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Solar Eclipse

Of the travesties listed in the Gemara the one that is most obviously becoming more rampant is mishkav zachor.

Restore Our Judges Of Old (Sanhedrin 2a)

Cases involving fines and punitive damages, kenas, required a court of three judges ordained with authentic semicha.

Q & A: Praying In Other Languages (Part IX)

Question: When reciting a berachah in English, does a person fulfill his obligation if he says “Hashem” instead of “L-rd” or “G-d”? Yosef

Revoking The Testimony Of Witnesses (Siman 75:25)

This will render any note the plaintiff may subsequently produce null and void...

Waiving Your Rights

Such a document is legally binding, said Mr. Cohen, but I'm not sure that it's halachically binding.

Daf Yomi

A Parrot Or A Lie Detector? ‘We Admonish The Witnesses’ (Sanhedrin 29a)

Earning A Living: The Great Life Test

We know Hashem metes out many life tests. But where have we seen that not having to struggle is a challenge?

A Funny Thing Happened To Me On The Way To Sheva Brachos

Rain can happen at any time. It’s a mere coincidence taking place just to send shivers up my spine.

Hearing To See

Re'ei is about the opportunity to restore the 'Hearing To See; rejected by Adam and Eve, and again by Israel at Revelation. If we master the higher hearing of Eikev, we will be granted the clear Vision offered in Re'ei.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Ekev: Making Gratitude Count

Is the source for saying Birkat HaMazon as obvious as we normally assume?

Longing for Yerushalaim

Hashem created this world and placed man in it, so that he could take his physical part and elevate it using his spiritual part.

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – We Want Mashiach Now – But Why?

This explains why the geulah is mentioned in almost half of the brachos of Shemoneh Esrei, as these prayers are what Hashem is waiting for.

The Supreme Court Of Israel

Many contemporary Jews living outside of Israel might treat a summons from the bet din, the Jewish court of law in the Diaspora, like a letter that can be ignored.

Q & A: Praying In Other Languages (Part VIII)

Question: When reciting a berachah in English, does a person fulfill his obligation if he says “Hashem” instead of “L-rd” or “G-d”? Yosef

‘Who Asked You To Pay?’

When Nosson returned, Gabi said to him: Avi came by for the $100 that you owe him. I paid him for you, so you can give me the $100.

A Jewish Soldier

It was a difficult battle. Many were seriously injured and some did not survive, but Tomer came out alive and unharmed.

A Time Of Comfort

If you can't control your mouth, then you don't deserve to be a part of the community, and hence your abode is out­side the camps of Israel.

Daf Yomi

Maintaining A Library ‘He Shall Write A Sefer Torah’ (Sanhedrin 21b)

The Promissory Note: A Dangerous Weapon (Siman 75:24)

If the defendant trusted the plaintiff with such a dangerous weapon as a promissory note, he only has himself to blame.

Philosophy Or Prophecy

At the heart of Judaism is a twofold understanding of the nature of God and His relationship to the universe.

Dealing With Rebellious Teenagers

Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h,, lives on through the wisdom she left us. This week she discusses challenged facing a family whose son does not embrace Torah.

The Philosophy Behind a Verse

The questions have thus led us to at least two major hashkafic issues: the status of Jewish life outside Israel, and the connection between virtue and success in this world. 

Guide for the Perplexed: The Ninth Day of Av

A many-layered day, central to Jewish history.

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