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The Meaning of Today’s 10th of Tevet Fast

10 Tevet 5772 – January 4, 2012
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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A Very Hong Kong Chanukah

28 Kislev 5772 – December 23, 2011
To explain to my children what Chanukah was like for me as a young girl, I find I am just as inclined to recount what it wasn’t as I am to describe what it was.

Chanukah Fun

27 Kislev 5772 – December 22, 2011
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Parshat Mikeitz

Looking back in time it is amazing to realize that every so often we encounter a 24-hour period with a timeless impact on the trajectory of human history. These periods, though short in actual time, through the convergence of multiple factors, produced historic decisions—decisions that arguably affected humankind forever after.

Mikeitz: The Greatness Of Joseph

“And Joseph went out over the land of Egypt” (41:45). This was one of the greatest tests he underwent in his career. Wearing the king’s ring (41:42), clothed in royal linen with a golden chain around his neck (ibid.), riding in the second royal chariot with runners before him (41:43), having full power over the land (41:44), having an Egyptian name and an Egyptian wife the daughter of a priest, he had every reason to disown his family which had so wronged him, and he could have without any effort become a full Egyptian in heart and soul.

Mitzvah Shopping

He must be a very important person to get such an important mitzvah, I heard them say, as Mr. Loewenstein, the local assemblyman, stepped up to recite the Torah blessing before the reading of the Ten Commandments. And Mr. Kleppish was too embarrassed to tell his wife that he only got third galilah on Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Chanukah.

Unauthorized Repair

As Yisrael opened his garage on Friday morning, Eli was already waiting there. "I'm driving to Baltimore for Shabbos," Eli said, "but funny things have been happening with the car recently. Can you check the battery and brakes?"

The Fighting Light of Chanukah

As Israel experiences a national rebirth on our native soil, the forces of evil are gathering all of their strength to wage a final war to stamp out our light.

Daf Yomi

What Is A Sheep? ‘If It…Does Not Possess Three Vertebrae’ (Bechoros 40b)

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