The OTD Beit Midrash

Going off the derech doesn’t mean  you have to stop reflecting on where you came from. Ask the Apikorus, Elisha ben Avuya, who studied Torah while riding a horse on Shabbat, with his disciple walking next to him, until he had to tell his student they had reached the Tchum (boundary) that his student could no longer continue to accompany him without breaking Shabbat.


Lighting the Way - By Rabbi Adam Chalom

The Maccabees make complicated heroes. Yes, they stood up for being Jewish against forced assimilation to Greek culture. And yes, they achieved Jewish independence for a hundred years, a model for Jewish self-defense and dignity that resonates…

Chanukah: When We Lost And They Won

by Peter Walters Remember Chanukah – dreidels, chocolate coins, latkes, lamp-lighting, all that stuff? Great wasn’t it? One of the really great things about Chanukah is that it’s almost as good as Christmas, but without the whole goy-guilt.…