Author: Matis Greenblatt

1993—Faith and Intellect: The Impact of the Rav

Sometime in the latter part of the 19th century, Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, the Brisker Rav and great-grandfather of the Rav, showed samples of his son Chaim’s “Torah” (original interpretations) to Reb Yisrael Salanter. Reb Yisrael commented that in the future, this type of Torah would save the Torah...

Gut Shabbos

Gut Shabbos! two words tossed off almost unconsciously Touching and arousing unused corners of the soul melting walls of individuality to join G-d’s people in subtly proclaiming the creator’s process This poem originally appeared in the winter 1997 issue of Jewish Action.

There Are No Basketball Courts in Heaven/Tales Out of Jerusalem

There Are No Basketball Courts in Heaven By Dovid Landesman The Jewish Educational Workshop Pennsylvania, 2010 176 pages Rabbi Dovid Landesman’s volume of essays on Jewish themes is funny, serious and always relevant. In this thought-provoking book, he asks, for example, why do young students frequently complain that Torah...

The Maharal: His Life and Works

On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Maharal’s death, we present several articles highlighting the enormous intellectual and spiritual contribution Maharal has made to Jewish life. The 18th of Elul, 5709 (September 7, 2009), marks the 400th yahrtzeit of an extraordinary figure in Jewish history: the Maharal of...

The Sweetness of Torah

“And Israel camped there before the mountain” (Exodus 19:2) “As one person with one heart” (Rashi) Everywhere we turn, there is discord and dissension—in the world at large as well as within the Orthodox community. Chazal inform us that God’s covenant with the Jewish people was sealed with the Torah...