My Holocaust Revenge – aish.com

I made a vow: If I survived Buchenwald, I would return and kill the mayor’s wife. The first time Martin Greenfield took up needle and thread was at Auschwitz, to mend the shirt of the SS guard who had just beaten him. Today he is recognized as “America’s greatest living tailor,” a man who dresses …

Why I Love Going to Funerals – aish.com

It’s not morbid. Nothing connects me to the power of life more than a funeral. Last night I went to a stunning wedding and witnessed a young couple embark on a life together built upon Jewish values and tradition. I was moved and it was beautiful. But this morning I went to a funeral and it …

Part 11: Monotheism and its Implications – aish.com

America’s Founding Fathers turned to the Bible for inspiration. Monotheism is the most revolutionary idea that the Jewish people brought to the world. It is the source of these six values of a perfect world. Ethical Monotheism, the belief in one God who is the Creator of the Universe, the Father …

A Life Lesson Parshat Beshalach: The Desire to Quit

Pharaoh had finally agreed to let the Jewish people leave Egypt. God then led the Jews to Israel on the longest route out of Egypt. God knew that if He took them out on the shortest route, the Jews would encounter a war along the way. And God said… “Perhaps the people will reconsider when they see …

When Bad Things Happen – aish.com

If God is good, why is the world so bad? An excerpt from Rabbi Blech’s new, trailblazing book that explores the traditional responses to suffering. To order, click here. Much of what troubles us about God’s ways should really be ascribed to the actions of man. But what about the times when the evil …

Rejected Gifts The World’s First Murder, Part 1

Why does God reject Cain’s gift? Doesn’t He know that favoritism can lead to sibling rivalry? We are reading the Book of Genesis these days. Every Shabbat in synagogue, we listen dutifully to the weekly parasha. But somehow, it all seems to fly by so fast. Occasionally, while listening to the Torah …

Because They Were Jews – aish.com

Each of the four victims in the Paris shooting has a name. And make no mistake about it. They were murdered for being Jews. I cannot believe the words I am hearing. White House spokesman Josh Earnest struggled to explain the comments of President Barack Obama who said that the threat of terrorism …

Video: Netanyahu’s Speech in Congress – aish.com

The full video and text of the prime minister’s historic speech. … Speaker of the House John Boehner, President Pro Tem Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Minority – Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. I also want to …

Insights into the Hebrew Language: The Word “Jew”

We are a nation of many names: Israel, Jacob, Ephraim, to name a few. Why does it seem that the name “Jew” sticks the most? What does the name mean? The words Jew (Yehudi in Hebrew) and Judaism (Yahadut) come from the name Judah, or Yehuda as it is pronounced in Hebrew. Yehuda was one the 12 tribes …

Still Not Married – aish.com

Older singles in the shidduch crisis. At 50, Benjamin’s soul aches. Day after day, not only does he encounter people younger than he with kids, but the kids themselves are starting to have kids. He is happy for them and dances joyfully at their simchas. He saves his complaints for God. “There are …

My Goal This Passover Seder – aish.com

To simply tell our children the incredible story of what God did for us when He took us out of the slavery in Egypt. Passover is in the air. I always vow not to start too early but as soon as Purim ends, some invisible force seems to overtake me and propel me towards cleaning my home. Resistance is …

Q and A for Teens: Afraid to Enjoy the Joy – aish.com

I feel like I have a very good life, but it seems that everyone has to have some bad in their life, so I’m afraid something bad is going to happen later…. My client was going out on her first date post-divorce, and the potential suitor sounded like a fantastic match for her. I said to her, “I …

A Tribute to Margaret Thatcher – aish.com

When Margaret Thatcher passed away today, the tributes began pouring in from all over the world. Mrs. Thatcher was Britain’s first female prime minister, serving for 11 years starting in 1979. Known as the Iron Lady, she was a strong Conservative who changed England’s perspective on its economic and political life.

Friend or F.O.E.? – aish.com

I liked this essay very much b/c it was replete with value to extract and apply to our lives. Yes, the F.O.E. is real, and Hebrew informs us that he is the “Satan”, i.e. the adversary/accuser who roams free in this world, trying to turn everyone away from GOD, and all that is necessary is that we turn to our “self”, and this is enough for him to accomplish our estrangement from HaShem …

Jewish History Crash Course #1: Why Study History

Jewish history teaches not only to avoid past mistakes, but to understand where destiny is leading us. This series is designed as a basic overview of all the Jewish history — all 4,000 years of it. Usually when one mentions the word “history” most people break out in a cold sweat. They remember …

Q&A for Teens: Resilience – aish.com

Lauren , I love your articles but lately i feel like i need something more personal. I’m a mother of 2 kids ages 11&14, and lately I’m so desperate to join a weekly parenting group, things constantly come up (Baruch HaShem that’s part of life) I’m always double guessing if I handled situations best possible.

Father of the Bride – aish.com

Or rather: I never used to cry. Until my daughter got engaged. When Yael announced that she was getting married, that she’d found the man with whom she wanted to spend her life and build a family, my wife and I were naturally thrilled. But no sooner had I absorbed the wonderful joy of this news than …

Haiti and Gaza – aish.com

When self-reflection become self-destruction. I read the article in the New York Times on January 22nd with dismay. No, this was not about the paper itself. It had nothing to do with a poorly-chosen photo, a misleading headline, or a lack of balance or context. Rather, it dealt with an all-too …

Growth Through Kaddish – aish.com

After my father died, we continued to grow together. My father passed away just a little over a year ago. Fortunately, Judaism provides many tools to help a mourner cope with the grief and to accept the loss. One of these tools is the Kaddish prayer. Jewish tradition says that Kaddish is so powerful …

Keeping the Spark Alive in Your Marriage: A Man’s Guide

It’s all in the small daily actions and interactions that say “You matter to me.” Presumably everyone wants to keep the spark alive in their marriage. Some people may believe it’s not possible. Some people may have given up. Some people may just not know how. But everyone wants it. So what’s a well …