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Away From Home: Chanukah Candle-Lighting for Singles, Students, Travelers, Passengers, Soldiers, and the Homeless

The poskim disagree about whether the obligation to light Chanuka candles is limited to the home.

Redeeming Relevance: It’s Not Always the Thought that Counts

Given Reuven's less-than-altruistic motivations, the Torah could have given us a much more negative spin on what occurred. But it doesn’t. That is because the bottom line is that Reuven did the right thing. And that is what the Torah cares about the most.

If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them! Four Out Of Four (Part Four)

It didn't take long to understand the depths of the Torah lifestyle.

Trust But Verify

Jacob was sending a message to his family and to us: Esau was of sufficient stature to merit angels to greet him. Jacob's years in the house of the scoundrel Laban taught him how to view his brother from a different perspective. He began to appreciate Esau's greatness,

We, Too, Have A Dream

Jacob's dream revealed to us that there is another dimension: a vertical one, a spiritual, hidden, top-down one, which we do not see.

Q & A: Is An Electric Menorah Good Enough? (Part I)

Question: Does one fulfill the mitzvah of lighting Chanukah candles with an electric menorah? Can one recite the blessings before lighting it? A. Gordon

May Non-Jews Be Buried In Jewish Cemeteries?

The Talmud (Gittin 61a) states: “We bury dead gentiles along with dead Jews because of the ways of peace (darchei shalom)."

Deposited Faithfully

Naftali nodded solemnly. He put the envelope in a safe place and Moshe left, hoping sincerely that he had left his treasure with the right person.


He was so embarrassed! Here he didn’t even belong in the business class section, and he had inadvertently made an elderly passenger with legitimate rights to the cabin uncomfortable.

We Are An Exalted Nation Of Priests

Rav Shmuel explained that keeping the Torah and mitzvos would be so much easier if we would understand that we are an elevated nation.

Daf Yomi

Anticipating The Rebuilt Temple 'One Who Learns About The Chatas…' (Menachos 110a)

Parshat Vayishlach: Physical Fear, Moral Distress

Moral dilemmas are situations in which doing the right thing is not the end of the matter. The conflict may be inherently tragic. Jacob, in this parsha, finds himself trapped in such a conflict: on the one hand, he ought not allow himself to be killed; on the other, he ought not kill someone else; but he must do one or the other.

Is It Proper…?

This week’s question is: “Is enrolling in a secular college ever appropriate in today’s day and age?”

Want To Be Heard? Speak Quietly

You wrote that it’s often good for a husband and wife to have differing opinions, but wouldn’t it be better if they agreed so they could easily work together towards their common goals?

Wrongs Are Wrongs, Even if We Tolerate Them

Shechem becomes, for Rambam and Ramban, a lesson in society, government, and international relations.

Sincere And Everlasting

If one wins the lottery and is instantly transformed from pauper to millionaire, although at first he can hardly give enough charity, he soon acclimates to his new lifestyle.

Is Davening A Bore And A Chore?

It becomes quite clear that measured by time, Klal Yisrael values avodas ha’tefillah, serving Hashem through prayer, tremendously.

Nothing Influences A Person More

This weeek's parsha teaches us two pillars of life...

Bizarre Stories? It’s All Bashert

Truth is often far stranger than fiction when it comes to shidduchim--just ask the Avot

Dreams, Naps & Promises

If I had Jacob's dream, I would not have been able to go back to sleep, and, I'd like to believe that I would have responded to the historic promises rather than make a conditional promise emphasizing bread and clothes. I would expect a "Thank You," from Jacob, instead of falling asleep and then playing "Let's Make A Deal,"

The Double Plague Of Measles

Unfortunately, we do not have a single halachic authority that everyone abides by, and as a result each person can rely on whomever they choose.

A Bottle Of Wine

This was the Sixties, and they shared the ideals of their adolescent children. Pro-civil liberties, anti-war – the epitome of unaffiliated, liberal Jews.

Daf Yomi

What About The Blood ‘They Were Not Really Babylonians…’ (Menachos 100a)

Q & A: Tal U’matar – Why December 4 Or 5? (Part II)

Question: Why do we begin saying Tal U’matar on the evening of December 4 or 5? Why is the secular date relevant? Also, what should an American Jew do if he is in Eretz Yisrael (where people start saying Tal U’matar earlier) and then returns home before December 4 or 5? Zelig Aronson


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