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Asking For Advice

22 Kislev 5776 – December 3, 2015
“These are the chronicles of Yaakov: Yosef was seventeen years old, and he watched his brothers.” – Bereishis 37:2   At the age of seventeen, Yosef...

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"This doesn't seem right," Chaim's mother said. "I'm going to have to check with the bakery." She put that doughnut aside and took a different flavor.

Miracle Oil

There is a glaring difference between the Beis Yosef’s answers.

Mesorah: The Gift And The Responsibility

Hanukah reminds us of the challenges in Galus. How we understand & react to Galus defines us as Jews

Do Not Shame: Tamar’s Righteous Lesson

Tamar realizes Judah has no intention of giving her his last son. Now trapped-an agunah-she acts

Breaching & Provoking

Chanukah celebrates those willing to provoke the Greeks & prod the Jewish people from their slumber.

Aleph Beta: Vayeishev: Harlots & Coats & Goats, Oh My!‏

21 Kislev 5776 – December 2, 2015
Is Vayeishev,this weeks parsha, a chapter in Genesis or an episode of Game of Throne?!

Redeeming Relevance on the Weekly Parsha: VaYeishev

Tamar initiates the process, opening Yehudah’s eyes to her essence; “clothes don’t make the (wo)man"

Wrestling with Our Enemy – Then and Now

18 Kislev 5776 – November 29, 2015
We face bitter adversaries who find glory in the act of randomly, mercilessly killing good people

A Matter Of Perspective

16 Kislev 5776 – November 27, 2015
The Mesilas Yesharim (Chapter 1) explains that our purpose in this world is to gain entry into the World to Come. The medium for that is Torah and mitzvos, for which one can only achieve reward in this world.

IS HIS NAME YA’AKOV, YISRAEL OR BOTH?

People have 1 name because it supposedly reflects identity. What if a person has a double identity?

Spiritual And Physical Challenges

We must re-focus our priorities & our communal resources from Jewish defense to Jewish spirituality

Parshas Vayishlach

15 Kislev 5776 – November 26, 2015
We’re the westernmost Jewish community on the planet (!) thus always “wrapping it up” for Klal Yisroel by making the last kiddush or havdalla, lighting the last Menorah, etc.

The Merit Of Eretz Yisrael

The answer to this question can best be understood with a perspective on capitalism.

Daf Yomi

The Burning Of Kever Yosef ‘Alongside Shechem’ (Sotah 32a)

Q & A: Tzedakah (Part XIX)

Question: When a stranger approaches a congregant in shul asking for tzedakah, should the congregant verify that the person’s need is genuine? Furthermore, what constitutes tzedakah? Is a donation to a synagogue, yeshiva, or hospital considered tzedakah? Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)

True Strength

Jewish history is the story of exile. Jacob blazed the trail for the Jews in exile.

Down To Earth (Korban Minchat Choteh Vesotah)

When a person who has given in to his or her animal instincts wishes to bring a sacrifice to atone for such conduct, the sacrifice should be as basic and unadorned as the instincts to which he or she gave in.

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