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‘Boneless Wonder’

27 Kislev 5774 – November 29, 2013
Standing up for the truth is by no means an easy feat and Yosef paid for it dearly.

Breakfast and Happiness (II)

One of the ancillary axioms of cornflake fights is that they can never be contained between just two warring parties.

When Observance Creates Conflict (II)

When your parents come to visit, do you rush to the door and welcome them with a loving heart?

Miketz: Why Didn’t Joseph Write Home?

This new perspective helps us understand Joseph.

The Power of Dreams

25 Kislev 5774 – November 28, 2013
Joseph may have known ancient Egyptian traditions about seven-year famines.

Pull Out Or Push Over

25 Kislev 5774 – November 27, 2013
Mr. Weiner walked over to the garbage can and pulled it out from under the board. The board fell to the ground with a thud and split. "Serves him right!" said Mr. Weiner. "I've warned him a hundred times not to take my things without permission!"

Q & A: Traveling And Missing Menorah Lighting (Part II)

Question: I am contemplating traveling to Israel. My flight will take place during Chanukah, which means that I may miss one night’s candle lighting. What are my options? Yaakov J (Via E-Mail)

Daf Yomi

Of Kings And Scholars ‘He Forgave The Honor Due Him’ (Yoma 22b)

Beis HaMikdash – Spiritual Power Source

The Bach, commenting on Tur Shulchan Aruch, explains that the decrees of the Yivanim against the Jewish people occurred because the Jewish people became “lax in their service.”

Returning A Non-Jew’s Lost Item

In this week’s parshah, Yosef is the ruler of Mitzrayim and his brothers come to purchase food from him, not realizing with whom they were dealing.

A Meaningful Hospital Stay During Chanukah

Patience seems to be in such short supply these days, yet it can make a world of difference. This is particularly so in certain kinds of stressful situations whereby we think we only have time to act in a knee-jerk way instead of acting thoughtfully.

Change Your Erev Shabbos, With the Gift of Chatzos

20 Kislev 5774 – November 22, 2013
If your home fits the chaotic description but you’d love to change it to the calm one maybe you should think about joining the ever growing Chatzos Movement – a group of ladies whose goal is to have all the main preparations for Shabbos over by chatzos, the middle of the day on Friday.

Dream A Little Dream Of Me

Of all the “what were they thinking” stories we have in Tanach, the story of Yosef definitely takes the cake. He knows his brothers hate him and should not be messed with. And yet he begs, “Please hear my dreams, in which you all bow down to me.”

Shovel Share

19 Kislev 5774 – November 21, 2013
The first winter snow had arrived. Snowflakes drifted down in swirls, covering the ground with a beautiful blanket of white. As the hours passed the snow slowly accumulated, reaching a depth of six inches.

Reading The Ketubah

Question: Why is the ketubah read aloud at a wedding?

Living Like A Rock

Rashi tells us that after the Torah described the life of Eisav in an abbreviated manner, it then told over the events of the life of Yaakov in full detail. The reason for this is that Yaakov and what occurred to him are important in the eyes of Hashem, whereas Eisav and his life aren’t. So too, Rashi explains, we find with the ten generations from Adam to Noach. Each individual gets a mere mention until we get to the life of Noach. Then the Torah elaborates in full detail.

Daf Yomi

Which Way To Kindle? ‘All One’s Turns Shall Be To The Right’ (Yoma 15b)

Q & A: Traveling And Missing Menorah Lighting (Part I)

Question: I am contemplating traveling to Israel. My flight will take place during Chanukah, which means that I may miss one night’s candle lighting. What are my options? Yaakov J (Via E-Mail)

Daf Yomi, Masechet Yoma

Even Moshe Rabbeinu, who spoke with God one on One, was not allowed to see Him during his lifetime. “You cannot see my face, for no man shall see me and live.” Ultimately, we shall all see God one on One and face not just Him but also ourselves and the lives we led.

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