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Shabbos Protection

In the very beginning of his introduction, the author writes that it is crucial for a person to trust in Hashem because if he doesn’t, then Hashem will remove His direct and special providential care.

Daf Yomi

Leprosy? ‘Any Kohen Who Is Not An Expert…’ (Shavuos 6a)

Increased Rates

You are only required to pay what she charged in the past, answered Rabbi Dayan. However, I would recommend reaching a compromise with her.

My Father’s Chin (Nazir 40b)

In addressing the question of which devices may be used to remove one’s beard without violating the Torah prohibition, halachic literature focuses on the extent to which these devices function like a razor blade.

Locked Out

I felt good to be able to help out like this and was grateful for the opportunity. If we could not be together for yuntif this year at least I could contribute in this way.

String Theory

Have you ever noticed that you have some mitzvah that not only finds you but seems to follow you around?

Is A Wife Responsible For Her Husband’s Debts? (Siman 77:10)

The husband or his heirs will then have the right to sue the wife as co-borrower for reimbursement of the money they repaid on her behalf.

Maintaining Our Identity In The Face Of Illicit Behavior

Rav Shmuel explained that if we would understand that we are an elevated nation our task in this world would be so much easier.

The Struggle Of Faith

Why not paint Jacob in more attractive colors? It seems to me that the Torah is delivering, here as elsewhere, an extraordinary message: that if we can truly relate to God as God, in His full transcendence and majesty, then we can relate to humans as humans in all their fallibility.

Talmud: How a 1500-Year-Old Subject Teaches Critical 21st Century Thinking Skills

When learning Talmud, history and geography suddenly come alive as generations unite and converse in one classroom.

Talmudic Risk-Diversification

The Torah tells stories of people who heard the voice of God and risked it all, However, for those of us who have not heard the voice of God, our sages suggest a more nuanced approach to risk.

Trust-but Verify

Esau handled the meeting with Jacob far more grace than most people manage an argument with a spouse. Not bad behavior for a person we are taught is one of the most evil biblical characters!

A Pre-Modern Joke about Post-Modernism

Human interpretation of G-d’s work is always reaching beyond ourselves, and we should be suspicious of any theory that successfully explains everything in Torah – more likely we are imposing our own vision on the text.

Learning From Lavan

Where there's a will, there's a way.

Be Fearful of Religion: Parashat Veyetze

Yaakov introduces a great foundation of Halacha: To give a religious moment an ongoing effect it must be translated into the tangible, the mundane. He picks up a rock.

I Need Needs

At times it almost seems as if Hashem is deliberately sabotaging our well-laid plans for serving Him. And it doesn’t make much sense.

Daf Yomi

A Threat To Life And Limb ‘How Many Lashes Are Given Him?’ (Makkos 22a-b)

Can Someone Who Borrowed From Two Joint Lenders Refuse To Repay If He’s Sued...

The reason the defendant is entitled to refuse to repay the loan or to return the deposit to only one of its owners is that he accepted the money or the deposit from both.

Q & A: A Kohen’s Prayer (Part II)

Question: Sefer Chareidim (ch. 67) cites a Midrash that Eliyahu once testified that a certain kohen who begged G-d for righteous sons merited to see all of them serve as high priests, and none of them died during his lifetime. Where exactly is this Midrash? Nathan

Surreptitious Murder – Eidim Zommemim

In the case of eidei hachashah, however, the second pair of witnesses testifies that the crime never occurred.

Defective Return

When Shraga was ready to go back, Ari looked in the closet, but the shirt was missing.

Holy Money

When Eliezer came to find a wife for Yitzchak, he came with jewelry and presents. Yaakov, on the other hand, came with nothing.

Giving Blessings To Everyone, Everywhere

Eternal wisdom and guidance from Rebbetzin Jungresi (A"H)

Double Or Nothing

Only when Shabbos finally arrived and the food was cooked, table set, baby sleeping peacefully, did those angels remember to come and wish us a gut Shabbos.

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