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Redeeming Relevance in the Weekly Parsha: Vayakehel/Pikudei

Torah is written with a human bent; As the Talmud says, "The Torah speaks in the language of men."

Resolving Halachic Dilemmas

Question: Who should resolve halachic dilemmas?

Let’s Be Thankful For Our Blessings

We should remember not only the difficult moments of life but also the blessings we too often take for granted.

Q & A: ‘The Scepter Shall Not Depart From Judah’ – Redux (Part III)

Question: The famous Iggeret of Rav Sherira Gaon references Yerushalmi Kilaim 9:3 and Kesubos 12:3 and states that Rabbi Judah the Prince descended from Hillel who, in turn, descended from the tribe of Binyamin – not Yehudah. The Iggeret also discusses how the Mishnah was written and how Rabbi Judah worked on it. Had Menachem read this Iggeret by Rav Sherira Gaon – who, incidentally, was a direct descendant of King David – I don’t think he would have asked his question. Yehuda T. (Via E-Mail)

Handing It Over

Someone dialed the police. It was too late, though. The thief had already fled the hall and disappeared into the street.

Valuing All People

Clearly, G-d has spritual goals and plans for the non-Jewish nations of the world.

Vayeishev: Does God Speak To Us Today?‏

Using Joseph's story to understand what non-prophetic communication with God could look like today

Q & A: Traveling And Missing Menorah Lighting (Part II)

Question: I am contemplating traveling to Israel. My flight will take place during Chanukah, which means that I may miss one night’s candle lighting. What are my options? Yaakov J (Via E-Mail)

Remember!

Amalek's hate never dies; its descendants are eternal & omnipresent; Hashem is our only protection

Divine Protection (Daf Yomi Sukkah)

When we are on the move in life, exiled from place to place, we turn to God, our Partner, for the protection of His cloud. When we are given the luxury of settling down, God turns to us, His partner, for the protection of our walls.

An Ordinary Miracle

I have a story to share with you - one that might change the way we look at every detail of our lives, labeling them coincidences or miracles. You be the judge!

Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) Guide for the Perplexed, 2017

Sukkot has played a key role in the reconstruction of the Jewish Homeland and the ingathering of Jews – and their transition - to the Land of Israel.

9 B’Av: The Chain of Events that Led from Bar Kamtza to Titus

(JNi.media) Tisha B’Av (Heb: 9th of the month of Av) is a fast day according to rabbinic law and tradition, commemorating the destruction of...

Parshat Balak: A People That Dwells Alone

God commanded our ancestors to be different, not because they were better than others For this reason, assimilation is the opposite of the answer.

A Blessing Of Thanksgiving, A Blessing Of Relief

Hashem took us from under His throne of glory and put us into a body to give us a chance to grow, to accomplish and to change our essence. But, it wasn’t just us we were charged with perfecting.

Moses’ 6 Commandments for Facebook

Like all other tools, Facebook is not inherently good or bad. It's a matter of how we use it. So let Moses help you make it GOOD!

Q & A: Hachana (Conclusion)

QUESTION: Is it halachically permissible to pack on Shabbat or Yom Tov for a trip to be taken on the next day (Motza'ei Shabbat or Motza'ei Hachag)?Moishe Halberstam, Esq.Brooklyn, NY

Miracles In The Hospital

After being checked by a doctor, my father needed to undergo some minor surgery. It was clear to his two children in Israel that my father could no longer live independently.

Sound The Alarm

My column usually focuses on guiding and advising those who have difficulty navigating the turbulent waters that challenge their personal lives. From time to time I depart from that format to comment on the issues that affect our very lives as a people. Of late this has occurred more frequently than usual. Events are unfolding so rapidly that before we can absorb one, another befalls us.

Monetary Exemptions For The Uncircumcised

According to the Raavad if one who is uncircumcised breaks something he will be exempt from paying for it since he was chayav kares at the same time as he was obligated to repay for the item he broke.

Shabbat Lights

I was thinking of my mother today. I realized that I still have much to learn from this wise woman. G‑d blessed me with my special mother who serves as my role model, my caretaker, my friend, and above all, my inspiration.

Parshiyot Vayakheil-Pikudei

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