פינו במזרח, ואנחנו בסוף מערב

What are we to make of the fact that despite all our pious declarations of misery over our exile and yearning to return to ארץ ישראל, we Diaspora Jews do not generally trouble ourselves to make aliyah? Rav Ya’akov Emden indeed considers the historical Jewish indifference to ארץ ישראל grievously sinful, and the cause of …

Traveling With Small Children

In Which We Shall Consider The Reliability and Authority Of Landlubbing Batei Din On Nautical Matters, With Important Ramifications For the Subject Of Da’as Torah Rebbetzin Tzipporah Heller relates this charming anecdote: Faigy was in seventh heaven. She had seen planes in the sky and heard travel sagas from the kids in her kindergarten who …