On Prayer and Terror in Bulgaria

I had an opportunity to learn with a wonderful young man by the name of Mordechai yesterday. We went over some passages from the Shulchan Aruch/Mishna Brura on prayer. It’s written…

Why?

I posted last about a week ago. It’s been a busy time since then. I found some work, and it’s been pretty good. There are things that bother me to…

On Running

My second wind, my second chance at life,For you I beckon,For mere burden and strife–Cannot accomplish what love can,I long for you,My second wind,In this here, Holy Land. I run,No…

On Parshat Pinchus

This post should be a z’chut to my grandmother’s, Yulia bat Berta’s speedy recovery and was inspired largely by Rabbi Yitzchok Snyder’s d’var Torah today. People, sometimes those from our own…

Insights From This Shabbat

May this post/d’var be a z’chut to my grandmother’s, Yulia bat Berta’s return to health. Jerusalem, 7/8/12: Shabbat Parshat Balak was one of the more spiritual Shabbatot I’ve experienced thus…

On Parshat Balak

Parshat Balak appeals to me for its multi-facetness and its extraordinary connection to modern times. Reading the parsha with Rashi’s commentary, I had two questions: 1st: Balak and Bilam don’t…

Road Signs and Not Giving Up

I’ve had a very difficult time finding a job. This has had its effect on my relations with friends and family. I’ve become more irritable. I’ve noticed that my irritability…