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How's the Weather?

Rabbi Dovid Kleiner

Though meteorology has been around since the days of Aristotle (who coined the term), much of what we now know about weather systems has only been revealed with the advent of modern equipment such as radar and satellites. Yet we find many statements regarding weather predictions and conditions in words of Chazal written some 2,000 years ago — many of which can be understood only now, as meteorologists continue to uncover secrets of Creation.

 

Center of the Universe

Rabbi Eliezer Eizikovitz

The geocentric theory of the universe, which placed the earth at the center of the universe and all other bodies orbiting around it, was the basis of astronomical inquiry for 1,400 years. In the seventeenth century, a controversy erupted in the city of Prague regarding the revolutionary heliocentric theory — that the earth orbits the sun, rather than being the center of the universe. Is there a connection between the “new astronomy” and something mentioned the Torah? And can a Jew believe in heliocentrism?

 

The Longest Year: The Secrets of the Jewish Calendar

Rabbi Yirmiyahu Kaganoff

When there was a Sanhedrin, months and years were calculated solely on the testimony of witnesses. How did we make the change to the fixed calendar, and how can we calculate our own calendar? Why does 5771 have 385 days, the most possible in any year? Answers to these questions, and some classified information, in this fascinating look at the Jewish calendar.

 

Guard Duty

Rabbi Zev Isaacson

When tragedies happen, r”l, we are often reminded that “Venishmartem me’od lenafshoseichem” is a mitzvah to protect ourselves from danger. But in the Torah, this verse actually seems to be a commandment not to conceive of Hashem as a physical being. Is safety truly a Torah commandment?



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A Century of Horror — and Hope
Rabbi Moshe Grylak More connected than at first glance
Sundown
Eytan Kobre When Chazal say so, that eclipses all else
Great Expectations
Jacob L. Freedman Not just his personal nachas machine
Vote of Thanks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Dov Ber was using Hashem as an excuse
Today’s Trash
Faigy Peritzman “Guess what I did today!”
Navigating In-Lawing
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Nurturing this relationship with kindness, consideration...
From Humdrum to Happy
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner The challenge: infusing these days with joy!