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The Phantom & The Man

10 Heshvan 5777 – November 10, 2016
We meet two different Abrahams in the Torah text and the Midrash. The spiritual giant, hero, and Tzaddik of the Midrash is almost a phantom in the written text. Which is real?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Lech Lecha: Avoiding Too Much Virtue

While we read of tests of Avraham, it is clear that Sarah endured tests of her own. According to Ramban, she failed her test in her treatment of Hagar

Tefillah: A Meeting with Hashem – A Personal Request

4 Heshvan 5777 – November 4, 2016
B’chol dirachecha da’eihu, vehu yiyasher orchosecha – In all your ways know Him and He will smooth your paths

Hashem Hates Thievery

Rashi is troubled that thievery is being treated as the pivotal point of the world’s existence. There are many sins that are worse.

‘Can I Trust Him?’

An engrossing tale of a complex shidduch issue-A wonderful shidduch except for one thing: The wonderful young man is not that observant. What should she do?

Daf Yomi

3 Heshvan 5777 – November 3, 2016
Ensnarement and Atonement ‘The Only Proper Guarding Of Coins Is In The Ground’ (Bava Metzia 42a)

Q & A: Replacing A Monument (Part II)

Question: Is there anything in Jewish law that prohibits replacing an old, existing matzeivah (tombstone) with a new, better one? I would greatly appreciate your response to this question. A Reader Tucson, AZ

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Noach: Of Facts and Narratives: Postmodernism and the Ohr HaChaim

The Torah itself presents parallel narratives of the same stories, thereby showing that the same events can truthfully be constructed in more than one way.

Who Stole?

The two were the same height and dressed similarly, so Shlomie could not discern who had taken the money.

A Stolen Teivah?

As long as an individual is still alive and his possessions are still intact, they belong to him – and one may not steal them.

Are Finders Keepers?

The Torah requires us to return lost property to its owner. It follows that if the lost property has no owner, there is no duty to return it and the finder may keep it.

A Supreme Act Of Love Revisited

What happened to Robert Najberg’s mother? I have no clue; I can’t find any information.

Traveling With Grace

Edy turned around and saw that her sister was trapped underneath the trolley that had rolled on top of her.

The True Measure of a Man

God doesn't need a slave to order and say: Build an ark! He could have made it in a second. God desires a partner. It is up to us to rise to that role. Noah's greatness was that he figured it out.

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (VI)

28 Tishri 5777 – October 30, 2016
The Air Force’s defense was that the Constitution only protected a genuine religious law; not a personal preference. Wearing a yarmulke, they argued, was not the law.

Parshat Bereishit

27 Tishri 5777 – October 28, 2016
While turning points do not often announce themselves with a clarion call, there are, nonetheless, moments in our lives when the potential for major change is evident.

Rabbi Aba Wagensberg on Parsha Bereishis

Parshas Bereishis is not only the first but arguably the most difficult parsha in the entire Torah. Let's begin...

How Deep Is Our Faith?

Our history demonstrates that there is no difficulty, no obstacle, we cannot overcome when we become one with our G-d. We need only allow the light of Hashem to lead us.

Saper Vedere

"Saper vedere," - knowing how to see - informs our lives. Have we changed with the opportunities brought by the holidays> Have we kept our new lenses?

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