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Parshat Masei: The Nine Days

28 Tammuz 5774 – July 25, 2014
When Germany invaded neutral Belgium on August 4, England declared war on Germany. Thus, by the end of the first week of August all the major powers of Europe were at war.

The Three Weeks

The Talmud teaches that the Beis HaMikdash was destroyed because of baseless hatred.

Reflection And Accountability

When taking any major step in life it is a good idea to carefully re-evaluate one’s past.

Leadership In Time Of Crisis

Ours is a small and intensely vulnerable people. Inspired, we rise to greatness. Uninspired, we fall

A Humbling Lesson (Part II)

The enormity of Hiram’s accomplishments crazed him and deluded him into self-deification.

Reduced Rental

27 Tammuz 5774 – July 24, 2014
"I'll make you a deal," he said. "If you pay monthly – it's $4,500; if you pay six months up front – I'll give it to you for $4,200."

The Power Of Prayer

When Hashem first thought (if it could be) about creating the world, the middah of din was in operation.

Daf Yomi

Hallel On Purim? “Its Reading Is Its Praise” (Megillah 14a)

Q & A: Birkat HaGomel (Part X)

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)

Pidyon Haben During The Three Weeks

If the only person available to perform the milah on the eighth day is a person who is not an observant Jew, the milah should be postponed until a devout mohel is available.

What A City Of Refuge Has To Offer

It is apparent from the Maharsha that he does not see galus as atoning for killing accidentally; otherwise, this Gemara would not bother him.

The Ups And Downs Of Summer

It was found to be a giant deer tick living in her head – with its claws in her scalp.

The Test And The Reward

While daydreaming about finding the perfect job, I never expected to be rewarded in spades for my aforementioned experience.

A Nation Destined To Dwell Alone (Part Two)

We are all entrusted with the mission of protecting our fellow Jews

The Waters of the Lord

26 Tammuz 5774 – July 23, 2014
Today, we remain Hashem's nachal.

We’re All In This Together

Will Your brothers go to war, while you sit (in peace) here? (Bamidbar 32:6)

The Three Weeks

21 Tammuz 5774 – July 18, 2014
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?

20 Tammuz 5774 – July 17, 2014
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.

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