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The Rationale For The Dietary Laws

19 Adar II 5774 – March 20, 2014
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.”

Parshas Shemini

18 Adar II 5774 – March 19, 2014
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Purim: To Fight Or Not To Fight

13 Adar II 5774 – March 14, 2014
When battling Amalek, G-d hides His face and expects man to wage war for his own relevance.

Purim: Powerball vs. Pisces

What is the relationship between Purim and Pisces? In what way is Purim related to fish?

The Battle For Faith

The battle on Purim was our war with Amalek; we know that Haman was a descendent of Amalek and we are commanded to annihilate that entire nation.

No Wage

12 Adar II 5774 – March 13, 2014
When Mr. Fine received the translation he was disappointed. The translation was passing, but lacked the power and command of language in other translations he’d seen.

‘Berov Am’ Vs. ‘Zerizim’ (Part II)

Question: When performing a mitzvah, what is more important: doing it right away – “zerizim” – or doing it with a large crowd – “berov am”?

Daf Yomi

Lulav, Sukkah, Shofar ‘Beautification is Not an Obstruction’ (Sukkah 37a)

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