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The Kotel: Have We Gone Mad? A Call to All Denominations and...

My suggestion: Restore the Kotel to its former state, a place where all are welcome and used solely for individual prayer and meditation, just as our ancestors treated it throughout our long history.

Who Was Zerubavel?

19 Sivan 5776 – June 24, 2016
No matter how bleak things seem to be, Hashem never give up on us.

Parashat Behaalotecha: Summer Vacation

We are bound by G-d’s laws when we are in yeshiva, at home, in the synagogue, in the office, at a social event, or on vacation.

Daf Yomi

18 Sivan 5776 – June 23, 2016
Taking The Law Into One’s Own Hands ‘Break His Teeth And Tell Him I Am Taking Mine’ (Bava Kamma 27b)

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

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

Hating The Jews

To gain power or distract the population from their suffering, a monarch would look for a place to put the blame.

Almost Exact

But even after one follows all of the rules and performs the mitzvah correctly, the essential part is that we adhered to Hashem’s command and performed His will.

Pit Bull Or Poodle? (Bava Kamma 15b)

Are all dogs inherently vicious? Is there such a thing as a tame dog?

BEHA’ALOTECHA: Can I Be Vulnerable with G-d?

How can we understand, and relate, to the Children of Israel, a seemingly ungrateful, chutzpadik nation as it crosses the desert?

For Heaven’s Sake

After some deliberation, the judge dismissed the case. Mr. Braun walked out feeling great.

The Baggage Weighing Down Our Singles

While Orthodox singles are more insulated from cultural influences, it has had an impact. The questions remain: Why can’t singles get married? What went wrong? Is it 'external influences'?

The Dark Clouds

17 Sivan 5776 – June 22, 2016
Moses acted properly in his role of prophet. He failed in his role as a husband; he did not see Tziporah's suffering, her black cloud.

Redeeming Relevance: The Wisdom of Withdrawal: Parshat Behaalotecha

If Moshe was the greatest man that ever lived, his silent partner Tzipporah deserves much of the credit for it.

The Guiding Staff

12 Sivan 5776 – June 17, 2016
The Malbim explains that when G-d asked Moshe what was in his hand he was testing him. He was essentially asking Moshe to define how he viewed his role as leader.

Lashon Tova

What has become clear from modern studies of the brain is that we can control our emotions and our thoughts.

Shidduch Problems Are Nothing New

Every generation has its own daunting shidduch challenges. Unfortunately, finding the right shidduch is not a new phenomenon, nor is it limited to our contemporary world.

I Never Do Anything Wrong

11 Sivan 5776 – June 16, 2016
So on both sides of the spectrum, the yetzer hara either should be unable to convince the person it is permitted – or it shouldn’t need to do any convincing.

Q & A: Erecting A Monument Over A Grave

Question: Recently it came to light that there is no memorial stone over the grave of a family member who passed away some time ago. He has children, but, unfortunately, they refuse to do anything to rectify this matter. Worse, they say that erecting a monument is not a requirement. I don’t agree with them. Please quote sources so that I can prove to them that they must erect a memorial stone. Name withheld by request

Daf Yomi

Is It Trespass? ‘Reuven Didn't Benefit And Shimon Didn't Lose’ (Bava Kamma 20a)

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