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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.

Our Legacy Passed Along

Our Legacy Passed Along

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A Passover letter to my child.


The Olympics & Completing the Talmud

The Olympics & Completing the Talmud

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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

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv: Man of Truth &...

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A glimpse of his greatness.


Uplifting Torah

Uplifting Torah

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


Coming Together

Coming Together

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


Rosh Hashanah: Why Judgment Day?

Rosh Hashanah: Why Judgment Day?

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God's memory and the substance of eternity.


The Fairest of Them All

The Fairest of Them All

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


The Freedom of Simplicity

The Freedom of Simplicity

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The paradoxical meaning of matzah.


Shavuot: Nexus between Man and God

Shavuot: Nexus between Man and God

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


Selling Dreams

Selling Dreams

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


Rediscovering the Revelation

Rediscovering the Revelation

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


Threadbare

Threadbare

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


The Darkness that was Greece

The Darkness that was Greece

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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?


Israel's Glory vs. Greek's Beauty

Israel's Glory vs. Greek's Beauty

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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.


A Home for the Soul

A Home for the Soul

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


Redemption by Reversal

Redemption by Reversal

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Unlocking the mystery behind Purim's unique, mystical redemption.


The Six Million Kedoshim

The Six Million Kedoshim

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


Why a Joy Filled Sukkot?

Why a Joy Filled Sukkot?

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


Witchcraft and Judaism

Witchcraft and Judaism

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Between God and nature lies a bridge of the occult. A slip-up means falling into the abyss of spiritual perversion.


Slavery of the Aimless

Slavery of the Aimless

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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.


Negotiating with Kidnappers

Negotiating with Kidnappers

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Exploring the Talmudic thought process involved in releasing terrorists in exchange for the freedom of the three abducted Israeli soldiers.


United in Soccer

United in Soccer

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


Taking Back Nature: A Reflection

Taking Back Nature: A Reflection

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


Armchair Generals

Armchair Generals

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


The Sniper

The Sniper

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


The Human Core

The Human Core

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Lessons from the Andrea Yates killings.


All the Rage

All the Rage

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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 Last Laugh: Thoughts on the Arab-Israeli Conflict

The Last Laugh: Thoughts on the Arab-Israeli...

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


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