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Q & A: Tzedakah (Part I)

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)

9 B’Av: The Chain of Events that Led from Bar Kamtza to Titus

(JNi.media) Tisha B’Av (Heb: 9th of the month of Av) is a fast day according to rabbinic law and tradition, commemorating the destruction of...

Ethical Correctives For The First 4 Books

Devarim often parallels the stories in Bereishit but in reverse & can be considered as a corrective

Daf Yomi

‘Older’ By A Month ‘…Until The Beginning Of Adar’ (Nedarim 63a)

8:30 a.m.

We realize how much we miss something only after it's gone.

When Tisha B’Av Occurs On Shabbat Or Sunday

Because the words of Torah gladden the heart, studying Torah is forbidden when Tisha B’Av is on a weekday, except for passages in Scripture that deal with the destruction of the Temple and other calamities.

Being Part Of The Winning Team

On Super Bowl Sunday itself, life seems to stop. Over one hundred million people watch the game. About half of the households in the country show it in their living rooms and dens.

Aleph Beta: Devarim: What Did Moses Do Wrong?

Moses begins Sefer Devarim reviewing much of the 40 years in the desert & why he can't enter Israel

Temples, Tribes, And Timeless Deeds

While they are definitely special occurrences, why are they cause for a new holiday?

You Have Dwelt Long Enough in Brooklyn and Beverly Hills!

Torah wasn’t given to be kept in Sinai; Brooklyn or Beverly Hills-It was meant to be kept in Israel!

The Prophets’ Influence

"When a king dies his power ends; when a prophet dies his influence begins" & their words echo today

When Is Tisha B’Av?

In addition to the restrictions of Tisha B’Av, there are several restrictions that one may not perform during the week that Tisha B’Av falls in.

From Tragedy To Triumph

The word “shavat” in the first kina of Tisha B’Av morning indicates a sudden suspension and cessation of time that accompanied the Temple's destruction.

Conquered Territory

The two decided to approach Rabbi Dayan. "What is the halachic status of conquered territory?" asked Shalom.

Zaidie Is Not Here (Part Five)

The Jewish home was once a mikdash me’at. We must recreate that sanctuary to restore shalom bayis.

Redeeming Relevance on the Weekly Parsha: Devarim

Words & expressions that don’t appear anywhere in Torah’s first 4 books suddenly appear in Devarim

Tisha B’Av Toil

Feeling Hashem's presence in our lives is the very purpose of the Beis HaMikdash.

Torat Hakehillah

Knowing and feeling that Torah is the only absolute truth will not only help us serve Hashem properly, it will also help us reach out to others. We can be confident that we are offering them the best product possible.

Do The Chosen Have Superior Souls?

When living in Israel, how can we be a light to the world's nations if we don’t live among non-Jews?

The Three Weeks And The Nine Days

On Shabbat during the nine days, one may don freshly laundered clothes, eat meat and drink wine, including Havdalah wine.

Q & A: Proper Ritual At Netilat Yadayim (Conclusion)

Question: Should we wash our hands in the bathroom with soap and water, or by pouring water from a vessel with handles three times, alternating hands? I have heard it said that a vessel is used only in the morning upon awakening. What are the rules pertaining to young children? What is the protocol if no vessel is available? Additionally, may we dry our hands via an electric dryer? Harry Koenigsberg (Via E-Mail)

The Yale Five (II)

Since the students knew the housing rules in advance they should not have picked Yale hoping for an exception in their instance.

Zaidie Is Not Here (Part Four)

In contemporary society, most souls are undernourished to the point of “neshamah anorexia.”

Currency Exchange

"Does that mean a person can simply renege after payment was made?" asked Benjy incredulously.

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