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Dual Revelation At Sinai

The obligation to perform Mitzvot is a fundamental enabler for the Divine Countenance in this world. Shechina was never removed from the nations of the world, for otherwise the world could not exist.

Doing And Hearing

The only way to understand life is by living itL "Na’aseh venishma//We will do and we will obey.”

Signed And Sealed

"What are you talking about?" asked Moshe. "I wasn't aware that the kesubah entailed payment of such sums."

The Effect Of An Action

So too if someone intended to help Shimon and succeeded, we understand that good was coming to Shimon because Hashem decided long ago.

The True Meaning Of Compassion (Part Two)

We no longer identify with kindness and commitment; Apathy and callousness have taken over our lives

Crossing Boundaries

I prefer to celebrate with you the many times we reach just beyond the boundary into the good & holy

Redeeming Relevance: Mishpatim: What’s So Special About Parents?

By first putting parents before "self" we learn to put the more abstract God before self.

Halacha as the Art of Playing Chess

Chess reminds one of Talmudic halachic debate with its "deliberate" tendency to make life harder

With Open Arms

There is no greater joy and gratitude that a father can have than when a lost child is led home.

Studying Torah While Unclean

The Gemara (Berachos 20b) states that Ezra instituted that people who contract a certain type of tumah (baal keri) may not study Torah until...

Daf Yomi

Splitting Grains? ‘Mixed Untithed Produce’ (Gittin 47b)

The Buck Stops Here (Gittin 27)

“But what do you want from me?” argues Shlomo One. “I acted responsibly. I gave the Porsche to a shomer sachar who has an even greater duty of care toward you than I do.”

Q & A: Amen (Part V)

What is the exact meaning of amen and where does the word come from? David H. (Via E-Mail)

Feeling The Miracles

“Yeah. break those bones. Crack. Crack. Splatter goes me. Hee, hee, hee. And then. . . and then, they take me to the hospital.

Statistical Probability In Real Time

He handed it to me and hmm… yes, it was definitely a private check book left unattended, with a woman’s name, address, and phone number printed at the top.

Set Aside

"I understand you point of view," said the brother, "but if seems wrong to me. I'd like to consult Rabbi Dayan on this."

The True Meaning Of Compassion (Part One)

How do we teach rachamim? To impart new values to our sons and daughters, we ourselves must change

Aleph Beta: Yitro: Does God Care About ME?

Truly knowing God isn't just a matter of national relationship, most importantly it's a personal one

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Yitro: The Good Midianite

Yitro may well be the prototype of the righteous gentile, maintaining a distinct non-Jewish identity

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – What Makes The World Tick?

Tefillah is not voluntary or something we do when we feel like it. It is one of the 613 mitzvos.

Popcorn for the Birdies

Many spiritually inclined people write daily gratitude lists, giving thanks for the seemingly most mundane things.

The Abuse of Halacha

So dedicated to the letter of the law, some have unintentionally caused the degradation of Halacha.

Q & A: Amen (Part IV)

What is the exact meaning of amen and where does the word come from? David H. (Via E-Mail)

Daf Yomi

Futures ‘A Matter As Of Yet Non-Existent’ (Gittin 42b)

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