William Shakespeare used the imagery of the skull of Yorick as a means for Prince Hamlet to wax poetic about the futility of life. While Yorick’s may be the most famous skull in literature, his was not the first skull to inspire philosophical musings…
In the early 1900s, those who are now called “environmentalists,” would have been known as “conservationists.”
While there are many appropriate themes with which the Torah could have begun (Abraham, Mt. Sinai, etc.), it begins instead with a day-by-day description of the creation of the world, commencing with the creation of heaven and earth on Day One and conc…
In the days when the Talmud was compiled (and certainly in the times of Moses), there were no high rise apartment buildings.
“Shemayah said: Love work; scorn public office [positions of prominence] and seek not undue intimacy with the authorities” (Pirkei Avot/Ethics of the Fathers 1:10).
The Torah is not prudish. Nevertheless, the biblical stories in which sexual relations play a central role are all narrated with the utmost discretion. Subtle as they may be, the euphemisms in the Torah provide valuable lessons.
Although the State of Israel was officially established in 1948, the beginning of the mass return of Jews to the Promised Land began in the 1880s. Each distinct wave of immigration is now referred to as an “Aliyah.”
On the fifth day of the Hebrew month of Iyar, in the year 5708, corresponding to May 14, 1948, the State of Israel was born.
When the official U.N. Partition Plan went into effect in May 1948, the 1,700 residents of the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City were cut off from the rest of Jewish Jerusalem.
The State of Israel’s independence*, as well as its continued survival, is a modern day miracle. But, it has come at great cost in human lives to its citizens. (There have been over 24,293 fallen soldiers since the State of Israel was founded.) Therefo…