A Fool's Urgent Question

"Rabbi, what can I do? I know I'm a fool, but I don't know what to do about it."

Hanukkah in Germany, 1931

Directly across from the Posner home stood the Nazi headquarters. With the eight lights of the menorah glowing brightly in her window, Rabbi Posner’s wife, Rachel, snapped a photo of it and captured the Nazi flag in the background. 

 

Rachel's Tomb

Our matriarch’s tomb looks tragically different today. Security walls, cameras and barbed wire guard the site from terrorism.

A Teacher Like Mrs. Schreiber

The Talmud is completely unlike any other book of law. It records contradictory opinions, illustrative anecdotes and mystical allegories because it is actually a study guide for teacher and student.

The Tiny Torah in Space

As the Chief Rabbi of Holland died, he pressed a Torah scroll, no taller than four and a half inches, firmly into Joachim Joseph's hand, commanding him to keep it and always tell its story. 

Hanukkah in the Ghetto

Hanukkah in the Ghetto

Hanukkah in the ghetto. Never before in Jewish Warsaw were there as many Hanukkah celebrations as in this year of the wall... 
 

THE JEWISH BASEBALL HERO

Fifty years ago, Sandy Koufax became a hero to American Jews by refusing to pitch in the World Series on Yom Kippur. 

The Amazing Story Of Shmuel The Glazier

“Shmuel the Glazier was from somewhere in Poland and came to the [camp] after they’d taken his entire family. No illusions. Lasted about four weeks in Quarantine. Winter was coming on, but he was pretty sure he needn’t worry about it. He gave himself about ten days [to live]. One can usually tell, just from the signs.”

America Was Founded On Torah

In a wonderful talk by R' Tzvi Freeman at Maayon Yisroel last night, I learned that Thomas Jefferson's first draft of the American Declaration of Independence (1776) stated, "We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal…"

The Cardinal Speaks Yiddish!

True story: There used to be a joke in Paris. What is the difference between the Chief Rabbi in France and the Cardinal of Paris?

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