INTERESTING 17-YEAR CICADA FACTS

INTERESTING 17-YEAR CICADA FACTS

People call these cicadas “locusts” but they are not true locusts — real locusts look like grasshoppers. The phrase “17 year cicada” indicates that they arrive every 17 years. The name “periodical cicadas” indicates that they arrive periodically and not each and every...

IS THIS OURS?

IS THIS OURS?

In this week's double Prasha, Behar-Bechukosai we are taught the mitzvah of Shmittah. Every seventh year we must cease from almost all agricultural activity in the Land of Israel. Keep in mind that the base of our economy was agriculture. To cease all plowing and...

JEWISH COMPETITION

JEWISH COMPETITION

Rabbi Kanarek is dean of both Bnos Yisroel Elementary School and Bais Shaindel High School in Lakewood, New Jersey.    He proudly relates the following story. I was Joseph Beyda's 'teacher" in religious studies. I'll explain why the word teacher is in quotes.  Joseph...

MITZVA MEME

MITZVA MEME

Everything in this world exists in a delicate equilibrium. There are forc- es that pull in one direction and forces that pull in the opposite direc- tion. Both forces are needed to create a perfect balance. If one force pulls a bit harder then the alternate force...

THE HOLY  LANDLORD

THE HOLY LANDLORD

The Brisker Rav’s father-in-law R. Dovid Mintz, contributed a substantial sum to the dowry of the young couple. Along with this gift, The Brisker Rav received a number of valuable sefarim, including an original copy of the Shulchan Aruch, published in the lifetime of...

THE MAGIC OF SOIL

THE MAGIC OF SOIL

The ground beneath your feet has a lot more mysteries and marvels to it than you might think. There is a thick layer of granite beneath all the continents. This granite gives rigidity to the continental masses, and is the foundation upon which rests the sedimentary...

PERFECT BALANCE

PERFECT BALANCE

In this week’s Parsha, Tazria Metzorah, we find how severe the sin of lashon hara is. Lashon hara is the sin of speaking gossip which at it's lowest level damages a person’s reputation in the eyes of at least one person. When one spoke lashon hara he contracted...