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Q & A: Tzedakah (Part XVI)

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)

In Simcha And In Sadness

I opened my e-mail and for the first time there was an e-mail from her waiting for me.

A Guide to the Perplexed Prayer

Preparation for prayer must be commensurate with the type of prayer offered.

Does A Husband Own His Wife?

The fruits and grain that the non-Jews had planted and toiled on belonged to them.

Redeeming Relevance on the Weekly Parsha: Chaye Sarah

At the beginning of this week's parsha, Rashi informs us that Sarah's death was no accident, but rather a result of hearing about Avraham...

Aleph Beta: Chayei Sarah: Find Me A Find, Catch Me A Catch!‏

In our journey to understand the epic legacy of Abraham and Isaac, the stories of their actions and attributes are abruptly cut short by...

The Phantom & The Man

The struggle of living both in the spiritual & physical worlds is our mission & potential greatness

Avraham, Universalism And Nationalism

Both portions deal with God’s promises to Avraham; Lech Lecha is nationalistic, Vayeira is universal

Aleph Beta: Vayeira: the Power of Abraham’s Influence‏

What does the odd bargaining session between Abraham & God mean? What does it teach about Abraham?

Is Milk Kosher?

The Shita Mekubetzes there asks why the Gemara did not cite a source to permit the consumption of milk from a pasuk in this week’s parsha.

The Love Of Chesed

Avraham spent his life emulating Hashem. Every waking moment of his existence was focused on making himself as much like Hashem as humanly possible.

Hakarat Hatov (Part two)

One has only to look at the amount of discoveries in science and medicine, the arts and in education to appreciate the vital role that the Jews have played.

The Guest Dilemma

Perhaps G-d’s approval of Abraham's emphasis of kavod habriyot can be found in the subsequent verses (Genesis 18:19).

Accident

When David returned, he apologized to Moshe and offered to pay for replacement of the fender.

Daf Yomi

A Hot Air Blower ‘Whoever Eats Bread Without Wiping His Hands…’ (Sotah 4b)

Redeeming Relevance: The Righteous Men of Sodom

The greatest impact of an individual is generally felt when he acts as part of the larger community.

Q & A: Tzedakah (Part XV)

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)

Aleph Beta: Vayeira: the Power of Abraham’s Influence‏

In this week's parsha, what do we learn about the intense power Abraham had to influence others?

The New Melanies

Professors and fellow students have poisoned many young Jewish minds against their faith and Israel.

Choosing Human Hospitality

HaShem waited while Abraham attended to his visitors before discussing with him the fate of Sodom.

Emotional Connection

When one is able to serve G-d and feel connected with Him on an emotional level, it is far greater than one who merely has an intellectual and rational connection.

A Life Of Morality

Avraham Avinu is the first Jew and the first human being to take moral responsibility for himself and his surroundings.

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

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