“When Esav was forty years old, he took as a wife Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite; and they were a source of spiritual rebellion to Yitzchok and to Rivka.” Bereishis 26:34-35 Esav was forty when he married. Up to that point, his focus in life was living…
This parsha contains a lot of foundational concepts to guide us in yiddishkeit, from acceptance to zeal. We see shidduchim, mourning over loss, bitachon, and suffering. Given the recent climate of events, it seems most appropriate to focus on bitachon and suffering.
In Parshas Toldos, Yaakov Avinu shows great hesitancy at the ruse of his mother to dress up as his brother to receive the Brachos. The Medrash teaches that Yaakov feared to appear like one who worshipped Avodah Zara.
Meta (Facebook) CEO Mark Zuckerberg Recently laid off 11,000 employees. At the time, that was 13% of its workforce. During the pandemic, Facebook was a staple in many homes. It allowed the company to grow at an exponential rate, faster than it would have in normal circumstances.
The Yomin Noraim instill a sense of hesitancy, awe, and fear in the heart of a yid. The other holidays seem easy in comparison, at least from my perspective.
During these days of Elul, we find ourselves in a state of war. Elul is a season of war, but not one of base physical means. Rather, it is a month of spiritual war – a month when we are empowered to launch an attack on the yetzer hara.
Our world is is tumultuous times. War Loss Mourning Economic crisis Natural disasters Pandemic
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…
As many are aware, Americans in particular, today began a historic event within the history of the United States. Today began the first-ever trial of a non-sitting President for Impeachment as well as second impeachment of a President. Legalities aside, what is the Jewish approach to this?
The governments of the world are fascinating. Today’s society revolves around either dictatorships, a pseudo-monarchy, or democratic governorship (such as the democratic republic system that the United States of America uses).
Today my wife and I will veil, walk, and circle under a Chuppah as we recite our Jewish vows following our completed conversion to Orthodox Judaism. We’ll also break glass, have kiddush, and dance after the yichud room.
Everyone has a hierarchy that they report to, in one way or another. For some, this is identified through religious structure. Others, political. Still others, the list goes on. Everyone has this systematic structure of authority in their lives.