Achieving Man 2.0 By Tzvi Freeman Woman 1.0 was a harsh and judgmental version, not at all user-friendly. Her name was Lilith, with a personality as inflexible as a dry bone. Adam dumped that one fast. So woman was upgraded. The problem is, Adam wasn't...
Do You Resent Being Told What To Do? By Naftali Silberberg Our relationship with G-d is completely scripted. The tasks demanded by this relationship seemingly don't leave much room for improvisation, for impromptu and original outbursts of care and love.
What Happened on Your Birthday? By Yanki Tauber You existed before you were born, and you're not going to be doing anything useful for a while; so what, exactly, are we celebrating?
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Chana Deevon By Chana (Jenny) Weisberg With 46 years of midwifery experience and over 30,000 babies under her belt, Mrs. Deevon is almost certainly the most prolific and senior midwife in all of Israel...
The Parshah in a Nutshell Gratitude and tithes and rebuke. Moses lists the blessings the Jewish nation will receive if they follow G-d’s ways, and the bad things that will befall them if they stray.
The Case of the Basket By Yanki Tauber That “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer” is a fact already noted by the Talmud some 1,500 years ago. But what’s so great about being rich, anyway?
Is It Dangerous to Go to Israel? By Shimon Posner What is the danger of going? Something may happen. What is the danger of not going? Well, nothing. Nothing will happen.
The Bigger Picture By Mordechai Wollenberg Without collective achievement, we cannot achieve individual fulfillment.
Happiness as an Acquired State By Tali Loewenthal Joy is the key to inner mastery. It enables a person to win as a human being and as a Jew, despite the pain
Crossing the Border Based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe The sages of the Talmud disagree on the point in Jewish history at which time the obligation to bring bikkurim (“first fruits”) came into effect. The Rebbe sees their debate as a lesson on the nature, uses and hindrances of knowledge and consciousness.
The Evolution of Evil By Yaakov Brawer The 98 curses of the Rebuke prompt the question: Does G-d really “punish” us for our misdeeds, like a parent at his wits’ end as to what to do with a troublemaking child? Or is there some deeper current that moves beneath the tides of pain and suffering that sweep our world?
Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb, and the fruit of your earth, and the fruit of your beasts; the offspring increase of your cattle, and the young of your sheep. Blessed shall be your basket and your store. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out
Isn’t this strange, that a created being should take part in its own creation? Can a caricature hold the pencil in his artist’s hand? Can the characters of your own story edit your words? Can the figments of your own imagination tell you what to imagine?
Yet here we are, created beings pleading with our Creator, “Grant...