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Be A Blessing

The charge of G-d is not “Be blessed” but “Be a blessing” and it has been in our DNA since Avraham our Father

Guard Your Influence (Conclusion)

It is quite a mind-shift to look at your life from the future. This entails thinking about your greatest legacy, how will one be remembered?

Acharei Mot: How Do Yom Kippur Rituals Save Us From Sins?

The weird rituals of Yom Kippur sound magical… and irrational. How do they grant forgiveness for our sins?

Daf Yomi

You Are That Man! ‘A Poor Man Looking For A Griddlecake…’ (Kiddushin 59a)

Honoring One’s Parents

When performing the duties of kibbud av va'aim in front of one’s parents, one should do so with a smile, not begrudgingly.

Systems Of Human Perfection

Our conscious reality would change because part of who we are is the animal soul, and we would thereby acquire cruelty.

Davening During A Meal

The Gemara says that Rabbi Yehuda agrees that the berachah on shechita said at the beginning suffices to cover both types.

Q & A: Sefirat HaOmer Questions (Part I)

Question: What if someone counted the Omer but forgot to utter the blessing – has he fulfilled his obligation? Also, why is a blessing necessary altogether? There is no blessing for the counting of the zayin nekiyim. M. Goldman Miami Beach, FL

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Achrei Mot: Nameless Heroes and the Holy Path

Parshat Achrei Mot represents a transition in the book of Vayikra from an emphasis on Aharon and his sons to the Jewish people as a whole

From Slaves To Supermen

What makes a holy soul decide to worship foreign gods? The answer is the yetzer hara.

Q & A: The Plague Of Locust

Question: When the Torah describes the 10 plagues with which Egypt was afflicted, we find the Hebrew preposition “ba” only in connection with the plague of locust: “Vayomer Hashem Moshe, ‘Neteh yad’cha al eretz Mitzrayim ba’arbeh’ – And Hashe said to Moshe, ‘Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt with locust.” Is there a specific reason for this anomaly? A. Lieb Brooklyn, NY

Daf Yomi

The Snatched Zuz ‘None Pay Regard To R. Shimon’s Dictum …’ (Kiddushin 52b)

“My Triplets”

We were reintroduced and Leah warmly welcomed me to ask what was in my heart. Her genuine warmth and sweet loving smile overwhelmed me.

Chametz Repurchase

"But doesn't a person's property acquire for him, even without his awareness?" asked Mr. Laufer. "Since the chametz is sitting in my house, wouldn't I acquire it automatically?"

Being Like Hashem

We would assume the selfish person would be happy. After all, he is singly focused on what’s good for him.

Chol HaMoed: An Oxymoron

The first and perhaps broadest permitted category is known as “Tzorach HaMoed,” meaning work that enhances the joy of Chol HaMoed.

‘Next Year In Jerusalem’

“Please, Rebbetzin, give me a berachah that I should never forget to cry for the Beis HaMikdash. I’m so afraid I will forget and become oblivious to its loss. "

The Great Yiddishkeit Adventure

Jews of the exile cannot truly understand Passover, a festival of national faith, of a free people returning from exile to their home.

When A Goat Came To The Seder Table (Dayenu!)

The song only became popular with Sephardic and Mizrachi Jews much later, and it was eventually translated into Ladino, Arabic and other languages. But what is it doing in our haggadah?

The Israel–Passover-USA linkage

The Passover legacy contributed to the foundation of the culture, justice and liberty of the USA, and the support of the American people towards the Jewish state.

Forged By Fire

Though dozens of beautiful and memorable Pesachs have passed since that fateful chag thirty-five years ago, the memory of that tragic Yom Tov is forever engrained in our family’s collective memory.

The Merit Of Trusting Hashem

Stopping there, the Jewish people looked up and saw the Egyptians chasing after them.

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