I wrote a whole long rant that I just decided to delete. There are so many ‘false beliefs’ and ‘fake information’ circulating, it’s kind of disheartening. But the bottom line is that people are free to believe what they want to believe, and at the end of the day, each person will have to live […]

How was it permissible to kill all the people of Shechem – Part II

Continuing with the second part of the Rav's shiur given in Beer Sheva on Nov 20th, 2023. (You can read the first part HERE.) In a later shiur, the Rav came at this subject from a totally different perspective, and BH I will translate parts…

Dealing with narcissists

It's going to take me a day or two to translate the rest of the Rav's comments on the halachic discussion around 'killing the people of Shechem'. Baruch Hashem, he brings a lot of sources and insights, and approaches the question from multiple…

How was it permissible to kill all of the people Shechem?

More obvious hashgacha pratit.... I sat down to read this week's Shivivei Or, which brings the Rav's latest shiurim all neatly typed up, and whaddya know?  He gave a whole shiur back on November 20th, where he went into a lot of detail…

Luminaries of fire vs luminaries of light

Rebbe Nachman on real Jewish leaders. Reposting this article on the difference between luminaries of fire and luminaries of light, from 2016. While so much has changed since then, sadly, so much really hasn't. And Rabbenu's wisdom is even more…

A shidduch from ‘the Hilltop Youth’

Let's get away from all the 'politics' for a moment to talk about shidduchim. A couple of years back, a bunch of my daughter's friends, some of whom I am very close to, came of marriageable age. While they aren't 'chareidi', they are all big…

Jewish Jesuits and Berlin Bankers

A few months ago, the penny finally dropped that so many of the ‘famous names’ that populate Jewish history and Jewish genealogy from the last 250 years are actually made-up. This happened in a few different ways. Some of it was just…