you shall be clean before HaShem.
Every year it’s the same story. The same machzor. The same prayers. The same pleading, beating of the chest, and bowing in broken humility. The same fear, dread, and desire to not die a horrible day. Not by fire. Not by water. Not by strangulation. Or is it?Read More »Cast Away Your Sins