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Missing Necklace

10 Tevet 5772 – January 4, 2012
"Do you realize that it's Shaindy's 30th birthday in a month?" Sara asked Penina. "It's amazing how time flies!"

The Limits Of Chinuch (Part I)

Question: Are there limits to the mitzvah of chinuch?

Sensitivity Of A Tzaddik

Yaakov Avinu spent the final seventeen years of his life in Mitzrayim. While there he lived in peace for the first time in many years and remained in that state for the rest of his life. Near the end of his days he called in his beloved son Yosef and made an impassioned request: “Please do not bury me in Mitzrayim.”

How Did Yaakov Live In Mitzrayim?

The opening pasuk in this week’s parshah states: “Vayechi Yaakov be’eretz Mitzrayim sheva esrei shanah… – Yaakov lived in Mitzrayim for 17 years…” The Gemara in Kiddushin 82a says that Avraham Avinu kept the entire Torah, even the mitzvos that may not have applied.

Hashem’s Nachas

It’s lately become a family joke. During the course of a day, something occurs that touches me. My kids see the wheels turning in my head and ask, teasingly, if I have another idea for one of my columns. It can be a simple kindness, or it can be one of the miracles that Hashem has wrought for us.

Anguish That Does Not Go Away: Reader Responses

For the past few weeks my column has focused on the difficulties singles experience while trying to find their soul mates.

Raising More Tolerant Children

All responsible leaders in our community have roundly condemned the recent violence in Beit Shemesh and Meah Shearim.

The Meaning of Today’s 10th of Tevet Fast

Asara B’Teves, the 10th of Teves, commemorates the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonian ruler Nebuchadnezzar that ultimately culminated with the First Temple’s destruction on the 9th of Av the following year.

Parshas VaYigash

4 Tevet 5772 – December 29, 2011
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Signing On Shabbat

Question: What should a person do if he brings a relative to the hospital on Shabbat and is asked to sign his name? Can he sign if the hospital will not admit the patient otherwise?

Life Is Like A Video Game

For most of his life, Yaakov Avinu suffered tests, trials and tribulations. It seems his days were spent moving from adversity to crisis. Clearly he didn’t have it easy, and the suffering took its toll.

Vayigash: Kindness Amid Suffering

Hashem’s kindness is limitless, and even when He administers judgment, it is tempered with kindness.

Why Was Yaakov Avinu Reciting Krias Shema?

In this week’s parshah, Yaakov is reunited with his son Yosef after having being separated from him for 22 years.

Daf Yomi

An Eventual Resolution ‘May The Likes Of You Increase Manifold In Israel’ (Bechoros 45b)

Q & A: Ayin Hara (Part VI)

Question: I know there is a dispute in the Gemara regarding ayin hara, the evil eye. Can you discuss the origin of it? Ben Glassman (Via E-Mail)

Closeness And Distance

What do porcupines do in winter? asked Schopenhauer. If they come too close to one another, they injure each other. If they stay too far apart, they freeze. Life, for porcupines, is a delicate balance between closeness and distance. It is hard to get it right and dangerous to get it wrong. And so it is for us.

Coincidences And Happenings

To this day, this true story makes the hairs on my neck stand up straight. It’s a story whereby too many “coincidences” just “happened.”

Anguish That Does Not Go Away: The Singles Problem (Part Three)

The woman in her mid-thirties who initiated this discussion a few weeks ago bemoaned what she considers the indifference and the insensitivity of most people to the plight of singles.

Chanukah Fun

1 Tevet 5772 – December 26, 2011
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