“In 4 Minutes We Will Drop a Warning Bomb”: A Remarkable Conversation between Israeli Forces and a Gaza Resident before Attack (Ynet)

“In 4 Minutes We Will Drop a Warning Bomb”: A Remarkable Conversation between Israeli Forces and a Gaza Resident before Attack (Ynet)

[I was so deeply moved by this year’s Tisha b’Av movie by Rabbi Yoel Gold (at http://hashkifa.com) telling the stories of Jews who, through their undying commitment to Jewish values and ethics, uplift all of human society. That is exactly what I thought of when I read this article about how the IDF is going […]

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Tisha b’Av Under Fire

Tisha b’Av Under Fire

I wasn’t really in the 9-days mode these 9 days. I was more in summer-vacation, when can-I-take-the-kids-swimming-again mode. And then on Friday morning my 20-year-old daughter got an urgent call to get to her Air-Force base ASAP. So I quickly gathered up all the food in our kitchen that could pass for Shabbat food, called […]

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*Important re This Shabbat!”

*Important re This Shabbat!”

*This Shabbos, Shabbos Chazon (the Shabbos before Tisha b’Av), is the holiest of holy Shabbosim of the year. Again, I repeat — the GREATEST — of the YEAR!* It is greater than Shabbos Shuva. Greater than Shabbos haGadol. Greater than Shabbos that falls on Rosh Hashana. The Chozeh of Lublin says that Shabbos Chazon from […]

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Zion Performed by Yonina

Zion Performed by Yonina

A song about yearning to yearn for Zion, for Jerusalem and the Temple and closeness with Hashem. A song to carry us into Tisha b’Av.

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What Every Mother Needs to Know about This Year’s Delayed Tisha B’Av Fast by Rabbi Da’vid Sperling

What Every Mother Needs to Know about This Year’s Delayed Tisha B’Av Fast by Rabbi Da’vid Sperling

This year the fast of Tisha BaÁv falls out on Shabbat, and is postponed until Sunday. So here are a few laws – especially for mothers. WHO NEEDS TO FAST THIS YEAR Because this year, the fast is pushed off, we are more lenient than in most years about who is allowed to eat on […]

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The Crying Mom I Saw Yesterday

The Crying Mom I Saw Yesterday

Yesterday afternoon I was walking my boys home from camp when I noticed a neighbor sitting on the edge of the path, watching her toddler, looking really down. It looked like she had even been crying. I said, “Shalom, Tali*, how are you?” And in response she just whispered “Baruch Hashem” and twisted her face […]

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Illumination: The Light of the Jewish People on the World by Rabbi Yoel Gold

Illumination: The Light of the Jewish People on the World by Rabbi Yoel Gold

One of the highlihgts of my year is watching Rabbi Yoel Gold’s annual Tisha b’Av movie. Every year, without fail, it brings deep inspiration and vision to the long fast and the profound mourning of the saddest day of the Jewish year. Visit http://Hashkifa.com to purchase the video this coming Sunday, Tisha b’Av.

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Stop the Parent Blaming by R. Dovi Brod

Stop the Parent Blaming by R. Dovi Brod

Empowering words of truth from a therapist who has had enough of the parent-blaming culture we live in. A must-see for parents and children alike.

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Happiness is…

Happiness is…

Shavua tov

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The Suicide Note by Rabbi Shais Taub

The Suicide Note by Rabbi Shais Taub

A shocking story with an important message for every one of us. Shabbat Shalom    

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