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A Kidney For A Stranger

23 Shevat 5774 – January 23, 2014
Kidney transplants from a living donor are infinitely preferable over a transplant from a dead person. The chances of it being rejected by the body are much lower, the life expectancy of the newly transplanted kidney is twice as high, and the recipient’s life and diet can return to normal much faster.

Must We Check For Treifos?

This week’s parshah contains the source for the halacha of following the rov (majority). The pasuk states: “acharei rabbim lehatos.” The Gemara in Chullin 11a says that this pasuk is referring to the Sanhedrin where the halacha follows the majority opinion of the judges.

Vision and Details

Two laws have to do with the Israelites’ experience of being an oppressed minority:

A Society Obsessed with Toys (Cont.)

The link between iPod, iPads and smartphones and increased chutzpah and disintegration of families.

Breakfast And Happiness (Part IV)

22 Shevat 5774 – January 22, 2014
In the campaign to rob a consumer of any sense of contentedness, which translates into sales, strategy is often focused on confusing need with want and the illusion of being dissatisfied.

Parshas Yisro

17 Shevat 5774 – January 17, 2014
We specifically use our legs to celebrate to demonstrate our new completeness.

The Politics of Revelation

Only in Judaism was God’s self-disclosure not to an individual or a group (the elders) but to an entire nation.

Inclusiveness at the Foot of Sinai

The idea that those who are handicapped have a place in Judaism is fundamental to Torah.

Rescue And Damage

16 Shevat 5774 – January 16, 2014
Mr. Brand was walking home one evening when he saw his neighbor, Mr. Moses, getting into the car with his family. "Where are you heading with the whole family?" he asked.

Daf Yomi

Worming Out Of This One! ‘Twisted Scarlet Wool’ (Yoma 71b)

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.

Sit Or Stand?

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.

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