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Parshas Shoftim

6 Elul 5776 – September 8, 2016
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Q & A: Elul – A Time To Repent

Question: Where does the name Elul come from? How can Elul be both the last month of the year and the prequel of the holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) that occur in the following month, Tishrei? Finally, can you please discuss the religious practices of Elul? M. Goldman Miami Beach, FL

Daf Yomi

The Messenger Or The Message? ‘How Do We View This Agent?’ (Bava Kamma 104a)

Relative Ruin

Asher had Yankel summoned to Rabbi Dayan's beis din. He presented his claim; Yankel denied it.

The Parsha Experiment – Shoftim: Is This Just A Boring Parsha?

If the entire book of Deuteronomy is supposed to be Moshe's rousing speech before the nation enters Israel, how can we understand the mundane text of Parshat Shoftim?

Planting Next To A Shul

When I first encountered this explanation, I took issue with it. For even if a shul’s courtyard does not possess kedushah, planting in it could still be prohibited.

Pursuing Justice

Judaism is a religion of compassion, for without compassion law itself can generate inequity. Justice plus compassion equals tzedek, the first precondition of a decent society.

A Tree Amongst The Righteous

Shlomo explained that these were non-Jewish people who had risked their lives and the lives of their families, for no reward whatsoever, by hiding and saving Jews during the Holocaust.

The Foundation Stone: Parshat Shoftim: Seeking Justice

If we succeed in developing a strong sense of justice in our homes and communities, perhaps our prayer for God to restore justice will be justly heard and accepted.

If I Were A Rich Man

At the same time, a king is expected to remain humble. The Torah isn’t afraid the great honor accorded to him will bring him to arrogance.

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – Are We Atheists In Foxholes?

30 Av 5776 – September 2, 2016
Sure, we are much better than the atheist who only sees the truth when it may be too late to start living a life of faith.

Parshas Reeh: Give With Faith

A person who gives charity dolefully or begrudgingly demonstrates that his faith is somewhat wanting and he has not fully fulfilled the mitzvah of giving charity.

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (IV)

Law-abiding, mild-mannered, Rabbi Dr. (Psychology) Simcha Goldman was unprepared to obey the direct order of his commander that he could NOT wear his yarmulke outside the hospital. Strike 2 on Goldman

Restore Our Judges Of Old (Bava Kamma 84b)

29 Av 5776 – September 1, 2016
Even in the Diaspora Jews need some Jewish judicial system for dealing with one another.

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

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

Daf Yomi

Possession Is 100 Percent Of The Law ‘Stolen Chametz Became Forbidden Due To The Intervening Passover’ (Bava Kamma 96b)

Majority Compromise

The case was complicated. There were disagreements over factual issues with conflicting evidence; the halacha was also subject to a wide-ranging dispute between the authorities.

Writing Hashem’s Name

The Dovev Meisharim (chelek 1, 18:3) quotes the Divrei Chaim who says that writing all four letters of the name simultaneously is considered writing the name out of order.

The Power Of Prayer

Her biggest nightmare revolved around those dreaded three letters that instilled fear and trepidation into even the bravest of men: I R S.

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