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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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Think It Through
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The import of the name Anshei Knesses Hagedolah
Face the Facts: Don’t Suppress Them
Yonoson Rosenblum The left behaves more and more like a cult
You Never Looked So Good
Eytan Kobre Growing hunger for the fleeting high of the superficial
Top 5 Shiur Title Techniques
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin The answer to “what’s it about?” can fill or empty rooms
Power of Suggestion
Rachel Bachrach Mikey Benzaken is a stage hypnotist based in Jerusalem
Make It Happen
Jacob L. Freedman “If I’m a bum then let me be a bum”
Hard Knocks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The Langer boys never forgot that apology
The Classic That Almost Didn’t Make the Cut
Riki Goldstein “It took only ten minutes to write, so we weren’t sure”
Hevel Pihem Keeps the World Going
Riki Goldstein The purity of their eyes and their innocent chatter
Yussi Sonnenblick never imagined they’d be singing “Eilecha” half a century later
Riki Goldstein “It’s nice to hear people still singing those songs”
The Rebbe’s Smile and the Rav’s Slap
Riki Goldstein “That was probably my most memorable performance”
Life in the Other Lane
Faigy Peritzman We should honor every Jew as if he were a talmid chacham
Needy
Sarah Chana Radcliffe The needier a person, the more they push people away
Touch of Light
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt “A person cannot live without any kavod”
Stay-at-Home Therapist: Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer She turns to me. “You know the type, smart and silent?”