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Tznius: The Idea of Modesty in Judaism. Part I

Tznius: The Idea of Modesty in Judaism. Part II

Shelo Asani Isha

Living The American Dream

Growing up in the USA, I was weaned on the desire that the next generation would be richer and better educated than the previous generation.

Build It And They Will Come

Many times, I've heard "build it and they will come," and have wondered as to the veracity of the statement. Many restaurants have come and gone. Amusement parks have closed. Drive-ins, as well as 8-track & VHS tapes, are a thing of the past, and the list goes on. So what happened? I would contend that it's not enough to build something, one has to convince others that it's worth being built and maintained. One has to demonstrate why the particular edifice or service is important. And more importantly, one must insure that the product is constantly updated and "user friendly."
Our society has become enamored with specialization. One no longer seeks a well-rounded education, it doesn't "pay." Rather one delves into a particular area, ignoring all others and is praised for one's devotion. The problem is that one's "edifice" which is being built is severely limited in potential. On The other hand, if one would diversify one's interest, the "edifice" would be able to withstand the "test of time." Just to prove this point, one is always advised to have a diversified portfolio, thus insuring that one's financial well-being is not endangered by the whim of the market. The same logic should be applied to ourselves. Whatever we do should not be limited to our comfort zone, but rather we should branch out beyond, in order to insure that we continue to be relevant. For example, my High School wanted its students to have a well-rounded education and thus offered various shop classes. Even though I was "college bound" and heading for a "white collar job," I enrolled in woodworking, electronics, and metal shop. I learned how to read a schematic, use some tools, and even built a radio. While I didn't perfectly hone those skills, I've still been seen with a drill & hammer, using those skills I attained so long ago. Mission accomplished.
So,as one is going out to build their dream, if one wants to be the sole recipient, then build away. But, if one wants others to enjoy the fruits of one's labor and to maintain it in perpetuity, than one must bring others into their vision. Do you agree?

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VIDEO SERIES: An Orthodox Perspective

  • Belief in G_d
  • Can G-d's existence be proven? Even if it can, does it prove Hashem gave the Torah? How does one define the term "Orthodox?"

  • Prayer
  • What is the concept of prayer? Why must we pray? Doesn't Hashem know what we want/need without us asking? Are prayers always answered? Why must Jews pray 3 times a day at specific times? Shouldn't prayers be organic and spontaneous?

  • The Shabbat
  • Why did Hashem command us to keep Shabbat? What are we supposed to learn from a "day off?" How does one define "work?"

  • Jewish Observance
  • What is the purpose of the commandments? What should happen to one who follows the rules? How does one determine if the purpose is accomplished? What are the different types of laws?

  • Sexuality
  • How does the Torah view sexuality? Are there special roles in a relationship? What should we look for in a mate? How did Hashem hard-wire us?


Is Happiness really attainable? Is it a feeling of euphoria or something simpler? People are always in the pursuit of happiness, and it is viewed as a G-d-given right, but the question is “how do we get there?” The following phrase has been toted around the Torah Center for a while: “If I’m not happy I’m doing something wrong.” Yet, we find many who are not happy. Listen, as we discuss issues such as:

  • Does Judaism offer anything to add happiness to my life?
  • What is the connection between the meaning of life and happiness?
  • Are there practical exercises to help one become happier?

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