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.
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
Giving their father’s pledge BY RABBI YITZI WEINER This week’s Torah portion addresses the mitzvah to keep one’s pledges. The Torah writes that the Jewish people pledged that if they were victorious against the Amalekites they would donate all of the cities to Hashem....read more
TAKING BLOOD TO CATCH A THIEF BY RABBI YITZI WEINER This week’s Parsha discusses the feud between Korach and Moshe. The Torah gives us a prohibition not to engage in a feud like Korach did. There is a similar prohibition not to cause physical pain to another person....read more
RAV DISKIND’S PARSHA INSPIRATION
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
In this week’s Parsha, Balak, Balak the king of Moav hires Bilam to curse the Jewish people. Bilam has a record of cursing people; even whole nations, successfully. His power was bestowed upon him by HaKadosh baruch Hu and he used this power for evil. It is remarkable...read more
In this week’s double Parsha, Chukas Balak, there is a wonderful lesson to be learnt from the haftorah. The prophet, Micha admonishes his people to remember the incredible kindness that HaKadosh baruch Hu showered upon them. He took them from Egypt. He established...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
One Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Dovid of Lelov was at the court of the Seer of Lublin. It was time to blow the shofar, but Rabbi Dovid was missing and the Seer did not want the shofar sounded until Rabbi Dovid was present. Eventually someone found him in a barn, with a sack...read more
Perhaps nothing better attests to the paramount importance that Reb Yaakov Kamenetzky placed on his wife's needs than his willingness to break his own minhagim to keep from hurting her feelings. Shortly after his second marriage, Shavuos fell on Friday. The Rebbetzin...read more
WONDERS OF HASHEM’S DESIGN
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
Spiders go higher in the sky than any other living creature on our planet. This is part of their way of taking long-distance journeys to new lands. The mother spider carries her babies in a brown bag. Inside the bag are about 200 baby spiders, each one the size of a...read more
--The Hermit Crab is a small crab which lives in the shallower parts of the ocean. It spends its first year in the ocean as a gill breather. For its second year, it lives on trees and occasionally gets into the water to get its gills wet, even though it can already...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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