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Tazria: The Bizarre Purification of the Metzora

26 Adar II 5774 – March 28, 2014
This week's parsha deals with the strange set of laws dealing with tzara'at.

The Impurity of the Birthing Mother and Her Offering

26 Adar II 5774 – March 27, 2014
What is the sin of the birthing mother?

Covering A Sefer Torah Between Aliyot

Question: Should a Sefer Torah be covered between aliyot?

Signs Of The Covenant

Many wonder what is the counterpoint for circumcision relative to women.

The Master Plan: Scripted To Perfection

Predictably, my husband agrees and is fine with either night. But after reminding him that he steadily delivers a shiur in his shul on Tuesday nights, he chooses Wednesday, offering a topic related to the Four Sons of Haggadah fame.

Q & A: The Leap Year At Adar (Part V)

Why does the Jewish leap year always consist of two Adars? Why specifically Adar? Menachem (Via E-Mail)

Shabbos Mevorchim Nissan

"Is my husband's Olam Haba'ah really worth the sume of 1,000 ruble?"

Breakfast And Happiness (Part VI)

25 Adar II 5774 – March 26, 2014
If you expect more, you will be less grateful; if you expect less, you will be more grateful.

Daf Yomi

What A Difference A Day Makes ‘Rav Rules: First Sukkah, Then Zeman’ (Sukkah 56a)

Second Day Yom Tov, Eruvin And Eggs (Beitzah 4)

Whether a month is chaser or maleh makes a crucial difference to our Jewish lives. If, for example, one mistakenly believed the month of Elul was maleh when in fact it was chaser, one might find oneself eating on Yom Kippur and fasting on a weekday. If one mistakenly believed the month of Adar was maleh when in fact it was chaser, one might find oneself eating bread on Pesach.

The Other Side Of The Mechitzah (Continued)

We should invite divorced people into our homes for Shabbas and Yom tov.

It’s Not Fair!

It seems Rashi is saying that had a Jew remained in his house that evening, he would not have been killed, and had he left his house, he might have died – not because he was guilty of any sin, not because he deserved to die, but because once the destroyer is given permission to kill, anyone in his path is in danger.

Skin Deep

Man has two possible extremes. If he is worthy, he transcends the rest of creation. However, if he is not worthy he is lower than the mosquito that was created before him.

Use With Care

"Well, I brought over a cake for the simcha," Mrs. Kasner said. She came in and put the cake down on the counter. "Please tell your mother I'd like the serving dish back after Shabbos."

Is It Sinful To Have Children?

The Gemara (Niddah 31b) states that Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai was asked why a woman who gives birth must bring a korban.

Israeli Foreign Ministry Says ‘No Choice’ on Closing Chabad’s Nepal Seder

23 Adar II 5774 – March 24, 2014
The labor action has prevented the far-flung Israeli embassy from providing the much-needed goods for the Chabad-Lubavitch seder in Nepal -- a world-famous event that draws nearly a thousand people annually to Katmandu.

Parshas Parah Purifies

19 Adar II 5774 – March 20, 2014
While our purpose in this world is to use our free will to choose good, to overcome our tests and challenges, part of that choosing should include a deep wish that we wouldn't even have the ability to sin.

Lost Property (Sukkot 25a)

Is a shomer aveidah considered a shomer chinam or a shomer sachar?

The Rationale For The Dietary Laws

The ritual of kashrut may help us become more conscious of our responsibilities to live ethical lives.

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