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Compass For Life

If one's fear of sin exceeds wisdom, his wisdom will endure.

Be A Blessing

The legacy of Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h is the wisdom and love she recorded for us. Please enjoy this inspiring gift on being a blessing.

Q & A: Why No Shehecheyanu Before Counting The Omer? (Part II)

Question: I have long wondered why we don’t say Shehecheyanu when we start counting the Omer. Can you explain the reasoning behind this practice? M. Schwartz

Daf Yomi

An Aging Problem? ‘I Have Chosen Him To Stand, But Not To Sit’ (Zevachim 23b)

Why Do We Make Kiddush Over A Goblet of Wine?

At all our significant life events we remind ourselves to continue working with the raw materials Hashem gave us, and to make something out of them.

Who Borrowed From Whom?

"I think that you are considered the borrower," said his uncle. "You asked me for the money and I handed it to you."

The Mind: A Servant Of Many Masters

Interestingly, it’s not just anger that colors our vision. Jealousy does too – as does greed, desire, and arrogance.

Should One Count Sefirah Before Or After Aleinu?

Perhaps this also explains why many have the custom not to recite Aleinu after Shacharis on Shabbos (since we do not leave shul until after the conclusion of the next tefillah – Mussaf).

Caught In A Lie (Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat 79:5)

It is dealing with the case of a defendant who had judgment entered against him because, like the defendant in our se’if, he made a statement that was subsequently contradicted by witnesses.

The Journey of Halacha

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the teacher of the Zohar who we honor on Lag B'Omer, plants seeds of infinite growth in our minds so each of us can begin our time travel with Torah with a taste of her eternally expanding wisdom embedded in our souls

Lag Ba’Omer: Guide for the Perplexed, 2018

Happy Lag Ba’Omer and PLEASE BE CAREFUL with your bonfire.

Lag B’Omer: Better than Love

Rabbi Akiva must have made love of fellow man the very essence of his curriculum. Yet it was his disciples who failed to treat each other with mutual respect. How do we understand the deaths of Rabbi Akiva’s students?

Israel’s Salvation Comes From Only One Capital

In vain Israel reaches out with compassion to our enemies; in vain Israel extends the hand of peace

Reclaiming Relevance

Some argue that when a Talmudic rabbi declares that a law “never was and never will be”, he is actually signaling a moral shift in which a Torah law is quietly put out to pasture. I am not convinced by this argument.

The Do-It-Yourself, Do-Over Pidyon HaBen

Our rav also advised me that given the circumstances, I should not rely on an ordinary Kohen, but should specifically find one with a proven lineage to avoid having to do a third pidyon haben in the future.

Holy And Separate

If a person is constantly preoccupied with his physical desires and needs he can't be a spiritual person.

You Must Always Pray

The legacy of Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h is the wisdom and love she recorded for us. Please enjoy this inspiring gift on prayer.

A Diamond Is Sometimes Not Forever

I guess none of us were completely surprised when the jeweler said that most of the “diamonds” were not in fact diamonds at all and were worth very little.

Daf Yomi

Do Clothes Make The Man? ‘When [Kohanim Are] Wearing Their Garments’ (Zevachim 17b)

Q & A: Why No Shehecheyanu Before Counting The Omer? (Part I)

Question: I have long wondered why we don’t say Shehecheyanu when we start counting the Omer. Can you explain the reasoning behind this practice? M. Schwartz

You Lie!

Each of the witnesses, in turn, testified that they saw Mr. Lander lend Mr. Braun $2,000 on Chanukah. Mr. Braun's advocate cross-examined them, but their testimony stood intact.

The Power Of A Single Act

If the merit of Avraham protected an entire nation, surely it will protect us, his direct descendants.

Is Mezonos Bread Truly Mezonos?

If you eat bread – even cake – as part of a filling meal, it’s called kevias se’udah and you have to wash and bentch.

Counting The Sefira After One Accepted Shabbos Early

When an entire community mistakenly accepts Shabbos early, even if they davened ma’ariv, they would not repeat shemoneh esrei.

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