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Chanukah And The Home

23 Kislev 5777 – December 22, 2016
Tosafos points out that this answer is not fully satisfactory since there are other mitzvos, such as affixing a mezuzah, that require having a house.

What Is The Theme Of The Stories Of Genesis?

he first 11 chapters of Genesis teach us many fundamentals of faith; Exodus to Deuteronomy is about revelation and redemption. But what are Genesis 12-50 about?

The Dream in the Flame

Like Yosef, the Chashmonaim were dreamers. Chanukah is the story of dreamers: defeating a mighty army, recapturing and rededicating the Temple, finding a single jar of ritually pure oil in the rubble

ABC’s of Chanukah (Hanukkah)

22 Kislev 5777 – December 21, 2016
The Hebrew word Chanukah means "dedication." When the Greeks challenged Jewish life, a few courageous Jews took to the hills of Judea in open revolt against this threat.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayeshev: The Rhymes and Rhythms of Biblical History

21 Kislev 5777 – December 20, 2016
How could Ya’akov make the same 'mistake' as his father, to favor one child over another after all the troubles that plagued him resulting from Yitzchak favoring Esav?

The Gratitude We Owe Police Officers

18 Kislev 5777 – December 18, 2016
We just arrived from Europe where police were identified with torturing and killing Jews. Now we were meeting police who were sympathetic and helpful – one of them was even Jewish and spoke Yiddish!

And Jacob Was Left Alone… Lessons from Parshat Vayishlach

16 Kislev 5777 – December 16, 2016
What is the hint in this week's parsha?

Aleph Beta: Vayishlach: Becoming a Person of Integrity

How do we reconcile Jacob's behavior, tricking his brother and lying to his father, with our vision of Yaakov as an ish emet, a man of truth?

The Jewish Journey

Jacob is someone with whom we can identify and understand. We can feel his fear, understand his pain at the tensions in his family, and sympathize with his longing for a life of quietude and peace

Esav’s Lost Opportunity

16 Kislev 5777 – December 15, 2016
In Esav's world, thoughts follow action. Do first, think second.

Accomplice To Evil

It would be hard for you to deny your knowledge of where this human cargo was headed, as the air was heavy with the smell of burning flesh. But you never killed anyone.

Daf Yomi

Law And Order ‘R. Elazar b. R. Shimon Would Apprehend Thieves …’ (Bava Metzia 83b)

Jelly Jars

Suddenly, she heard the clatter of shattering glass. Mrs. Friedman quickly turned around and saw Malka swiping at the jars of jelly.

Laws Prohibiting The Charging Of Interest (Bava Metzia 63b)

Ribbit is defined in the Talmud as agar natar, which means any compensation, whether in money or in kind, a Jew receives from a fellow Jew for having to wait for payment.

Run For Your Life

Upon receiving the call from Orit, Margolit thought that her daughter had already been informed about the attack and was calling about visiting Tomer.

Q & A: A Missed Torah Reading (Part V)

Question: If a person was ill on Shabbos and unable to go to shul to hear Keri’at haTorah, must he have someone read it to him in shul upon his recovery? Sincerely, Isaac Greenberg

Refined Liquid & Refracted Light

Firstly, why did Hashem communicate His loving Presence specifically with oil instead of anywhere else along the way?

Killing Out Shechem

The Ramban adds that although Yaakov knew that when his sons told Shechem and Chamor to circumcise the entire city that they were not intending on actually marrying in with this city.

The Isaac Covenant – Part II – A time for Renewed Jewish Pride

Though Hashem's incredible gift of the State of Israel (despite its flaws), we have truly entered into a new level of interaction with and relationship to the world around us-- "The Isaac Covenant.”

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