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Q & A: Sefirat HaOmer – When To Start Counting (Part I)

Question: Why do we start counting sefirat ha’omer in chutz la’aretz on the second night of Pesach when the omer in the times of the Beit Hamikdash was cut on Chol HaMoed? M. Goldman (Via E-Mail)

Why Eat Fish On Shabbat?

Question: Why do Jews eat fish on Shabbat?

Pesach Medication And Alcohol

The prohibition of chametz on Pesach means that chametz may not be eaten or enjoyed, may not be owned or possessed, and must be removed from one's premises.

While I Was Sleeping

Even in the best of times, life is not free of calamity or crisis. But like the well-known Jewish expression goes: “It could be a lot worse.”

Dust Off Your Windows

On Shabbos Zachor the Torah commands us to “Remember what Amalek did to you."

Individuality And Commonality

It may be suggested that a time frame of separation is mandated to heighten the physical encounter.

Does The Halacha Rewrite The Facts?

The Gemara, in Kiddushin 57b, searches for a source to confirm that the bird that is to be set free is permitted to be eaten after the process is concluded.

Metzora: Living Within the Community

while each of us is an individual, we are also part of a larger unit

Leadership Lessons From The Haggadah

Without a plan of action, a leader will never be able to lead his followers anywhere, no matter how important the destination or lofty the goal.

Social Nation

A friend of mine recently heard a comment that left him stunned. A colleague told him that his mother, a survivor of Auschwitz, who had recently lost her husband of five decades, told her son, “You should know, being alone is worse than Auschwitz!”

Tazria: The Bizarre Purification of the Metzora

This week's parsha deals with the strange set of laws dealing with tzara'at.

Covering A Sefer Torah Between Aliyot

Question: Should a Sefer Torah be covered between aliyot?

Signs Of The Covenant

Many wonder what is the counterpoint for circumcision relative to women.

The Master Plan: Scripted To Perfection

Predictably, my husband agrees and is fine with either night. But after reminding him that he steadily delivers a shiur in his shul on Tuesday nights, he chooses Wednesday, offering a topic related to the Four Sons of Haggadah fame.

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

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

Shabbos Mevorchim Nissan

"Is my husband's Olam Haba'ah really worth the sume of 1,000 ruble?"

Breakfast And Happiness (Part VI)

If you expect more, you will be less grateful; if you expect less, you will be more grateful.

Daf Yomi

What A Difference A Day Makes ‘Rav Rules: First Sukkah, Then Zeman’ (Sukkah 56a)

Second Day Yom Tov, Eruvin And Eggs (Beitzah 4)

Whether a month is chaser or maleh makes a crucial difference to our Jewish lives. If, for example, one mistakenly believed the month of Elul was maleh when in fact it was chaser, one might find oneself eating on Yom Kippur and fasting on a weekday. If one mistakenly believed the month of Adar was maleh when in fact it was chaser, one might find oneself eating bread on Pesach.

The Other Side Of The Mechitzah (Continued)

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.

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