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Elul – Selichot Elul – Selichot
Pondering Proportionality  
Pondering Proportionality
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
How can anyone stomach the ugly hypocrisy of the United Nations special commission to investigate Israel for war crimes and disproportionate reaction in the recent Gaza War?
Full Story
On Being Yourself  
On Being Yourself
By David Perlow
Although there is a huge necessity within Judaism for brotherhood and unity, a person isn’t meant to throw away his individualism to be part of a group...
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A Drop of Humility  
A Drop of Humility
By Rabbi Shalom Arush
Who in their right mind would dare exhibit the slightest trace of arrogance while standing in front of the King of King's in judgment on Rosh Hashanah?
Full Story
The Ultimate Test  
The Ultimate Test
By Rabbi Shalom Arush
Yehoyachin’s teshuva and one monumental resistance to temptation made such an impression in Heaven that all the harsh decrees against him were nullified...
Full Story
The King in the Field  
The King in the Field
By the Lubavitcher Rebbe
In going out to the field in Elul, the King makes himself accessible to His people. It is the people, however, who must take the step of turning to Him...
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Rosh Hashanah Rosh Hashanah
Avinu Malkenu  
Avinu Malkenu
By Orit Esther Riter
Referring to Hashem as Avinu - our Father - reminds us that our Creator loves us and that everything He does is for our best. There are no bounds, constraints or legalities...
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The Pursuit of Honor  
The Pursuit of Honor
By Yael Karni
Supposing I continually do kindnesses for people and I feel that they don’t appreciate my efforts. Or, that they seem to just take me for granted. How do I feel then?
Full Story
Who`s Responsible?  
Who's Responsible?
By Rabbi Shalom Arush
Since everything comes from Hashem, including the Evil Inclination, can we blame Hashem for our sins? Why must we do teshuva at all? Who's really responsible?
Full Story
Tatty!  
Tatty!
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
What can a person possibly do at the last minute to mitigate the harsh judgments that seem to be facing us collectively this New Year? Is there hope?
Full Story
No More Fashion Show  
No More Fashion Show
By Rabbi Shalom Arush
The women who flaunt themselves and crave for attention are far from happy. How can they be? There can be no happiness in a place devoid of Hashem's Holy Presence...
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Yom Kippur Yom Kippur
Fast Lane to Forgiveness  
Fast Lane to Forgiveness
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
People who are stressed out by Yom Kippur think that teshuva is something heavy that normal people can't do; but, there's a fast lane to forgiveness that makes life easy…
Full Story
Yom Kippur: Fear or Joy?  
Yom Kippur: Fear or Joy?
By Rabbi Shalom Arush
People are so afraid of Yom Kippur. What are they afraid of? The fast? Being in synagogue all day long? The finalization of the Heavenly Verdicts passed on Rosh Hashana?
Full Story
Days of Love  
Days of Love
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Why does the Gemara compare Yom Kippur to the 15th of Av, “Love Day?” Forgiveness is probably the greatest expression of love there is...
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The Lashes of Yom Kippur Eve  
The Lashes of Yom Kippur Eve
By Rabbi Shaul Dov Felman
Many Ashkenazi Jews have the custom of each person giving a friend thirty-nine mock lashes on Yom Kippur eve, reminiscent of the lashes in the Holy Temple…
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The Benefit of the Doubt  
The Benefit of the Doubt
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches that by judging a wicked people fairly, in other words, by giving them the benefit of the doubt, we trigger a spiritual...
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Sukkot and Simchat Torah Sukkot and Simchat Torah
The Succa: The Place to Be  
The Succa: The Place to Be
By Yael Karni
Do you have difficulty finding your place in life? Try sitting inside a Succa during the Succoth holiday and feel the magic that envelops you...
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Protective Fortress  
Protective Fortress
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
From the time of Joshua, the Jewish people had not dwelt in sukkot until after their return from the Babylonian exile. Why was this mitzvah neglected for so many centuries?
Full Story
The Key to National Security  
The Key to National Security
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Other nations - even our allies - have been threatening us that we are in danger of political and international isolation. Should we really fear isolation?
Full Story
The Magnitude of Torah  
The Magnitude of Torah
By Rabbi Mordechai Kornfeld
The Pentateuch is only the tip of an iceberg. Infinite knowledge can be gleaned from the Written Law through inference by applying the 13 rules of Biblical exegesis…
Full Story
Breslover Customs for Yom Tov  
Breslover Customs for Yom Tov
By Rabbi Dovid Sears
The Rebbe taught that by giving tzedakah before the festival, one is enabled to see through the illusion...
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Chanukah Chanukah
The Light of Truth  
The Light of Truth
By Yael Karni
The Greek value system seemed very enlightening at the time but it ultimately nearly led to our spiritual demise. Are we are still succumbing to this influence?
Full Story
The Fortress  
The Fortress
By Rabbi Shalom Arush
With the illumination of Chanuka lights, parental presence, the joy of dreidel games and the aroma of fried potato pancakes or donuts, a child feels secure...
