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Birthday Parties (Yoma 86a)

30 Shevat 5774 – January 30, 2014
If karet is premature death at the hand of God, until what age can it strike and at what age can one celebrate emerging from the danger zone?

Daf Yomi

All For The Boss ‘Praiseworthy Is One Whose…Sins Are Covered’ (Yoma 86b)

Q & A: Sabbath Shuttle? (Part V)

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.

The Mercy Of Hashem

It should come as no surprise that the people offered their donations to the Mishkan with zeal and enthusiasm.

Thank you, Agudat Efrat

There is not even a shadow of doubt that without Agudat Efrat’s help, this child would not have been born.

Accidental Mitzvos

Although a mitzvah may not require kavanah, it may nevertheless require lishmah.

Jerusalem’s Unique Character and Holiness

Maimonides believes that even after the Roman conquest of Israel the land retained its holiness.

Can We Ever Trust Again?

With every word he spoke, I became more and more anxious.

The Home We Build Together

So long as every crisis was dealt with by Moses and miracles, the Israelite default response was complaint.

Shema Yisrael

29 Shevat 5774 – January 29, 2014
Question: What is the message behind the most famous statement of Jewish faith: “Shema Yisrael”?

Shabbos Mevorchim Adar I

24 Shevat 5774 – January 24, 2014
On this Shabbos Parshas Mishpatim, we bentch Shabbos Mevorchim Adar Rishon, Rosh Chodesh falling on Friday and Shabbos (January 31 and February 1). Mishenichnas Adar Marbin B’Simcha – with the beginning of Adar rejoicing is increased… by virtue of an extra Adar, our jubilation is extended this year.

Parshat Mishpatim

G-d, accordingly, is encouraging Moshe to not just focus on reaching the top of the spiritual mountain but remaining there as well, thus fully capitalizing on his gains.

Who’s To Judge?

Once a person receives it, he becomes personally attached to the one who gave it to him - so attached that now he will view that person's position as his own... and a person does not see his own faults!

Mishpatim: Female Servitude… Wait, What?

Worse, a female child, being sold by her parents!

Prayer and Action: the Integral Connection

One can serve with his or her hands or feet, but how does one serve with one's heart?

Our Creator’s Infinite Love

23 Shevat 5774 – January 23, 2014
In Parshas Mishpatim, the Torah delineates various prohibitions and punishments. With regard to stealing, we see something unusual.

Daf Yomi

Point Of Ingestion “The Size of an Egg to Satisfy…” (Yoma 79b)

Q & A: Sabbath Shuttle? (Part IV)

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.

Loan Conversion

Jonathan needed some extra cash, about $30,000 for his business. He applied to a number of banks for a loan, but they were being tight on issuing him credit and were also asking for more interest than he wanted to pay.

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