To whom does one give on Purim? Must one give to someone who, one suspects, may not really be poor? Is there a minimal amount one must give? Also, what about boys collecting for yeshivot or other institutions – may one discharge one’s obligation by giving to them?
The Maharsha explains that each mitzvah in the Torah has two angels appointed over it, one good and one bad.
An Idolatrous Eruv
‘Wood From An Asheirah Tree’
(Avodah Zarah 49b)
There was once a scalding hot bath that no one could enter. Along came one foolish individual who jumped in. Although he was immediately burned, he cooled off the bath for others.
The only inkling I had that something was amiss was that sometimes when I would greet she responds and other times she doesn't.
The prohibition of bishul akum does not cover foods which have been prepared for eating by a process of salting or pickling rather than cooking and neither does it apply to smoked foods.
My family always found an open and warm welcome when they flew in for a family simcha, but now due to Hashem’s goodness and kindness I am now living in close proximity to several of my children.
The night of Purim should not be the first time that one is hearing the story of the Megillah. Reading it in public is intended to publicize the miracles that Hashem performed.
Unhappy Americans on the right blame the problems inherent to life, and they blame themselves. Unhappy Americans on the left blame America.
“Guns didn’t suddenly decide to visit mayhem on schools. Guns can’t decide.” But people can. And it’s the people who have changed. It is not guns that kill. It’s the minds of children and adults deprived of Godliness that kill.
The sedrah of Tetzaveh, in which the name of Moses is missing and the focus is on Aaron, reminds us that our heritage derives from both. Moses is a man of history, of epoch-making events.
More than 40 years after his death, Robeson retains his status as an American cultural and political icon, but he also leaves behind a sad legacy as a hero who betrayed his Jewish friends.
The entire world is like a body or a vessel, and Israel is the soul that makes the body run.
One of the IAF planes returning from the attack was shot down by Syria after the IAF had destroyed many Syrian anti-aircraft batteries in the area.
Not to put too fine a point on it, it appears that the Russian indictments are empty gestures.
Megillat Esther is the sole book of Tanach in which God’s name is not mentioned. This too can only be understood as an irony which confirms His pervasive, but hidden, presence.
My uncles took cover on the bimah, and cries of "Mazel Tov" pierced the air.
It breaks my heart to see my once happy and confident daughter depressed and isolated from her peers.
I underestimated how eager my children would be to buy real costumes.
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