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The Other Side Of The Mechitzah (Continued)

25 Adar II 5774 – March 26, 2014
We should invite divorced people into our homes for Shabbas and Yom tov.

It’s Not Fair!

It seems Rashi is saying that had a Jew remained in his house that evening, he would not have been killed, and had he left his house, he might have died – not because he was guilty of any sin, not because he deserved to die, but because once the destroyer is given permission to kill, anyone in his path is in danger.

Skin Deep

Man has two possible extremes. If he is worthy, he transcends the rest of creation. However, if he is not worthy he is lower than the mosquito that was created before him.

Use With Care

"Well, I brought over a cake for the simcha," Mrs. Kasner said. She came in and put the cake down on the counter. "Please tell your mother I'd like the serving dish back after Shabbos."

Is It Sinful To Have Children?

The Gemara (Niddah 31b) states that Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai was asked why a woman who gives birth must bring a korban.

Israeli Foreign Ministry Says ‘No Choice’ on Closing Chabad’s Nepal Seder

23 Adar II 5774 – March 24, 2014
The labor action has prevented the far-flung Israeli embassy from providing the much-needed goods for the Chabad-Lubavitch seder in Nepal -- a world-famous event that draws nearly a thousand people annually to Katmandu.

Parshas Parah Purifies

19 Adar II 5774 – March 20, 2014
While our purpose in this world is to use our free will to choose good, to overcome our tests and challenges, part of that choosing should include a deep wish that we wouldn't even have the ability to sin.

Lost Property (Sukkot 25a)

Is a shomer aveidah considered a shomer chinam or a shomer sachar?

The Rationale For The Dietary Laws

The ritual of kashrut may help us become more conscious of our responsibilities to live ethical lives.

Boundless Love

Boundless love was something Rav Kook had for the nation of Israel. Just as one cannot question the boundless love of Hashem for Israel, one cannot question the boundless love of a Torah giant for his people.

Frogs Were Jumping Everywhere

I insisted that one decoration, a dancing sevivon (dreidel) man, remain hanging in recognition of the chag. Some in my family questioned the appropriateness of this decision. Was it proper to have decorations hanging in what would soon become a house of shiva?

Q & A: The Leap Year At Adar (Part IV)

Why does the Jewish leap year always consist of two Adars? Why specifically Adar? Menachem (Via E-Mail)

Daf Yomi

Full Or Abridged? ‘One Is Obligated To Recite Hallel’ (Sukkah 48a)

Count Your Blessings

That second verse in Vayikra (9:23) tells us that Moshe and Aharon entered the Ohel Moed, and upon exiting they jointly blessed the people.

You Say ‘Gashem,’ I Say ‘Geshem’

Question: In the Amidah, the phrase “Mashiv HaRuach” concludes in some siddurim with the words “umorid ha’geshem” (with a segol under the gimmel) and in other siddurim with the words “umorid ha’gashem” (with a kamatz under the gimmel). What is the practical difference between these two readings?

Unlocked Door

"We're hosting a sheva berachos tonight for my niece," Mrs. Kohn replied. "I'm already late! I don't even have a minute to take my projector to the office. Would you mind keeping it overnight in your office?"

A Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots, But A Man Can…

To remind us of this, Hashem gave us a permanent reminder of our uniqueness – the mitzvah of milah.

The Authority Of The Mishnah

The Ritvah understands that the kosher signs are not just “signs” indicating that a fish is kosher; rather, they are what actually render the fish kosher. This may also be applied to the kosher signs of an animal, but the Ritvah does not indicate this.

Leading Well Begets Greatness

There is much in this episode that is hard to understand, much that has to do with the concept of holiness and the powerful energies it released that, like nuclear power today, could be deadly dangerous if not properly used. But there is also a more human story about two approaches to leadership that still resonates with us today.

The Other Side Of The Mechitzah

I attended the recent Shabboton for frum divorced people and listened to your talk. You gave me hope to go on. I was very despondent when I came and went home considerably more upbeat. It was all due to your focus on “being a blessing.”

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