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The Influence Of Society

8 Kislev 5776 – November 19, 2015
Yaakov Avinu wasn’t afraid that he would learn to steal because of Lavan; he was afraid that his image of what is considered normal behavior might be affected.

Daf Yomi

Incurring Lashes? ‘On That Day Rabbi Akiva Expounded’ (Sotah 27b)

Q & A: Tzedakah (Part XVIII)

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)

Time Out: The Korban Minchah (Sotah 14a)

Today, in the absence of the Temple, our prayers are a substitute for the korbanot.

A Big To-Do Over Nothing

I was not going to be the one to point out to her that there had been no reason for her to turn around at all.

Rabbi Shafier of The Shmuz in Silver Spring, MD

The Shmuz is a Torah lecture that offers a worldview on major life issues ranging from working on our middos to learning to be a better spouse, from understanding the meaning of our davening to what our purpose is in this world.

Davening For A Miracle

A neis b'nistar causes a reduction in one’s zechuyos; therefore, one should not daven for it.

Our Home Base

What did Jacob mean when he realized the sanctity of the place he slept and declared it to be the House of G-d, Beit Elokim?

‘For The Sake Of Jerusalem…’

Secularists worshiping universalism & democratic ideal find themselves embarrassed by a Jewish state

The Fathers-in-Law: Lavan and Yitro

7 Kislev 5776 – November 18, 2015
Of all the many fathers-in-law in the Bible, only Yitro & Lavan are singled out for this designation

Aleph Beta: Vayeitzei: To Deceive Or Not To Deceive, That Is The Question‏

What is the Bible trying to teach us with this focus on Jacob and the theme of deception?

What Eisav Could Have Been

2 Kislev 5776 – November 13, 2015
Eisav was born with great spiritual potential but he made a number of wrong choices.

Hamavdil

It seems to me that the practice of the Arizal is exactly what the Sfas Emes is noting and presents a balanced yet deeply spiritual teaching that is vital to internalize.

The Age Of Disrespect

1 Kislev 5776 – November 12, 2015
Children knew their place, and the idea of a child speaking back to an adult was unheard of.

Daf Yomi

A Special Syllabus ‘As One Who Is Exempt, But Nevertheless Does’ (Sotah 21a)

Partners Disbanding

"I'm not interested in doing anything with the apartment," said Reuven. "If you're my partner in the apartment, you're welcome to use it with me."

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Our reactions range from dismay to shellshock to utter helplessness. In fact, her youngest sister has yet to forgive her for the very unpleasant and unwelcome surprise that greeted us that morning.

Q & A: Tzedakah (Part XVII)

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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