These Days

In Exile, At Home
In Exile, At Home

Haim Watzman •

9 min read

A story, inspired by Rav Shagar's teachings, about whether one can both mourn and rejoice in the Sukkah. It is reprinted with the author's permission from his book of short fiction, Necessary Stories, a collection of some of the stories he has published

Sukkot: Dwelling In the Shade of Faith
Sukkot: Dwelling In the Shade of Faith

Zachary Truboff •

7 min read

This essay explores Rav Shagar's experience during the Yom Kippur War and how it contributed to his understanding of emunah. To dwell in the sukkah is to experience not God's light but rather God's shade, and it is this model of faith we must

The Enduring Nature of Love
The Enduring Nature of Love

Zachary Truboff •

15 min read

Reflections on Rav Kook’s writings on love as it manifests toward God, our fellow Jews, and humanity as a whole.

Shavuot: All You Need Is Love?
Shavuot: All You Need Is Love?

Zachary Truboff •

8 min read

Can receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai really be a moment of both fear and love, coercion and freedom?

Yom Yerushalayim: Nature and Civilization
Yom Yerushalayim: Nature and Civilization

Zvi Leshem •

6 min read

Where does Kedusha reside - in the unspoiled nature or at the peak of civilization? thoughts on the transition from Yom HaAtzmaut to Yom Yerushalayim, following a drasha of Rav Shagar.

The Jewish Past and Future
The Jewish Past and Future

Zachary Truboff •

10 min read

The past might trap us in limbo, but it can also point us where we need to go. A look at Rav Shagar's drasha for Yom Yerushalayim.