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A Life Of Morality

11 Heshvan 5776 – October 23, 2015
Avraham Avinu is the first Jew and the first human being to take moral responsibility for himself and his surroundings.
Brit Milah

Circumcision Power

The 1st commandment given to proto-Israelite nation, through our patriarch Abraham, is circumcision

Planting The Seeds Of Greatness

It is important to appreciate Terah, the foundation from which the patriarchs and matriarchs emerged

Friend Turned Foe

10 Heshvan 5776 – October 22, 2015
"I stated from the beginning, 'For a friend like you – we're willing to rent.' If he's no longer a friend, the agreement is no longer binding!"

Gedolim Are Human

It seems that in an attempt to portray gedolim as great, we have made them non-human – angels just barely wearing human form.

Daf Yomi

Reburial In Eretz Yisrael ‘If One Finds Three [Corpses]…This Is A Graveyard’? (Nazir 64b-65a)

Q & A: Tzedakah (Part XIV)

Question: When a stranger approaches a congregant in shul asking for tzedakah, should the congregant verify that the person’s need is genuine? Furthermore, what constitutes tzedakah? Is a donation to a synagogue, yeshiva, or hospital considered tzedakah? Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)

You Can Go Your Own Way

Circumcision and the Sabbath/Festivals are both classified as otot (signs) of our relationship with G-d.

Take A Really Good Look

The woman next to me leaned even further forward, and soon started to interject comments as I spoke to the couple.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Lech Lecha

If everything depends on the final test, the Sacrifice of Yitzchok, why give Avraham other trials?

Bitter Months, Working Men, And Royal Interpreters

Chazal teach that while Ephraim stayed and learned under Yaakov, Menashe helped Yosef run the kingdom.

How Avraham Married Hagar

I believe one of our questions can be answered by noting that Avraham was only commanded not to marry a gentile or a maidservant in Bereishis 17:7 – after he was already married to Hagar for 13 years.

Suffering and the Land of Israel

9 Heshvan 5776 – October 21, 2015
The Jewish people's love for their land is under assault, whether by Arab terror or UNESCO treachery

Avraham Wasn’t a Half-Believer

7 Heshvan 5776 – October 20, 2015
What should one learn from the first words that G-d says to Avraham: Go to the Land of Israel!

Shabbos: A Day With Hashem – A Meal For Eternity

4 Heshvan 5776 – October 16, 2015
Not only is eating melavah malkah a great mitzvah, there are "instant rewards"!

My Life For Yours

Even in the most drastic of circumstances, a Jew can never be written off completely and one must even be willing to endure total mesirus nefesh for another’s sake.

When Disappointed By Loved Ones

Noah's children teach different responses to being disappointed by someone dear-or even God Himself

Daf Yomi

A Matter Of Health ‘He Who Rounds The Corners…’ (Nazir 57b)

Q & A: Tzedakah (Part XIII)

Question: When a stranger approaches a congregant in shul asking for tzedakah, should the congregant verify that the person’s need is genuine? Furthermore, what constitutes tzedakah? Is a donation to a synagogue, yeshiva, or hospital considered tzedakah? Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)

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