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Jewish Blood Is Not Cheap

Although the Torah often points out the infinite value of every human life, this week's parshah gives a clear message about the value of Jewish life. We are told that no one will be permitted to murder Jews with impunity.

Beshalach: What Does It Mean to Have Faith?

Why did Miriam lead the women of the nation in a second song?

The Merit Of Trusting Hashem

After months of witnessing the hand of Hashem, the entire Jewish nation – three million strong – marched out from slavery to freedom with flourish and fanfare.

Q & A: Sabbath Shuttle? (Part III)

Question: Is it permitted on the Sabbath or holidays to take a shuttle to synagogue? The neighborhood shuttle runs from 9-5 daily, is driven by a gentile, has a designated stop schedule, and is free of charge.

Daf Yomi

To Be Or Not To Be “Appointed…Designated From The Previous Day” (Yoma 66b)

Fasting, Halacha And Common Sense (Yuma 73b)

A sick person who is told by a doctor (or feels on his own) that refraining from eating and drinking on Yom Kippur will or may aggravate the sickness to the point of danger, is required by halacha to eat and drink on Yom Kippur.

The First Blessing To Grandchildren

Question: Is there special significance to the blessing Yaakov gave his grandsons?

Save Me A Seat

Shlomo arrived at the bus station half an hour early, whereas Kalman got delayed on the way. As departure time approached, Kalman called Shlomo. "I'll be there in ten minutes," he said. "Get on the bus meanwhile and save me a seat next to you towards the back."

Must Women Eat Three Meals On Shabbos?

There is a machlokes Rishonim regarding the halacha that women are obligated in mitzvos that af ha’im hayu b’osah haneis.

The Lost Siddur

When my very busy friend and former neighbor called to say, “I have a story to tell you,” I knew it had to be a good one. I wasn’t disappointed.

Only in Jerusalem

Of course, you don’t need an excuse to go to Yerushalayim.

Looking Up

A fundamental principle of leadership is being taught here.

‘From A Friend’

That was G-d's original request, that Moshe "please" speak to the people and request that they borrow and share with their own friends - their fellow Jews, and demonstrate fraternity and devotion.

Borrowed Car

"Boruch's vort [engagement celebration] is tonight," Chaim said to his friend, Yoni. "How are you getting there?" "I'm not sure," said Yoni. "I'm looking for a ride with someone. Any chance you're driving?"

Q & A: Shabbat Shuttle? (Part II)

Question: Is it permitted on the Sabbath or holidays to take a shuttle to synagogue? My neighborhood shuttle runs from 9-5 daily, is driven by a gentile, has a designated stop schedule, and is free of charge.

I’m Never Wrong

The Egyptians lived through the most powerful manifestation of Hashem’s might. For months, they were afflicted while Hashem “played with” Mitzrayim. Two points were made clear: Hashem is the Master of Creation, and Moshe was the messenger of Hashem. Everything Moshe said would happen, happened – with precision and exactness.

Daf Yomi

The New And The Old “The Kohen Gadol, Due To Fatigue…” (Yoma 56b)

What’s In A Name?

Parents possess divine inspiration (ruach haKodesh) when naming their children. In instances wherein a child is named after a departed loved one, we take great care in our choice – in the belief that the best character traits of the person we are honoring will be reflected in our precious progeny’s actions.

What Is Darkness?

There is a question as to whether darkness is its literal meaning, or if it is simply the absence of light. The fact that light overcomes darkness is not an indication that darkness is merely a lack of light.

Presents On Shabbat

Question: Is it halachically permissible to give presents to a chatan or bar mitzvah boy on Shabbat?

Mitzvah Shopping (Yoma 33a and 57a)

He must be a very important person to get such an important mitzvah, I heard them say, as Mr. Loewenstein, the local assemblyman, stepped up to recite the Torah blessing before the reading of the Ten Commandments. And Mr. Kleppish was too embarrassed to tell his wife that he only got third galilah on Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Chanukah. Meanwhile, in the neighborhood shtiebel, Maftir was sold for $500 and petichah for $20.

Just One Voice

When our ancestor Yosef found himself alone and abandoned in Egypt, the image of his father that kept him anchored.

Education: the Key to Success

Moses did not speak about today or tomorrow. He spoke about the distant future.

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