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Should The Chazzan Say ‘Ga’al Yisrael’ Out Loud? (Part IV)

Question: In the course of my travels, I have discovered that some chazzanim say “Ga’al Yisrael” right before Shemoneh Esreh aloud while others say it with their voices fading. Is one practice correct and the other incorrect? M. Goldman

Why Do We Light Shabbos Candles?

What growth can we achieve through the mitzvah of lighting special candles for Shabbos? What lesson does Hashem want us to learn from this mitzvah?

Chesed And Rachamim In Our Lives (Part One)

More eternal wisdom from Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h. This week considering how to become an agent of chesed (compassion) and rachamim (mercy).

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Bo: Self-inflicted Escalating Punishments

Pharaoh's stubbornness dooms Egypt. Had he let the Jews go at the first request, Egypt would have been spared from all the pain, death and destruction--the blame is his, neither Israel's nor G-d's

What to do with IT

Understanding time, tefillin, and Torah and how they inexorably lead to: Empowerment

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Bo: When the Lights GO OFF

How did the Jews find grace in the eyes of the Egyptians, receiving gifts from their Egyptian neighbors as they left, when they were perceived as the source of all the plagues and destruction?

Parshat Vaeira

The Civil War was a conventional war with large massed armies arrayed against each other in set battles. These battles were more or less governed by accepted rules of war.

The Rubashkin Saga – IX

While we rejoice at the recent release of Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin from prison, the series continues this month and beyond.

Moses – The Successful Failure

What was Moshe's secret that enabled him to continue to fight for his goals, in spite of everything, and succeed where so many others would have failed? The answer is simple: he knew how to lose.

Q & A: Should The Chazzan Say ‘Ga’al Yisrael’ Out Loud? (Part III)

Question: In the course of my travels, I have discovered that some chazzanim say “Ga’al Yisrael” right before Shemoneh Esreh aloud while others say it with their voices fading. Is one practice correct and the other incorrect? M. Goldman

Go Away Lender! This Land Is Mine. I Bought It From Your Borrower...

The justification for this is that a third-party purchaser has the ability to find out whether the land he is buying is encumbered by a lien.

Equal In The Eyes Of The Law (Shevuot 30a)

There is nothing more stultifying to the presentation of one’s case than a judge who allows one party to talk as long as he or she likes and cuts the other party off after a few words.

Daf Yomi

Was She Really Married? ‘One Said Two… The Other Said Three…’ (Shevuos 48a)

Educational Damage

When they finished talking, David said: I acknowledge that I was wrong, but Rabbi Bloch still had no right to break my phone. He owes me for the repair.

The Mysterious Cellphone Contact

Getting ready for Pesach is actually an amazing opportunity to have a really positive experience getting ready for an awesome chag!

Being Like Hashem

This story is compelling because Ford didn’t care about anyone but himself. He didn’t choose to be kind.

The Cup Of Hope

Only later did I discover the real significance of Elijah’s cup, and found, as so often, that the truth is no less moving than the stories we learned as children.

Time To Reach Out To Our Father (Conclusion)

Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h, sharing her hard-earned wisdom on the truth that anti-Zionism is in fact the same anti-Semitism by another name

Are You Listening?

God hears, and responds. God hears our prayers, and in so doing, gives voice to a powerful message of love. Can you hear it?

IF A FROG JUMPED INTO A FIERY FURNACE, WOULD YOU JUMP TOO?

How seriously should we take frogs as halakhic authorities? On one level the answer is clear: not at all. Frogs do not have free will, or moral responsibility, and anyone one who thinks this midrash believes otherwise defames Chazal.  Froggish martyrdom cannot teach us proper Jewish behavior, any more than froggish diet can teach us that insects are kosher.

Jesus, A Warning to Our Rabbis

The astonishing fact that Jesus, one Jewish child considered the Messiah in the eyes of billions but utterly rejected as an apostate by his own people makes us wonder even more. What went wrong?

Tasty Cakes

It is known that the chassidishe boys marry young, while the Livishe boys marry a little older.

Daf Yomi

A Talmidah Chachamah ‘If He Is A Scholar, He Is Not Sworn’ (Shevuos 41a)

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