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Dashed Hopes And The Jewish Leader

6 Sivan 5774 – June 3, 2014
The multitudes among them experienced a desire for meat and wept.

Fasten Your Seat Belts!

Our son-in-law e-mailed tickets for us to print out and bring along to allow us admittance. Simple enough.

Should An 80-Year-Old Have A Bar Mitzvah?

Question: A number of synagogues feature bar mitzvah celebrations for elderly Jews. Is this proper?

Serving Hashem – Your Own Way

2 Sivan 5774 – May 30, 2014
One who loves can buy a factory-made knick-knack for his partner, but a personal hand-made gift is infinitely more precious.

The Gift Of Life

Life is what you make of it. And if our lives are defined by Torah, then these weeks of Sefira are all about making the most of it.

Shavou’ot (Pentecost) Guide for the Perplexed, 2014

The 49 days between Passover and Shavou'ot are dedicated to enhancing one's behavior, following in the footsteps of the Jews, who forged/enhanced their own national character during the 40 years in the desert.

Always Ready To Bless – With Love

1 Sivan 5774 – May 29, 2014
The Shulchan Aruch notes that a priest who is in mourning for one of the seven close relatives does not bless the people during the Shiva period.

May One Transgress To Restore Shalom Bayis?

Generally there is an issur de’oraisa to erase Hashem’s name, but here the Torah explicitly permits it.

Q & A: Birkat HaGomel (Part II)

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)

Dent

"I have no doubt you should pay the full value of the repair," replied Zvi, "but I'm willing to ask Rabbi Dayan how much you owe."

Daf Yomi

Sanctified For Now And Thereafter ‘In Front of the Sun or Behind It?’ (Rosh Hashana 23b)

I Never Do Anything Wrong

Why can’t a man just admit it is wrong to steal but he wants to do it anyway?

Parshat Naso: A Guide For…Parenting?

Is parsha Naso teaching us how we should treat our children?

Two Days Rosh Hashanah, Eruvin And Eggs

From this decree on, the two days of Rosh Hashanah, unlike the two days of Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot, were no longer celebrated out of doubt but out of certainty.

Ritual Without Morality

Hashem understood their complaint and therefore selected the ritual mitzvah of sukkah to test them.

The Siddur

“Daddy,” I exclaimed, “Is this how you daven?” Daddy’s response was a hearty laugh. I felt so proud of myself.

The Integral Link Between Nation And Family

May we feel the pain of what is happening in Israel not merely as members of the Jewish nation but as members of our own family.

My Rabbi (Part II)

Saying “thank you” to people to whom we are indebted is humbling – especially if we’ve been raised in a culture of entitlement.

Shabbos Mevorchim Sivan

23 Iyyar 5774 – May 23, 2014
The girl who had remarkably survived the accident had previously not led a religious lifestyle - which unsurprisingly changed after this event.

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