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The Day I Missed My Stop

Although I did not know it yet, missing my stop was predestined.

Name Changing

In any event, how do we explain the fact that Hashem changed Avraham’s name entirely but merely added another name to Yaakov’s?

What Differentiates Us From the Barbarians

Celebrating acts of terror & praising the killers as “holy martyrs” can only emanate from barbarians

Jacob’s Justifiable Distress

“Jacob was very afraid and distressed.” His fear was physical-fear of death. His distress was moral.

Details & Foundations

By making two lists-Details & Foundations-you will find your Thanks will become an act of Giving.

Aleph Beta: Vayishlach: Difficult Conversations‏

Join us as we consider the story of the Rape of Dina with the respect and understanding it deserves.

Alaska

I told her that I could teach him the brachos to make on the Torah, he could get an aliyah, and in addition, I would help him write a short dvar Torah from the parsha.

Every Relationship Contains Elements Of Surprise

How is it possible that Yaakov didn't know he spent his wedding night with Leah rather than Rachel?

Learn With Your Son!

"Does Mr. Goodman have to pay me the $1,000 he agreed to for learning with my son?" Danny asked.

The Influence Of Society

Yaakov Avinu wasn’t afraid that he would learn to steal because of Lavan; he was afraid that his image of what is considered normal behavior might be affected.

Daf Yomi

Incurring Lashes? ‘On That Day Rabbi Akiva Expounded’ (Sotah 27b)

Q & A: Tzedakah (Part XVIII)

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)

Time Out: The Korban Minchah (Sotah 14a)

Today, in the absence of the Temple, our prayers are a substitute for the korbanot.

A Big To-Do Over Nothing

I was not going to be the one to point out to her that there had been no reason for her to turn around at all.

Rabbi Shafier of The Shmuz in Silver Spring, MD

The Shmuz is a Torah lecture that offers a worldview on major life issues ranging from working on our middos to learning to be a better spouse, from understanding the meaning of our davening to what our purpose is in this world.

Davening For A Miracle

A neis b'nistar causes a reduction in one’s zechuyos; therefore, one should not daven for it.

Our Home Base

What did Jacob mean when he realized the sanctity of the place he slept and declared it to be the House of G-d, Beit Elokim?

‘For The Sake Of Jerusalem…’

Secularists worshiping universalism & democratic ideal find themselves embarrassed by a Jewish state

How Does A Teacher Communicate With Parents?

With the advent of the Internet, however, our generation has entered into a period of time of instant communication.

The Fathers-in-Law: Lavan and Yitro

Of all the many fathers-in-law in the Bible, only Yitro & Lavan are singled out for this designation

Aleph Beta: Vayeitzei: To Deceive Or Not To Deceive, That Is The Question‏

What is the Bible trying to teach us with this focus on Jacob and the theme of deception?

What Eisav Could Have Been

Eisav was born with great spiritual potential but he made a number of wrong choices.

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.

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