A Message for Rosh Hashanah, Eseres Y’mei Hateshuva and Yom Kippur 5775

The ten days from Rosh Hashana until Yom Kippur are among the holiest days of the year. On one hand, we stand in judgment before the King, but on the other hand, the King comes down, so to say, from His Heavenly Abode, as an act of mercy, allowing us, His subjects, to plead before… Continue reading A Message for Rosh Hashanah, Eseres Y’mei Hateshuva and Yom Kippur 5775

A Guide To Teaching Torah

As we mentioned in previous articles, the lighting of the Menorah represents the teaching of Torah to Klall Yisroel, and more specifically, a Rebbe's teaching to his students. In this article, we plan, בעז"ה , to offer a number of new insights into our topic, based on two pesukim at the beginning of our Parsha… Continue reading A Guide To Teaching Torah

Dealing With Difficulties

Today, it is widely accepted that it is preferable to stress the positive aspects of a child's behavior and reduce the emphasis on their lackings. In fact, we find this idea in Chazal who said, "four things need chizuk", two of them being Torah and derech eretz, which covers most of a child's involvements. However,… Continue reading Dealing With Difficulties

Two Parents – One Message

There are parents who try to force their left-handed children to use their right hand. They are making a mistake that, according to experts, can adversely effect the child’s brain. The parents of left-handed children should accept them as they were created. Tzedakah, according to Kabbalah, should be given with the right hand—even by lefties.… Continue reading Two Parents – One Message

Don’t Let Him Fall

“Reb Zechariya,” asked the Rosh Yeshiva at the weekly staff meeting, “what’s new with Rafael?” Has he learned to speak with a clean tongue?” “I actually intended to bring up the problem of Rafael’s speech in our meeting today. It seems to be getting worse, not better,” retorted Reb Zechariya. “Let’s take a step back… Continue reading Don’t Let Him Fall

Like Parent – Like Son

“It’s my fault that Reuvane didn’t show,” responded Reuvane’s mother on the telephone to the Rosh Yeshiva. "He actually wanted to come to the Yeshiva, but I told him that none of the boys were leaving the house. Who knows what that despot from Baghdad has in mind, and I want my boys to be… Continue reading Like Parent – Like Son

Gaining Desire to Learn

"Yosi, why did you leave the evening seder early?" asked the night mashgiach (attending Rabbi). "I don’t know why," answered Yosi, "but I just find Gemorah boring." "Yosi," retored the mashgiach, "are you experienced enough with the Gemorah to label it as boring? Do you put forth an extended effort to understand the Gemorah?" "Not… Continue reading Gaining Desire to Learn

A Torah Teacher’s Guide (3)

Reaching One’s Students "ואתה תצוה" "תצוה" can be understood to mean "צוותא" – connection/togetherness – meaning Hashem commanded Moshe to identify with and connect with the people (שפ"א תצוה ליקוטים). Only then would the people heed his words to bring to him the olive oil for the Menorah, as the posuk says, "ואתה תצוה (צוותא)… Continue reading A Torah Teacher’s Guide (3)

Overcoming Difficult Times

Sometimes a child has a difficult year at school. Sometimes he has a difficult month, week or even day. Inevitably, poor performance leads to a depressed feeling and a lessened desire to succeed in school. While we, as parents, have the obligation to investigate why our child is having a difficult time, it’s just as… Continue reading Overcoming Difficult Times