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Parshas Beshalach – Shabbos Shira: ‘Worthy Hatred’

13 Shevat 5773 – January 24, 2013
Reb Dovid Blinder was a noted scholar and pedagogue in Russia in the late 1800s. He was called ‘Blinder’ (blind man) because he never lifted his head to look outside his immediate area. Among his other achievements, he had the distinction of teaching Rav Chaim Brisker in his youth.

A Miracle In Monsey

13 Shevat 5773 – January 23, 2013
Is it just me? Maybe it’s the aging factor. The shorter days perhaps? Somehow by the time the day is done there is still so much left to do. This nagging sensation becomes even more acute right before the end of the year when you know you’ll soon need to give a din v’cheshbon and will, in all likelihood, come up short.

Children Going Further Than Their Parents

The Song at the Sea was one of the great epiphanies of history. The sages said that even the humblest of Jews saw at that moment what even the greatest of prophets didn’t. For the first time they broke into collective song – a song we recite every day.

Brokenhearted Mother: ‘Time to Stop the Meanness’

The challenge you posed – How much chesed do our children see in their homes and in their schools? – should make every one of us stop and think.

Warming Food On Shabbat; Blech And Hotplate

7 Shevat 5773 – January 17, 2013
Whereas a person may not cook food on Shabbat, there is no biblical prohibition against food cooking itself on Shabbat. Therefore a person may place raw meat in a pot on Friday afternoon Erev Shabbat before sunset and allow it to cook through until the following day for the Shabbat lunch meal.

Daf Yomi

By All Means Rescue! ‘If One Removes A Fish From The Sea’ (Shabbos 107b)

Q & A: The Sandak (Part XI)

Question: I was at a brit where the father and grandfather of the boy argued over who should be sandak. The grandfather had served as sandak once before, but he persisted and, as they say, “might makes right.” I am curious as to your view on this matter. M. Renkin (Via E-Mail)

Check It Out

Outside the beis medrash of Yeshiva Gedolei Yisrael, Mr. Gross sold framed pictures of many gedolim. Dani loved to stand and admire the pictures as he walked in and out of the beis medrash. Looking at him were the Sages of the previous generation: Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt"l, Rav S.Z. Auerbach, zt"l, Rav Y.S. Elyashiv, zt"l, and many others.

Stand Or Sit?

Question: Should one stand or sit during chazarat hashatz?

When Did Makkas Bechoros Occur?

6 Shevat 5773 – January 16, 2013
There is a contradiction in the pesukim as to when makkas bechoros occurred. The pasuk in this week’s parshah says, “vayehi bachatzos halailah, v’Hashem hikah kol bechor b’eretz Mitzrayim… – and at chatzos of the night, Hashem hit every firstborn in the land of Mitzrayim…” (Shemos 12:29). This pasuk states that makkas bechoros occurred by night. The implication from the pasuk in Bamidbar 8:17 is that makkas bechoros occurred by day, for the pasuk says: “b’yom hakosi kol bechor… -- on the day that I hit all of the firstborn…”

Lost In The Snow

As night fell and Shabbat drew to a close, a minyan gathered in my sister’s home in Manchester, England.

What Really Constitutes ‘Compassion’? (Pt. II)

How do we teach our children, and more importantly ourselves, the art of kindness and compassion? How do we become better people? Is there a university that teaches us kindness, sensitivity or consideration for one another?

Parshat Bo: Creation of Self

4 Shevat 5773 – January 15, 2013
Based on a Naaleh.com shiur by Rebbetzin Shira Smiles.

Pidyon Shevuyim

29 Tevet 5773 – January 10, 2013
The following letter was sent in response to Pidyon Shevuyim: Redeeming The Agunah, a column by Cheryl Kupfer (12-21 On Our Own):

Why Are We Losing Our Children? (Part I)

We all yearn to feel that we are part of something special. We all seek respect and acceptance for simply being who we are.

My Loss Or Yours

Dan and Shai were standing in the train station. They had just finished a shopping spree and each carried a bag, which they put down next to them. "I got a gift for my parent's anniversary," said Shai. "It cost quite a lot, but it's a very special occasion."

Daf Yomi

A Murky Dispute ‘Water Does Not Affect Its Status’ (Shabbos 100a)

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