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When Tisha B’Av Occurs On Shabbat Or Sunday

8 Av 5776 – August 11, 2016
When the fast is postponed to Sunday or when Tisha B’Av occurs on Sunday, the final meal eaten before the beginning of the fast is the seudah shelishit, the third meal of Shabbat.

Minhagim Of Shabbos Tisha B’Av

If a person will not be fasting on Sunday for whatever reason, he should say havdalah on a cup prior to eating.

Shards Of Glass

The Torah holds that the one who created the hazard is liable, even if he does not own it.

The Ventriloquist Lion

This strange equivalence between Hashem (the omnipotent King of kings) and a mere mortal monarch seems to imply that human beings are never really their own masters. They are always either the servants of Hashem or of Pharaoh.

To 120: Growing Old, Staying Young

There is something moving about seeing Moses, at almost 120, looking forward as well as back, sharing his wisdom with the young, teaching us that while the body may age, the spirit can stay young

Nothing Is As Simple As It Looks

G-d’s discipline is never punitive, it is corrective: the Torah tells us that G-d chastises us even as a father chastises his children.

The Book of Speech; Redeeming Relevance on Parshat Devarim

An obstacle to understanding Devarim is thinking of it as a book. Devarim literally means “[spoken] words” and should therefore be primarily considered in its 'orality'

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – Love Our Nation

2 Av 5776 – August 5, 2016
The Gemara (Brachos 30a) states that when a person prays he should always include himself as part of the community.

Finding Our Way

Although the nation was excited about entering the Promised Land, first and foremost they were glad to be out of the clutches of their nefarious oppressors.

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

Dr. Goldman went from testifying as an expert witness to being the defendant. Could it have been because of his yamulke?

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

1 Av 5776 – August 4, 2016
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

Suffer The Thief ‘One Stole And Another Stole It From Him …’ (Bava Kamma 68a)

The Forgotten

These 3 weeks require us to remember the great events and those on the fringe of memory. Caring for the distant and the forgotten--people and memories--will bring the redemption and rebuilding of our Nation,

New Motor

The two came before Rabbi Dayan.

No Child Should Be A Castaway

I have dealt with many teenagers who have been cast out of their homes and schools. I must emphasize that the most potent way to reach them is with berachos and love. I am not saying this is easy

The Power Of Prayer

Any judgment becomes a balance – how much rachamim and how much din?

A Jewish Burial – Whatever The Price

After several sleepless days, the team had been able to speak with the Guamanian and United States funeral homes, the airline, and the widow.

Lost Property The Status of the Shomer Aveidah

Clearly, one’s liability for guarding the lost ring depends on the interpretation of the Talmudic dictum of osek bemitzvah.

Shevua She’chal Bo

The sefer Harirai Kedem suggests a different understanding of the machlokes.

The Parsha Experiment – Matot-Masei: Israel’s Psychological Journey

The Torah is not just a list of laws and stories, So, how does the travel log in parshat Masei teach us some sort of timeless lesson?

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