Lies Of My Youth: Part 1

April 13, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

Each year, as I review the Halachot of Pesach, I am bitter about many of the lies I was taught as a child. One of the more bitter moments though, is of my teachers preaching to us that “Maror” is synonymous with horseradish. As I look at the words of [Read more…]

Please Don’t Respect Us

March 26, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

Today is Lag BaOmer. The day that Rabbi Akiva’s students stopped dying, for their mistake of not showing each other proper respect. Each and every Lag BaOmer, rabbis and teachers around the world stand up and speak about how we must respect all the Torah scholars and how we must [Read more…]

Immodest Modesty

March 3, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

“She is not Tznius” – no, she is not a Tznua perhaps. Tznius (ignore the s) is a noun, not an adjective. “She is not a Tzanua” – no, perhaps she is not a Tznua. Tzanua is in the masculine form. “She is not…” – wait, how modest can modesty [Read more…]

Despicable Jewish Guilt

February 7, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

This horrid image has been making its rounds. I’m momentarily putting aside people using the Holocaust for whichever gain they wish. Do we have no other way – aside from ugly guilt – to encourage people to connect to Hashem with Tefillin? How much longer will we shove this venom [Read more…]

We’re back online!

October 17, 2013 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

Dearest friends, After quite some time offline, is back! We are in the middle of re-installing some of our lost features, so please be patient as we begin our journey to completion! With love, Rabbi Yoni

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The Sound of Redemption

March 12, 2013 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

It has been over a year since I last wrote an article. The reason? I only write from inspiration, and the inspiration to write a piece worthy of publication has been far from my reach. Until today, this Rosh Chodesh of Nissan, the month of our redemption. Checking Yeshiva World [Read more…]