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The Three Weeks

Perhaps, just perhaps, we can relate to this: whenever we feel distant from Hashem, that is the Churban.

Matot: Why Is The End of Bamidbar So Anticlimactic?

Over the next 2 weeks covering portion Matot and Maasei, Rabbi Fohrman will bring order to confusion.

The Beauty Of Green

Our home is in the center of the Holy Land, surrounded by (what else?) green hills and valleys.

Missing Hei

"Sound fine," said Mrs. Schwartz. "In the middle, paint their names, Shoshana and Yehonasan. He spells his name Yehonasan with a hei and is very particular about it!"

Q & A: Birkat HaGomel (Part VIII)

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)

Two Elements To A Sin

We may not recognize the adverse affect of eating forbidden foods, but they leave an indelible imprint.

Nedarim And Contingencies

There are several rules that one must adhere to when making a neder.

In Times Of Danger, Run To – Rather Than From – Israel

Important message for Jews in the Diaspora: In times of need run to Israel rather than from Israel.

Prescriptions For Conflict Resolution

The negotiation between Moses and the tribes of Reuven and Gad is a model of conflict resolution.

A Nation Destined To Dwell Alone (Part One)

Once again we find ourselves alone – a little lamb among wolves.

When This is Finally Over….

When we return to our routines, things don’t have to go back to exactly the way they were.

Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg zt”l: Exile and Its Egregious Effects

The Three Weeks determines the "who we are and how we live" as Jews.

Is Pinchas Really Eliyahu?

Sometimes when Chazal say that two different people are really one, they do not mean it literally, but rather figuratively.

Parshat Pinchas: What Does It Mean To Be Zealous For God?

The midrash says that Pinchas, (this parsha), and Eliyahu, prophet of Kings, are one and the same.

Returning The Kindness

The simple act of kindness should be the reward itself. Anything more in the form of a reward is gravy.

Old Stroller

"It is sometimes possible through hataras nedarim, nullification of vows," replied Rabbi Dayan, "but it's not simple for charity pledges.

The Perfect Representative

The kohen gadol may not enter the Temple unless his hair is cut every seven days.

Inheriting Positions Of Honor

We need to understand why Moshe Rabbeinu decided to ask that his sons inherit his position after this new halacha was introduced.

Daf Yomi

Ancient Cities, Ancient Walls (Megillah 3b-4a)

Q & A: Birkat HaGomel (Part VIII)

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)

Passing The Baton

Moshe served dual major roles for bnei Yisrael. He was their teacher and their leader.

Why Do We Pray With A Set Text?

An opinion recorded in the Talmud states that prayers correspond to the daily sacrifices offered in the Temple that are mentioned in this week’s...

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