Impression Discretion

Impression Discretion

Abraham’s two children, Yitzchak (Isaac) and Yishmael (Ishmael), were at first raised in the same household. Abraham and Sarah had been miraculously blessed with Yitzchok, their first and only child, while Yishmael was born to Abraham and Hagar, Sarah’s...
Turning Signals

Turning Signals

Last week’s Torah portion described the degradation of mankind leading up to the flood (the Mabul) — “G-d saw that the evil of man was great in the land, and all thoughts of his heart were only evil, all the time (Genesis 6:5).” G-d decided to erase...
Viduy Verbalized

Viduy Verbalized

We are now in the “Ten Days of Teshuva (commonly translated as repentance).” The elements of Teshuva are verbal confession, regret, refraining from the negative behavior and pledging to do better.Verbal confession, Viduy, can be found explicitly in the Yom...
New for the New Year

New for the New Year

A righteous and well respected Rabbi was mourning the loss of his father. Because of his great sensitivity towards his father and the Mitzvah of respecting his parents, he was deeply concerned that he had not shown proper respect to his father during his lifetime. He...
A Tap on the Shoulder

A Tap on the Shoulder

To give to others is the best way to show you love them. Indeed, the Hebrew word “Ahava – Love” is a derivative of the Hebrew root “Hav,” which means to give. If someone gave you a gift, helped you when you were stranded on the side of the road, or even saved...