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Hamavdil

It seems to me that the practice of the Arizal is exactly what the Sfas Emes is noting and presents a balanced yet deeply spiritual teaching that is vital to internalize.

The Age Of Disrespect

Children knew their place, and the idea of a child speaking back to an adult was unheard of.

Daf Yomi

A Special Syllabus ‘As One Who Is Exempt, But Nevertheless Does’ (Sotah 21a)

Partners Disbanding

"I'm not interested in doing anything with the apartment," said Reuven. "If you're my partner in the apartment, you're welcome to use it with me."

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Our reactions range from dismay to shellshock to utter helplessness. In fact, her youngest sister has yet to forgive her for the very unpleasant and unwelcome surprise that greeted us that morning.

Q & A: Tzedakah (Part XVII)

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)

Hold Old Were Yaakov And Eisav?

It seems clear from this explanation that time spent in heaven does not constitute time in regards to aging and other time-related calculations in this world.

Father And Mother Know Best

After Abraham verified that Rebecca was indeed a worthy wife for Isaac, the Torah says, “vayiten Avraham lYitzchak,” Abraham transferred the tradition to Isaac.

Aleph Beta: Toldot: All’s Well That Ends Well‏

In the tales of Isaac one thing becomes apparent: He's rarely the main character in his own stories!

A Father’s Love

It's not difficult understanding why Rebecca loved Jacob, the real question's why Isaac loved Esau?

Chanukah

Chanukah teaches the secret that greatness is how you respond-It’s how you fight&sacrifice for RIGHT

Children Can Often Repair Parents’ Missteps

Yehuda & Yosef are the tikun (repairing) for Yaakov, who deceived his father and suffered for it.

Redeeming Relevance: Serious Laughter

Ever wondered why the least funny Jew in the entire Torah should be named Yitchak, “He Laughed?”

Shabbos: A Day With Hashem – Light and Dark

When a person puts a brand or emblem on an object, it is to show that it belongs to him and no one else, and this is what happens on Shabbos.

Shabbos Mevorchim Kislev

His dilemma weighed heavily on him, even as he was in the process of burying a poor departed soul.

Parshat Chayei Sarah

All too often leaders fail to consider adequately the importance of logistics and their organizations suffer as a consequence.

The Beauty of Hakhel

Heeding the Rebbe’s call, in the spring of 1998, my wife Nechoma and I, with our two young children, Mendel and Mussie, departed from LaGuardia Airport and took off to the buckle of the Bible Belt – Oklahoma City.

A Ray Of Light Behind The Clouds

When I was asked "Where was G-d during the Holocaust?" I responded, "Where was man?"

Ger Toshav

Avraham identifies himself as a ger toshav meaning "alien resident." How could Avraham be both?

Bike Bash

"Maybe," acknowledged Benny. "But I didn't do anything wrong. I rode the bike in the normal manner, and this accident occurred."

The Greatness Of The Avos

No longer does Frank dream about spending time with his child, no longer does he yearn for that relationship. What happened?

Daf Yomi

The Stepfather in a Kesuba ‘He Was the Stepson of Kenaz’ (Sotah 11b)

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)

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