Question: Is a bar mitzvah boy allowed to read the four parshiyot in shul on behalf of the congregation? Elimelech Feldman
"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 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.
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.
Who’s The Boss? ‘One Hired A Laborer To Assist Him In Yayin Nesech’ (Avodah Zarah 62a)
Shame on all those who cannot recognize when they have such tremendous blessing right in front of their face.
This is eye-opening, as it teaches us a fundamental concept. All growth requires change, and change requires energy.
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,
Those Jewish souls that society had given up on as lost were cast into the vast ocean of apathy and indifference.
Torah thoughts on this week's parsha, Vayakhel-Pekudei
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.
Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h, providing guidance on Hakarat haTov--gratitude. Our thanks to you Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h.
By denying the existence of the loan, the debtor, by implication, also admits that he did not repay it.
"My son dressed up as a lion last year," exclaimed Mrs. Kahn. "We bought this great costume. It was so realistic!"
This Rashi seems difficult to understand when we focus on whom these people were and where this was taking place.
Though my father lives in another area of Staten Island, he has been intermittently involved with this synagogue since its inception.
May a person who wants to eat chametz that everybody else finds inedible do so?
Question: I anticipate soon dissolving a business partnership. How should I expect to be treated in a beit din? No Name Please
Our Turn ‘A Gentile Nullifies His Idolatrous Relic’ (Avodah Zarah 52b)
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.
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.
Paradoxically, with Moshe’s desperate act, something positive happened. When the people realized what Moshe was responding to, it shook them to their foundations.