Rabbi Avi Shafran: Holy Places, Holy Lives

Two recent letters to the New York Jewish Week criticized opposition by Orthodox groups in America to the possible partitioning of Yerushalayim. One called...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: What’s Happening?

There is nothing that unites Jews everywhere like Yerushalayim. Even those removed from Torah and observance maintain a reverence for the holy city towards...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Seething And Thinking

The The New York Times editorial page isn't cute when it's angry. Quite the opposite, in fact. The Old Gray Lady's longstanding antagonism to the...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Leadership And The Menorah

Annapolis has everyone confounded. How can it be that Israel's leaders - Olmert, Livni, Barak and Eli Yishai - are so profoundly lacking in...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: The Nature Of Nature

It is a strange and disorienting panorama that Rav Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler, ZATZAL, asks us to ponder: a world where the dead routinely rise...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Dramatic Lessons

The drama that takes place between Yehuda and Tamar in Parshas Vayeishev carries timeless lessons that, were we to actually absorb them, would transform...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Sin And Subtext

"New study finds Orthodox women are.....victimized as much as other American women" read the subheader of a New York Jewish Week article on October...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Alone And Together

The immortal words in this week's parsha. "Vayivoseir Yaakov levado, vayei'aveik ish imo," ring with special urgency in our own times. "Yaakov was left alone...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: No. We’re Sorry. Not Yerushalayim.

This morning I counted. There were at least ten times the name Yerushalayim, or its synonym Tzion, passed my lips. Before breakfast. There was "shabchi...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Trains

Typical protective parents that we are, my wife and I were apprehensive about putting our 14-year-old son by himself on a train from New...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: A Lesson From Smokey

On their surface, the e-mails had nothing to do with the uncontrolled wildfires then devastating southern California. Yet the confluence of the messages and...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Honesty Is The Best Policy

This week's parsha details the search for a mate for Yitzchok Avinu. Avrohom sends his trusted servant Eliezer to scout out his homeland for...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Much Ado About Shemita

Those "Ultra-Orthodox" in Israel are at it again, inventing new stringencies, coercing other Jews, trying to make a dishonest buck and generally making life...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Resurrection

That the unveiling of a new Reform prayer book didn't elicit applause from the Orthodox world was hardly surprising. Despite media hailings of the...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Opportunity and Challenge

Parshas Lech Lecha begins with the immortal words Hashem spoke to Avrohom Avinu, telling him to leave his land and home and to travel...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Sukkos in Yerushalayim: Glimpses of a Trip

This year, I had the very special zechus to travel with my family to Eretz Yisroel for Sukkos and to spend the wonderful Yom...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Star Power

What most of us know as the Mogen Dovid is the subject of an unusual teshuva written by Rav Moshe Feinstein, ZATZAL nearly forty...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: From Volozhin to Sinai

A young man left his native town of Mezibuzh to learn in the famed Volozhin yeshiva. It was a huge culture shock. Years later...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: The Sukkah Still Stands

There is simply no describing the plaintive, moving melody to which Yiddish writer Avraham Reisen's poem was set. As a song, it is familiar...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: The Way We Were, The Way We Can Be

Nochum, a seven-year-old boy from Lakewood, came to shul on Shabbos and was looking for the "lolly man." The gentle soul who usually hands...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Money Matters

As I waited for a bus the other day, a car stopped in front of me at a traffic light. The teen-age boys inside...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Achdus and Elul

A week before Rosh Hashanah, the call of the swiftly approaching Yom Hadin is finally reaching us. We tackle the remaining few days of...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Food for Rosh Hashana Thought

We are all familiar with the Rosh Hashana minhog, duly recorded in the Gemara and halachic codes, of lavishing of puns on holiday foods. Even...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Velen Lernen

In the dreadful tochacha of this week's parsha, the posuk (28:47) states that these terrible calamities will befall Klal Yisroel, "Tachas asher lo avadetoh...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: The Joy of Achrayus

In mid-August, after complaints from local residents, a priest in Tilberg, the Netherlands, was fined several thousand dollars for ringing his church bells just...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Mommy, Can You Spare a Dollar?

Very often, we hear people asking why "they" don't do this and why "they" don't do that. There are so many things that have...

Rabbi Yakov Horowitz: Parenting an At-Risk Teen

Imagine going for a walk one winter morning and finding your neighbor sitting in his car vigorously turning the steering wheel - while the...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Lost In Space

Like most religions, Scientism has its articles of faith. Science, the study of nature, has a premise - the scientific method - but no...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Celebrating Growth & The Future

So often, we hear disparaging comments about our society and way of life that we begin to believe them and think that all is...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Why the Bais Hamikdosh Hasn’t Yet Been Rebuilt

Throughout our history, the month of Av has marked some of the most wrenching, catastrophic events for the Jewish people. That legacy of sorrow...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Rav Moshe Speaks

A recent attack on Israel's Chief Rabbinate invoked Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt"l. The attacker was Professor Benjamin Ish-Shalom, the director of Israel's Institute for Jewish...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Blinded

In Parshas Eikev, Moshe Rabbeinu continues his admonishing of the Jewish people for their waywardness. He warns them not to delude themselves as to...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Invitation To Intermarriage

One can't help but feel sad for Noah Feldman. In spite of his considerable professional accomplishments - a law professorship at Harvard, three books,...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Nachamu Nachamu

The Yalkut Shimoni writes that when Yeshayahu Hanovi spoke the immortal words of this week's haftorah, "Nachamu nachamu ami, "the Jewish people wanted to...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Returns Welcome

Married mere days, Dovid found himself seated at the head of a table with his new wife, in-laws and a host of strangers, including...

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