Challenge accepted! This week, DL Lavin (Canada, Central East, New York NCSY and TJJ) takes us through some major figures of Jewish history from Avraham Avinu and Queen Esther to Jerry Seinfeld and the Shabbos Project, to teach us an important lesson; it may be a big step, but it will go a long way!
If we don’t understand it, why do we do it? Simon Springer, from Seattle, New York and West Coast NCSY, goes through different opinions in Jewish thought to teach us about the nature of mitzvot and how to use to become better people.
In this week’s Torah portion, we see the start of HaShem’s Ten Plagues over Egypt. In describing the second plague, that of frogs, the Torah uses the singular, that only one frog jumped out. Our understanding is that frogs don’t become a problem until there are millions of them, so why is there just the
While he's locked up in Pharaoh's prison in Parshat Mikeitz, Joseph begins interpreting dreams, and eventually the rumors of his talents reach Pharaoh himself. Rabbi Moshe Zucker, the veteran director of the Brooklyn NCSY chapter, questions how Pharaoh knew he could trust a lowly prisoner like Joseph with the secrets of his dreams and eventually come to ask Joseph to become his closest advisor.
The story of Noah is famous: G-d sends a flood to wipe out the world for being wicked, except for one man, Noach, and his family, who are tasked with building an ark so that life may prevail. But what did humanity do that was so bad? Rashi blames the little stuff. Corrine Malachi, an
Is there such a thing as too much Tzedakah? Parshat Reei answers this in two ways. Rabbi Elliot Hecht, alumnus of Long Island NCSY and currently the principal of HANC Middle School, retells a story of two brothers whose generosity knew no bounds.
Rashi asks why Moshe Rabbeinu rebukes the entirety of Bnei Yisrael in Parshat Dvarim. Rabbi Tuvia Fried, Learning Director at NCSY Camp Sports, addresses Rashi and reminds us of the power of our words and deeds to carefully create and quickly destroy. Thanks to Shimmy Socol for producing the video.