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Parshas Devarim

5 Av 5774 – July 31, 2014
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When A Judge Can Recuse Himself

The talmid is not allowed to speak up due to any fear. If he remains silent, he is in violation of this prohibition.

Human Endeavor And Divine Intervention

One must act as if everything depends on us and pray as if everything depends on God.

Missing Fifty

When Yoram got home that evening, he went over to Effy: "My day camp is looking for extra supervision for an overnight trip," he said. "Would you like to come? They're paying $250 for the trip."
Crossing the Jordan River

A History of National Responsibility

Unlike the two and a half tribes, when we walk in front of G-d, we must be perfect in our motivation

Moses: Leading And Teaching

When someone exercises power over us, they diminish us; when someone teaches us, they help us grow.

Shabbos Mevorchim Menachem Av

28 Tammuz 5774 – July 25, 2014
Just as the moon waxes, wanes and renews itself, so has the nation of Israel renewed itself through the millennia.

Masei: Why Is The End of Bamidbar So Anticlimactic? Part II

Parshat Masei: Rabbi Fohrman addresses the age-old question, are we our brother's keeper?

Parshat Masei: The Nine Days

When Germany invaded neutral Belgium on August 4, England declared war on Germany. Thus, by the end of the first week of August all the major powers of Europe were at war.

The Three Weeks

The Talmud teaches that the Beis HaMikdash was destroyed because of baseless hatred.

Reflection And Accountability

When taking any major step in life it is a good idea to carefully re-evaluate one’s past.

Leadership In Time Of Crisis

Ours is a small and intensely vulnerable people. Inspired, we rise to greatness. Uninspired, we fall

A Humbling Lesson (Part II)

The enormity of Hiram’s accomplishments crazed him and deluded him into self-deification.

Reduced Rental

27 Tammuz 5774 – July 24, 2014
"I'll make you a deal," he said. "If you pay monthly – it's $4,500; if you pay six months up front – I'll give it to you for $4,200."

The Power Of Prayer

When Hashem first thought (if it could be) about creating the world, the middah of din was in operation.

Daf Yomi

Hallel On Purim? “Its Reading Is Its Praise” (Megillah 14a)

Q & A: Birkat HaGomel (Part X)

Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

Pidyon Haben During The Three Weeks

If the only person available to perform the milah on the eighth day is a person who is not an observant Jew, the milah should be postponed until a devout mohel is available.

What A City Of Refuge Has To Offer

It is apparent from the Maharsha that he does not see galus as atoning for killing accidentally; otherwise, this Gemara would not bother him.

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