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Emor: What Sabbath Is All About

16 Iyyar 5777 – May 11, 2017
In this video, Rabbi Fohrman makes a fascinating argument about how Shabbat works and shows that there ARE Shabbatot in different realms.

Anyone For Pizza?

As early morning phone calls go this was probably one of the least welcome ones to hear five days before our daughter’s wedding.

Meron Miracle

Now he was putting his faith only in Hashem and that he knew Hashem could help him.

Hang on to your hats!

The rav found the exchange humorous and happily shared it with my husband, who subsequently told it over to me.

Parshat Emor: While Still Fresh and Warm

This nameless man, born in scandal to a Jewish mother and Egyptian father not a member of any tribe, brought his claim to Moses who ruled against him. He was Jewish, but he had no place in camp or the world

Are Our Bodies Metaphors for Our Souls?

13 Iyyar 5777 – May 9, 2017
Granting that bodies and souls are sometimes mismatched, are we comfortable saying in absolute terms that sheker hachein v’hevel hayofi (grace is falsehood and beauty is meaningless)? Are bodies and souls assigned to one another at random?

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – Don’t Miss Out

10 Iyyar 5777 – May 5, 2017
A slave must fulfill his master's command without cutting any corners.

Falling, But Never Fallen

When we improve our shemiras Shabbos, we are taking steps to bring redemption and Moshiach closer.

Taking The Law Into One’s Own Hands (Siman 75:13) – Continued from last week

9 Iyyar 5777 – May 4, 2017
In this case, if the defendant had wanted to lie, he could have – instead of admitting he snatched it and explaining that it was stolen from him – simply denied that he snatched it altogether.

Systems Of Human Perfection

Hashem imprinted into the essence of each animal all the instincts necessary for its survival as well as for the continuation of its species.

Daf Yomi

At First Glance ‘While You Were Feasting On The Dates Of Babylon…’ (Baba Basra 107b)

Q & A: Do Women Count The Omer?

Question: Are women supposed to count Sefirat HaOmer? S. Feldman

The Jewish State

We are in Eretz Yisrael before the building of the Beis Hamikdash. Why are we repeating the same mistake three thousand years later?

Pool Barrier

The contractor warned me that the local safety code requires a barrier around the pool. He's supposed to come in two weeks to install it.

Is One Required To Live In Israel? (Bava Batra 91a)

Although it is preferable to live in Israel, there is no obligation to go. However, once you live in Israel, there is an obligation not to leave.

Afterthoughts on Yom Ha’atzmaut: The Unchallenged Holiness of the Jew

If the Jewish inhabitants of Israel do not behave properly or hide behind the claim they are observant or moral while in fact they disobey the ethical dictates of God, the Book of Amos makes it clear that the State of Israel will not endure.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Kedoshim: The Ten Commandments’ New Spin

With the 10 Commandments, G-d is described as the One who took the Jews out of Egypt. In Parshat Kedoshim, He is described simply as being "holy." Both phrases set the tone for the list that follows.

When Earth Touches Heaven – Constant Contact

8 Iyyar 5777 – May 3, 2017
Shabbat, when we separate ourselves from so much of our earthly concerns and focus on our highest aspirations, we find the holiness that allows our earth to rise so high as to kiss the heavens.

Shidduch Challenges

4 Iyyar 5777 – April 30, 2017
Finding one’s shidduch has reached the crisis level. The one absolute “must” quality is finding a soul mate with a good heart. If that’s lacking, the entire package will fall apart.

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