Jun
7
June, 7th 2024
Dear Hebrew Academy Community: This is my last Dvar Torah as Head of School of Hebrew Academy. During the past two years I have been very careful not to use the same set of ideas more than once. For…
May
31
May, 31st 2024
Dear Hebrew Academy Community: I think most of us agree that allowing guilt to be both a major preoccupation and the significant motivator of our actions is not a prescription for a healthy life. But…
May
24
May, 24th 2024
Sixteenth-century kabbalists recorded the tradition that Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai who was believed to be the author of the Zohar, died on Lag BaOmer. In later centuries, Hasidim built upon this…
May
17
May, 17th 2024
Dear Hebrew Academy Community: Have you ever wondered why the conclusions of the fourth Bracha of Shmoneh Esrai on Shabbat and on Yomim Tovim, all of which are discussed extensively in Parashat…
May
10
May, 10th 2024
Dear Hebrew Academy Community: Rav Soloveitchik, as summarized by Rabbi Menachem Genack in Yeshiva University’s MiTokh HaOhel, offers us a beautifully meaningful insight into Parashat Kedoshim...
May
3
May, 3rd 2024
Dear Hebrew Academy Community: Monday, the 28th of Nisan, Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust Memorial Day which was designated by the Knesset to coincide not only with the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto…
Apr
19
April, 19th 2024
Dear Hebrew Academy Community: I have heard—I’m not sure of the source—that an interviewer once asked Rav Soloveitchik why he believed in God. The questioner certainly expected that this giant of…
Apr
12
April, 12th 2024
Dear Hebrew Academy Community: The commemoration Yetzi’at Mitzrayim, the Exodus from Egypt, is not limited to Pesach. We include the phrase זכר ליצאת מצרים –a remembrance of the Exodus from Egypt—not…
Apr
5
April, 5th 2024
Dear Hebrew Academy Community: Every once in a while we hear news of a terrible event which takes place just at a moment of great joy. We hear—we pray that such an event will never affect us or our…
Mar
29
March, 29th 2024
Dear Hebrew Academy Community: Rav Soloveitchik, as recorded by Rabbi Avishai David in his Darosh Darash Yosef, noted that one of the reasons we always read Parashat Tzav during the weeks before…