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The Still Voice (Kol)

The mention of kol is referenced in dozens of places in the Torah, and each time it appears, one is filled with wonder and amazement in its powerful and profound implication and meaning.

The True Measure of a Man

God doesn't need a slave to order and say: Build an ark! He could have made it in a second. God desires a partner. It is up to us to rise to that role. Noah's greatness was that he figured it out.

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

The Air Force’s defense was that the Constitution only protected a genuine religious law; not a personal preference. Wearing a yarmulke, they argued, was not the law.

Parshat Bereishit

While turning points do not often announce themselves with a clarion call, there are, nonetheless, moments in our lives when the potential for major change is evident.

Rabbi Aba Wagensberg on Parsha Bereishis

Parshas Bereishis is not only the first but arguably the most difficult parsha in the entire Torah. Let's begin...

How Deep Is Our Faith?

Our history demonstrates that there is no difficulty, no obstacle, we cannot overcome when we become one with our G-d. We need only allow the light of Hashem to lead us.

Saper Vedere

"Saper vedere," - knowing how to see - informs our lives. Have we changed with the opportunities brought by the holidays> Have we kept our new lenses?

The Beginning Of Time

Before there was physicality, there was nothing to measure, so there was no system to measure height.

Benevolent Justice

That would be cheating the rightful party and an injustice. Some authorities write that doing so would be considered a taus b'dvar mishna, a mistrial, and the compromise is null and void.

Daf Yomi

The Difficult Choice ‘His Father’s Lost Object And His Rebbe’s Lost Object…’ (Bava Metzia 33a)

Q & A: Replacing A Monument

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

Who Owns The Baseball?

What happens if two people are holding on to abandoned property and each claims to have found it first?

Merigolda’s Miracle

To not keep Shabbos and not honor her parents seemed too much of a price to pay for a job she didn’t really like.

The Prayer For Fish

With nothing pressing on their duty roster, Rabbi Avi was convinced by the boys to try to catch fish at the river nearby.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Bereshit: Why Can’t a Man be More Like a Woman?

Though a woman helps her partner and remains his equal, she nurtures and thereby becomes a man's superior. Paradoxically, therefore, woman may be just a bit closer to the image of God than man.

The Deliberately Flawed Divine Torah: The Theology of the Halachic Loophole

I believe that the Torah is often morally, deeply, and deliberately flawed, and that furthermore, God Himself intentionally made it flawed. It is the latter issue that I will discuss in this essay.

Simchat Torah: The Rush and the Stagnation

The possibility of chidushm - looking into the same text with new eyes - is crucial. The call for new interpretations, not just repeating what has been said, is fundamental to genuine Torah learning

Daf Yomi

The Majority Rule ‘If The Majority Are Israelites…’ (Bava Metzia 24a-b)

Special Delivery

Despite our age difference and the fact that they were newly married and we were expecting our fourth child, the newcomers and us hit it off well.

Q & A: Folding A Tallit On Shabbat

Question: I notice that in some synagogues I visit on Shabbat, some people do not fold their tallitot but rather leave them in their place unfolded. Others do fold them. I asked one person why he doesn’t fold his tallit, and he responded that doing so is not permitted. Is that true? I. Hager Brooklyn, NY

Redeeming Relevance: Zot HaBeraKha: A Grave Apart

It was not enough for Moshe to die by himself, however; his separation from family and nation had to be total, even after his death. And so his burial spot would need to be hidden from all.

Just One Step

Sukkot is the most universalistic of all festivals. At the same time, however, it is the most particularist of festivals. When we sit in the sukkah, we recall Jewish history

The Universality Of Sukkot

Sukkot is the most universalistic of all festivals. At the same time, however, it is the most particularist of festivals. When we sit in the sukkah, we recall Jewish history

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