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Korban Oleh VeYored

6 Adar II 5774 – March 7, 2014
Sometimes, like the tamei individual who must stay away from the Mikdash, we have our limits and disabilities, and we must remember not to attempt those goals which are beyond our reach.

Shabbos: A Day With Hashem – The Royal Witness

Such a misunderstanding would render our words worthless, for we would not be declaring that Hashem is truly the Master of the Universe.

Vayikra – With A Small Aleph

5 Adar II 5774 – March 6, 2014
Operating the crane is Joe. Joe is overweight and a chain smoker. Another worker approaches Joe and says, “Joe, look at you! 80 pounds overweight, smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. You must do something about your health. Go the gym, work out, and get in shape.”

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

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

Daf Yomi

A Grafted Esrog ‘Passul When Missing Even a Tiny Bit’ (Sukkah 34b)

Timely Delivery

The day after Purim, Mordechai Freilich received the mishloach manos package with a note: "This mishloach manos was meant to be delivered on Purim, but delayed due to the storm. Please accept our apologies."

The Capacity to Change

Esther's name, which means “hidden,” reminds us that at the outset she hides her Jewish identity.

The Sins of a Leader

Nasi is the generic word for a leader: a ruler, king, judge, elder, or prince. Usually it refers to the holder of political power.

We Are Family

He exhorted all of us to continue to reach out to one another each and every day because that is what our tafkid (life’s goal) should be. And because that is what Hashem requires of us.

Painful Scars

My ex despises me and is bent on destroying me. He has done everything to torture me.

Women’s Involvement In Korbanos

Rav Akiva Eiger questions why semicha is considered a mitzvas assei she’hazman gramma. While it is true that it must be performed during the daytime, this is not because the semicha per se cannot be performed by night.

‘Berov Am’ Versus ‘Zerizim’ (Part I)

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

The Broken Stem

Although the Torah only commands us to pick up the arba minim, the rabbis require that we wave them in all four directions of the compass as well as upward and downward.

Introduction To Toras Kohanim

Besides the lack of appreciation and understanding on the part of knesset Yisrael, Sefer Vayikra has been derided and held in contempt by the nations of the world and other religions.

Parshas Pekudei – Shekalim: Forge On

29 Adar I 5774 – February 28, 2014
Even if he has committed sins that warrant his rejection from the community, he is never rejected by G-d.

Parshat Pikudei

Like Dempsey and Gates, leaders must always be cognizant of the costs involved in their decisions – even when the costs are less than human life

Pekudei: a Giant Chiasm in Sefer Shmot

How do the pieces of this puzzle come together to help us understand how the Torah builds together?

The Mishkan as Symbol of Dreams and Aspirations

Pekudei is the Hebrew word for reckoning. One way of understanding the meaning of a word in the Torah is to analyze the first time it is found.

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