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Kana’im Pogim Bo

23 Tammuz 5776 – July 28, 2016
Pinchas fulfilled the halacha of kana’im pogim bo whereby a kana’i (zealot) is granted permission to kill people performing specific aveiros.

Mitzvah Brings Mitzvah

Somehow, though I loved being in Israel, I didn’t feel that way at all.

One Or Both?

"Could you please take my wallet?" Menachem asked. "I have two thousand cash in it. Make sure to put it in the safe."

The Guarantors

We want our children to have self-esteem. Can there be a greater generator of self-esteem in children than their knowing they were chosen to be the guarantors of the Torah?

Parshas Pinchas

22 Tammuz 5776 – July 27, 2016
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ABCs of Tisha B’Av & the Three Weeks

Napoleon said referring to the Jews, "Certainly a people which has mourned the loss of their Temple for so long, will merit to see it rebuilt!"

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Pinchas: Midian, Moab and Yisrael

The fact it was specifically Midianite and Moabite women involved with Jewish men {Moshe and men involved with Ba'al Peor) shows that an existential bond existed between these nations and Israel.

Answering Mark Twain’s Question

17 Tammuz 5776 – July 22, 2016
It is only G-d’s Hand in guarding our continued existence and our dedication to Torah that has allowed us to endure.

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

16 Tammuz 5776 – July 21, 2016
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

Daf Yomi

Who Permitted Eating Turkey? ‘Geese And Wild Geese Are Forbidden Together’ (Bava Kamma 55a)

Balak – What Is Israel’s National Mission?

For the first time in a while, the main characters of the parsha--Bilaam and Balak-- are NOT the people of Israel.

Borrowed On Interest

"That's makes him a rasha [transgressor] who is disqualified from testifying."

What Makes God Laugh

Pagan prophets like Bilam had not yet learned the lesson we must all one day learn: What matters is not that God does what we want, but that we do what He wants.

From The Top Up

Our worst enemy convinces us that we can only be led from the top, rather than recognize that a real leader lifts up each individual so that he can stand with him in the heavens

Through The Eyes Of History

How is it possible that anyone could see Pinchas as anything other than a hero?

A Time To Cry

Although Har Hazeitim is traditionally considered one of the holy sites in Judaism, it’s also undeniably a hotbed of violence and vandalism, and consequently one of the most dangerous venues in all of Israel.

From Spark To Flame

The Yiddishe neshamah can be likened to a computer. If you can’t find that pintele Yid, it’s only because you don’t know how to bring up the program – but, rest assured, the program is there

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Balak: The Perspective of Prophecy

Bilaam not only doesn't appear to be great, he seems to be base as well as foolish (outsmarted by his own donkey!). So how can the midrash claim he was really at least as great a prophet as Moshe?

Faith Over Reason

9 Tammuz 5776 – July 15, 2016
Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking. -Kahlil Gibran

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