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The Making of an Enemy; The Birth of a Nation: Amalek

Amalek is seared into Jewish consciousness as the ultimate enemy of Israel and the source of Haman

Purim Guide for the Perplexed 2016

Some background-History, Halacha, hidden truths. Happy Purim to all!

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Tzav: A Misplaced Parsha?

Vayikra, unlike Shemot, is not really about revelation. It's about the daily struggle to raise man above his own physicality.

Purim – the Festival of Masks

The entire Book of Esther's a story of masks-Esther, Mordechai, and Haman-even God-conceal something

Purim and the Advantage of a Permanent Job

Purim gives us a framework to understand our lives and remain optimistic in the midst of all the darkness

Do Hold Your Breath

Purim's lesson, relevant today & always, is about our belief that God is always present in our lives

Think Inside The Box

It's nice to step back and appreciate the mitzvah in a fresh and minimalist way.

Proud Witness

"You are my witnesses, says the Lord. I am G-d."

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – Trust Him!

It helps us live with the reality that what we do have comes from His never-ending kindness.

Daf Yomi

She Ate Unwittingly ‘If She Married A Kohen She Eats Terumah’ (Kiddushin 10b)

Finding Clara

We were pleasantly surprised, just after my wife lit the Shabbos candles, when Sonja’s face lit up and she exclaimed, “I remember my mother doing that!”

Half-Price Discount

"But when you buy two items, each one costs less," reasoned Mrs. Simcha. "How can you say that Mr. Sasson's was full cost and ours half-price?!"

Q & A: Purim Se’udah At Night?

Question: Taking into account the fact that one might have to travel on Purim day, may one make one’s Purim se’udah on Purim eve? No Name Please

The Grass Is Greener (Gittin 88b)

According to the Shach, the prohibition against erka’ot akum does not apply when Jewish litigants agree to litigate in front of a named non-Jewish judge.

Purim And The Joy Of Life

Magazine estimates that during this time his wealth increased at the rate of a million dollars an hour.

The Mitzvos In Parshas Zachor

This is the parshah we read on Purim morning, before we read the Megillah. Therefore, if a person missed Parshas Zachor, he can make it up for it on Purim with the leining of parshas Vayavo Amalek.

‘Not The Horse I Wanted’

“Noch azoy ah churbon"--after such slaughter (the Holocaust) we must kiss every living Jew and embrace him with love”

“Why Is My Child Not Being Accepted?”

“Isn’t there an obligation upon the Jewish community to accept a day school graduate because of the mere fact that he is a product of a Jewish Hebrew day school?”

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayikra: Torat Kohanim and the Torah on One Foot

Vayikra, the Torah’s middle book, gives the critical light to the Torah's other books around it.

Vayikra: How To Read the Book of Vayikra

Aleph Beta helps us learn how to read the perplexing book of Leviticus.

The Curse of Fluency

The quality of our prayers may have to take precedence over quantity, some may no longer work for us

No Late Lions In The Temple

When a lion roars, who is not afraid?

Guard Your Influence (IV)

At its worst, nearly 200,000 'fare-beaters' daily entered NY City's transit system without paying

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