The longest day of the year is a time when God's presence is most concealed. Even on a hot, cloudless day, however, the Sages’ words of Torah aroused moisture in the air, which in turn created the beautiful semblance of a rainbow.
To communicate effectively with people who disagree with us - especially those who are on the fence and can actually be won over - we must tailor our words to the listener.
A young man with degrees from Harvard and Yale decides to study Talmud....
"Truth does not become more true because the whole world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it."
There have always been jokers among us. Their destiny is not like everyone else's...
After a person reads Torah for the benefit of the congregation, we say to them, "Yasher Koach!"
In youth, one learns to talk; in maturity, one learns to be silent.
The Noahide laws are laws given by God to all mankind. They're fairly straightforward, but like anything in matters of faith, there's endless depth available for those who inquire.
During the early days of Hasidism, just as now, many "sophisticated" Jews turned away from the tradition of their ancestors in order to pursue a life based on secular values.
Rebbe Nachman of Breslov responded with a story...
In trying to become a holier person, one can go astray despite donning the garments, behaviors, and thoughts of holiness.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe had a beautiful teaching about this...
My pals, last week I learned of a beautiful tradition originated by the Baal Shem Tov - Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezer, founder of the Hasidic movement.
On your birthday, you begin to study the psalm corresponding to the year you're living.
Rav Chizkiya said in the name of Rav, "In the World to Come, every person will be called to account for everything his eyes saw, but of which he did not eat.
Right now, the good people of the world are scared. We find ourselves targeted by a savage death cult, and wonder when the next attack will occur.
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz was asked, "Do you believe in soulmates?"
He said, "It's quite true that God decides before we're born who the right spouse is for us, but it is not necessarily true that God decides such a couple will be happy."
Master of the Universe, please help our enemies see with their eyes and understand with their heartsbefore it is too late.
Rabbi Levi taught: when the Holy One ordered Noah to include two of every kind aboard the ark, Falsehood tried to enter.
I was recently invited to give a talk to rabbinical students. The first thing I did to prepare was ask my kids, “When have you seen a rabbi being excellent?”
A rider emerged from the shimmering heat of the desert, and approached a large tent. Our father Abraham rushed out to help the rider dismount from his camel. “Welcome, friend. Come in and take refreshment.”
On the 15th of the Hebrew month of Av, the maidens of Jerusalem would go out dressed in white garments and dance in the vineyards.
Rabbi Akiva would say: Beloved is humanity, for we were created in the image [of God]