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The Kollel is about more than the education and the experiences. Implementing the lessons and ideas into real life can be complicated. Here’s a place to talk about life, to weave the education into experience and discuss how to navigate it properly. 6/29/2018- Balak: Doubting the Donkey 6/22/2018- Chukat: Like Riding a Bike 6/15/2018- Korach: Proving by Blooming 6/8/2018- Shelach: A Dangerous Good 6/1/2018- Beha’alotecha: Family Feud 5/25/2018- Naso: Can…

The Comfortable “Eichah”

As Tisha B’Av is upon us, we reflect on the unique and jarring one-word question: “Eichah”, simply, “How?” How could both Temples be destroyed? How could we not see the signs? How could the Jewish people continue sinning? These, and more unfathomable tragic realities are all revisited this week. But in truth, Yirmiyahu is not the only one to use this word when he wrote Eichah, Lamentations. In fact, it…

A Selfless Calling

The tribes of Reuven and Gad approached Moshe to ask for a different lot. Instead of crossing the Jordan into the promised land of Israel, they requested the land on the east side of the river. The land was plush and fertile, perfect for their immense livestock. Much like the spies, we’d think that Moshe’s response should include how they disobeyed Hashem, disrespected the land of Israel, and lack the…

A Shepherd for the Sheep

If one were to think about Moshe Rabbeinu’s most outstanding qualities, we would probably mention humility, courage, and even his teaching skills. Yet, when dictating the conditions of his successor, none of these qualities make Moshe’s list. When he asks Hashem, he simply states: “[Someone] who will go forth before them and come before them, who will lead them out and bring them in, so that the congregation of the…