Full Story
Miracles Year-Round  
Miracles Year-Round
By Rabbi Shalom Arush
Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches that Chanuka is a special time for giving thanks to Hashem; but with gratitude, Chanuka-size mracles happen all year long...
Full Story
The Brightest Candle  
The Brightest Candle
By Rabbi Shalom Arush
Your children are looking at you right now: How is Daddy lighting Chanuka candles? Is he rejoicing or is it a pain for him? What do Daddy and Mommy find thrilling?
Full Story
Wannabe or Maccabee?  
Wannabe or Maccabee?
By Natalie Kovan
The Maccabee's entire struggle was a fight to remain what they were—Jews, dedicated to HaShem, His Torah and His Land. And now, we find ourselves with a similar script...
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Tu B`Shvat Tu B'Shvat
Planting and Posterity  
Planting and Posterity
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
The nations of the world protest our right to the Land of Israel. But what does give us the right to every bit of our holy land? Tu B'Shvat is the answer...
Full Story
Here to Stay  
Here to Stay
By Tal Rotem
Suppose you had no troubles in life, no enemies on the borders and all the health and livelihood you need. How would you describe such a dreamy life?
Full Story
Save the Trees  
Save the Trees
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Few nations are so environmentally aware as the Jewish People; Tu B'Shvat, the New Year for trees, is a day when we focus on beautifying the earth we live on...
Full Story
The Family Tree  
The Family Tree
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Any change at the base of the trunk has a profound effect on the branches, then subsequently on the twigs, and ultimately on the leaves and fruit...
Full Story
Restoration and Reforestation  
Restoration and Reforestation
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Why does Judaism need a New Year for trees? Are we a bunch of green-peaceniks or something? Are we the watchdogs of civil liberties for trees?
Full Story
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Purim Purim
The Ice Villain  
The Ice Villain
By Rabbi Shalom Arush
Just as people's hearts begin to glow with the fires of emuna, along comes the Ice Villain and cools their faith down, calling them primitive imbeciles...
Full Story
Right Action, Right Time  
Right Action, Right Time
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Shabbat Zchor: Anytime in Jewish history when anyone - even a king or a great righteous individual - placed their own logic above Divine directives, tragedy struck...
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The Thorn in Haman`s Side  
The Thorn in Haman's Side
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Even though the palace feast was Glatt Kosher, Mordechai issued a directive prohibiting any Jew from attending. Other Jewish leaders called him "extreme" and "primitive"...
Full Story
Drunk on Love  
Drunk on Love
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
If you want to get to know the inner dimensions of an individual, you don't need a sonogram. All you need is a good bottle of Judean Hills Malbec or an Upper Galilee Merlot…
Full Story
Equal-Opportunity Mitzvoth  
Equal-Opportunity Mitzvoth
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Shabbat Parshat Shekalim: are some people are more advantaged than others? The Torah says no, for it and the mitzva of the half shekel are equal opportunities...
Full Story
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Pesach Pesach
Riches on the Beach  
Riches on the Beach
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
When all of the Jewish People were preoccupied with gathering the booty of Egypt after crossing the Red Sea, Moses was preoccupied with the bones of Joseph...
Full Story
Overcoming Fear  
Overcoming Fear
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Shabbat HaGadol: the main prerequisite for the redemption of our people from slavery in Egypt was to overcome their fear in performing Hashem's commandment...
Full Story
A New Pair of Shoes  
A New Pair of Shoes
By Rabbi Shalom Arush
Not everything in downtown Manhattan is glitter and opulence; there in the bitter cold of sub-freezing temperatures, sat a shivering beggar with no shoes on his feet...
Full Story
Guide to Spiritual Cleaning  
Guide to Spiritual Cleaning
By Natalie Kovan
We all must clean our homes for Passover, but whether it becomes a pleasure or a pain depends on how we understand what and why we are really cleaning...
Full Story
Rhythm of the Heart  
Rhythm of the Heart
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Shabbat HaChodesh: The lunar calendar is the pulsation of time. The Greeks knew that by outlawing the sanctification of the new month, they'd destroy the rhythm of the heart...
Full Story
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Holocaust Day Holocaust Day
The Pin Cushion  
The Pin Cushion
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
The little Polish girls grabbed my mother and turned her into a living pin cushion; she came home a bloody mess. That same night, she and her parents left Grodno…
Full Story
Death Train  
Death Train
By L. Dekelman and C. Rubin
At one point, the train stopped in Kashau, Hungary, and in the station a bucket of water was passed into our car. Try to imagine sharing one bucket...
Full Story
Still Burning  
Still Burning
By Breslev Israel staff
As told to Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l - We stood there, frightened and excited. Who would have dreamed that one small flame could give off so much light? Suddenly, a German...
