Vayigash

Your Questions
Do Jews Believe in Heaven or Reincarnation (or Both)?

Some think reincarnation is like repeating a year at school: while some souls graduate to the next world, others are sent right back down to rectify things.
Why Do Some Jews Not Say Eulogies?

A eulogy honors the deceased and celebrates all the beautiful deeds and qualities he or she possessed. Why is this not done in Chabad?
By the Numbers
9 Jewish Works Written in Prison or Confinement

The Jewish people have never stopped studying Torah. Regardless of whether we’ve lived in times of prosperity or persecution . . .
11 Facts About the Month of Tevet Every Jew Should Know

The 10th month on the Jewish calendar, Tevet occurs in the wintertime. In fact, the entire winter season is sometimes called tekufat (season of) Tevet in Jewish tradition.
10 Things Your Orthodox Jewish Coworker Wishes You Knew

If there is something I do that’s strange, or something you read about in the news that you don’t quite understand, just ask me.
Feature
5 Teves: The Prevailing Power of Holiness
In conventional thinking, a U.S. federal court isn’t where the 250-year journey of the Chassidic movement would find a climactic peak. Then again, what about Lubavitch is conventional?
Women
The Myth of Doing and Having It All

We’re given a message through advertising and social media that you can or should do it all. We’re being sold that success is doing everything right, and, of course, doing all that as you appear beautiful and calm.
My Life Is Oh-So Ordinary!

I can’t help feeling depressed and diminished when I read articles about great people and all they have accomplished.
Parshah
What Was Joseph Thinking?

The story of Joseph and his brothers is confounding. What was Joseph’s agenda? Why did he devise this intricate plan that included framing his younger brother?
Story
The Wandering Storyteller

To each of his disciples Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov revealed his task in life, and one, who is the hero of our story, he instructed to become a wandering storyteller. “You will know when your mission is achieved,” the Besht added.
Turnusrufus asked Rabbi Akiva: "If your G-d loves the poor, why doesn't He feed them?" Said Rabbi Akiva to him: "I'll give you an analogy: A king got angry on his child and locked him away in a dungeon, and commanded that he not be given to eat or to drink; and a person fed the king's child. When the king hears of this, does he not reward that person...?"
— Talmud, Bava Batra 10a