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The Age Of Disrespect

24 Heshvan 5777 – November 24, 2016
Why does Lavan’s speaking before his father show that he was wicked? Disrespectful, yes. Rude, certainly. But a rasha?

Shas For Sale

However, when he agreed to sell it to Moshe, he was no longer interested in selling it to anyone else. Shalom cannot acquire it without Yosef's consent.

A Journey Of A Thousand Miles

Neither Abraham nor Sarah had an easy life. They faced trials testing their faith, yet Rashi says Sarah’s years were equal in goodness and the Torah says Abraham had been blessed with everything-Why?

Geshem Or Gashem?

23 Heshvan 5777 – November 23, 2016
The reason it would be pronounced gashem is because it is the last word before a pause.

Redeeming Relevance: Chaye Sarah: What Happened to Yitzchak?

Yitzchak, did not go to Be’er Lechai Ro’ee to pray or meditate. Rather he was on a mission, and that mission was to return Hagar to Avraham in marriage.

The Journey of Old Age

"A father of philosophy, the father of the Hebrews and his slave get together,,," sounds like the start of an ancient joke but read on...

Shunamis Miracles

18 Heshvan 5777 – November 18, 2016
Why is the kever of the Isha Hashunamis a special place for tefillos?

Q & A: A Missed Torah Reading (Part I)

Question: If a person was ill on Shabbos and unable to go to shul to hear Keri’at haTorah, must he have someone read it to him in shul upon his recovery? Sincerely, Isaac Greenberg

An Act That Echoes Through Time

Avraham had many students, but there was only one who was truly devoted to knowing and understanding the ways of his teacher. That was Yitzchak.

Working Boy

While Torah is my life, I prefer to continue working rather than learn for a few years and create a glaring gap on my resume. That answer brings me rejection after rejection fro, potential shidduchim

Daf Yomi

17 Heshvan 5777 – November 17, 2016
It’s All In The Giving ‘Five Laws Require A Minimum Peruta’ (Bava Metzia 55a)

Lost Sneakers

When he got to the yeshiva, he realized the bag with the sneakers had fallen off his knapsack. He retraced his steps, but could not find it.

Greater than Greeting the Shechinah

I would assume that if Hashem appeared to someone, he would be obligated to remain in Hashem’s presence for as long as Hashem remained.

The Miracle Of A Child

Why the binding? Why put Abraham and Sarah through the agony of thinking that the son for whom they have waited for so long is about to die? We cherish what we wait for and what we most risk losing.

Reflections On Water

I hurried downstairs and dialed my husband again. Baruch Hashem this time he answered right away.

Is Money Everything? (Bava Metzia 47b)

What incentive does the seller have to salvage the object from fire if, at the end of the day, the loss is for the buyer?

Wings of Desire

Who are these beings? Men to Avraham; Angels to Lot. Why do they play such important roles in Genesis? Why are the stories of the beginnings of humanity so rich with unfamiliar characters?

Parshas Vayera

16 Heshvan 5777 – November 16, 2016
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Torah Shorts: Weekly Biblical Thoughts: Parshat Vayera

Abraham was not an isolationist concerned solely with his own interests. Regardless of how despicable the Sodomites were, Abraham started a surreal negotiation with G-d to save them.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayeira: No Questions Asked

14 Heshvan 5777 – November 15, 2016
Isn't it surprising that Avraham who prayed for Sodom's salvation did not protest God commanding him to kill his own son? For the Netziv, this was actually exactly what God wanted from Avraham. Why?

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