Full Story
The Brother`s Blood  
The Brother's Blood
By David Kranzler
Something much more drastic had to be done. But Rabbi Schonfeld at first did not dare spell out his plans. He was afraid he would...
Full Story
The White Angel of Auschwitz  
The White Angel of Auschwitz
By Joseph Friedenson
I began checking one infirmary barrack after another. Everyone knew the name Orlean, but no one knew where she could be found...
Full Story
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Yom HaZikaron Yom HaZikaron
David and the Syrian Goliath  
David and the Syrian Goliath
By Tal Rotem
Tel Facher was the site of an impregnable Syrian bunker, which made the lives of Galilee residents miserable for almost two decades; this was the key to taking the Golan…
Full Story
Ode to the Anonymous Hero  
Ode to the Anonymous Hero
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Some heroes remain unknown forever; no one knows what they did or how they really died. We do know, one thing, though - in their virtue, we sleep peaceful nights...
Full Story
The Miracle of Ad Halom  
The Miracle of Ad Halom
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Eddie Cohen, a quiet English-speaking pilot who loved classical music, was the IAF’s first martyr. The people of Ashdod and all of Israel owe him a debt of eternal gratitude.
Full Story
Mighty Machlouf  
Mighty Machlouf
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
The story of an unsung hero and true Chassid in every sense of the word, who paid the ultimate price to save the life of a comrade in arms during...
Full Story
My Buddy’s Eyes  
My Buddy’s Eyes
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Rebbe Akiva’s 24,000 students died because of sin’at chinam, hatred for no reason. Rabbi Lazer Brody tells an opposite story of the brotherly love between 2 wounded soldiers...
Full Story
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Lag B`Omer Lag B'Omer
Count on Rebbe Shimon!  
Count on Rebbe Shimon!
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Why do hundreds of thousands of people frequent Rebbe Shimon Bar Yochai's holy gravesite in Meron every Lag B'Omer? They have someone to count on...
Full Story
Building Bonfires  
Building Bonfires
By Yehudit Levy
It is so easy to be introspective upon the bad we do, the mistakes we make, the misgivings we have. Yet how many of us do any introspection upon our good points?
Full Story
The Fires of Lag B`Omer  
The Fires of Lag B'Omer
By Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum
Is the purpose of the bon-fires on Lag B’Omer mainly to consume all the accumulated garden waste? Or is there a deeper reason behind lighting fires on this holy day?
Full Story
The Final Countdown  
The Final Countdown
By Rivka Levy
Last year was the second year that I counted all the way through. But the inner significance or meaning of why each day needed to be counted? I was still clueless...
Full Story
Soothing the National Pain  
Soothing the National Pain
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Israel has a long list of aches and troubles, from within and from without. Yet, the unity of Lag B’Omer soothes the national pain. That in itself is reason to celebrate.
Full Story
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Shavuot Shavuot
Shavuot and Moshiach  
Shavuot and Moshiach
By Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum
How can we look forward to the Messianic Era without knowing what it entails? We therefore read Megillat Ruth on Shavuot, which tells about the initial seeds of Moshiach...
Full Story
Why Torah?  
Why Torah?
By Rabbi Shalom Arush
On Shavuot, we receive the Torah and renew our connection with Torah. A person might ask, "Isn't it sufficient to be a good person? Who needs Torah?"
Full Story
A Nation of Converts  
A Nation of Converts
By Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum
The Talmud teaches us that the souls of the future righteous converts were actually there, with us at Mount Sinai, and received the Torah together with us.
Full Story
Love for Love  
Love for Love
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
The greatest act of love is doing one's utmost to please the one you love with no expectations in return, and no ulterior motives other than pleasing your beloved...
Full Story
Wisdom of Sinai  
Wisdom of Sinai
By Rabbi Shalom Arush
Is there a genius who can invent anything without relying on prior knowledge and research? The light bulb could not have been invented before the discovery of electricity...
Full Story
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Three Weeks Three Weeks
Judging Ourselves  
Judging Ourselves
By Rabbi Shalom Arush
Rebbe Natan says that the main point of fasting is to judge ourselves, and to sever the shackles of wickedness that are still buried within us...
Full Story
The Fur Coat  
The Fur Coat
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
The "Three Weeks" begin this week; we have a national and individual responsibility to do our part in overcoming our enemies, both the physical and the spiritual ones...
Full Story
The Equal and Opposite  
The Equal and Opposite
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
The stronger the recoil, the greater the forward thrust. The lower the descent, the greater the subsequent ascent. This is probably the greatest encouragement we have...
Full Story
Tale of a House Mouse  
Tale of a House Mouse
By Rabbi Lazer Brody
One's lack of concern for another human being's difficulty in life is liable to be a boomerang; the uncaring person might find himself in the same situation...
Full Story
Emuna, To Repair the World  
Emuna, To Repair the World
By Rick Eskenazi
Things around us look really scary, but Moshiach doesn't necessarily have to come after a nightmarish push-button war; there's a better way to bring the Geula...
Full Story
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