The Quiet Heroes of our Time

The Quiet Heroes of our Time

By Rabbi Elie Mischel Othniel, the first judge of Israel described in the book of Judges, was a courageous warrior and military leader. When Caleb, the aging leader of the tribe of Judah, sought a younger man to lead the men of Judah in battle, Othniel volunteered:...
The Sacred Duty of Caring for the Ill

The Sacred Duty of Caring for the Ill

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz The most wonderful thing happened to me this morning. My wife got sick. I don’t mean to say that it is wonderful that my wife got sick. What I mean is that I got a chance to take care of my wife. She woke up with a touch of the flu. Thank God...
Why Study Judges?

Why Study Judges?

By Rabbi Elie Mischel What is the point of studying the Book of Judges? Yes, I know this sounds heretical. But it’s a fair question! We live in a modern world that appears, at first glance, to have very little in common with the stories of the Book of Judges.  The...