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Turning Pain Into Blessings

The Torah tells us that ancient Egypt had 49 levels of contaminating impurities and Hashem wanted us out before the fiftieth would become viral.

Between Kiddush And Eating

Question: How much time may lapse between Kiddush and the meal?

The Status Of The Shomer Aveidah (Daf Yomi Sukkot 25a)

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

Daf Yomi

The Flighty Customer ‘Scribes…Are Exempt’ (Sukkah 26a)

On A Fling

Today was one of those days. Shimshon was standing in the hallway during recess, talking to a friend, when Dan walked over and jumped on him.

Was The Mishkan Built On Shabbos?

The Panim Yafos asks: since invariably one of the seven days of miluim must have been Shabbos, how was Moshe able to erect the Mishkan on Shabbos?

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

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

Columbus Discovered America; Hashem Invented It

When a couple makes the conscious decision to have a baby, they use a system Hashem put into place to bring forth a child. They don’t claim to be knowledgeable enough in anatomy to synthesize the proteins needed for growth.

For Honor And Glory

The Torah says (Exodus, chapter 28) several times v’nasa Aharon, Aharon was commanded to carry the responsibility of bnei Yisrael, represented by his wearing these garments. This was his masa, the koved, the heavy responsibility of being the intermediary between Hashem and the people. It is a difficult task indeed.

The Erev Shabbos Call

It is my family’s minhag, for many generations, to light the candles 30 minutes before shekiah, as opposed to the commonly held custom of 20 minutes. So I told my husband that those 10 extra minutes should not be an issue.

Breakfast And Happiness (Part V)

So goes the story about a man in the silly town of Chelm who visited a public bathhouse and found himself in a terrible predicament. Without the distinction of clothing, everyone looked alike. “Among all these men who look alike,” he said to himself, “how will I ever know which one is me?” He solved his dilemma by tying a red string around his big toe.

Shabbos Mevorchim Adar II

Readers who have kept up with this series since its inception will have noted a consistent emphasis on the role women have played in our rich heritage.

V’asu Li Mikdash

The Satan waits for opportunities to undo kedusha, particularly on erev Shabbos, when the potential to bring the Shechina into the world is great.

Vayakhel: What Does It Mean To Be Tzelem Elokim?

This exciting and daring video and challenges us to be more God-like in our actions.

God at the Core

The Torah's greatest manifestation of human creativity is the building of the Mishkan, which required human mastery over every creation.

Creating a Team that Builds

Vayakhel is Moses’ response to the wild abandon of the crowd that gathered around Aaron and made the golden calf.

Men Are From Mars

The Torah specifies that the washbasin in the Mishkan was made of copper taken from the mirrors that the women brought as donations. Rashi explains that by telling us where the copper came from the Torah is teaching a significant lesson.

Daf Yomi

It’s All About The Clouds ‘Have You Seen My Slave, Tabi?’ (Sukkah 20b)

Using Non-Kosher Items For The Mishkan

Rabbeinu Bachya points out that of all the materials that were donated to the building of the Mishkan, we do not find the inclusion of meshi (silk).

A Questionable Siman

"The Gemara [B.M. 25a] questions whether coins arranged in such a fashion serve as a siman – indicating intentional arrangement – or not," explained Rabbi Dayan. "The question is whether they could have fallen unintentionally in this way. This question remains unresolved in the Gemara."

Q & A: Sabbath Shuttle? (Part VIII)

Question: Is it permitted on the Sabbath or holidays to take a shuttle to synagogue? The neighborhood shuttle runs from 9-5 daily, is driven by a gentile, has a designated stop schedule, and is free of charge.

A Tale Of Two Todds

I was pretty open [and naïve] about accepting dating suggestions. There was the Israeli that spoke little English with whom I could barely communicate, the brilliant scholar who I discovered was manic depressive, the frum hippie that was still more hippie than frum, and a slew of others – all interesting, but not for me.

Matters Of The Heart And Mind

The difference between the intellectual and emotional approach to performing a mitzvah is most noticeable when analyzing the different approaches to giving charity. A person can readily comprehend and accept the intellectual rationale behind giving charity to the poor.

Praying For Independence

Question: Do Jews pray for Jewish political independence?

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