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Is One Required To Live In Israel? (Bava Batra 91a)

Although it is preferable to live in Israel, there is no obligation to go. However, once you live in Israel, there is an obligation not to leave.

Afterthoughts on Yom Ha’atzmaut: The Unchallenged Holiness of the Jew

If the Jewish inhabitants of Israel do not behave properly or hide behind the claim they are observant or moral while in fact they disobey the ethical dictates of God, the Book of Amos makes it clear that the State of Israel will not endure.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Kedoshim: The Ten Commandments’ New Spin

With the 10 Commandments, G-d is described as the One who took the Jews out of Egypt. In Parshat Kedoshim, He is described simply as being "holy." Both phrases set the tone for the list that follows.

When Earth Touches Heaven – Constant Contact

Shabbat, when we separate ourselves from so much of our earthly concerns and focus on our highest aspirations, we find the holiness that allows our earth to rise so high as to kiss the heavens.

Shidduch Challenges

Finding one’s shidduch has reached the crisis level. The one absolute “must” quality is finding a soul mate with a good heart. If that’s lacking, the entire package will fall apart.

The Art Of Instruction

It was not enough for the Kohen to offer his ruling; he also had to instruct and guide.

The Creative Solution

Why didn't I call an ambulance? I do not know. And believe me, I was not trying to be overly pious.

When Swearing That A Witness Is Lying Doesn’t Help (Siman 75:13)

A defendant who is faced with one witness who testifies that he borrowed money is allowed to swear that he never borrowed any money and receive judgment in his favor.

Warning: Lashon Hara Kills

As great as he was, and as much as he accepted every word of the Torah as completely true, on some level it wasn’t 100 percent real to him.

Q & A: Do Women Count The Omer?

Question: Are women supposed to count Sefirat HaOmer? S. Feldman

Shabbos Rental

Use of the hall on Motzaei Shabbos is a separate rental that carries an additional $250 payment. You were supposed to notify me if you wanted to use the hall also on Motzaei Shabbos.

Daf Yomi

Law Of Averages ‘Catacombs Are Four Cubits Long’ (Bava Basra 100b)

Betwixt & Between

We approach Yom Ha'atzmaut, celebrating a generation that experienced absolute evil yet was still able to join together without distinctions and build a vibrant country, thriving because it welcomes others who live betwixt and between, politically, spiritually and religiously

Sefirat HaOmer As A Period Of Mourning

The behavior of Rabbi Akiva’s students left them particularly vulnerable between Pesach and Shavuot since this period is a time of celestial judgment.

The Integrated Religious Life

. . Few texts seem less philosophically promising at first glance than a pasuk in this week's parsha “anything that a zav lies on becomes tamei” (Vayikra 15:4)

Boredom and the Immature Elderly

In the old days, it was a privilege to be mature. It was something people strived for. It meant maturity, well-considered opinions, and experience and knowledge of how to deal with the problems of life. This is no longer the case

Tazria: The Bizarre Purification of the Metzora

In this week's parsha, we are introduced to a strange set of laws related to the metzora, one afflicted with tzara'at. How do we relate to such laws?

Parshat Shemini

Leaders have to make many difficult decisions - decisions that affect, often negatively, other people.

Inversely Proportional Punishment

Commentators differ as to what exactly was the sin of Nadav and Avihu and why they deserved what on the surface appears to be a wildly disproportional punishment for their 'minor' infraction

Matches Made In Heaven

Since our faith teaches that EVERY person has a soul mate – a bashert – designated by Heaven, how is it so many cannot find their partners? It is impossible to know but faith and prayer HELP!

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (XII – Conclusion)

The conclusion to the legal saga of whether Dr. Simcha Goldman could wear his yarmulke while serving in the US Air Force. Chodesh Tov!

Daf Yomi

Consequential Limitations ‘Seeds That Did Not Sprout’ (Bava Basra 92a)

Q & A: Attending Weddings During Sefirah (Part II)

Question: My friends are getting married on Rosh Chodesh Sivan. I tried to convince them to do otherwise, as many people have a minhag not to attend weddings until three days before Shavuot. They told me they spoke to rabbis who allowed it. Is this right? May I attend? Name Withheld By Request

Lost Bag

He considers it direct damage and writes that even a guardian who is exempt from negligence [e.g., be'alav imo] or even a person who is not a guardian, is liable in such a case.

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