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A Humbling Lesson (Part IV)

“he’s my rabbi” the Black painter said with pride, pulling out a photo of the Rebbe from his wallet

God Is One With Us

The Torah notes that even when we are dispersed God will return us to Him.

The Fourteenth Principle

Simply, for Rambam the number 14 (2x7) was his favored organizing principle.

Up And Down The Staircase

One of the cornerstones of our Jewish life is chesed, kindness. Chesed can only be taught by example

Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude

Our understanding of what is and what is not possible creates imagined ceilings of opportunity for us.

A Tick To Remember

This young, innocent child gave me a powerful, warm surge of energy and strength.

A Clean Slate

The Chafetz Chaim answered that there are two forms of teshuvah; teshuvah m’ahava and teshuvah m’yirah.

Q & A: Shemittah And IOUs (Part III)

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

Daf Yomi

A Role Reversal ‘Return, O Wayward Sons…’ (Chagigah 15a)

Rental Remainders

When the Kleins returned, however, they were dismayed to see that the renters did a poor job cleaning up after themselves.

It’s Your Choice

In Parshas Re’eh the Torah tells us about the bechira to adhere to the commandments of Hashem and refrain from sin. In Parshas Nitzavim, the Torah tells us that we have the choice to repent after we have sinned.

Nitzavim-Vayeilech: “Where’s the Happy Ending?”

As Moshe is about to die, why does God tell him about how the Israelites will ruin everything?

How Not to Have Too Much Integrity on Yom Kippur

Jonah objected to God accepting repentance based on ulterior motives and likely for short duration.

Nations of Stone

This week's parsha offers a new covenant; a covenant that speaks to national life unlike any other

Parshas Ki Savo: All Jews Are Righteous

All Jews are inherently righteous and that is why we all have a portion in the World to Come.

Celebration, Serenity, And Mourning Part II (Moed Katan)

If mourning is incompatible with Yom Tov, why is it not incompatible with Shabbat?

Lending With Interest

Since it is a Rabbinic prohibition we may follow the more lenient opinion.

Using Visualizations

How can the Torah expect me today, thousands of years after the mitzvahs were given, to view each mitzvah as if I’m fulfilling it for the first time?

A Nation Of Storytellers

Torah isn't a theological treatise or a metaphysical system but a series of stories linked over time

Practice Drill

In contrast to her Eicha-like lamentations of the previous hour or more, however, my youngest was now grinning from ear-to-ear.

Daf Yomi

An Astonishing Miracle ‘Why Bring the Infants to Hakhel?’ (Chagigah 3a)

Q & A: Shemittah And IOUs (Part II)

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

Kindness Makes Miracles (Continued from Last Week)

e are in a time of serious crisis and must go beyond our present levels of chesed.

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