A d’var Torah (a word of Torah) is a talk or essay based on the parashah (the weekly Torah portion). Especially at times of loneliness, distress, indecision or other personal difficulties, you may find it helpful to read and interpret the Torah portion with a particular focus on how the thoughts and actions of our foremothers and forefathers—intensely human characters—might help you deal with your own challenges.
by Rabbi Evan Moffic
Charisma is overrated. Yes, it can inspire devotion and admiration. But it depends on something stronger. It depends on chutzpah.
Chutzpah is a Yiddish word best translated as “gall,” or “guts.” It is a willingness to break conventions.
In the 20th century, three new holy days were inserted to the Jewish calendar based on the massively significant events of the Shoah and the Establishment of the State of Israel: Yom HaShoah v’Hagveurah, Yom HaZikaron, Yom HaAtzmaut.