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Sincere And Everlasting

If one wins the lottery and is instantly transformed from pauper to millionaire, although at first he can hardly give enough charity, he soon acclimates to his new lifestyle.

Is Davening A Bore And A Chore?

It becomes quite clear that measured by time, Klal Yisrael values avodas ha’tefillah, serving Hashem through prayer, tremendously.

Nothing Influences A Person More

This weeek's parsha teaches us two pillars of life...

Bizarre Stories? It’s All Bashert

Truth is often far stranger than fiction when it comes to shidduchim--just ask the Avot

Dreams, Naps & Promises

If I had Jacob's dream, I would not have been able to go back to sleep, and, I'd like to believe that I would have responded to the historic promises rather than make a conditional promise emphasizing bread and clothes. I would expect a "Thank You," from Jacob, instead of falling asleep and then playing "Let's Make A Deal,"

The Double Plague Of Measles

Unfortunately, we do not have a single halachic authority that everyone abides by, and as a result each person can rely on whomever they choose.

A Bottle Of Wine

This was the Sixties, and they shared the ideals of their adolescent children. Pro-civil liberties, anti-war – the epitome of unaffiliated, liberal Jews.

Daf Yomi

What About The Blood ‘They Were Not Really Babylonians…’ (Menachos 100a)

Q & A: Tal U’matar – Why December 4 Or 5? (Part II)

Question: Why do we begin saying Tal U’matar on the evening of December 4 or 5? Why is the secular date relevant? Also, what should an American Jew do if he is in Eretz Yisrael (where people start saying Tal U’matar earlier) and then returns home before December 4 or 5? Zelig Aronson

Why Did You Throw Out The Cholent?

The caterer ran back to Boaz. "The cholent is permissible!" he exclaimed. "I already dumped it into the garbage," Boaz replied.

Silencing The ‘I’ To Meet God

How do we come to know that “God is in this place”? “By ve’anokhi lo yadati – not knowing the I. ”We sense the “Thou” of the Divine Presence when we move beyond the “I” of egocentricity. Only when we stop thinking about ourselves do we become truly open to the world and the Creator.

Redeeming Relevance: When a Brother is Not

Understanding relationships leading to understanding the parsha

Daf Yomi

A Matter Of Inflation ‘Since It’s Baked, It Expands’ (Menachos 94a)

Q & A: Tal U’matar – Why December 4 or 5? (Part I)

Question: Why do we begin saying Tal U’matar on the evening of December 4 or 5? Why is the secular date relevant? Also, what should an American Jew do if he is in Eretz Yisrael (where people start saying Tal U’matar earlier) and then returns home before December 4 or 5? Zelig Aronson

When You ‘Rent’ Without Permission

Mr. Siegel took an urn, three hotplates, and some boxes of vases and flowers from the garage. He took them to the shul and set them up in the room where they were eating.

Your Spouse May Have A Point

Opposing insights are worth reflecting on. To handle different viewpoints in a marriage requires maturity, and every couple is advised to attain this maturity sooner rather than later. For you can either respect your spouse’s "illogical opinion” or suffocate the person you selected to marry.

Out Of Control

Our most recent attempt at sending two greeting cards to our children in the USA proved to be a comedy of errors if ever there was one.

Why Do Lubavitchers Do It?

What motivates Chabad emissaries? Yitzchak's work is also our work – to dig wells. To believe that under the dirt and dust and all the layers, there is clear, sweet water. Even if someone seems indifferent, distant, and cynical – even wicked – that is just an outer shell. Inside there is a soul, there is life.

The Courage Of Persistence

Normally we strive to individuate ourselves by differentiating ourselves from our parents. Isaac was not like this. He was content to be a link in the chain of generations, faithful to what his father had started. Isaac represents the faith of persistence, the courage of continuity/

The Rubashkin Saga (Part XIX)

Another installment in the ongoing injustice perpetrated against Shalom Rubashkin. Chodesh Tov

Spreading the Gifts of Monotheism

Sexual ethics are a practical lesson of monotheism, of a belief in the Creator of Heaven and Earth. Without a God, the contemporary Western idea of consenting adults doing whatever does not harm anyone makes perfect sense; part of what the Jewish people learned from our Patriarchs and Matriarchs was a broader perspective, which taught us to discipline our sexuality.

The Light Within – The Light Above

All Toledot - Relationships - begin with our relationship with ourselves.

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – Three Avos. Three Times. Three Prayers.

This dvar Torah is liluy nishmas my rebbi Hagaon Harav Moshe Twersky zt"l HY"D, who was killed four years ago this Shabbos in the Har Nof Massacre.

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