Tranquility and Tefillah

I was recently in Amsterdam where I was scholar in residence for a community Shabbaton. It was a wonderful experience, but hectic and exhausting as well. I arrived at Schiphol Airport at 6.15am in order to allow time to daven shacharis (pray the morning service) at the airport.  Thank G-d I was able to find a quiet space in an airport lounge, and although I am usually a little tense ...

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The Land Of Israel

The State of Israel finds itself under attack militarily and ideologically.  Iran and the terrorists it sponsors, Syria, the PA, Fatah and Isis all seek to destroy Israel utterly.  We are also attacked by others ideologically.  The United Nations, the European Union and various governments, BDS groups and others seek to deny our connection to the land of Israel and seek to disenfranchise the Jewish people. It is therefore, worthwhile ...

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The Hatted Jew

There has been a lot of talk recently about Jews wearing kippot in France, which many believe puts them in danger. I do not want to discuss what is appropriate policy, rather I would like to present an excerpt from my book, Gateway to Judaism, regarding men’s head coverings. The head covering worn by Jewish men is known as a kippah (literally, dome) or yarmulka. The word yarmulke, is made up ...

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