Why is gluttony in one so young deserving of a death sentence? Rabbi Hirsch answers if the priority is the taste and quality of a meal and not the values and ethics instilled in the next generation, oblivion is the likely outcome:
There is a natural temptation to explain away the nasty and intemperate statements of the side we identify with, while setting upon the other side’s gaffes with ferocity. But in the end this asymmetry undermines our reputation for justice, and thus our capacity to persuade rather than overpower.
A Wedding Dance ‘ It Should Be Said While Standing…’ (Sanhedrin 42a)
Question: When reciting a berachah in English, does a person fulfill his obligation if he says “Hashem” instead of “L-rd” or “G-d”? Yosef
Everything you see – from the flower to the bee, from the oceans to the mountains, rivers and planets, the sun, the moon, and the stars – all just sort of happened. No designer. No creator.
Before receiving two hundred dinarim, each lender must swear that he was the one who lent two hundred dinarim.
Despite being excited about seeing the beautiful twinkling lights of a mostly sleeping city, I was exhausted and kept yawning.
First, even had the president actually said something reprehensible, is it our job to reprimand him? Is that in the charter statements of these organizations?
By stifling your testimony, you deny the litigant this evidentiary benefit.
The primary quality of anyone judging another is that the judge first know how to judge himself. If he cannot honestly examine his own behavior, how can he possibly judge someone else's?
Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h, sharing her eternal wisdom with a woman facing multi-generational challenges.
If we place our leaders on the highest pedestal, often we are discouraged to try to emulate them.
The Torah's standard for convicting a criminal is set much higher than many contemporary systems of law, that accept one witness. In practice, that means the Torah prefers to let criminals off, rather than punish the innocent
The last month of the Jewish calendar is actually the most important – serving as preparation for the High Holidays.
These PETA people are not Orthodox Jews. So, why would they so strongly criticize a kosher packing plant for what they believe to be violations of kosher practice?
What does it mean to be a student of Hashem? It means, at least in part, to study Torah for Him.
Leaders must be able to identify these existential, or Dunkirk moments, and act accordingly.
If we use this propitious time wisely, Hashem will forgive our iniquities of the whole year and grant us a new, clean slate.
While it is true that life is a battle, and exerting self-control is the primary vehicle of growth, Hashem created us to be happy.
There has been very little media coverage of the actual events, and there are many unanswered questions.
The halacha is that first C must repay the two hundred dinarim that are not in dispute.
D’tzach, Adash, B’Achav ‘Everyone Is Qualified To Judge’ (Sanhedrin 36b)
If the plaintiff lives in Chicago and the defendant lives in New York, the plaintiff may not summon the defendant to the bet din in Chicago but only to the bet din in New York.
The two decided to approach Rabbi Dayan. Mr. Weil damaged my car, said Mr. Braun. I'd like to have it repaired at a dealer-authorized body shop, but he has a cheaper estimate. Is he liable for the full cost?