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Sefirat HaOmer Via Shome’a K’oneh

Question: Can one fulfill the mitzvah of Sefirat HaOmer via shome’a k’oneh (listening to someone else say the necessary words without saying anything oneself)?

The Ups And Downs Of Summer

She always had a smile, and put her best foot forward – as hard as that might have been.

Dividing The Tochacha

And yet, the Gemara in Megillah clearly states that the halacha about the tochacha only applies to the tochacha in Vayikra, not to the tochacha in Devarim.

Parshas Behar “Charity Of Time”

It is one thing to do a chesed for someone one time or when it is convenient. But for a person to go a few hours out of his way every year for a stranger demonstrates incredible selflessness.

The Cycle Of Seven

Eretz Yisroel's resting during the shmittah year proclaims Hashem as the Creator of the world just as Shabbos does, for the init of time - seven - is solely connected to the creation of the world.

Daf Yomi

Hillel’s Innovation ‘The Second Month Of Solomon’s Rule’ (Rosh Hashanah 2b)

Q & A: Pirkei Avot (Part III)

Question: I have two questions regarding Pirkei Avot. First, is there a specific reason that the last chapter is read on the Sabbath before Shavuot, or is this just a quirk of the calendar? Second, in that last chapter we find a list of qualities that enable one to acquire Torah knowledge, including anavah, humility. I find this difficult to believe in light of the Gemara in Gittin that chastises one of the scholars for his anavah, saying that it ultimately caused the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash. Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)

Along For The Ride

Sometimes, we even force people not to act this way but to let others benefit.

Everybody’s Doing It

The Torah is teaching us that even a mature adult faced with a difficult trial will be greatly influenced by what others are doing.

Shomer Pesayim Hashem

In fact, if the Mother of the Year Award featured a category for best worrier, I would be a major contender.

Must Women Observe Shemitah?

The Minchas Chinuch first suggests that the obligation to be mafkir one’s produce may not be a time-sensitive mitzvah.

Behar: Why Does Land have to Rest?

What does it mean, conceptually, to see Shabbat in different worlds?

Dusty Windows (Part Five)

Painful stories of non-observant Jews mocking and attacking their religion and their religious brethren were all too commonplace.

Staying Close Infuses Life

Let us resolve to connect ourselves powerfully to Eretz Yisrael and Jerusalem.

Shabbos: A Day with Hashem – TheLeil Shabbos Discovery Zone

The more we are aware of Hashem's involvement in our lives, the more we will act accordingly.

L’rtzonchem – Accepting His Will

Parshas Emor appears to be as diverse as a parsha can be.

Kohanim Blessing Jews

Question: Is it permissible for kohanim to bless Jews outside the context of Birkat Kohanim?

Q & A: Pirkei Avot (Part II)

Question: I have two questions regarding Pirkei Avot. First, is there a specific reason that the last chapter is read on the Sabbath before Shavuot, or is this just a quirk of the calendar? Second, in that last chapter we find a list of qualities that enable one to acquire Torah knowledge, including anavah, humility. I find this difficult to believe in light of the Gemara in Gittin that chastises one of the scholars for his anavah, saying that it ultimately caused the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash. Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)

Why We Count, What We Count

The more a person focuses on his purpose in the world, the more he values the Torah.

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