The charge of G-d is not “Be blessed” but “Be a blessing” and it has been in our DNA since Avraham our Father
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?
The weird rituals of Yom Kippur sound magical… and irrational. How do they grant forgiveness for our sins?
You Are That Man! ‘A Poor Man Looking For A Griddlecake…’ (Kiddushin 59a)
When performing the duties of kibbud av va'aim in front of one’s parents, one should do so with a smile, not begrudgingly.
Our conscious reality would change because part of who we are is the animal soul, and we would thereby acquire cruelty.
The Gemara says that Rabbi Yehuda agrees that the berachah on shechita said at the beginning suffices to cover both types.
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
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
What makes a holy soul decide to worship foreign gods? The answer is the yetzer hara.
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
The Snatched Zuz ‘None Pay Regard To R. Shimon’s Dictum …’ (Kiddushin 52b)
We were reintroduced and Leah warmly welcomed me to ask what was in my heart. Her genuine warmth and sweet loving smile overwhelmed me.
"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?"
We would assume the selfish person would be happy. After all, he is singly focused on what’s good for him.
The first and perhaps broadest permitted category is known as “Tzorach HaMoed,” meaning work that enhances the joy of Chol HaMoed.
“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. "
Jews of the exile cannot truly understand Passover, a festival of national faith, of a free people returning from exile to their home.
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 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.
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.
Stopping there, the Jewish people looked up and saw the Egyptians chasing after them.