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On Not Being A Victim

Remarkably, despite the exiles and horrors of history, Jews did not see themselves as victims. This is the message Moses imparts throughout sefer Devarim: Never define yourself as a victim

Faith And Friendship

In this week’s parsha, Moshe reaches his lowest ebb. What is striking is the depth of Moses’ despair, the candor with which he expresses it, and the blazing honesty of the Torah in telling us this story.

The Halachic History of the Expanding Kezayis

He points out that medieval Ashkenazic authorities never saw an olive. Olives do not grow that far north; they only grow in the Mediterranean region.

If it Takes You More Than a Day to Clean for Pesach, You are...

I beg you to ask yourself this question: Which sounds will ring in your children’s ears in the future when they think back to Pesach in their home? Will it be moans, groans, bitterness and complaints or will they remember the joyous sounds of an energized family eagerly preparing for a meaningful Yom Tov?
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Circumcision: Why Risk Your Child’s Well-Being? A Call to All Israelis

Spinoza, who left all Jewishness correctly observed, circumcision is the secret to the miracle of Jewish survival. What those Jews who oppose circumcision should never forget is that the attempt to outlaw this rite may not just make Jewish life impossible, but would probably end all Jewish existence

Should All Midrashim Be Taken Literally?

We must struggle to understand, says the Rambam, the greatness and wisdom in the words of Chazal.

Reform Jediism, Not, It Is

Liel Leibovitz misunderstands The Last Jedi. It is not about a community that abandons its religion for an ephemeral universalist creed, but one that seeks out its ancient religion and returns to it.
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Rav Bina’s Yom Kippur Message 5778

God will judge you on Yom Kippur based on how you interact, treat and judge other people.

Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Guide for the Perplexed 2017 / 5778

On Rosh Hashanah, one is expected to plan a spiritual and behavioral road map for the entire year. So when one hears the shofar blow,the trip begins.

Guide for the Perplexed: The Ninth Day of Av

A many-layered day, central to Jewish history.

Matza’s Mixed Message: Are We Victors or Victims?

We have great difficulty accepting our role as Victor, rather than Victim. We apologize for how well our country functions, for our victories, and for our stubborn refusal to roll over and die.

Passover Guide for the Perplexed, 2017

Some history, some fun facts, some Halacha and... Next Year in Jerusalem

“Holier than Thou” Chumras – A Cause For Concern

Our sages write that one of the reasons the second Beit Hamikdash was destroyed was because of blind hatred.

Purim Guide for the Perplexed

Rules, halachot, laws and history for Purim. Have a Happy Purim!

Mishpatim: Female Servitude…Wait, WHAT?

In this video, Rabbi Fohrman shows us that the Torah argues that to create a better society, we must be proactive about addressing social and economic inequality.

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