By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz  |  Thursday, September 24, 2015
The Rambam writes at the end of Hilchos Sukkah (8:12) that “even though there is a positive commandment to be joyful on the holiday of Sukkos, there was a heightened celebration in the Bais Hamikdosh to fulfill the posuk of ‘Usemachtem lifnei Hashem…’”

He continues, “It is a mitzvah to partake in the special joy, but not everyone who wanted to do so was able to, nor were they ignorant. Only the great men of Yisroel, the heads of the yeshivos, the Sanhedrin, chassidim, zekainim and anshei ma’aseh were the ones who sang and danced and created simchah in the Bais Hamikdosh during the days of Sukkos. The rest of the nation, the men and the women, came to see and hear” (8:14).
By Sam Kol  |  Thursday, September 24, 2015
About a year after he was critically wounded during the massacre in Har Nof, and several weeks after his life was saved once again following a heart attack and a severe infection, Rabbi Eitan Mualmi speaks about his miraculous salvation. He recalls the chilling moments in that shul when the terrorists shot and struck the mispallelim indiscriminately, remembering how he hurled a chair at one of the murderers and how he lay quietly in a pool of blood after being wounded. He recalls the lengthy rehabilitation process and his return to the shul months later. And he has a message for all of us: “Don’t give up!”
By Rabbi Avrohom Birnbaum  |  Thursday, September 24, 2015
Rabbi Shammai Blobstein is a legend. He has been a rebbi to thousands of bochurim over the course of his chinuch career. A straight talking rosh yeshiva, he tells it like it is, both to his talmidim and to the Yated.

Talmidim find his deeply caring nature and down-to-earth attitude a combination to which they can relate. Rabbi Blobstein has transformed countless talmidim at Yeshiva Tiferes Bochurim. Yeshiva Tiferes Bochurim has had unusual success in bringing out the latent potential in each talmid. Rabbi Blobstein and his talented staff offer individualized attention to each talmid, and have succeeded in producing exemplary Yidden, tributes to their families and communities.
By Debbie Maimon  |  Thursday, September 24, 2015
In a case that sparked a nationwide uproar, a female county clerk in Texas last month defied a court order to issue a marriage license in circumstances that violated her religious beliefs. Her refusal to comply landed her in jail. A recent case in Portland, Oregon tested the moral courage of two kollel wives in a different conflict of conscience: Disclose confidential information sought in a divorce case? Or cite religious convictions against breaching confidences and slandering people — and risk the consequences?
By Chaim Bashevkin  |  Thursday, September 24, 2015
Somewhere in the heart of town
There is a sukkah standing
The story of its legacy
Forever is expanding

It’s not been used for centuries
Its s’chach is dried and brittle
Its wooden walls are scarred with marks
Of tales one tried to whittle
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