Halacha

What is Kabbalah?

The Ramban in his introduction to his Torah commentary says that every field of knowledge – whether it be science, agriculture, medicine of palmistry – can be learned from the Torah. The Torah given to Moshe at Mount Sinai consists...

Holidays

Sensational White Wines for Shavuot

Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, is the day, according to tradition, when the Jewish People received the Torah.  There are many venerable customs associated with this holiday—staying awake until dawn to study Torah, reciting the ancient liturgical poem “Akdamut,” and,...

Jewish Features

Jewish Grit and Hanukkah

The incredible power of adding one consistent light at a time Many studies show that effort is far more important than our natural abilities in anything that we’re trying to accomplish. In her book Grit, Dr. Angela Duckworth examines the...

Parsha

Parshas Miketz – Mercy Filling

Parshas Miketz details the continuing saga of Yoseph and his brothers. Yoseph’s brothers, forced by the famine that gripped the land of Canaan, travelled to the only country that had food–Egypt. They were placed in front of Yoseph, the Viceroy...

Parshas Vayeishev – In Command

“…They raised their eyes and they saw, behold! — A caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, their camels bearing spices, balsam and lotus…” Beresheet 37:25 The drama and intrigue of the story surrounding the relationship between Yosef and his...

Parshas Vayeishev–Of Grapes and Pastries

Joseph knew he might never have another chance to get out of the dank Egyptian dungeon in which he had languished since being wrongly accused of making advances toward Potiphar’s wife. Indeed, he was fortunate to have escaped with his...