History Crash Course #67: The Miracle of Jewish History

In the final analysis, Jewish history makes no rational sense. On January 16, 1996, then President of Israel, Ezer Weizmann, gave a speech to both Houses of Parliament of Germany. He gave this speech in Hebrew to the Germans, fifty years after the Holocaust, and in it he beautifully summed up what …

M’oray Ha’Aish Parshat Devarim: Feeling Small

Tradition records that the Ninth of Av, the day both Temples were destroyed, has a biblical antecedent of infamy. On this date, it was decreed that the generation that left Egypt, the “generation of the desert”, would not enter the Land of Israel: On the Ninth of Av it was decreed that our fathers …

M’oray Ha’Aish Parshat V’etchanan: The Three Sins

The major message of Parshat V’etchanan is the idea of One God. The exalted prayer, the Sh’ma is found here. The Sh’ma may be seen as the pinnacle of man’s acceptance of One God. The Sh’ma however is not an isolated statement. The idea of one God is expressed in a number of places in Parshat V …

Jewish Day School Fears – aish.com

The questions came fast and furious. When it came time for my husband and me to choose an elementary school for our oldest child, everyone had an opinion. For some of my friends, our decision to send our kids to a Jewish school smacked of elitism. Wasn’t the local public school good enough for us …

My Mixed Jewish-Arab Identity – aish.com

Making peace with my two lives. My father was a Christian Arab, from a town in northern Israel called Rameh. He met my mother, an American Jew who had made aliyah in the 1980s. He wanted so much to marry her, but she wasn’t sure. When she got sick and ended up in the hospital, he rode on a bus for …

Family Parsha Parshat Noach: Love Responsibility

Most of us have heard about Noah and the ark. But do you know what Noah spent most of his time doing while on board? He was rushing around, taking care of and feeding the thousands of animals he saved from the flood. Although the work was hard and the responsibly was great, it also helped Noah feel …

Weekly Wisdom Parshat Vayeira: Miracles in the Holocaust?

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was born and raised in South Africa and studied in Yeshivot in Israel. He served as Chief Rabbi of Ireland before his appointment as the 11th Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and the Commonwealth.

Max’s Mission – aish.com

Sara Yoheved Rigler is a popular international lecturer on subjects of Jewish spirituality. She has given lectures and workshops in Israel, England, France, South Africa, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Panama, and over 35 American cities.

The War Against the Jews – aish.com

Hatred of the Jews was codified into law. After Hitler’s takeover in 1933, Germany began getting bad press around the world due to their horrible treatment of the Jews. The Germans, in their way of thinking, said: “It’s all because of the Jewish lobby, overseas.” The Germans decided: “To quiet …

Lively Parsha Parshat Tetzaveh: A Symbolic Description of …

George passed the Jewish school that morning just as he did every morning on his way to work. This time, however, the window was wide open, and George stopped for a few minutes to hear Rabbi Levi explain: “My dear children, we shall now describe the beautiful garments of the High Priest of Israel …

Intimacy in Marriage – aish.com

Physical intimacy is a barometer of the relationship as a whole. Intimacy in marriage is very important and sorting it out is crucial to the relationship. From a Torah perspective, intimacy between a husband and wife can be the most powerful expression of love between two people. The biblical …

Growth Worksheet – aish.com

The High Holidays are all about personal growth. Here are key areas that will make the greatest difference in building overall spiritual health. “The world stands on three things: On Torah, on the service [of God], and on acts of kindness.” (Talmud – Avot 1:2) A chair or table needs at least three …

Age Fifteen – aish.com

Fifteen is the number that conceals God’s name, and is the mysterious turning point for three generations of one family. Most Jewish teenagers growing up in Australia during the 1960s were, like me, children of concentration camp survivors. Our parents were involved in owning small businesses or …

Outlooks & Insights Parshat Pekudei: Two Aspects of the …

Rabbi Shmuel bar Nachmani said in the name of Rabbi Yonasan: The name Betzalel indicates his wisdom, for when God told Moses to tell Betzalel to make a Mishkan (tabernacle), an Ark, and the other vessels, Moses reversed the order and said to him, “Make and Ark and the vessels and the Mishkan …

The Last Kindness – aish.com

The new anthology “Everyone’s Got a Story – 41 short stories from a new generation of Jewish writers,” edited and compiled by Ruchama Feuerman, is now available for purchase.

The Meaning of Kaddish – The Jewish Prayer for the Dead

Mr. Charlie Harary, Esq. is a prolific speaker who has traveled all over the country and abroad speaking for organizations, schools, universities and institutions on a variety of topics and to audiences of various sizes and affiliations.

The Vanishing American Jew? – aish.com

The recent Pew Report on Jewish identity is a wake-up call for all of us. For years I would laugh at the irony. Well, we all know what happened. Jews survived, but Look magazine disappeared. We could afford to be amused that once again those who predicted our early demise were so powerfully mistaken …

The Jew from Kuwait – aish.com

Growing up in Kuwait, I had the best of everything. My father owned a successful construction company, and provided us five children with amenities like piano lessons, swimming, calligraphy and trips all over the world.

My Unfulfilled Husband – aish.com

Help! My husband’s negativity is dragging me down. One of the major contributing factors to happiness for all human beings is a sense of self-fulfillment – the feeling that one is doing and accomplishing what they were meant to do with their life. Without it, the scenario you described is not …

Nikki Haley: Memorable Quotes – aish.com

The outspoken pro-Israel diplomat will be sorely missed. The world was taken by surprise with the announcement that Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, will be resigning at the end of the year. The outspoken pro-Israel diplomat, dubbed “Hurricane Haley” by Prime Minister Benjamin …