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Sit Or Stand?

16 Shevat 5774 – January 16, 2014
Question: Is it permitted to sit during Keriat HaTorah or must one stand?

Learning To Enjoy This World

In the Aseres Ha’Dibros we are told Hashem pays back the wicked for four generations and the righteous for two thousand generations. Rashi explains the ratio of two thousand to four comes out to be five hundred to one. This teaches us the measure of good to bad in the world is five hundred to one.

Brain Freeze

Once again neither of us had the tickets, but this time we knew to follow the unusual protocol and pick up our tickets at the airline counter. So we dutifully waited in line and requested our tickets. This time, however, no tickets awaited us.

The Nature Of The Mitzvah Of Kibud Av V’eim

The Ramban writes in Parshas Yisro that the luchos were divided into two categories: the first side was mitzvos bein adam lamakom, and the second side contained mitzvos bein adam lachaveiro. The Ramban adds that the mitzvah of kibud av v’eim is on the first side because it is indeed a mitzvah bein adam lamakom.

A Society Obsessed with Toys

In a nutshell, I am intolerant of today’s addictions.

Fruits, Buckets, And Holiness

15 Shevat 5774 – January 15, 2014
Food can be eaten to fill your stomach. But food can also be eaten with the intent to recognize Creation and acknowledge the Creator. A bracha is not just a thank you.

Shabbos: A Day With Hashem – A Shabbos of Shira

10 Shevat 5774 – January 10, 2014
First let us explain what shira is. Rav Shimshon Pinkus zt”l writes (She’arim B’Tefila, page 65) that shira is when we relate praises in a detailed manner, as opposed to zimra, where we praise in a more general way.

Divine Intervention Motivates Religious Inspiration; After Three Days How Much Remains?

For change to become permanent it has to become internalized through new behaviors. Mitzvot have to be observed regularly.

Jewish Blood Is Not Cheap

Although the Torah often points out the infinite value of every human life, this week's parshah gives a clear message about the value of Jewish life. We are told that no one will be permitted to murder Jews with impunity.

Beshalach: What Does It Mean to Have Faith?

Why did Miriam lead the women of the nation in a second song?

The Merit Of Trusting Hashem

9 Shevat 5774 – January 9, 2014
After months of witnessing the hand of Hashem, the entire Jewish nation – three million strong – marched out from slavery to freedom with flourish and fanfare.

Q & A: Sabbath Shuttle? (Part III)

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.

Daf Yomi

To Be Or Not To Be “Appointed…Designated From The Previous Day” (Yoma 66b)

Fasting, Halacha And Common Sense (Yuma 73b)

A sick person who is told by a doctor (or feels on his own) that refraining from eating and drinking on Yom Kippur will or may aggravate the sickness to the point of danger, is required by halacha to eat and drink on Yom Kippur.

The First Blessing To Grandchildren

Question: Is there special significance to the blessing Yaakov gave his grandsons?

Save Me A Seat

Shlomo arrived at the bus station half an hour early, whereas Kalman got delayed on the way. As departure time approached, Kalman called Shlomo. "I'll be there in ten minutes," he said. "Get on the bus meanwhile and save me a seat next to you towards the back."

Must Women Eat Three Meals On Shabbos?

There is a machlokes Rishonim regarding the halacha that women are obligated in mitzvos that af ha’im hayu b’osah haneis.

The Lost Siddur

When my very busy friend and former neighbor called to say, “I have a story to tell you,” I knew it had to be a good one. I wasn’t disappointed.

Only in Jerusalem

Of course, you don’t need an excuse to go to Yerushalayim.

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