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What Kind of Leader

When I heard a rabbi describe himself as, “the Rav Moshe Feinstein of our generation,” I realized that it’s not just presidential candidates who claim to be the reincarnation of Lincoln or Reagan, but people in all areas of life who claim to lead as...

Shavuot Hallel: Paragraph Eight

“Give thanks to God for He is good; His kindness endures forever!” (Psalms 118:1) My principal in 1964, Rabbi Chaim Nussbaum zt”l, used to say that this verse immediately follows the previous paragraph that spoke of all nations praising God, with the message that praise...

Shavuot Hallel: Paragraph Seven

“Praise God, all nations; praise Him, all the states! For His kindness has overwhelmed us, and the truth of God is eternal, Halleluyah!” (Psalm 117) The Malbim (Psalm 100) explains that “Nations” refers to those who may witness powerful things but do not reflect on...

Festival Prayers: Birchat Kohanim I

“Joseph took the two of them, Ephraim with his right hand, to Israel’s left, and Menashe with his left, to Israel’s right, and he drew close to him. But Israel extended his right hand and laid it on Ephraim’s head though he was the younger...