Dearest Friends, Hoshana Rabba made me a yid. Let me try to explain. Approximately two years or so after Reb Shlomo ztz’l left this world, my family was visiting the states (we were living at the time in Ra’anana). I was a teenager on a mission – to visit the shul (and home) of the...
Author: Rav Shlomo Katz (Rav Shlomo Katz)
Shoftim – A Crucial Shortcut for Judgment Day
Uteshuva Utefillah Utzedaka Ma’avirin Et Ro’a Hagzeira In just a few weeks, we will be hearing these powerful words, words which send shivers down our spines. At that awesome moment, we pray that all the teshuvah we have done, all the prayers we have uttered and all the tzedaka we have given will remove any...
Everything in Life is a Bracha
Everything in life is a bracha, everything is beautiful, everything is good. At least, that is what we are supposed to work on believing. If so, how could our parsha open up by saying “Behold I am placing before you a blessing and a curse”? Does G-d place curses before us? One of the other...
Eyesight of the Day After
Tisha b'Av is only good if you remember it a little bit longer. If the day after Tisha B’av is the same as the day before Tisha b’Av, what good is the whole thing?”
Shabbos Nachamu – I am listening
Did you ever experience someone choosing to open their heart and soul to you, and your immediate response is one of feeling anxiety and stress? You begin to think to yourself ‘Am I going to say the right words? Am I going to sound smart? What am I supposed to tell them? What do they...
Chukat 5780 – Moshe Rabbeinu, we could only respect you, no other way.
"It is this kavod and honor that brings us to try and see beyond the surface in every matter."
American Jewry – How Do I Know I Love You
How do you know you really love someone?
When you stop caring what they think of you. The love is stronger than the fear of what they may think.
If it remains about love, anything is possible.
Bamidbar 5780 – Celebration of Mistakes
There is a whole Torah behind the art of falling. We always say that falling down is the only way we learn in life, but is that all there is to it? As we welcome Sefer Bamidar, we are about to learn about some of the greatest people: Moshe, Aharon, Miriam, the spies, Korach… tremendous...
The World I Dream Of, The World I Yearn To Build
"It is time to utter those two monumental words of commitment once again. Na'ase Venishma. But this time, we have to breathe in those two words until it reaches our core."
Emor – ‘Then’ vs. ‘Now’
"Why do we have so many mentioning of leaving Egypt? Because it’s at the essential calling we need to hear. "