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The Parsha Experiement – Va’etchanan: Building an Intimate Relationship with God

14 Av 5776 – August 18, 2016
In this week's parsha, Moses speaks, a lot - but it all seems so boring, and disconnected. The Torah is a book - and...

The Power Of Why

Most people talk about what. Some people talk about how. Great leaders, though, start with why. This is what makes them transformative.

The Journey From The Refuge

Why, did Moses break out in song when he set aside Cities of Refuge for killers? It is curious this stimulated song, when the Shema, the retelling of Revelation and the 10 Statements did not?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Ve’etchanan: Why These Ten?

Understanding why these Ten Statements were chosen-as opposed to others omitted-could well lead us to a greater grasp of the essence of this venerable text.

Are We The Muse?

8 Av 5776 – August 12, 2016
Dare I say that, the fact that we keep the Temple alive 2000 years after its destruction, continue to connect to God even after the Holocaust, and we pray even on this horrible day, INSPIRES God?

Are We Teaching Yiras Shamayim?

8 Av 5776 – August 11, 2016
If one approaches the issue with an open mind, the truth is incontrovertible. The world screams out that it was created.

The Parsha Experiment – Devarim: Finding Inspiration From Our Past

The message of Moses' speech before the Children of Israel entered the Promised land are still applicable and inspiring to us, today. Join us as we tackle the mystery of Moses' speech.

Daf Yomi

Unkosher Tefillin From A Kosher Animal ‘Shechitah Does Not Make The Meat Permissible’ (Bava Kamma 76b)

When Tisha B’Av falls on Shabbat or Sunday

What are the main changes when Tisha B'Av falls on Shabbat or Sunday?

Q & A: HaGomel And Air Travel (Part VIII)

Question: I am very appreciative and, if I might add, flattered that you answer and publish many of my questions. Due to your superior knowledge, I am always confident when I send in a question that I will receive a proper response. I wonder if you could address whether one should say Birkat HaGomel after flying even though flying is statistically safer than driving. Also, do women say HaGomel as well or only men? Menachem

When Tisha B’Av Occurs On Shabbat Or Sunday

When the fast is postponed to Sunday or when Tisha B’Av occurs on Sunday, the final meal eaten before the beginning of the fast is the seudah shelishit, the third meal of Shabbat.

Minhagim Of Shabbos Tisha B’Av

If a person will not be fasting on Sunday for whatever reason, he should say havdalah on a cup prior to eating.

Shards Of Glass

The Torah holds that the one who created the hazard is liable, even if he does not own it.

The Ventriloquist Lion

This strange equivalence between Hashem (the omnipotent King of kings) and a mere mortal monarch seems to imply that human beings are never really their own masters. They are always either the servants of Hashem or of Pharaoh.

To 120: Growing Old, Staying Young

There is something moving about seeing Moses, at almost 120, looking forward as well as back, sharing his wisdom with the young, teaching us that while the body may age, the spirit can stay young

Nothing Is As Simple As It Looks

G-d’s discipline is never punitive, it is corrective: the Torah tells us that G-d chastises us even as a father chastises his children.

The Book of Speech; Redeeming Relevance on Parshat Devarim

An obstacle to understanding Devarim is thinking of it as a book. Devarim literally means “[spoken] words” and should therefore be primarily considered in its 'orality'

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – Love Our Nation

2 Av 5776 – August 5, 2016
The Gemara (Brachos 30a) states that when a person prays he should always include himself as part of the community.

Finding Our Way

Although the nation was excited about entering the Promised Land, first and foremost they were glad to be out of the clutches of their nefarious oppressors.

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