Welcome to Achim
The Jewish people need connection; both a connection to Hashem as well as to each other, now more than ever.
Achim is building a community-wide learning network for all members of our Jewish community in order to deepen their relationship with Hashem and deepen their relationship with each other.
Achim hopes to redefine what a class is. We believe that a class is not merely a place to learn, it is a place to connect with a small chevra, a small community of people who care about each other.
At Achim, we passionately believe that building strong and enduring relationships is the way to build a healthy supportive community. Through innovative and exciting classes, individualized study sessions, community-wide learning projects, Shabbat hospitality, and popular community dinners, we will build an environment where the members feel they belong to the community and the community belongs to them.
Whatever age or background, all Jews can find a welcome home at Achim, where the beauty, sophistication and relevance of Torah tradition is introduced with eloquence, humor and passion in a way that brings Jews of all walks of life together to form true friendships.
Please consider joining one of our programs. We are confident that you will find it a meaningful experience.
By Rabbi Yitzi Weiner This week’s Torah portion talks about the mitzva of paying for a service that one owes, on time. As the Torah says, the wages of a hired man shall not remain with you [all night] until the morning (Vayikra 19:13, Parshas Kedoshim); and it says...read more
THE BURGLAR BARS By Rabbi Yitzi Weiner This week’s Torah portion opens with the importance of having a system of adjudicating disputes in a Godly manner. This leads us to the following true story. Aron lived in an apartment building on the ground floor. There was a...read more
THE TRAPPED PET MOUSE By Rabbi Yitzi Weiner This week’s Torah portion discusses how Bilam beat his donkey unnecessarily. The angel asked Bilam, “Why did you beat your donkey? (Bamidbar 22,32)”. The Sefer Chasidim (Os 666) writes that this verse is one of the sources...read more
RAV DISKIND’S PARSHA INSPIRATION
What a remarkable Parsha the Torah presents us as we draw closer to Rosh Hashana! This week's Parsha, Ki Seitzei, is packed with mitzvos. There are 74 mitzvos which is 12% of all 613 mitzvos. One mitzvah which grabs my attention is the obligation the Torah places upon...read more
This week's Parsha, Shoftim, begins with the Torah’s instructions to our people to place judges and and law enforcement officers at all of our gates. The simple meaning of this mitzvah is to establish a court system for every city. However, since this verse can be...read more
For the past three weeks we were focused on the loss of our Temple and of our Land. For over two thousand years we have wandered through the desert of nations throughout the globe as homeless beggars. We would spend a century or two sometimes three or four in one land...read more
As R‘ Avrahom Dovid Sauer stood at the entrance of Baltimore's Kosher Bite Restaurant, he was overcome with a feeling of relief and joy. Before him stood Rabbi Ervin Preis, the Rabbi of Suburban Orthodox Congregation, appearing healthy and in good spirits. Rabbi Preis...read more
In the beginning of his married life, Rav Shach and his family rented an apartment in Yerushalayim from Reb Alter Shub. Although Rav Shach paid rent for his living quarters, he nonetheless felt gratitude towards the Shub family for conferring this beneﬁt to him. Rav...read more
The two oldest children of Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv received names from Rav Elyashiv’s side of the family: The oldest son, was named after Rav Elyashiv’s grandfather, the Leshem, and their second child, Batsheva Esther, was named after Rav Elyashiv’s grandmother,...read more
WONDERS OF HASHEM’S DESIGN
Imagine a tiny creature that looks so delicate that the slightest wind might blow it over. Then this little thing lands on a hard tree trunk, and begins thumping with something that looks as delicate and frail as the leg of a daddy-long-legs. Frail? that antennae of...read more
This little creature is somewhat like a seahorse, but it is shaped like a tiny vertical pipe, 1/4 of an inch wide and 6 inches long. The pipefish can change its colors from brown to green to match the grass it is in. It has special cells which send a signal to the...read more
The common mime is a butterfly that lives on the island of Sri Lanka, off the coast of India. Consider this interesting life history that required a lot of brilliant planning to originate. We find here five mimic stages in its life: The golden egg is laid on the...read more
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pwMEn77_js&feature=youtu.be Bilam in Krias Shema Our Sages teach that they should have included the story of Bilam in Shema. How do we understand this? Rabbi Yitzi shares an important insightread more
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