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Parshas HaChodesh: Fostering Newness

The Jewish people do not usher in months like the rest of the world.

Guard Your Influence (V)

This Torah family, despite being in mourning, truly understood the value of every act and how it could change the world.

It’s Not Fair!

Before Hashem created the world, He thought (if it could be) to create it with the middas hadin – strict justice.

No-Choice Compromise

"I found the loan document," Mr. Naiman notified Mr. Shuker. "You clearly lied in beis din and owe the full amount that I claimed!"

Words From The Heart

Many of us saw loved ones disappear through assimilation but the covenant of G-d we entered into at Sinai can transform anyone

Daf Yomi

Both Rise To The Occasion ‘What If His Son Is His Teacher?’ (Kiddushin 33b)

Q & A: Joshua Marries Rahab (Redux) (Part II)

Question: I am a psychology professor at McGill University who is doing an MA in Jewish studies. My thesis topic is the history of interpretation of the story of Rachav Hazona. In the course of my research I was trying to understand how the Midrash derived that Rahab converted.

An Illegal Bris

There are several answers given to that question and some may or may not apply to answer the question raised regarding a bris performed on Shabbos “illegally.”

The Family Of Man

Baruch Hashem, I have plenty of family in Israel, but Miriam’s host was not “family” per se, though her host would differ with me on this fact, rather someone whose family had an impact on me over 50 years ago!

Mastering The Pause

Lie is filled with exquisite "pauses," moments built into the fabric of life offering an opportunity for growth

The Sign Of The Covenant

The sedrah of Tazria begins with the law of circumcision Why this physical mark on the flesh? What does it tell us about the nature of Jewish identity?

Tazria: What do Tumah and Tahara Mean Today? Part I

The quest begins in understanding just what Tumah and Tahara are, and how these new definitions can truly impact our lives today.

Redeeming Relevance: Tazriah: The Things We Must Do To Belong

The outcast metzorah or zav, is essentially promised a quick rebirth within the Jewish nation.

Are You Really Eating Kosher?

The laws of shechita and tzaar ba’alei chayim were meant for Jewish communities who would eat meat occasionally, not for the huge industry we have today

Shabbos Mevorchim Nissan

The word matzah (mem, tzadik, hei) is an acronym for “mikol tzara hitzilanu (from all my troubles He has saved me)” ...in the merit of achilas matzah, of consuming matzah.

Pure Happiness

What did the absence of wine have to do with the nation’s ultimate understanding that Hashem is the true G-d?

Parshat Shemini

What really defines a person as one type of decision maker or the other?

Daf Yomi

Moshe’s Request ‘I Love My Master, My Wife, My Children…’ (Kiddushin 22a)

Parshas Ha’mann

Their father had been deported to a forced labor camp at the beginning of the Holocaust. He was never seen again.

Killing A Rodef

The halacha is that if a person can prevent the chaser from killing the victim without killing the rodef he must.

Rampant Reel

"What was that?!" exclaimed the surprised patron, Mr. Jacobs. "There goes my lunch!"

A Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots, But A Man Can…

If a person is locked into the idea that he cannot change, then in fact he won’t be able to. To such a person, the Torah has no relevance.

To Eat, Or Not To Eat

What is the logic of kashrut? And why are they placed here in parshat Shemini? AND what is their connection with the sanctuary?

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