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Diamond Broker

But I bought the gem from you and gave you the money, reasoned Mr. Silver. You owe me the money; you go deal with the seller!

Love Will Conquer All

A man is approaching. Do I smile and nod, or do I look the other way? He’s looking at me; do I turn my head to respond or do I look out at the trees?

Setting Boundaries On Family Yom Tov Visits

Enduring wisdom from Rebbetzin Jungreis (a"h)

Esau’s Other Face

Rav Kook believed that just as in the Torah, Jacob and Esau and Isaac and Ishmael were eventually reconciled, so will Judaism, Christianity, and Islam be in future. They would not cease to be different, but they would learn to respect one another.

Mirrors

Reflections on "mirror images"

What our Negotiators can Learn from Yitzchak

It is unwise to see contemporary events as exact replays of Biblical history, but it is valuable to recognize that Torah and tradition offer narratives of hop--as well as gloom--about Jewish national relationships

On Teaching and Being Controversial

While it is common practice to emphasize chumrot and to encourage a strict observance of Shabbat and kashrut, we rarely see a parallel intensity when dealing with matters of human relationships.

Steps Along The Way

Fast forward to 1977. Larry had already begun to become observant while in graduate school. When his PhD research flopped that year, Larry decided to pack his bags and headed to Eretz Yisrael to work on a kibbutz.

Even ‘Observant’ Families Need The Cleansing Force Of Torah

To create the Torah lives we want, we ALL need life coaches: rabbis and teachers who are willing to address our failings. More important, we must be willing to accept their admonishment with an open heart and appreciation,

Is Compromise An Admission? (Siman 77:7)

The lender who sued must hold half of what he collected on trust for the other lender.

Q & A: Where To Light Shabbat Candles? (Part II)

Question: My husband and I are frequent Shabbos guests at our children’s homes nearby. Where should I light Shabbos candles – in my home or theirs? Name Withheld

Incarceration Under Jewish Law (Sanhedrin 81b)

The authority to incarcerate a person and deny freedom in certain situations is part of halacha le Moshe Mi’Sinai, the Oral Law conveyed by God to Moshe and by Moshe to the people of Israel.

Shira Shirim

I told her not to do anything or say anything and I immediately called Rabbi Gerlitzky, the Lubavitcher Rebbe's shaliach in Tel Aviv and a dear friend of the family. I told him the story.

The Phone Call

If Hashem wants a person to have something, he will have it, and no one in the world can take away what is coming to to him.

The Hand Of God

The owner searched every which way he could but he could not understand why the company’s finances suddenly took a dive.

The Greatness Of The Avos

Sarah Imeinu was a strong, emotionally stable woman. She had unshakable bitachon, having lived through many trials and travails.

A Dual Universe

What I believe we can take from this thought is the understanding that there is a dual universe, a spiritual-metaphysical universe that mirrors the physical one that we live in.

Settled For Less

But I borrowed the phone, so your liability is to me, responded Avi. Who cares what went on between me and Yitzi?

Daf Yomi

The Red Sea’s Argument ‘Relatives Of A Guarantor’ (Makos 7a)

The World’s Oldest Man

Abraham and Holocaust survivors shared the commitment to first building the future and only then allowing themselves to remember the past. That is what Abraham did in this week’s parsha.

Say Little; Do Much

A dog that barks much is never a good hunter. -Proverb

The Jewish Journey

Avraham and Sarah ended up in the land of Canaan. Canaan? The most debased and decadent society! Yet, there Avraham and Sarah build their destiny and shape world history. Canaan actually held the key to Avraham and Sarah's redemption.

The Journey of Old Age

"A father of philosophy, the father of the Hebrews and his slave get together,,," sounds like the start of an ancient joke but read on...

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