About the Author

Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky

Rabbi Lopiansky is the Rosh Yeshiva of the Yeshiva of Greater Washington. He is the author of numerous scholarly works, in Hebrew and English.

Witchcraft and Judaism

If magic and the occult do exist, why are they so evil?

Our Legacy Passed Along

A Passover letter to my child.

The Olympics & Completing the Talmud

The stark contrast of the two events sheds light on what it means to be a Jew.

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv: Man of Truth & Tranquility

A glimpse of his greatness.

Uplifting Torah

A tribute to Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, zt"l, one of the greatest Jewish leaders of our generation.

Coming Together

How to repair the dissolution of the Temple and its subsequent exile.

Rosh Hashanah: Why Judgment Day?

God's memory and the substance of eternity.

The Fairest of Them All

Why does the lowly willow play the climactic role during Sukkot?

Selling Dreams

Judaism's laws of commerce assert a viable economy firmly rooted in reality.

Shavuot: Nexus between Man and God

How Shavuot and its parallel facets of meaning represent the intertwining of God's omnipotence with man's free will.

Armchair Generals

Although there may be no real solution at hand, here are two important points about this last war.

United in Soccer

If the point that unites a group defines its essence, what does the World Cup say about humanity?

Taking Back Nature: A Reflection

Every so often, we are reminded that we are not the conquerors, but trustees.


Is there any substance behind the latest fad: kabbalistic red strings?

The Six Million Kedoshim

Why we refer to those who perished in the Holocaust as "kedoshim."

Slavery of the Aimless

Why is slavery the worst thing that can happen to a person? Why is it worse than death? The answer is as simple as it is profound.

Redemption by Reversal

Unlocking the mystery behind Purim's , mystical redemption.

The Sniper

As a face appeared in the crosshairs, the DC sniper took aim at a whole world.

Israel's Glory vs. Greek's Beauty

The Greeks restricted the world to physical beauty while the Jews opened the eyes of the world to the spiritual glory that lies deep within.

The Darkness that was Greece

The world of Greece was defined by beauty and philosophy, which many Jews admired. Yet in the end, there had to be a fight to the finish between the two ways of life. Why?

Why a Joy Filled Sukkot?

Sukkot is a holiday for rejoicing. Isn't there something forced and unnatural in picking a time and saying, "Now let us rejoice"?

Rediscovering the Revelation

A thousand years after Sinai, the Jews reaffirmed their commitment to Torah. Why two acceptances?

The Human Core

Lessons from the Andrea Yates killings.

A Home for the Soul

The Temple Mount arouses Jewish passions like no other issue. Here's why.

The Last Laugh: Thoughts on the Arab-Israeli Conflict

The Biblical conflict between Isaac and Ishmael is rooted in laughter. And it's no joke.

All the Rage

Murder out of rage is not primarily a moral problem. It is an extreme reaction of an individual who just realized he is not in charge of his world.

The Freedom of Simplicity

The paradoxical meaning of matzah.

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