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Life: The School Of Growth

If a man sins and follows his inclinations, he will find comfort in this world – but when he dies, he will go to a place that is all thorns.

A Humbling Lesson (Part III)

Nothing is more effective to diminish envy than gratitude.

The Three Prayers Of Moshe

The first prayer of Moshe was Vayechal, where Moshe's petition was that no matter how bad bnei Yisrael were, the Egyptians were worse.

Preliminary Pruzbul

"We're leining now, and shouldn't be talking," Mr. Silver gently quieted his son. "At the Shabbos table we can discuss it at length."

Still A Nation That Dwells Alone (Continued from Last Week)

If we regard pain and suffering as mere coincidence, we will feel no motivation to examine our lives

Defining Reality

Culture is not nature. There are causes in nature, but only in culture are there meanings.

Adding And Subtracting From The Torah

Rabbinic law is pivotal but it's important to understand which laws are rabbinic and which biblical.

Re’eh: Jewish Slavery

We give slave gifts? If he wants to stay, we pierce his ear?!

The Rebellious City

A bit of (non-Jewish) history can help us understand this week’s Torah portion: In the early 1500s, the Catholic church was being fundamentally challenged...

Parshas Eikev: Return To The Land

“When a mother plays with her child there is an acute awareness of the child. But even when the mother works at a job or is distracted by some other activity, there is a natural, latent awareness of her child's existence.

Identical Copy

"Guess what?" Benzion exclaimed when he returned home. "I just won an identical Mishnah Berurah in the avos u'banim raffle."

Limiting Beliefs

While it’s clear to you and to me that a 14,000-pound creature can easily break away from the light ropes holding it, the reality is that it cannot.

Daf Yomi

An Outcast ‘He Shall Dwell Outside His Tent’ (Moed Katan 7b)

Q & A: Prayer And Its Origins (Part II)

Question: The Gemara in Berachot states that the sages authored our prayers. Does that mean we didn’t pray beforehand? Menachem Via Email

Is One Required To Live In Israel? (Megillah 17b)

Based on the opinion of the Ramban, the Territorial School believes that leaving any territory of the Land of Israel in the possession of non-Jews is a violation of a biblical mandate.

Miracles In The Maternity Ward

“But they told me to come in today,” she said. They gave me this date months ago. It’s not my fault if it’s the wrong day.”

The Knots Of Tefillin

Tosafos there takes issue with Rashi’s view that the letters that are formed in the knots of the tefillin are considered part of the name of Hashem.

First, You Must Listen

Blind obedience is not a virtue in Judaism. God wants us to understand the laws He has commanded us

Still A Nation That Dwells Alone (Continued from Last Week)

What does Hashem want of us? That we should protect each other and the awesome heritage He gave us.

The Importance Of The Land Of Israel

Israel is the only place where we have the potential to fulfill our mandate as the chosen people.

Parshas Va’eschanan: ‘Wholeheartedly’

The innkeeper smiled and replied, “Why do you think we are dancing? We are dancing because G-d destroyed the Bais HaMikdash!”

The Middah Of Rachamim

One of the manifestations of the immature person is a sense of entitlement.

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