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PARSHAS KI SEITZEI

When a person sins, he is not planning ahead for his ultimate future. This is behaving like an animal. As such, a sinner is demoted from "Adam" to "Biheimah." But, when a person decides to do Teshuvah (repent), he is thinking ahead. Once again, he regains his title of "Adam."

Prime Time Prayer

On that Yom Kippur, the shattered pieces of God’s faith in the Jews were restored and the twin tablets of their eternal relationship renewed

What Caused Tropical Storm Harvey?

The disaster has unfolded on an epic scale, with the nation’s fourth-largest city mostly paralyzed by the storm that parked itself over the Gulf Coast.

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

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

The Greatness Of Man

A person is made in the image of Hashem, and it is an embarrassment to Hashem to leave His likeness hanging.

Two Lenders Each Claim A Borrower Owes Him The Larger Amount – Shulchan Aruch,...

They did not want the borrower to assume they trusted each other. Their purpose in telling him who lent what was so the borrower should take note of it.

Kind Continental

Seeing my distress, a very kind employee named Lori (whose last name I regretfully forgot to ask about) very compassionately offered me the use of a stroller she just “happened to have” in the back room of their office.

Collecting Chance Encounters

Once I learned to treat every person I meet as more than chance and as an opportunity, I was able to expand my collection of superheroes.

Purity In An Impure World

The year is coming to a close, and we now find ourselves in the final month before Rosh Hashanah – Elul. As we know,...

Daf Yomi

A Future Investment ‘ A Halacha For The Days Of Moshiach’ (Sanhedrin 51b)

Aleph Beta: Ki Teitzei: How To Merit Long Life‏

The promise for long life only comes from 2 commandments; What's the connection between them?

TORAH SHORTS: Ki Tetze: The Danger of Good Food

Why is gluttony in one so young deserving of a death sentence? Rabbi Hirsch answers if the priority is the taste and quality of a meal and not the values and ethics instilled in the next generation, oblivion is the likely outcome:

On Washing Dirty Linen in Public

There is a natural temptation to explain away the nasty and intemperate statements of the side we identify with, while setting upon the other side’s gaffes with ferocity.   But in the end this asymmetry undermines our reputation for justice, and thus our capacity to persuade rather than overpower. 

Daf Yomi

A Wedding Dance ‘ It Should Be Said While Standing…’ (Sanhedrin 42a)

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

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

The Religion Of Evolution

Everything you see – from the flower to the bee, from the oceans to the mountains, rivers and planets, the sun, the moon, and the stars – all just sort of happened. No designer. No creator.

Two Lenders Each Claim A Borrower Owes Him The Larger Amount – Siman 76:1...

Before receiving two hundred dinarim, each lender must swear that he was the one who lent two hundred dinarim.

Prayers From The Depths

Despite being excited about seeing the beautiful twinkling lights of a mostly sleeping city, I was exhausted and kept yawning.

Thank You, Mr. President

First, even had the president actually said something reprehensible, is it our job to reprimand him? Is that in the charter statements of these organizations?

See Nothing, Say Nothing (Witnesses In Monetary Cases)

By stifling your testimony, you deny the litigant this evidentiary benefit.

Before Judging

The primary quality of anyone judging another is that the judge first know how to judge himself. If he cannot honestly examine his own behavior, how can he possibly judge someone else's?

Who Cares For Whom?

Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h, sharing her eternal wisdom with a woman facing multi-generational challenges.

Are Our Leaders Human?

If we place our leaders on the highest pedestal, often we are discouraged to try to emulate them.

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