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Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (I)

The story of Air Force Chaplain Rabbi Geller's options concerning his beard: "Either you go to the barber shop or you go to jail."

Parshat Bechukotai

The terrorists were told that they would be given a plane to take them to an Arab country.

Q & A: More Sefirah Questions (Part III)

Question: Is there a requirement to say “Hineni muchan u’mezuman…” before Sefirat HaOmer? Also if a person arrives late for Maariv, should he count sefirah first with the minyan or proceed immediately to Maariv? Moshe Jakobowitz Brooklyn, NY

If You Will Labor In Torah Study

Man has two competing sides to him, each one crying out to fulfill it needs, each one demanding its fill.

Daf Yomi

Is It A Penalty? ‘Why Not Deal With False Evidence?’ (Bava Kamma 5a)

Singles And Self-Defeating Attitudes

A pervasive difficulty when dealing with singles is their failure to be realistic. Today’s successful shadchan not only has to be a matchmaker but often also assumes the role of a “life coach”

A Tale Of Two Mohels

Mr. Abrams turned to Rabbi Dayan: "Whom should I honor with the bris?" he asked.

A Meeting Made In Heaven

Pinchas told his friend how he had felt that he would need to be with someone he knew to help him and his mother through a very difficult Shabbat. Hashem granted him and his mother this chesed.

Parshat Bechukotai: The Miracle of Satisfaction

Depending on their spiritual condition, human beings will either be satisfied with what they have, or will not. This is the determining factor whether or not it is a year of 'plenty.'

Chasing Thousands

I would like to point out that this part of the tochacha has been visited upon us today, and it is important that we realize it.

Eternal Israel

Without belief in the covenant, there would be no State of Israel or any significant Jewish history after the Holocaust. Jews kept hope alive; Hope kept the Jewish people alive.

Baruch Who? Baruch Shemo

What else do we know about Baruch ben Neriyah?

Q & A: More Sefirah Questions (Part II)

Question: Is there a requirement to say “Hineni muchan u’mezuman…” before Sefirat HaOmer? Also if a person arrives late for Maariv, should he count sefirah first with the minyan or proceed immediately to Maariv? Moshe Jakobowitz Brooklyn, NY

Daf Yomi

A Ruling Too Novel? ‘One Who Ate Nevelah On Yom Kippur Is Exempt’ (Kiddushin 77b)

Everybody’s Doing It

The Torah is teaching us that even a mature adult faced with a difficult trial will be greatly influenced by what others are doing.

Seeing Red

“One of the drivers is nearby right now, and will pick you up between 9:05 and 9:07!” Very good tidings indeed. Except for the fact that I was then distributing freshly washed laundry while listening to the 9 PM News.

Dashed Dishes

"That happens," said Shaindy. "We're always breaking dishes in my house, too."

Free Worship

What is the difference between philosophy and the political vision at the heart of Tanach? The answer lies in their different understandings of time.

Ribbis

If a person steals an item and then dies, his children must return the stolen item.

Speaking From The Heart

It’s easy for anyone to lose his way, and once the downward spiral commences, the descent is rapid. Downhill is always easy, but with HaShem's help, every Jew can climb back up again.

The Smoke of Lag B’Omer

As Lag B’Omer bonfires blaze across Israel, we know that the holy essence of Am Yisrael guarantees that the Nation will return to its roots no matter how secular it looks on the outside.

Orthodox Rabbi Teaching Halakha Beyond the Shulkhan Arukh, Judaism Beyond the Commandments

"I'm sure that if Maimonides, or Rabbi Yosef Karo lived today, they would say: We never wrote our codifications for a time when the State of Israel would be established."

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Behar: The Torah’s First Ending

Had the Jews not sinned with the spies, they would have gone into the land led by Moshe at the end of Parshat Shelach. Hence the end of Vayikra would have basically been the end of the Torah

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