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Conducting The Defense In Capital Punishment Cases (Sanhedrin 32b)

If both sets of witnesses have withstood the rigor of the court’s cross examination, why, one might ask, does the beit din believe the evidence of the second set of witnesses more than the first?

Move Over, Sandy Koufax

While NFL players are running away from their country and refusing to stand during the national anthem, Israel’s professional athletes are doing the complete opposite! They are connecting to their nation and showing just how proud they are to be Jewish.

A Tale of Two Noahs

Adam's two Fermatas resonate in the two Noahs, and the notes continue to reverberate in our souls as we struggle to retain our connection to the Garden,

Noach and Global Warming

But the question of Noach and global warming can be understood as a theological rather than a factual question: Are there any circumstances under which G-d would allow the human race to be destroyed?

Bumper To Bumper

On that particular day the aforementioned rav and the rosh yeshiva left the yeshiva for a few hours to research an army base that could possibly offer some opportunities to their boys down the line.

The Responsibility Of A Guarantor (Siman 77:3)

The halacha is that the lender may proceed to collect the entire amount of the loan from one of the guarantors.

A Little More Sensitivity

A heart rending story shared by Rebbetzin Jungreis (a"h). Remember, our sages taught us that there is no greater virtue than silence, so before we speak let us think, evaluate, and remain silent.

Do You Eat In The Sukkah On Shemini Atzeret ?

The Torah commands us to sit in the sukkah for seven days. Should we sit in the sukkah on a day that may be the eighth day when we are not commanded to sit in the sukkah at all?

Mixed Tzedakah

There were always some organizations, though, that would not come to collect the money until after Yom Kippur. Mr. Sender was careful to place each tzedakah plate neatly under the bimah.

Q & A: Unforgiving

Question: A while back I wronged someone. When I realized my error and the pain it caused, I made restitution and also offered a sincere apology. While the restitution was accepted, the party still continues to bear a grudge even though I have made repeated entreaties to him. I am sure that if the situation were reversed, the individual would expect me to forgive him. Is it possible for you to discuss the concept of “loving your fellow man as yourself”? I am sure it will be helpful to me and many other readers. M.G. Miami Beach, FL

Daf Yomi

The Greatest Reward Of Public Service ‘…[He] Who Leads The Public Gently …’ (Sanhedrin 92a)

Your Gashmius Is My Ruchnius

What possible comparison is there between this simple mitzvah of leaving a portion to the poor man and the colossal mitzvah of bringing all of the sacrifices on each holiday?

Shmini Atzeres – Simchas Torah – V’zos Ha Beracha

It is so very hard to leave the holiness of the Sukkah but Shmini Atzeres offers a unique opportunity to attach ourselves to God and enjoy that special relationship.

Dancing with the Torah

"My grandfather told me that he once attended the Cantonist Shul on Simchat Torah. The Cantonists could dance like Cossacks. They were huge, strong men, and the heavy Torah scrolls would seem like toothpicks in their arms. Despite being looked down upon by other Jews--they were not very learned and really couldn't observe the Torah properly--they were nonetheless able to rejoice in their Judaism and celebrate the Torah. It was truly amazing."

Yes, There’s Room For Israel

The premise of the Torah is that G-d must be found somewhere in particular if He is to be found everywhere in general. As Shabbat is holy time, Israel is holy space. That is why, in Judaism, religion is tied to a land, and a land is linked to a religion.

Simchat Torah: The Unyielding Sefer Torah

Looking at and taking notice of a Sefer Torah is therefore of great value. Here is an item that has not changed an iota. Its physical nature attests to its stability. It is the only thing in the world that would not give in to innovation.

Simchat Torah in Soviet Russia 1928

An inspiring story of Jewish sacrifice and commitment during the early days of Communism

Finding Just the Right Gift… for God

Rather than keeping it only to herself, Chava showed her love for her husband by sacrificing her own consumption of the fruit, allowing him to eat part of it instead.

The Tragic Vacuum

To my sorrow I have found there is a great divide between secular Jewish youth and the older generation of our people. These students have no familiarity with our glorious history, nor with Israel If you don’t know who you are as a Jew, your Jewishness becomes a burden

Co-borrowers Are Guarantors For Each Other (Siman 77:1 ) (Continued)

Accordingly, the lender must first try to enforce the primary obligation against each borrower before he may sue the other borrower in his capacity as guarantor.

Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) Guide for the Perplexed, 2017

Sukkot has played a key role in the reconstruction of the Jewish Homeland and the ingathering of Jews – and their transition - to the Land of Israel.

Double Miracle

It’s probable that one toddler, imagining that she had been deserted, would just have sat down on the floor and maybe cried until someone reunited her with her loving mother.

Daf Yomi

Watch What You Pray For ‘Acts Befitting Your People’ (Sanhedrin 85a)

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