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Menachem Av

Hashem wants us to realize that we are not in control of Har Habayis, and this should disturb us.

Man: Preprogrammed For Greatness

Why does the huge, powerful horse submit to the will of the little, weak man?

It’s All In The Approach

The ninth of Av became a harbinger of the numerous tragedies we would suffer throughout the exile.

The Short Vort: Is Nothing Sacred Anymore?

This past Friday night, the Salomon family of Nevi Tzuf- who are my cousins- were preparing for a Shalom Zachor. The Simcha was transformed into a house of mourning

Aleph Beta: Devarim: What Does It Mean To Have Faith?

Drawing on the Maharal, Rabbi Fohrman gives us a novel approach to faith, and challenges us to rise to this level of intimacy with God and with each other.

Between Hope & Despair

The Tisha b'Av experience is a spiritual affliction, "Acedia," a "sadness, a disgust with life, which comes from our inability to get along with ourselves, our disunion with God."

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Devarim: The Torah’s Insistence that Uganda be for the Ugandans

As the Jewish nation and the Jewish state become more powerful, we have a greater responsibility to contribute more resources to developing nations. It would be a Kiddush HaShem.

The Rubashkin Saga (Part III)

PETA has a lurid anti-shechita history, They claimed Rubashkin the way the animals were slaughtered at Agri rendered them non-kosher. Rabbinic authorities and major kashruth supervisors deemed Rubashkin to be of the highest kosher standards--yet PETA declared otherwise.

Where Did Lot Go Wrong?

Why was it so hard for Lot to admit subordination to Avraham

Parshat Matot-Massei

The mindset of risking one's life for the cause can only be acquired once the civilian mindset of self-preservation is unlearned.

Shabbos Mevorchim Menachem Av

How apt a reminder that this remorseful time will pass before we know it, and the next full moon will shed its light upon our universe on a joyful fifteenth of Av.

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

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

Every Yiddishe Neshamah

We hear so much about the hopeless predicament of our assimilated brethren. Statistics show that our young people are indifferent to their faith and heritage and would not be unduly perturbed if, G-d forbid, Israel ceased to exist. I have never believed that to be true

Changing the Scene

The Tribes of Israel knew that Moses would die because he told them. Why tell them and force them to confront their fear of life after Moses just BEFORE a major battle?

Whether Notation Of A Loan In The Deceased’s Ledger Is Sufficient To Require A...

The Rambam, however, was of the opinion that hearsay evidence is not sufficient to require the defendant to take the Shevuat Heiset oath of denial, even if it came from the plaintiff’s father.

The Power Of Prayer

Yet it appears that if the shogeg killer would daven, his prayers might be answered, and the kohen gadol would die. Why?

Looking For Family

The search continues on in this way up the paternal family tree until it finally locates a living relative.

Good Vs. Evil

Anyway he gave it a try and got in the car and sure enough… the car started! He was surprised and asked the old man, how did you know what to do?

Falling Into Hashem’s Arms

The MRI showed that our son had sustained a fractured skull and a double break in the arm that he had fallen on, it was truly a miracle. That arm had saved his life!

Witness Dayan

Ari took $200 out of his wallet. He said to two friends at the adjacent table: For the record, see that I'm lending Shalom $200.

Matot: Why Is The End of Bamidbar So Anticlimactic?

The Torah is a book of great drama, why does the narrative ends with a seemingly-unnecessary story about a random conquest of some towns?

Why Rabbis and their Communities Must Learn from Each Other

This week’s parshah, Matot-Masei- provides a powerful lens from the past to train on current events. 

A Perilous Risk

Was their recent commitment strong enough to prevail against this dramatic test?

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