By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz | Wednesday, August 13, 2014
With Parshas Eikev we continue our journey of solace, our ascension up the rungs of the shiva denechemta. In Moshe Rabbeniu’s final lesson to his people, he incorporates all they had learned during the previous forty years into Mishneh Torah.
Last week in parshas Va’eschanon, we encountered chapters about s’char ve’onesh – reward and punishment. We absorbed the severity of “pen tisa einecha… vehishtachavisa lohem” (Devorim 4:19), mistaking the celestial bodies for masters in their own right. “Hishomru,” we are warned. Take heed lest you forget the covenant formed with Hashem, “Ki Hashem Elokecha aish ochlah hu - Hashem is a fire that consumes.”
“Abba,” my son said to me, “you must hear the incredible story of the miracle that happened to a soldier because of davening Maariv.”
My immediate reaction was one of skepticism. I have heard dozens of such stories in recent days and I have difficulty believing most of them. These days, there are countless stories circulating, and I have a feeling that a number of them were fabricated, imagined, or “recycled” from past events.
By Rabbi Yossi Rosenberg | Wednesday, August 13, 2014
There are times when the most obvious – such as the title of this piece – seems to need saying.
Rav Dovid Orlofsky, renowned for his decades of dedicated kiruv work, gives an example from that field. The statistics for intermarriage and the staggering number of Jews completely assimilated or disconnected from their Jewishness are frightening. “If we don’t do something – something drastic, effective and on a massive scale – what will become of us?” people ask. Left to their own devices, the mass majority of the Jewish people seems slated to simply…disappear.