The Long Distance Call

The Long Distance Call

The verse says in Psalms [89:16], “Happy is the nation that knows the Teruah, the sound of the Shofar.” Rav Tzvi E. Hertzberg zt”l asks, “why is it such a great thing to know the sound of a Shofar — and how does blowing a Shofar make G-d less...
It’s All in Our Hands

It’s All in Our Hands

An elderly man checked in to a small, quaint hotel, only to learn at the front desk that the single elevator was out of order. He asked a bellhop to bring his bags up to his room, implying that the tip would be worth the effort. It was ten minutes later before the...
The Guaranteed Road to Riches

The Guaranteed Road to Riches

“If I were a rich man…” Would you like to become wealthy? The Torah offers a tried and tested, universally successful road to riches, and it is found in this week’s reading. The Children of Israel are commanded to tithe their produce:...
Loving Our Land

Loving Our Land

This week’s Torah reading includes the second paragraph of the Shema, recited in our morning and evening prayers. This paragraph talks about reward and punishment, and how they are tied to our homeland, the Land of Israel: “And if you will surely listen to...
To Grasp Eternity

To Grasp Eternity

In this week’s reading, HaShem tells Moshe that he will soon pass on, and to take Yehushua (Joshua) to be next leader of the Jewish nation. It is Yehoshua who will lead to the Children of Israel across the Jordan River into the Promised Land. Yehoshua was...