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Unaltered Dress

When the employer stipulates clearly that the work must be done by a certain time, failure to complete it on time is a breach of contract, replied Rabbi Dayan.

Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Guide for the Perplexed 2017 / 5778

On Rosh Hashanah, one is expected to plan a spiritual and behavioral road map for the entire year. So when one hears the shofar blow,the trip begins.

To Avenge Or Not To Avenge: That Is The Question

The search for perfect justice is not for us, here, now. It is – as Moses taught the Israelites in the great song he sang at the end of his life – something that faith demands we leave to G-d, who alone knows the human heart, who alone knows what is just in a world of conflicting claims, and who will establish perfect justice at a time, and in a way, of His choosing, not ours.

Make Resolutions, Not Wishes

The secret to change is to stop wishing and to start making real resolutions

An Opportunity To Recreate Ourselves (Part II)

Rosh Hashanah is here again. How will you pray this time? Will you reunite with your Heavenly Father this year? Will your visit with Him have meaning, or will it be “same old, same old”?

Unappreciated Gifts – Parshat Haazinu

God doesn’t owe us anything, not even the breath we take.

Teshuvah Is Easy; Change Is Difficult

Clearly, the sin was forgiven, so why couldn’t the Jews look at Moshe’s face?

Two Days Rosh Hashanah, Eruvin, And Eggs

On the night immediately following the 29th day of Elul and on the 30th day of Elul itself, people hedged their bets. They ceased work, went to the synagogue, recited the Rosh Hashanah prayers and blew the shofar, all in a tentative state of mind.

Mighty Compassion

When we understand that the greatest expression of God's might is God's compassion, we open ourselves to receive the gift of Lives of Compassion. Once we have been granted Lives of Compassion; compassion for others and for ourselves we can become a society united in compassion, and wickedness will evaporate.

Redeeming Relevance: Moshe’s International Grave

It seems important for the Torah’s central prophet to have been someone with whom gentiles could identify. And being buried outside of Israel may well have been part of that

The Rubashkin Saga – V

These PETA people are not Orthodox Jews. So, why would they so strongly criticize a kosher packing plant for what they believe to be violations of kosher practice? They are using tactics similar to the Nazis.

Longing For The Background Music

At many points in his life, he intended to go in one direction, until Hashem pushed him back on the road to return.

Parshat Nitzavim-Vayeilech

In light of these approaches, we can also suggest that by walking around Moshe was able to check out the true pulse points of the nation.

An Opportunity To Recreate Ourselves

Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h, recounts a memorable Rosh Hashanah and a remarkable story of a particular shofar

Q & A: Praying In Other Languages (Part XIV)

Question: When reciting a berachah in English, does a person fulfill his obligation if he says “Hashem” instead of “L-rd” or “G-d”? Yosef

Daf Yomi

Start Of The Yeshiva Semester ‘Today Is Propitious…’ (Sanhedrin 65b – 66a)

The Borrower Who Has To Repay A Loan Twice Even Though He Only Borrowed...

There was no basis for him to assume that the two plaintiffs trusted each other and that one of them would not claim the repayment of a loan he never lent.

Lessons From An Erev Shabbos Disaster

Lacking the actual Hebrew word for the wanted piece and maybe even the English one, the handyman wasn’t getting what we needed.

Selichot

Today, few people fast during the Days of Selichot, but the custom is to rise early to recite Selichot.

Closeness And Judgment

There are many issues that affect the occupants of this planet. The entire globe is one multi-dimensional chess game, and Hashem, the Ultimate Grand Master, maps out the moves of the year to come.

Why Do We Blow Shofar?

Rav Moshe Shmuel Shapiro, zt”l, explains that the teshuvah of Rosh Hashanah is different from that of Yom Kippur and that of the mitzvah of teshuvah in general.

Shoplifter

The store was a rather expensive one. Furthermore, the mark-up in the clothing industry is usually about 100 percent.

Why Be Jewish

The sages believed with great force that an agreement must be free to be binding. Yet we did not agree to be Jews. We were, most of us, born Jews. We were not there in Moses’ day when the agreement was made. We did not yet exist. How then can we be bound by the covenant?

Offering A Gift

We stand in the final moments of 5777, prepared to transition to 5778, perfect moments to offer our gift to God, honoring all we have gained over the past year, and how we intend to apply that growth in the future, using the coming year to grow in ways yet unimaginable to us.

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