The Impropriety Of Flattery ‘They Flattered King Agrippas’ (Sotah 41b)
“These are the chronicles of Yaakov: Yosef was seventeen years old, and he watched his brothers.” – Bereishis 37:2 At the age of seventeen, Yosef...
"This doesn't seem right," Chaim's mother said. "I'm going to have to check with the bakery." She put that doughnut aside and took a different flavor.
There is a glaring difference between the Beis Yosef’s answers.
Hanukah reminds us of the challenges in Galus. How we understand & react to Galus defines us as Jews
Tamar realizes Judah has no intention of giving her his last son. Now trapped-an agunah-she acts
Chanukah celebrates those willing to provoke the Greeks & prod the Jewish people from their slumber.
Is Vayeishev,this weeks parsha, a chapter in Genesis or an episode of Game of Throne?!
Tamar initiates the process, opening Yehudah’s eyes to her essence; “clothes don’t make the (wo)man"
We face bitter adversaries who find glory in the act of randomly, mercilessly killing good people
The Mesilas Yesharim (Chapter 1) explains that our purpose in this world is to gain entry into the World to Come. The medium for that is Torah and mitzvos, for which one can only achieve reward in this world.
People have 1 name because it supposedly reflects identity. What if a person has a double identity?
We must re-focus our priorities & our communal resources from Jewish defense to Jewish spirituality
We’re the westernmost Jewish community on the planet (!) thus always “wrapping it up” for Klal Yisroel by making the last kiddush or havdalla, lighting the last Menorah, etc.
The answer to this question can best be understood with a perspective on capitalism.
The Burning Of Kever Yosef ‘Alongside Shechem’ (Sotah 32a)
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)
Jewish history is the story of exile. Jacob blazed the trail for the Jews in exile.
When a person who has given in to his or her animal instincts wishes to bring a sacrifice to atone for such conduct, the sacrifice should be as basic and unadorned as the instincts to which he or she gave in.
Of course Hashem still cares for His people and can still perform miracles.
Although I did not know it yet, missing my stop was predestined.
In any event, how do we explain the fact that Hashem changed Avraham’s name entirely but merely added another name to Yaakov’s?
Celebrating acts of terror & praising the killers as “holy martyrs” can only emanate from barbarians