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G-d Expects More From Us

7 Adar I 5774 – February 6, 2014
Question: The Talmud (Berachot 33b) notes that it is improper to implore G-d: “Just as You have shown mercy upon a bird’s nest [with the mitzvah of shiluach ha’kan], so, too, may you have mercy and compassion on us.” Why is this prayer improper?

Divine Protection (Daf Yomi Sukkah)

When we are on the move in life, exiled from place to place, we turn to God, our Partner, for the protection of His cloud. When we are given the luxury of settling down, God turns to us, His partner, for the protection of our walls.

Celestial Reunion

The exact details of that nocturnal levayah have long since faded from my memory. However, one poignant story shook me to the core of my being – and remains with me still.

Arbiter of Checks and Balances

Even the judiciary has its limits, based on the principles set forth at Sinai by the Almighty.

The Counterpoint of Leadership

In Judaism, monarchy had little or no religious function.

Second Chances

Hearing that someone has been divorced nowadays doesn't have the same connotations it used to.

Parshas Terumah: The Value Of Effort

1 Adar I 5774 – January 31, 2014
Winston Churchill repeated a grade during elementary school. He twice failed the exam to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He later wrote, “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to the convictions of honor and good sense. Never, Never, Never, Never give up!”

Hashem’s House As An Address For Prayer

30 Shevat 5774 – January 30, 2014
The notion of a Temple, as either a temporary dwelling or as a permanent building at a specific site, is inherently difficult to understand. How can Hashem, the paradigm of perfect sanctity, coexist with our mundane, flawed universe? Infinity with the finite?

Book Money

Nachum was doing a research project on the Rambam for one of his courses. He borrowed a number of sefarim from his yeshiva's library for a month while writing the paper. When he completed the assignment, he gathered the sefarim together to return them to the library, but noticed that one sefer was missing.

Birthday Parties (Yoma 86a)

If karet is premature death at the hand of God, until what age can it strike and at what age can one celebrate emerging from the danger zone?

Daf Yomi

All For The Boss ‘Praiseworthy Is One Whose…Sins Are Covered’ (Yoma 86b)

Q & A: Sabbath Shuttle? (Part V)

Question: Is it permitted on the Sabbath or holidays to take a shuttle to synagogue? The neighborhood shuttle runs from 9-5 daily, is driven by a gentile, has a designated stop schedule, and is free of charge.

The Mercy Of Hashem

It should come as no surprise that the people offered their donations to the Mishkan with zeal and enthusiasm.

Thank you, Agudat Efrat

There is not even a shadow of doubt that without Agudat Efrat’s help, this child would not have been born.

Accidental Mitzvos

Although a mitzvah may not require kavanah, it may nevertheless require lishmah.

Jerusalem’s Unique Character and Holiness

Maimonides believes that even after the Roman conquest of Israel the land retained its holiness.

Can We Ever Trust Again?

With every word he spoke, I became more and more anxious.

The Home We Build Together

So long as every crisis was dealt with by Moses and miracles, the Israelite default response was complaint.

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