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Fallibility Vs. Finality (Sanhedrin 31a)

In dinei nefashot – capital cases – the beit din will accept post verdict evidence to acquit but not to convict.

A Lofty Inheritance

We know that the akeida is considered a most monumental event, so much so that we mention on Rosh Hashanah and in many of our tefillos.

Abraham and Martin Luther King

When we are driven out of our complacency by a wrong we don't know what the perfect world will look like. We only know that we can't allow the world as it stands to continue. The need to leave home is clearer to us than our destination. Lekh Lekha.

The World is Waiting for Us

In the first conversation HaShem had with him, Avraham was told to live in Israel, or in modern terms, make Aliyah.

The Parsha Take-Home Message

The purpose of the mabul was to recreate a world that had been infected with man's evil. After the flood, that changed and the world was no longer affected in the same way by man's actions.

The Rubashkin Saga – VI

The desire to build a social justice program with a huge lucrative potential, required an appalling trigger. Agriprocessors and Rubashkin fulfilled that need

Caring For Bubbie – A Privilege

Not every family has the merit of caring for elderly grandparents, so instead of resenting the mitzvah, teach your children to embrace it with love.

Virtual Acquisition

Must I give the produce itself or can I just give equivalent money to tzedakah instead?

Daf Yomi

As We Come Closer And Closer ‘… Like The Face Of A Dog’ (Sanhedrin 97a)

Bitachon And Effort: Finding The Balance

Our hishtadlus (efforts) and our bitachon (trust in Hashem) have to be balanced.

The Purpose Of The World

When in the history of the world did all of the nations of the world ever claim that we stole Eretz Yisrael?

Guarantors Who Become Co-borrowers (Siman 77:4)

It is true that having been sued by Shimon, Levi had no choice but to pay off the whole loan.

Challenges

I found myself struggling to understand the rapid fire Hebrew spoken all around me but I forced myself to speak the little Hebrew I knew and slowly I became proficient.

Conducting The Defense In Capital Punishment Cases (Sanhedrin 32b)

If both sets of witnesses have withstood the rigor of the court’s cross examination, why, one might ask, does the beit din believe the evidence of the second set of witnesses more than the first?

Move Over, Sandy Koufax

While NFL players are running away from their country and refusing to stand during the national anthem, Israel’s professional athletes are doing the complete opposite! They are connecting to their nation and showing just how proud they are to be Jewish.

A Tale of Two Noahs

Adam's two Fermatas resonate in the two Noahs, and the notes continue to reverberate in our souls as we struggle to retain our connection to the Garden,

Noach and Global Warming

But the question of Noach and global warming can be understood as a theological rather than a factual question: Are there any circumstances under which G-d would allow the human race to be destroyed?

Bumper To Bumper

On that particular day the aforementioned rav and the rosh yeshiva left the yeshiva for a few hours to research an army base that could possibly offer some opportunities to their boys down the line.

The Responsibility Of A Guarantor (Siman 77:3)

The halacha is that the lender may proceed to collect the entire amount of the loan from one of the guarantors.

A Little More Sensitivity

A heart rending story shared by Rebbetzin Jungreis (a"h). Remember, our sages taught us that there is no greater virtue than silence, so before we speak let us think, evaluate, and remain silent.

Do You Eat In The Sukkah On Shemini Atzeret ?

The Torah commands us to sit in the sukkah for seven days. Should we sit in the sukkah on a day that may be the eighth day when we are not commanded to sit in the sukkah at all?

Mixed Tzedakah

There were always some organizations, though, that would not come to collect the money until after Yom Kippur. Mr. Sender was careful to place each tzedakah plate neatly under the bimah.

Q & A: Unforgiving

Question: A while back I wronged someone. When I realized my error and the pain it caused, I made restitution and also offered a sincere apology. While the restitution was accepted, the party still continues to bear a grudge even though I have made repeated entreaties to him. I am sure that if the situation were reversed, the individual would expect me to forgive him. Is it possible for you to discuss the concept of “loving your fellow man as yourself”? I am sure it will be helpful to me and many other readers. M.G. Miami Beach, FL

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