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TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Yitro: Women’s Candle Power

May we each brighten the world in our own way and may we merit having and seeing children whose light will both burn brightly as well as kindle the light of others. Shabbat Shalom

Shaliach Mitzvah Money

Mr. Berger called home to see if he left his wallet there by mistake. "I'll check right away," said his wife. She called back two minutes later that the wallet was on his desk.

Daf Yomi

Exchanging Land? ‘Nor Shall You Show Them Favor’ (Avodah Zarah 20a)

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – Open My Lips

If we can make Hashem's presence even slightly more real to ourselves, it will be a great accomplishment!

Q & A: Tanach’s ‘Hidden Women’

Question: At work, people sometimes argue that the Torah doesn’t regard women highly, only mentioning them in passing, almost begrudgingly at times. They cite, for example, the Torah’s treatment of Serach bat Asher and Yocheved bat Levi. I would appreciate very much if you could provide me with “ammunition” to refute them. Mrs. C. Grosz

Why Does The Mechaber Repeat Himself? (Siman 78:5)

Any defendant who denies a claim in its entirety must take the Shevuat Heiset oath of denial.

A Tzaddik’s Bracha

I decided to unplug my phone before davening to prevent any distractions. Finally after one on the most intense prayers I have ever experienced I went to plug in the phone. It immediately rang.

Learning To Enjoy This World

Hashem created those sacs so that there would be another dimension to our enjoyment. The sensation of eating an orange would be different without this feature.

Seize The Moment

Very often we experience a moment of hisorerus or inspiration in which we immediately develop aspirations to better ourselves.

Even Moses Needed Help

By delegating the judicial function downward, Moses would bring ordinary people – with no special prophetic or legal gifts – into the seats of judgment. Precisely because they lacked Moses’s intuitive knowledge of law and justice, they were able to propose equitable solutions.

The Challenge of Yitro: Would You Convert?

Yitro confronts us for the first time with a new phenomenon: to be a Jew by choice. By doing so, he presents all Jews with a major challenge: how to become a Jew by choice even when one has been born into the fold.

Becoming

I finished reading that the Israeli chief rabbinate invalidating numerous conversions, opened the weekly portion, and enjoyed a hearty chuckle when I remembered that the portion of Revelation and the Ten Statements is named for a convert, a failed one, Yitro. Things sure have changed.

Parshas Beshalach: Singing Of Emunah

So why sing it? If the second shirah does not add any new ideas or even words, what was its purpose?

Chesed And Rachamim In Our Lives (Part Two)

More eternal wisdom from Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h. This week considering how to become an agent of chesed (compassion) and rachamim (mercy)-continued from last week.

The Grass Is Greener: Litigating in Non-Jewish Courts

What happens if a Diaspora Jew refuses to appear before a Jewish court of law or refuses to honor its judgment?

The Merit Of Trusting Hashem

The difficulty with this Rashi is that he lists all three reasons in same breath as if they are equal, and clearly they aren’t.

Q & A: Covering The Challah

Question: Why do we cover the challah when we make Kiddush? Why don’t we cover any other foods on the table? Zelig Aronson

Daf Yomi

To Have Or To Hold ‘Renting Is Not Owning’ (Avodah Zara 15a)

You Must Believe Me That I Repaid You Earlier Today Because I Could Have...

Such a defense can only be raised at the end of the day because it is based on a migo. The migo is that if the borrower were lying, he could have come up with a better defense.

Intended Gift

"It won't be easy to buy another one," said Mrs. Lieber. "It was an odd sale item I found in an antique store. It's not right to give away what I got special for them."

Enjoy The Fruit

Of course, in our time Eretz Yisrael has begun producing fruits in an enormous abundance. That it has done so despite it being known as a barren desert for millennia is nothing short of an open miracle.

Dance of Forgiveness

Miriam and the women who followed her recognized that Israel would be unable to move forward until they forgave God for their suffering and their fear. So they sang of God desiring to share His power with them so that they too would be able to "hurl horse with rider into the sea," as Israel does to Amalek in the closing scene of the portion.

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