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Yom Kippur: Purification

9 Tishri 5775 – October 2, 2014
There is one day of the year on which the Satan has no power: Yom Kippur.

Shabbos: A Day With Hashem: Three Times Holy

During shmittah we refrain from agricultural activities and collection of loans, and on Yom Kippur we refrain from all physical pleasures.

Daf Yomi

A Miraculous Visual Treat ‘They Lifted It Up To Show…’ (Chagiga 26b)

Q & A: Shemittah And IOUs (Part V)

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

Awaiting The Dawn Of A Bright Day

What right do I, sinner, have to approach Hashem and request forgiveness?

The Siyum That Ended The War

Throughout the war, Akiva had several brief furloughs home, and each time exchanged whichever mishnayos volume he had finished for the next in the series.

Teshuvah Is Easy; Change Is Difficult

Imagine a man who, after having a few too many drinks, gets into his car and begins driving. It takes a while before he is pulled over, but finally the police arrest him, and he stands trial for driving while intoxicated.

Ma’aser Maftir

Mr. Fisher contacted Rabbi Dayan. "Am I allowed to use money of ma'aser kesafim to pay the shul for an aliyah that I bought?" he asked.

Shabbat, Shabbat Shabbaton

In addition to Yom Kippur, there is at least one other instance when a person may fast on Shabbat – the case of a ta’anit chalom, in which a person wishes to fast to prevent an ominous dream from becoming reality.

Making Kiddush On Shabbos Yom Kippur

Others suggest that one cannot separate Shabbos from Yom Kippur by accepting Shabbos early.

Yom Tov Memories: The Shofar Of Bergen-Belsen

The call of the shofar is eternal. It is not musical. Its magnetic allurement cannot be explained.

The Meaning Of Teshuvah

Ba’al Shem Tov: “Hashem, too, is crying; as much as He is looking for us, we rarely look for Him.”

The Cry On Yom Kippur

When we cry from the heart, someone listens; When we cry on Yom Kippur, God hears us.

May One Wear Crocs on Yom Kippur?

8 Tishri 5775 – October 1, 2014
Contrary to popular belief, the Talmud never explicitly limits the ban on footwear to leather shoes.

Fast of Gedaliah

4 Tishri 5775 – September 27, 2014
On Sunday, Jews will be refraining from food and drink from dawn until sunset to commemorate the Fast of Gedaliah. Following Nebuchadnetzar’s destruction of the...

The Sands of the Sea

1 Tishri 5775 – September 24, 2014
As we enter the Days of Awe, we must recognize that it is a joy to honor and serve true royalty.

Reflections On The Shofar

On Rosh Hashanah we are taught that true self-analysis involves the breaking down of walls

An Important Meeting

When we hear the words "Rosh Hashana is coming" it really means Hashem Himself is coming!

The Virtues Of Judaism

Who am I? What are the most important things in my life? What do I want to be remembered for? If, as a purely...

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