Are you Happy

Never in the history of man have so many people enjoyed so much material wealth. The average tax-paying citizen of today enjoys riches and comforts that kings of yesteryear couldn’t envision or imagine — and yet it seems that we don’t appreciate what we have. We’ve become so accustomed to the extraordinary wealth we possess that we no longer think of it as riches. We may even start asking, “How could anyone live without it?”…






Tisha Bav: What are we Waiting For

Since the time that we were young children, we were taught, “We want Moshiach now!” And so, we daven for Moshiach. We sing songs about Moshiach. We wait for Moshiach. This Shmuz focuses on what life will be like in the times of Moshiach, why we anxiously await his appearance, and what we can do to hasten his coming.




Rosh Hashana: Issues of the Day

So many issues are decided on Rosh Hashanah: who will live; who will die; who will be healthy; who will be sick; who will be successful; who won’t. . . Since we accept and understand this, one would assume that we would be deeply moved by the davening on Rosh Hashanah. Logically, we should spend the day in reverence and awe. Yet that seems to be very far from what actually happens. Why is it…






Aspiring to Greatness

People have accomplished some extraordinary things. Muhammad Ali fought his way to becoming heavyweight champion of the world. Roger Bannister ran the first four-minute mile. And lehavdil, gedolim like Rav Shimon Shkop, Reb Chaim Brisker, and Rav Gifter became champions in Torah. What is the difference between them and us? Surprisingly, nothing at all. HASHEM gave every human the ability to soar to great heights – if only we’d believe in ourselves. So dust off…






Why We Want Moshiach Now

Since the time that we were young children we were taught: We want Moshiach now! This concept is not the exclusive domain of fringe elements of Jewry; rather it is a basic tenet of our religion. The Rambam counts it as one of the 13 Main Principles, and if one denies it he is considered a heretic, with no portion in the World to Come. And so, we daven for Moshiach. We sing songs about…






Marriage A Work in Progress

Each one of us stands under the chuppah starry-eyed, knowing full well that we have found eternal love and bliss. Yet, something happens between that moment and real life. The reality is that getting married is easy, but staying married isn’t. This Shmuz deals with the essential of creating long lasting Shalom Bayis.




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