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Greater than Greeting the Shechinah

17 Heshvan 5777 – November 17, 2016
I would assume that if Hashem appeared to someone, he would be obligated to remain in Hashem’s presence for as long as Hashem remained.

The Miracle Of A Child

Why the binding? Why put Abraham and Sarah through the agony of thinking that the son for whom they have waited for so long is about to die? We cherish what we wait for and what we most risk losing.

Reflections On Water

I hurried downstairs and dialed my husband again. Baruch Hashem this time he answered right away.

Is Money Everything? (Bava Metzia 47b)

What incentive does the seller have to salvage the object from fire if, at the end of the day, the loss is for the buyer?

Wings of Desire

Who are these beings? Men to Avraham; Angels to Lot. Why do they play such important roles in Genesis? Why are the stories of the beginnings of humanity so rich with unfamiliar characters?

Parshas Vayera

16 Heshvan 5777 – November 16, 2016
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Torah Shorts: Weekly Biblical Thoughts: Parshat Vayera

Abraham was not an isolationist concerned solely with his own interests. Regardless of how despicable the Sodomites were, Abraham started a surreal negotiation with G-d to save them.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayeira: No Questions Asked

14 Heshvan 5777 – November 15, 2016
Isn't it surprising that Avraham who prayed for Sodom's salvation did not protest God commanding him to kill his own son? For the Netziv, this was actually exactly what God wanted from Avraham. Why?

The Curse of Religious Boredom

13 Heshvan 5777 – November 13, 2016
In biblical days, the prophets were astir while the world was sleeping. Today, the world is astir while the synagogues are sleeping. Blessed are the young people who are waking up.

Q & A: Replacing A Monument (Part III)

11 Heshvan 5777 – November 11, 2016
Question: Is there anything in Jewish law that prohibits replacing an old, existing matzeivah (tombstone) with a new, better one? I would greatly appreciate your response to this question. A Reader Tucson, AZ

Daf Yomi

The Case Of The Conflicting Commitments! ‘A Breach Of Faith’ (Bava Metzia 49a)

Abraham the Individualist

Abraham is a model of the Individual, of the non-conformist, of the person who will take a stand for what is right though it is unpopular. Indeed, Abraham carved his own path.

On Being A Jewish Parent

The most influential man who ever lived, does not appear on any list I have seen of the hundred most influential men in history. He ruled no empire, commanded no army, His name, of course, is Abraham

‘Can I Trust Him?’ (Part II)

If the young man you’re dating is sincere, he has to demonstrate his commitment now, beginning with regular and intensive Torah study. My experience is that people who put things off rarely deliver.

The Scorpion & The Setting Of The Son

10 Heshvan 5777 – November 10, 2016
Why did Yaakov act strangely by crisscrossing his hands when he could have simply switched Ephraim and Menashe’s positions?

The Five-Star Hotel Called Life

Is there any way to measure the value of life? Is it worth a million dollars? Ten million? A hundred billion? Is it even possible to put a value on our existence?

Taillight Ticket

Thus, if the ticket was issued to the owner, the driver has no obligation to reimburse him.

Passing The Torch

I explained to him that Hashem does not give a person something to deal with that they cannot handle.

Winning Ticket #675349

I teach our students that nothing happens by chance and certainly that includes a raffle drawing. Hashem is running the world and everything that happens in it.

Lesser Of Two Evils

Why do we allow a Jew to shecht on Shabbos when there are other ways of providing the ill person with meat?

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