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Q & A: A Bar Mitzvah Boy And The Four Parshiyot (Part I)

Question: Is a bar mitzvah boy allowed to read the four parshiyot in shul on behalf of the congregation? Elimelech Feldman

Free Sprinkles!

"Whoever came in contact with a corpse or was in a cemetery must also be sprinkled on twice beforehand with water that has ashes of the parah adumah, the red cow, mixed in."

The Unopened Gift

The water got warm, then hot, and then boiling hot. This was going too far. To pretend to myself is one thing. To feel like the water was hot is quite another.

Kasher LePesach Light Bulbs

If chametz became mixed with non-chametz on Pesach, the mixture is prohibited on Pesach even if the ratio of the permitted non‑chametz to the forbidden chametz is 1,000 to 1.

Daf Yomi

Who’s The Boss? ‘One Hired A Laborer To Assist Him In Yayin Nesech’ (Avodah Zarah 62a)

Due Recognition

Shame on all those who cannot recognize when they have such tremendous blessing right in front of their face.

Laziness Or Lack Of Motivation?

This is eye-opening, as it teaches us a fundamental concept. All growth requires change, and change requires energy.

Making Space

For two thousand years in the absence of a Temple its place was taken by the synagogue. Why, if the Torah is timeless, does it devote such space to what was essentially a time-bound structure? The answer is deep and life-transforming,

With A Melody In My Heart And A Pain In My Soul

Those Jewish souls that society had given up on as lost were cast into the vast ocean of apathy and indifference.

Is Halakhic Sophistication Always a Virtue?

Torah thoughts on this week's parsha, Vayakhel-Pekudei

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – Pray With all Your Heart

We may have thought that the first thing Mordechai would do after hearing about the decree of annihilation would be to run to Queen Esther and work on annulling it through their diplomatic and political connections. But that is not what happened.

Gratitude: Great Pillar Of Our Faith

Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h, providing guidance on Hakarat haTov--gratitude. Our thanks to you Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h.

Caught In A Lie (Siman 79:1)

By denying the existence of the loan, the debtor, by implication, also admits that he did not repay it.

Borrowed Costume

"My son dressed up as a lion last year," exclaimed Mrs. Kahn. "We bought this great costume. It was so realistic!"

For The Love Of Money

This Rashi seems difficult to understand when we focus on whom these people were and where this was taking place.

The God-Spotter

Though my father lives in another area of Staten Island, he has been intermittently involved with this synagogue since its inception.

Pesach Medication And Alcohol

May a person who wants to eat chametz that everybody else finds inedible do so?

Q & A: Batei Din (Part I)

Question: I anticipate soon dissolving a business partnership. How should I expect to be treated in a beit din? No Name Please

Daf Yomi

Our Turn ‘A Gentile Nullifies His Idolatrous Relic’ (Avodah Zarah 52b)

America’s Real Problem

We must also work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life, that creates deep and meaningful human connections, and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors.

Arbitration Vs. Litigation

We must never forget that when Aaron was left to lead, the people made a golden calf. But never forget that Moses needed an Aaron to hold the people together. In short, leadership is the capacity to hold together different temperaments, conflicting voices and clashing values.

Redeeming Relevance: Did Moshe Decide to Break the Tablets?

Paradoxically, with Moshe’s desperate act, something positive happened. When the people realized what Moshe was responding to, it shook them to their foundations.

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