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The Necessity Of Asking Questions

6 Shevat 5777 – February 2, 2017
Judaism is not a religion of blind obedience. Astonishingly of 613 commandments, there is no Hebrew word that means “to obey.” Judaism is the rarest of phenomena: a faith based on asking questions,

Parshas Bo

6 Shevat 5777 – February 1, 2017
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Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Bo: How Do You Translate First Born?

5 Shevat 5777 – January 31, 2017
When Moshe is told about the plague of the first born (4:22-23), God gives an explanation, something we do not see with any of the other plagues. Yet is it actually middah keneged middah?

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

2 Shevat 5777 – January 29, 2017
The ongoing legal saga of whether Dr. Simcha Goldman could wear his yarmulke while serving in the US Air Force

Hearing The Cry Of Another

29 Tevet 5777 – January 27, 2017
In these difficult days for Jews throughout the world, especially in Eretz Yisrael, we must sensitize ourselves to hear the silent cry of another's heart, then Hashem shall surely hear ours as well

Peeping Tom (Bava Batra 59a)

29 Tevet 5777 – January 26, 2017
There is nothing illegal about looking at other people just as there is nothing illegal with talking about other people.

Q & A: A Missed Torah Reading (Part X)

Question: If a person was ill on Shabbos and unable to go to shul to hear Keri’at haTorah, must he have someone read it to him in shul upon his recovery? Sincerely, Isaac Greenberg

The Measure Of The Man

Before each person is born, he is predestined to certain abilities and talents, a particular level of intelligence, and an exact disposition and temperament.

Daf Yomi

A Fundraisers Reward ‘Those Who Persuade Others To Give Charity Are Greater’ (Bava Basra 9a)

Loan Costs

I'm not an expert in the laws of ribbis, replied Mr. Rubin, but we can check with Rabbi Dayan.

Following A Dream

With no other choice in sight, David continued along his path until he finished high school without having any substantial plans for his future in mind.

Va’era: Did God Take Away Pharaoh’s Free Will?

According to the simple meaning of the text, it seems God took Pharaoh's free will. Rabbi Fohrman argues that the precise language-- kaved/chazek--shows that God DID allow Pharaoh to pursue his vision

Inaugural Introspection

A phenomenon that allows this process to occur is the credence, admiration, and relevance that our culture affords to celebrities and athletes.

Keeping It Simple

Why did Pharaoh consistently ask Moses to pray for a plague to stop, rather than himself pray? Wouldn't that have been simpler?

The Cup Of Hope

Pesach represents the start of the great journey of Jewish history – from slavery to freedom, Egypt to the Promised Land.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vaera: Wasn’t Moshe a Prophet?

27 Tevet 5777 – January 24, 2017
Moshe complained to God that even though he would have the best human understanding of the Divine will, he had difficulty bringing it down to regular people. That role-"turgaman/navi"-Aharon filled

Shabbos Mevorchim Shevat

23 Tevet 5777 – January 20, 2017
The month of Shevat shares its element of air with the months of Sivan and Tishrei. During Sivan, the light of the Torah was revealed to us on Har Sinai.

Parshat Shemot

The authors, based on their research, suggest leaders employ certain practices to allow their followers to grow and be inspired by their humility.

Lessons From the Parsha: Don’t Raise Your Hand – Parshat Shemot

Rashi notes Moshe's use of the future tense when addressing the two fighting Israelites.

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