Family Parsha Parshat Shlach: Don’t Be Afraid

We shouldn’t be intimidated. In this week’s Torah portion, instead of bravely entering the land of Israel as God had instructed them, the people became intimidated and lost out on a great opportunity. We shouldn’t let undue fear or lack of confidence stop us from reaching our goals. In our story, a …

Parasha-Page for Parashat Re’eh 5755 by Mordecai Kornfeld

Rav Yochanan, based on two verses in the Scriptures, asserts that proper tithing bears with it the promise of monetary success. The verse in our Parasha in which this concept is alluded to is specifically referring to the *obligational* tithing of *agricultural* produce that was grown in Israel (-See Shabbat 119a).

Family Parsha Parshat Sukkot: Happiness Is An Attitude

Holidays are happy times. But there is one Jewish holiday, Succot, the Festival of Booths, when joy literally breaks through the roof. Our sages refer to it as “Zman Simchateinu” – the time of our happiness. Jews traditionally build and decorate beautiful succahs, outdoor huts made from natural …

Family Parsha Parshat Shavuot: Set A Good Example

What does it mean to be the chosen people? On Shavuot when God gave us the Torah on Mt. Sinai, He chose us to set a good example for the rest of the world by living an especially ethical life. Living up to this – by following the Torah’s guidelines – isn’t always easy, but when we do so, we bring so …

Infertility and a Crisis of Faith – aish.com

When one’s faith wavers. My wife and I have been trying to conceive for the last six years. We have had numerous IVF treatments and IUI treatments. During this time, I became observant and tried hard to maintain my faith. After this past Rosh Hashana, my wife and I finally conceived. We were …