Many of us saw loved ones disappear through assimilation but the covenant of G-d we entered into at Sinai can transform anyone
Both Rise To The Occasion ‘What If His Son Is His Teacher?’ (Kiddushin 33b)
Question: I am a psychology professor at McGill University who is doing an MA in Jewish studies. My thesis topic is the history of interpretation of the story of Rachav Hazona. In the course of my research I was trying to understand how the Midrash derived that Rahab converted.
There are several answers given to that question and some may or may not apply to answer the question raised regarding a bris performed on Shabbos “illegally.”
Baruch Hashem, I have plenty of family in Israel, but Miriam’s host was not “family” per se, though her host would differ with me on this fact, rather someone whose family had an impact on me over 50 years ago!
Lie is filled with exquisite "pauses," moments built into the fabric of life offering an opportunity for growth
The sedrah of Tazria begins with the law of circumcision Why this physical mark on the flesh? What does it tell us about the nature of Jewish identity?
The quest begins in understanding just what Tumah and Tahara are, and how these new definitions can truly impact our lives today.
The outcast metzorah or zav, is essentially promised a quick rebirth within the Jewish nation.
The laws of shechita and tzaar ba’alei chayim were meant for Jewish communities who would eat meat occasionally, not for the huge industry we have today
The word matzah (mem, tzadik, hei) is an acronym for “mikol tzara hitzilanu (from all my troubles He has saved me)” ...in the merit of achilas matzah, of consuming matzah.
What did the absence of wine have to do with the nation’s ultimate understanding that Hashem is the true G-d?
What really defines a person as one type of decision maker or the other?
Moshe’s Request ‘I Love My Master, My Wife, My Children…’ (Kiddushin 22a)
Their father had been deported to a forced labor camp at the beginning of the Holocaust. He was never seen again.
The halacha is that if a person can prevent the chaser from killing the victim without killing the rodef he must.
"What was that?!" exclaimed the surprised patron, Mr. Jacobs. "There goes my lunch!"
If a person is locked into the idea that he cannot change, then in fact he won’t be able to. To such a person, the Torah has no relevance.
What is the logic of kashrut? And why are they placed here in parshat Shemini? AND what is their connection with the sanctuary?
In our “enlightened” world the voice of prayer has become muted; regarded as something only a naïve, unenlightened person can take seriously
We are connected to our past, not by feeble attempts to recreate history, but by the awareness with which we live in the present.
What if there was a way for us to think about kosher that makes sense and can strengthen our relationship with God?
The Jews of Hevron sanctify His Name daily by living in the resting place of our holy Forefathers, sacrificing their own comfort for the greater good of the Nation