Saying “thank you” to people to whom we are indebted is humbling – especially if we’ve been raised in a culture of entitlement.
The girl who had remarkably survived the accident had previously not led a religious lifestyle - which unsurprisingly changed after this event.
Separating fun from happiness can liberate, regarding (a) time, (b) money and (c) jealousy.
Why did we merit exiting the gas chamber alive when so many others did not?
Question: Why is Shavuot celebrated as a two-day Yom Tov?
Only mitzvos that are clearly stated in the pasuk may be counted as one of the 613 mitzvos.
One of the quirks of human nature is that the average person assumes he is smarter than the average person.
"Why are we allowed to read the magazine without paying for it?" asked Mr. Schreiber. "Shouldn't there be at least a mitzvah of hashavat aveidah?"
An Art Collector’s Dilemma! ‘Rabban Gamaliel Had The Form Of Various Moon Shapes…’ (Rosh Hashanah 24a)
Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)
Without Joseph laying the foundation for them in Egypt, they never would have survived the exile spiritually intact.
Rabbi Fohrman gives us insight into what it truly means to be a teacher.
To his very last day he struggled to transcend his pain so that he might impart Torah to all who visited him.
Evaluating forces us to consider the gift of every moment we have.
There were two pokerfaced police officers standing at our door.
The question begs: how in the world can we accept that Bnei Yisrael en masse did not ever keep the mitzvah of shemittah?
How can the Torah command you to love somebody?
"Hillel's name was omitted from the raffle," Mr. Simon said to Rabbi Dayan. "The winner is willing to settle with him, but another participant wants to invalidate the lottery entirely. Must it be redone?"
Appreciating His Infinite Mercy ‘I Am He Before The Person Sins…’ (Rosh Hashanah 17b)
When Hashem created man, He took these two diverse segments and mixed them together, creating a new synthesis called man.
Question: I have two questions regarding Pirkei Avot. First, is there a specific reason that the last chapter is read on the Sabbath before Shavuot, or is this just a quirk of the calendar? Second, in that last chapter we find a list of qualities that enable one to acquire Torah knowledge, including anavah, humility. I find this difficult to believe in light of the Gemara in Gittin that chastises one of the scholars for his anavah, saying that it ultimately caused the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash. Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)
Why distinguish between parts of the Torah to say that this part came from pi Hagevurah while the other part came from pi Moshe?
G-d gave us our ammunition. Torah, prayer, and loving kindness are our most powerful weapons.