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The Astonishing Potential Of Man

21 Shevat 5777 – February 16, 2017
Hashem custom-designed this world and our current existence specifically so that we can grow.

Sales Agent

I instructed him to sell for $125, not less. Please pay the difference, or return the bike and I will refund the $100.

Daf Yomi

Within His Grasp ‘Title…Is Established In Three Years’ (Bava Basra 28a)

Hashiva Shoftenu K’varishona

There are great accolades and rewards promised for one who judges honestly.

The Cycle Of Life Continues

As it turned out, despite recovering sufficiently and hopeful of having more children, I never did.

This Is My Place; I Bought It From Him

What happens if the occupier claims he purchased the house from a third party?

The Universality Of Wisdom

In parshat Yitro, Israel receives its first system of governance: a hierarchical structure of authority with Moses at the top. Why did this important development come, as it were, from outside?

Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat (Siman 75:3) – Whether Litigants Must Specify Their Claims

If the creditor responds to this unsolicited admission by thanking the debtor for reminding him of the debt, the finder is still absolved from taking an oath.

AlephBeta: Yitro: The Marriage of God and Israel

Parshat Yitro contains the most important piece in the narrative of the Jewish people, the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai, when the nation and God are 'married.

Becoming

20 Shevat 5777 – February 15, 2017
I open my bible as a potential convert; open to the possibility of learning what will allow me to continue to become more. I begin my prayers in a state of repentance, ready to climb mountains.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Yitro: Good Failures and Bad Failures

18 Shevat 5777 – February 14, 2017
No one is surprised that the Torah wasn’t given immediately after the Jews left Egypt, even though it was the first logical time for such an event to happen. But why not earlier or later on the trek?

A Parent’s Anguish

16 Shevat 5777 – February 12, 2017
Hashem blessed us with 8 children – 6 boys /2 girls. Baruch Hashem, all our children found good shiduchim and we saw them all under the chuppah. But very soon everything fell apart with one of them.

Q & A: Tu B’Shevat This Coming Shabbos

14 Shevat 5777 – February 10, 2017
Question: This year Tu B’Shevat falls on Shabbat. I recall that you discussed this holiday a while back, but since it falls on Shabbat this year, could you please discuss it again? Do we observe it any differently because it falls on Shabbat? M. Goldman Miami, FL

TORAH SHORTS: Weekly Biblical Thoughts: Beshalach

We cannot rest on the educational and religious laurels of our fathers. Every generation must forge ahead, not only to maintain or continue, but to expand our knowledge of and the faithfulness to God.

A Get-Well Present From The One Above

14 Shevat 5777 – February 9, 2017
During the past year I especially enjoyed looking at a website of a hotel in Monticello. Living near the beauty and calm of the water really appealed to me.

People Believe What They Want To Believe

The answer to this question is predicated upon understanding the concept of free will.

Ran Over

When Mr. Sender returned from work, he called Mr. Neuman. You left your bike in front of my car last night. I accidentally ran over it.

Daf Yomi

Beyond The Letter Of The Law ‘He May Be Replaced By One Who Teaches Faster’ (Baba Basra 21a)

The Power Of Ruach

What happens at the sea is poetic justice of the most exquisite kind. The powerful are now powerless, while the powerless have made their way to freedom.

Siman 75:2

The reason one witness supporting the defendant excuses him from taking the Modeh Bemiktzat oath of partial admission is based on the same logic that obliges him to take the oath when one witness testifies against him.

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