Light in All the Dark Places – aish.com

The extraordinary metamorphosis of Hitler’s nephew’s grandson. It’s said that the “truth will set you free,” but when an intrepid Israeli reporter browbeat Dr. Daniel Brown (name has been changed) into going public five years ago, the aftermath was traumatic. “I had always been open about my …

Covenant & Conversation Parshat Vayeshev: Refusing Comfort …

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is an international religious leader, philosopher, and respected moral voice. The author of over 30 books, Rabbi Sacks has received multiple awards in recognition of his work including the 2016 Templeton Prize.

Marriage and Giving: Primer for Women – aish.com

See companion article, “Primer for Men” There are so many marriage books available, with more being published every day. There are workshops and weekend retreats, tapes and CD’s and classes to download. But with all this information, marriage boils down to one simple idea: giving. Marriage is about …

Jews and Power

Rabbi Benjamin Blech, a frequent contributor to Aish, is a Professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University and an internationally recognized educator, religious leader, and lecturer.

My Death Sentence – aish.com

It never occurred to me that my family and I would be sentenced to death again for the crime of being born Jewish. This was the law of the lands where the swastika banner flew proudly. The 1000-year Reich lasted just 12 years; then the lights went on again all over Europe for a brighter, happier …

Covenant & Conversation Parshat Bo: On Leadership: The Far …

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is an international religious leader, philosopher, and respected moral voice. The author of over 30 books, Rabbi Sacks has received multiple awards in recognition of his work including the 2016 Templeton Prize.

M’oray Ha’Aish Parshat Chayei Sarah: A Living Well

When we look at the beginning of the Parasha we notice that something is missing. We are told of the death of Sarah, the tears, Avraham’s eulogy. We are told in detail how Avraham deals with the details of burial. What is missing is the other major character who we would have expected to have shed …

Are Chinese Parents Superior? – aish.com

A Jewish response to Amy Chua’s extreme parenting. When Amy Chua was a little girl, she was extremely disrespectful to her mother. Her father angrily called her “garbage” in their native dialect. Today, Amy is a mother herself. When her daughter, Sophia, acted extremely disrespectfully, Amy …

Brainstorming with Baars Parshat Noach: This Is Boring!

When did “boring” become cruel and unusual punishment? On any given Sunday, at least one of my children will proclaim his despair of life with the ubiquitous: “I’m bored.” I promptly give him the address of the United Nations and tell him to make a formal complaint to the Security Council. He never …

The War Against the Jews – aish.com

Hatred of the Jews was codified into law. after hitler came to power in 1933, the nazi party had gained a majority in the reichstag and the enabling act made it possible for hitler to spread such propaganda against the jews. children were taught in schools to despise the “juden” and to watch out for their deceit. we look back in disgust at the german people for loving hitler but wat you must …

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …