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Pesach: God’s Sporadic Presence and Overwhelming Absence in Human History

It is perhaps this fact that makes Pesach so relevant for our own times: The realization that even at the time of the greatest of miracles, many years passed without God revealing Himself openly.

Kitnyot: Truly a “Has-Bean”

This is one of those posts that falls into the category of “If only I had the power to……..”

“Holier than Thou” Chumras – A Cause For Concern

Our sages write that one of the reasons the second Beit Hamikdash was destroyed was because of blind hatred.

Providing Jewish Education to Strengthen Israel’s Soldiers

IDF religious ideology is being hotly debated in media and between politicians and National Religious rabbis. Jewish education programs run by the IDF in conjunction with Torah groups are essential

The Pesach of Today

Open your eyes. Read and absorb the Haggada and realize, at the end of the seder, when we say “Next Year in Jerusalem,” we commemorate not just the Pesach of the past, but the Pesach of the present!

Redeeming Relevance: Pesach’s Missing Eighth Day

Appreciate that Pesach is NOT meant to end on the seventh day, but at Shavuot. With that in mind, we need to work harder to accept making the days of sefirat ha-omer into days akin to chol ha-moed

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – My Loving Master

After living as slaves for so many years, we could now be transformed into avdei Hashem - Hashem's slaves.

The Supremacy Of Sacrifices

We have lost the idea of what it is to give ourselves to Hashem with totality and completeness.

Parshat Vayikra: The Trouble with Sacrifices

Perhaps the institution of sacrifice is grounded in deep symbolism, the meaning and urgency of which escapes our modern mentality.

Switching One’s Defense (Siman 75:9)

The reason the defendant must pay the money or return the item if he admits that he borrowed the money, stole it, or had something of value deposited with him but does not know whether he repaid the money or gave the item back, is as follows.

Q & A: Preparing The Home And Kashering Utensils For Passover

Question: Must one spend great sums of money and invest much effort in making one’s home kosher for Passover? Not all of us have unlimited funds. Anonymous

Daf Yomi

Must A Typical Sale Be Generous? ‘A Seller Sells Generously’ (Bava Basra 71a)

How Far We Have Fallen

Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h, continues her discussion of Jewish homes-the pain and tragedy in some; the joy and love in others. This week, the Rebbetzin focuses on the love of Jewish mothers.

Vayikra – With A Small Aleph

So am I deserving of honor? The body I occupy sure is; just look at what it can do. But I am that little guy inside – small, insignificant, unimportant.

Substitute Kvatters

But, that morning my cold had developed into something far worse and I just knew I wasn’t going to get to the bris.

The Sin Offering

Why should unintentional sins require atonement at all? What guilt is involved? Had the offender known he would not have done what he did. Why then does he have to undergo a process of atonement?

Kasher My Kitchen

Glass cannot be kashered or used at all on Pesach because it is made of sand and is halachically considered earthenware.

Payment From Tzedakah

Mr. Taub tried a few more times to contact Benjy, but was unsuccessful.

Time For Geulah

How can we say that we are waiting for Mashiach in any month other than Nissan?

Voices Large & Small

Vayikra, "He called," ends with a mini-Aleph, teaching us that Moses could hear the Call because he learned at Sinai to listen to the other side of silence, the world's smaller sounds and the people he led

Vayikra: Can Leaders Make Mistakes?

In this video, Rabbi Fohrman contrasts the Torah's perspective of power and justice to the philosophy of Richard Nixon's famous line - "When the president does it, it is not illegal."

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayikra: Ownership, Chametz and the Sacrificial Conundrum

There is likely some connection between the prohibition of chametz on the altar and the chametz which is more likely on our minds as we rid our homes of this most challenging foodstuff.

A New Year – Parshat HaChodesh

On Shabbat we will read of two events that took place on the first of Nisan.

Shabbos Mevorchim Nissan

The comfort and chizuk these wives offered their husbands, uplifting their morale, did not escape our all-seeing Father in heaven.

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