Pure Connections The parshiyos that are read this time of the year, Lech-lecha, Vayeira, Chayei Sarah, and Toldos, are all having to do with the Avos and there is so much to be said. But one thing to note is that we start shemoneh esrei - three times a day - by discussing the Avos. However, when we discuss them we say "Elokeinu, V'Elokei AVoseinu, Elokei Avraham, Elokei Yitzchak, V'Elokei Yaakov..."
The questions jumps out at us - Why are we starting by saying "Elokeinu"? W
Smoke & MIrrors In our Parsha this week, we find Avraham is visited by three malachim after his bris. But there is something funny from the start. Why were there three malachim if there were really four things to do? Rashi teaches us that one angel was supposed to heal Avraham, one angel was supposed to bring good news to Sarah about having a baby, and one was to turn over Sodom. We find that the one that told Sarah the good news left. However, the one that came to heal Avrah
We are enjoying getting a chance to explore Israel through exciting trips all while jumping in full speed to the Yeshiva's schedule and Torah learning. To start, we had a "Tye-Dye Tzitzis Party" wtih R' Katzburg, who came in all the way from Tzfas to teach us how to tye-dye the begadim for our tzitzis. The designs and artistic expression that the students put into their own pairs of tzitzis were amazing! We spent the remainder of the time tye-dying tzitzis for a non-for-profi
We find that Avraham Avinu, immediately after receiving the Bris Milah, rushes to greet the three mysterious guests who wander over in his direction. Despite the tremendous pain he was in on the third day after the bris, as the meforshim explain, he powered towards the guests, exerting himself at every possible expense to make them feel as comfortable as possible. We learn out from Avraham that to greet the guests, who appeared to be mere passerbyers, that הגדול הכנסת אורחים
It's been great jumping back into Yeshiva from Sukkos Bein Hazmanim! The students had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather at the Rishon LeZion separate swimming beach. Everyone relaxed while playing frisbee and swimming through the waves. We started Yeshiva up again with a shiur from guest speaker & popular Chassidic Rapper Nissim Black, who delivered an excellent shiur about the value of being unique and reaching for greatness. We began our first class of Ulpan (Hebrew 1
The Bystander's Dilemna We learn in this week's Parsha, right off the bat, we are introduced to how bad the generation was. But, at the same time, we also see that Noach didn't fall prey to the ways of corruption in his generation. Noach had every excuse to do so. There is a famous pyschological phenomena known as the Bystander Effect, whereby a person will not react, for example calling the ambulance or police when they see an incident - merely because they assume everyone e
As children we tend to grow up thinking that the rainbow is merely a beautiful decoration in the sky. It’s something we put on children's stickers, with occasional leprauchauns running around beneath it, clutching their pots o' gold. However, in this week's Parsha we find that Hashem gives mankind the rainbow as a sign to signify the covenant he made with Noach. It is to be displayed when He wants to destroy the world but refrains. Quite a change of pace from what we would ex