Does the World Hate Us? A דרשה By Ze’ev Ben Yechiel

Does the World Hate Us? A דרשה By Ze’ev Ben Yechiel

Israeli Jews often find themselves feeling as if “the world hates us;” as if everyone is “out to get us.” It might be true that the anti-Semitism of things that Zhabotinsky talked about in his works, the concept that the Nations detest us not necessarily for who we are–but for our national history and for the things that represent us–is alive and well, but does the entire world really hate us? I strongly doubt it.

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Two Sides of a Coin: On Parshat Bereshit

Two Sides of a Coin: On Parshat Bereshit

There’s a popular saying that there are “two sides to a coin.” In last week’s Torah reading, we witnessed the creation of the world. Throughout the פרשה, we witnessed a lot of “two-sided coins.”

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Definition of “Hypocrite:” “Religious Jew living in America”

Definition of “Hypocrite:” “Religious Jew living in America”

Every time Israel makes concessions to the Arabs, I hear American Jews voicing their disapproval. But they voice their disapproval with us not only when things don’t go their way–they’ve realized they have to come up with reason to hate the State of Israel and everything that represents Zionist values because if they don’t, it looks like they’re hypocrites.

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Why Tammuz?

Why Tammuz?

This previous Shabbat, we entered the new month of Tammuz. I have always found it fascinating that the names of our months are Babylonian and not Hebrew.

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On Parshat Korach (Based on a Drash by R’ Yitzchok Snyder of Aliyos Yerushalayim)

On Parshat Korach (Based on a Drash by R’ Yitzchok Snyder of Aliyos Yerushalayim)

I felt that this week’s drash was especially relevant to the events taking place in the Jewish community today. In Korach, we witness the biggest threat to Moshe’s position of leadership–and to the future of the Jewish people. Korach leads a popular rebellion against the Moshe, the single most significant representative of the Jewish people we’ve even known.

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What Judaism Means to Me

What Judaism Means to Me

Judaism means everything to me. It’s a part of my life from the second I get up in the morning to the moment I fall asleep at night–and it also accompanies me in my dreams.

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Chodesh Sivan…Shavuot…Cheesecake!!!

Chodesh Sivan…Shavuot…Cheesecake!!!

Ask anyone about Shavuot, and the first thing that comes to mind is cheesecake. But, if we look deeply into the mystical aspects of this amazing month of Sivan, we will learn that embedded in the month are all the powers we need for strengthening our spiritual foundation for the entire year.

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