The Futile Search for Meaning in Anti-Semitic Crimes

By Jonathan Tobin When something terrible happens, we demand explanations. Awful and irrational events spawn conspiracy theories because it’s part of the human condition to...

Should Halacha Allow People to Carry Weapons in Shul?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman, Five Towns Jewish Times The horrific tragedy in a Conservative synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Shabbos morning that left 11 people...

Kind

By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz The parshiyos of Sefer Bereishis are replete with inspirational accounts of the avos and imahos that impart lessons for us to...

The Anti-Vaccination Disgrace

By Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt, MD There is a small, yet very vocal and influential group of “anti-vaxxers” living in our heimishe communities. They should...

Why a Visitor Center Must be Built on Har Hazeisim

By Menachem Lubinsky It was just before Yom Tov that word came that the Regional Planning Council had approved the construction of a beautiful Visitor...

Charity Starts at Home

By Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss The Medrash tells us that young Avraham Avinu was left one day to take care of his father’s store of...

Traffic in Lakewood Causing People to Lose Parnassah

Dear Editor, Overall, the traffic in Lakewood, NJ, and surrounding areas is terrible. Thinking of moving from New York? Don't. You're joining a parking lot. Stay...

Matzav Shmooze: Is Weed Addiction Going To Be The New Crisis?

Dear Matzav Shmooze, This conversation has been a long time coming. It started with little whispers here and there, a joke made by the shul...

Lot, “With Him” Or Not? The Danger Of Getting In “With” The Wrong Crowd

By Rabbi Eliyahu Safran When God calls to Avram and tells him to, “…go, leave the place of your birth; go, leave your father’s house;...

Strength

By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz Avrohom Avinu was born into a culture of idol worshipping. He was the first person since the time of Noach to...