"A father of philosophy, the father of the Hebrews and his slave get together,,," sounds like the start of an ancient joke but read on...
Yishmael’s challenge was whether to come back at all. Having been so clearly rejected, why would he want to have anything more to do with his father Avraham?
Rabbi Cardozo's Mission Statement on education and the pursuit of Judaism
One who does not follow the recipe that Chazal gave us will end up with tasteless, cheeseless blintzes.
Abraham was acting on both occasions--the banishment of Ishmael and the sacrifice of Isaac--against his emotions, his paternal instincts. What is the Torah telling us about the nature of fatherhood?
Our nation, which was once led by prophets and sages, is today led by media pundits and wealthy moguls. So instead of searching for that Divine Fire, we pursue the fires of power and wealth. Yet,the embers of the Divine Fire are still flickering...
The borrower who paid the entire loan would, of course, have a claim for reimbursement against the co-borrower for the amount he repaid on his behalf.
Question: My husband and I are frequent Shabbos guests at our children’s homes nearby. Where should I light Shabbos candles – in my home or theirs? Name Withheld
That understanding is enough to evoke terror in any man’s heart, and we can certainly understand why he didn’t move.
Without Warning ‘But You Were With Us…’ (Makkos 2a)
"I didn't knowingly damage," pointed out Mrs. Neuman. "I didn't intend to upset the table."
David was very saddened both at the untimely death of his good friend and also seeing how depressed his widow was.
The driver’s confidence waned a trifle and after a moment or two he admitted that he had in fact stolen the car from the yishuv Maaleh Adumim.
A judge must open the proceedings by urging the litigants to settle the dispute by way of compromise.
The media today tries to take advantage of this aspect of human nature by making stories sound sensational and as introducing it as breaking news.
Arrogance and the punishment of Angels
Religion must face the question of how its followers should behave while members of a corrupt society. How should they relate to the norms of that society, especially when those norms are embodied in law?
Who are these beings? Why do they play such important roles in the stories of Genesis? Why are the stories of the beginnings of humanity so rich with characters so unfamiliar?
There are many potential spiritual hazards. How can we survive?
The Rebbetzin giving guidance and support to a non-religious woman who contacted her concerning a "Living Will." The woman has 3 adult children, 2 of whom are religious. Engaging letter and response from the Rebbetzin, a"h
Avram’s father was not impressed with the cleverness of his son. In fact, he was so unimpressed that he took him to Nimrod the king, who pronounced him an enemy of the state and attempted to execute him.
Is Silence Golden ? ‘Iyov, Who Was Silent …’ (Sanhedrin 106a)
For example, someone who sold seeds that turned out defective does not have to pay the customer for the incurred labor costs in planting them. When the damage was unintentional, as here, there isn't even a moral obligation.
Question: Why do we find crownlets in the Torah on the letters shin, ayin, tet, nun, zayin, gimmel, and tzaddi? And why only these letters? Avrohom Gruenberg