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Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Chukat: Why Didn’t Miriam Cross the Jordan?

The water supply in the wilderness had been dependent on Miriam’s presence. Hence, as soon as she dies, the Jews had no water. In turn, that lack brought about Moshe's disastrous interaction at the boulder.

The Rubashkin Saga (Part II)

With the opening of Agri in 1987, Postville was beset with what the locals dubbed, “The Jewish Invasion.” The arrival of the Jews caused a local polarization.

Whom Are You Fooling?

Even the greatest of people must be wary of the dangers of their own passions and pursuits.

The Need To Change

Wisdom from Rebbetzin Jungreis on Shalom Bayis and healing the rifts in the greater Jewish people.

Questions Have Answers – Answers Don’t Have Answers

The entire group began laughing at Moshe, and with this Korach launched his revolt.

Paid To Be Honest

A father may not transfer the bechor’s right to a double portion to a younger son.

The Power of Kedusha

Hashem told Moshe that the miracle of the staffs would remove the complaint that Bnei Yisrael still had.

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

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

When Both Litigants Are Uncertain Of Their Claims (Siman 75:18)

It is the certainty with which the plaintiff presses his claim that obliges the defendant to take an oath and that saddles him with a moral obligation to pay.

Daf Yomi

Crossing The Divide ‘Then The Two Men Shall Stand…’ (Bava Basra 155b)

Unsuccessful Rescue

The bags had floated off in opposite directions and were already filling with water. Yehuda paddled away to pick up his bag.

Examining the Future

A nation lacking a consistent message will not flourish, and will ultimately lose its sense of safety and elevation. Even a beautifully motivated desire must be measured by its affect on the future.

Korach: Can We Change God’s Mind?

In this week's video, Rabbi Fohrman points to two fascinating stories which force us to ask a theological question: what impact, if any, can we have on God? Is it possible for us to influence God?

Parshat Korach: How Should Jewish Leaders Handle Challenges to their Authority?

Korach assembles the people against Moshe - but did they actually engage in, or threaten to engage in, disobedience?  The text as we have it records NO active illegality.

Speaking Lashon Hara about the World

The purpose of genuine religious life is to protest against delusion and to teach us to reframe our spiritual spectacles. It is not that religion shows us something new. It shows us what we have seen all our lives but have never noticed.

Shabbos Mevorchim Tammuz

Their heartache is unimaginable, yet they persevere with their life’s mission with a fervency and faith, seemingly fortified by the tragedy that rocked their world.

Parshat Shelach

MacArthur was more than simply an expert in the writing and delivery of sound bites.

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Shelach

Clothes make the human: "Modesty is the conscience of the body." Honore de Balzac

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

Despite modern-day wisdom, which instructs us, "not to sweat the small stuff," but it ALL starts with the “small stuff.” if allowed to go unchecked, it is the “small stuff" which can poison relationships

Daf Yomi

The Priest Forbade Chametz ‘Acquired By Admission’ (Bava Basra 149a)

Coping Alone: The Right Of A Daughter To Inherit

A typical example of a chok is the prohibition against wearing sha’atnez, clothes made of wool and linen. A typical example of a mishpat is the prohibition against murder.

Fake News

They saw extremely large fruit and interpreted that to mean that just as the fruit are extreme and strange so to are the inhabitants. This was a misconception and a misinterpretation of the facts.

Delayed Flight

Mr. Stein notified all the participants and called Mr. Turk. Our flight was delayed, he said. We will have to reschedule the bus for 5 p.m.

Shevuat Heiset And Circumstantial Evidence – Siman 75:17 (Continued)

In order for an admission to be acceptable in court, it must be made in front of two witnesses appointed to hear it.

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