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Shabbos Mevorchim Sivan

The lush greens nourished by the healing rains of Iyar heighten our anticipation of the approaching Yom Tov that established us for all time as a holy nation, beholden to and beloved by our Creator.

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai

True repentance requires a confession that enables the sinner to focus totally on his own errors.

Drinks Over Which To Make Kiddush (Bava Batra 95a)

Havdalah, according to most opinions, is of rabbinic origin. Accordingly, the rabbis have a more flexible approach.

A Desert Mirage?

The Israeli sun was beautiful as it slowly descended in the horizon, but I could not enjoy it as I usually would have.

The Merit of a Grandmother

The utility workers in this area usually do not do these kind of repairs, but being a bitter cold night in December when pipes can freeze he was kind enough to help the home owners.

Is Jerusalem Our Capital?

Jews witnessed the ten makkos defy every natural law and decimate their oppressors. How could they still be sinking lower in tumah after witnessing this?

Sustaining A Viable Diaspora

The large elephant stomping in the American Jewish community courtyard is the systematic neglect of American Jewish communal organizations which have neither recognized nor dealt with the sociological conditions accurately reported in the Pew study.

The Need For Confidence And Optimism

As the smear campaigns against Israel and President Trump continue unabated, partisans of both need to remain confident in order to maximize their effectiveness.

Preparing For War: Jerusalem, 1967

After Egypt closed the Tiran Straits passageway to Eilat, the situation was so dire in Jerusalem that the Rabbis permitted Yeshiva students to violate Shabbat in order to prepare for the inevitable war

Politics Abhors A Vacuum

Numerous times we explained that not only wouldn’t Trump move the embassy, but that it would be Netanyahu who would quash the move. That is exactly what appears to have happened.

Who Cares What They Think?

If Israel wishes to clear the moral air, it must start acting like it actually owns the land. Real owners don’t whine to others or try to please violent squatters. Real owners assert their authority – unapologetically.

Coping With Financial Setbacks

A financial setback can place health and shalom bayis at risk. But that’s precisely why we have to be on guard not to allow such tragic consequences to unfold. Repeat in your mind: “It’s bad enough that we are experiencing a financial crisis. I am not going to place our health and family in crisis as well.”

Daf Yomi

Priorities ‘According To Their Wisdom And Their Age’ (Bava Basra 120a)

When ‘He Who Can’t Swear Must Pay’ Doesn’t Apply (Siman 75:14)

Another example of a case in which the Modeh Bemikzat oath of partial admission imposed by the Torah does not apply is where the amount admitted is less than a minimum amount of two kesef silver coins.

Seforim Exchange

He discovered the Mikraos Gedolos cost about 35 percent more than the Mishnah Berurah.

Everybody’s Doing It

This may sound myopic and cloistered, but it is based on a fundamental understanding of the human. To remain pure in an impure world, we need to create our own world.

Clash Of Emotions

I listened to the speeches and marveled at the words of Torah coming from the non-observant master of ceremonies. Yes, the very air of Israel makes one wise.

Albany Beat

The Jewish community in Kosovo never fully recovered from the war as many emigrated to Israel during the Communist period.

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