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With A Melody In My Heart And A Pain In My Soul

Those Jewish souls that society had given up on as lost were cast into the vast ocean of apathy and indifference.

Is Halakhic Sophistication Always a Virtue?

Torah thoughts on this week's parsha, Vayakhel-Pekudei

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – Pray With all Your Heart

We may have thought that the first thing Mordechai would do after hearing about the decree of annihilation would be to run to Queen Esther and work on annulling it through their diplomatic and political connections. But that is not what happened.

Gratitude: Great Pillar Of Our Faith

Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h, providing guidance on Hakarat haTov--gratitude. Our thanks to you Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h.

Caught In A Lie (Siman 79:1)

By denying the existence of the loan, the debtor, by implication, also admits that he did not repay it.

Borrowed Costume

"My son dressed up as a lion last year," exclaimed Mrs. Kahn. "We bought this great costume. It was so realistic!"

For The Love Of Money

This Rashi seems difficult to understand when we focus on whom these people were and where this was taking place.

The God-Spotter

Though my father lives in another area of Staten Island, he has been intermittently involved with this synagogue since its inception.

Pesach Medication And Alcohol

May a person who wants to eat chametz that everybody else finds inedible do so?

Q & A: Batei Din (Part I)

Question: I anticipate soon dissolving a business partnership. How should I expect to be treated in a beit din? No Name Please

Daf Yomi

Our Turn ‘A Gentile Nullifies His Idolatrous Relic’ (Avodah Zarah 52b)

America’s Real Problem

We must also work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life, that creates deep and meaningful human connections, and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors.

Arbitration Vs. Litigation

We must never forget that when Aaron was left to lead, the people made a golden calf. But never forget that Moses needed an Aaron to hold the people together. In short, leadership is the capacity to hold together different temperaments, conflicting voices and clashing values.

Redeeming Relevance: Did Moshe Decide to Break the Tablets?

Paradoxically, with Moshe’s desperate act, something positive happened. When the people realized what Moshe was responding to, it shook them to their foundations.

Parshat Tezaveh

Some think that what a person wears classifies what type of person he or she is.

Purim Is Not Jewish Halloween!

Is the way we celebrate Purim the ideal way to spiritually experience it?

Turning Pain Into Blessings

Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h, advice on dealing with life's crises and agonies

For One Or All?

Yaakov looked at the will again. "Why do you say that?" he asked. "The will does not say to give $10,000 to each grandchild. It says that $10,000 is granted to the grandchildren as a group. Divide the sum among you!"

Q & A: Matanot La’evyonim

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? Menachem

Why Do We Sing Shalom Aleichem?

The Maharsha explains that each mitzvah in the Torah has two angels appointed over it, one good and one bad.

Daf Yomi

An Idolatrous Eruv ‘Wood From An Asheirah Tree’ (Avodah Zarah 49b)

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