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Thirty Days, The Shloshim
Thirty Days, The Shloshim

While the seven-day mourning period called shiva is well-known in the general American culture, Jewish mourning is actually…

The Words Are The Things
The Words Are The Things

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me!” goes the old childhood song. According to Jewish thought, however…

Tragedy Overcome
Tragedy Overcome

Rebuilding the Chassidic world that had been destroyed in Europe…

The Halachic Ramifications of Electricity
The Halachic Ramifications of Electricity

In the early 1900s, rabbinic authorities had to determine exactly what…

The Music of the Soul
The Music of the Soul

Born in Geneva on July 24, 1880, Ernest Bloch was a world famous Jewish composer. Seven of his works are…

Defining Accidental
Defining Accidental

The taking of a human life is always a tragedy, and there is never a way to…

Tales of The Phoenix
Tales of The Phoenix

Mythological creatures are generally shrugged off today as figments of overactive imaginations. Nevertheless…

Ishmaelites & Edomites
Ishmaelites & Edomites

Judaism, Christianity and Islam are sometimes referred to as the “Abrahamic Faiths,” since…

Shortcut Through Shul
Shortcut Through Shul

It is a common complaint that our society, always in a hurry, lacks…

Above Scrutiny
Above Scrutiny

“The cobbler’s children have no shoes!” So declares the pithy aphorism regarding one of the ironies of life. Centuries prior to the first recording of this phrase, however, the Talmud discussed…

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