Make Amends, Let’s Be Friends

Make Amends, Let’s Be Friends

Rabbi Zeira, the Talmud writes, had the following custom: when he was owed an apology by someone, he would go out to where they were, proceed past them, and then return (Yoma 87a). By walking past them, back and forth, he hoped to jog their memory of the incident, and...
Gone AWOL

Gone AWOL

Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement, which is in just a few days, is the culmination of the Ten Days of Repentance that began with Rosh Hashanah. A significant portion of the lengthy prayers of Yom Kippur is devoted to Viduy — confession of misdeeds, which includes a...
COVID Blessings

COVID Blessings

When a farmer is hit by a drought, or a destructive flood, this causes collateral damage to the market that buys his produce, and that sells him supplies. A disruption in one area of the supply chain disrupts all the other links in the chain… or so we think. The...
Assisted Giving

Assisted Giving

If your neighbor’s car won’t start, there’s a special Mitzvah (commandment) to give him (or her) a boost, call a mechanic, or do whatever it takes to get the car working again. “Do not ignore your brother if you see that his ox or...
Our Little Secret

Our Little Secret

“Be pure with G-d (Lev. 18:13)” — this is a beautiful expression, as well as a verse in this week’s Torah portion. While it describes a lofty spiritual ideal, what does it mean in a practical sense? We’ve all met kind people. It’s...