In the days of communism's fierce grip on the Soviet Union, there lived a Chasidic Jew named Reb Mendel Futerfas. Reb Mendel repeatedly put his life at risk with his efforts to promote Jewish education behind the Iron Curtain and for some 14 years was incarcerated in prisons and...
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October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm
June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm
A rabbinical colleague of mine tells me that he's had extensive contact with one of the most popular and renowned entertainment celebrities of our time. This star is not only hugely famous, wealthy and successful, but has been acclaimed around the globe for his rare talent and...
May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm
An international dealer in high-end fabrics once visited with the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson. As an active member of the Chabad community in England, the businessman was quite familiar with how the Rebbe's advice and blessings had impacted many people's lives in...
September 16, 2004 | 8:01 pm
Let me the set the scene for you: It's the final hours of Moses' life and after five epical books, it's time to wrap it up; make the quintessential points that will capture the essence and function of the entire Torah. How does Moses do this? With this week's Torah portion of...
March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Back in 1981, when I was attending rabbinical college in Boston, there was a young rabbi -- fresh out of seminary -- who founded a small congregation in the Boston suburb South Brookline. He would often hang out with us as "one of the guys." From the day he started up his shul, he...
January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm
So what's with the blood on the doors?
In this week's Torah portion of Bo, we learn of the final steps leading up to the liberation of Israel from slavery in ancient Egypt. On that fateful night, God dealt the final blow to the Egyptians by smiting the firstborn of each of their...
November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm
In introducing us to the patriarchal family of Isaac, son of Abraham, this week's Torah portion of Toldot begins: "And these are the offspring of Isaac son of Abraham -- Abraham begot Isaac." Since Torah is not given to redundancy, this opening passage raises the question: Once we're...