According to the Rambam, the k’nas applies to any chametz on Pesach with which one could, in theory, transgress the aveirah – even if no transgression actually occurred.
As night fell and Shabbat drew to a close, a minyan gathered in my sister’s home in Manchester, England.
Question: I recently loaned money to a friend who has been able to repay only part of it. This was an interest-free loan. We exchanged a signed IOU, not a proper shtar with witnesses, since I have always trusted her integrity and only wanted a document that confirms what was loaned and what was repaid. Now that shemittah is approaching, what should I do? Should I forgive the loan? And if my friend is not able to repay it, may I deduct the unpaid money from my ma’aser requirement? Name Withheld
Ancient Cities, Ancient Walls (Megillah 3b-4a)
Question: I seem to see a lack of uniformity regarding the mitzvah of sukkah on Shemini Atzeret. What is the proper procedure to follow? Menachem Via e-mail
"Iceberg, right ahead." With those words, the Titanic's lookout Frederick Fleet warned the crew on the ship's bridge of the imminent threat.
If my garment is clean, then I will be careful about maintaining its beauty. If it is soiled, I will not be as careful.
If you can't control your mouth, then you don't deserve to be a part of the community, and hence your abode is outside the camps of Israel.
Devarim often parallels the stories in Bereishit but in reverse & can be considered as a corrective
“These days of counting are similar to the days of Chol HaMoed that are in between the first and last day of Sukkos . . .”
Location! Location! ‘On and Off His Forehead’ (Pesachim 77a)
Since each month is aligned with a particular shevet and constellation, we can inform ourselves of the qualities of the month through them.
If that is the case, though – if a mechallel Shabbos is toned because he is like one who is ovdei avodah zarah – why, Rav Akiva Eiger asks, is a person who desecrates Shabbos in private stoned?
5 sisters, with no brothers, questioned an assumed law concerning land inheritance in Israel-and won
They had realized they would be far from civilization and kosher food and had packed plenty of fresh and canned food as well as making sure there was a microwave in their room which they knew how to kasher.
Where is our Exodus? If the question is about miraculous salvation and the punishment of our enemies, I have no answer. If the question is a quest for experiencing greatness, the answer is the Mitzvot
On the face of it, the connections between the sedrah and haftarah of Bamidbar are slender. The first has to do with demography. Bamidbar begins with a census of the people. The haftarah begins with Hosea’s vision of a time when “the number of the children of Israel will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or numbered.” There was a time when the Israelites could be counted; the day will come when they will be countless. That is one contrast between the future and the past.
What a magnificent day, praying as one with Am Yisrael, the devotion that has kept our people alive
Sukkot is a universal holiday, inviting all peoples to come on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
If you were the most generous, loving person in the world, and you were completely devoted to help me, if my time on this planet is up there is nothing that you can do to change that; any human is powerless to change my destiny.
The Ran asks why the Gemara concludes that since we are unsure which two of the four we must recline for, that we must recline for all four.
The commentators discuss the meaning and implications of the “strange fire” brought as an offering by Nadav and Avihu. In his discussion of this perplexing passage, Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, discusses their early demise and observes that their death served a greater purpose (through the sadness that ensued) and that despite receiving a divine death penalty, the Torah regards them as great people.
Why distinguish between parts of the Torah to say that this part came from pi Hagevurah while the other part came from pi Moshe?
Modim is the only bracha in Chazaras HaShatz that the tzibbur says is because one cannot give thanks to Hashem through the Sheliach Tzibbur, through a messenger. You have to thank Hashem yourself. It is a personal requirement that does not lend itself to be accomplished through an agent.