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Matot: Why Is The End of Bamidbar So Anticlimactic?

The Torah is a book of great drama, why does the narrative ends with a seemingly-unnecessary story about a random conquest of some towns?

Why Rabbis and their Communities Must Learn from Each Other

This week’s parshah, Matot-Masei- provides a powerful lens from the past to train on current events. 

A Perilous Risk

Was their recent commitment strong enough to prevail against this dramatic test?

Judaism and the Israeli Classroom: Handicapping our Students

No Israeli parent has the right to give birth to a child in Israel and NOT teach them why they live in Israel, why they are Jewish, why we came back to this land after 2000 years and why we need to defend it.

Jewish Without Being Jewish

You can’t protest that you desire to be part of the Jewish community, that you espouse Jewish values, and at the same time marry a gentile woman and raise non-Jewish children. That, Mr. Feldman, is the definition of chutzpah.

Through The Eyes Of History

The reason we can’t even see the temptation is that we are judging the generation according to our social climate.

Q & A: Praying In Other Languages (Part V)

Question: When reciting a berachah in English, does a person fulfill his obligation if he says “Hashem” instead of “L-rd” or “G-d”? Yosef

Daf Yomi

The Longest Mesechta? ‘We Shall Return To You…’ (Bava Basra 176b)

Discovering Their Yahrzeits

As your family came from France, it is likely that they were transported to Auschwitz and murdered there, he told us.

Honoring The Wishes Of The Deceased

When does the obligation of mitzvah lekayem divrei ha’met apply, and how could it have improved Jill’s position?

Are Defendants Obligated To Rebut Hearsay Evidence Under Oath? (Siman 75:21)

It should, therefore, be deemed insufficient to oblige the defendant to take the Shevuat Heiset oath of denial.

Something To Cry About

The Gemara says that anyone who mourns the churban will merit seeing the nechama.

Take What You Deserve?

Mr. Gefen approached Rabbi Dayan and related the story. Can I take from the store what I deserve? asked Mr. Gefen.

Aleph Beta: Pinchas: What Does It Mean To Be Zealous For God?

Is Pinchas, the title character of this parsha, and Eliyahu, the prophet of Kings, really one and the same?

Framing Our Vision

The challenge of these Three Weeks leading to Tisha b'Av? Learning to see the hope beyond the suffering,developing the vision of a healed world, so that we too can find the right words in our mouths to share our vision

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Pinchas: The Yehoshua Moshe Did Not Know

Moshe was not able to see that Yehoshua was fit for the job. On some level, this seems strange considering their long-standing relationship.

Q & A: Praying In Other Languages (Part IV)

Question: When reciting a berachah in English, does a person fulfill his obligation if he says “Hashem” instead of “L-rd” or “G-d”? Yosef

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – The True King

Seeing the honor afforded a gentile king or queen provides us with a tangible example of what is in store for us.

To (Let It) Be Or Not To (Let It) Be

Are they disparate events that coincidentally all occurred on the same day or do they perhaps share a common denominator?

Daf Yomi

A Shidduch Solution ‘Known In A Town For 30 Days…’ +---------------- (Bava Basra 167b)

A People That Dwells Alone

Where then does Jewish singularity emerge? The clue lies in the precise wording of Bilaam’s blessing: “Behold it is a  people  that dwells alone.”

Home Sweet Home

It was only when he finally touched down on the much-missed holy soil of Eretz Yisrael that everything began to rapidly spiral out of control.

The Law Of The Land

Why does the halacha not recognize the validity of wills made in accordance with the law of the land?

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