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Surreptitious Murder – Eidim Zommemim

In the case of eidei hachashah, however, the second pair of witnesses testifies that the crime never occurred.

Defective Return

When Shraga was ready to go back, Ari looked in the closet, but the shirt was missing.

Holy Money

When Eliezer came to find a wife for Yitzchak, he came with jewelry and presents. Yaakov, on the other hand, came with nothing.

Giving Blessings To Everyone, Everywhere

Eternal wisdom and guidance from Rebbetzin Jungresi (A"H)

Double Or Nothing

Only when Shabbos finally arrived and the food was cooked, table set, baby sleeping peacefully, did those angels remember to come and wish us a gut Shabbos.

When The “I” Is Silent

More than prayer changes G-d, it changes us. It lets us see, feel, and know that “G-d is in this place.” That is why, and where, Jacob, established Ma’ariv, the evening prayer.

Heaven and Earth

Jacob did not have problems with 'doorways.' He experienced one emotional earthquake after another, and managed to maintain focus. No 'event boundary' issues for our hero. How did he do it?

Redeeming Relevance: Vayetzeh: Why Ya’akov DIDN’T Pray

Ya’akov did not pray for Rachel to conceive because he did not believe in "forcing God’s hand." He asks, “Am I instead of God? God knows best whether to give children or not. All I can do is ask.”

The Rubashkin Saga – VII

The ongoing Rubashkin saga has a new character--the unions.

Parshat Toldot

Leaders often have to make difficult decisions of critical importance.

Seeing Greatness

We are what we make ourselves.

The Danger of Not Valuing Mitzvot

Yaakov Avinu only gave Eisav a pot of beans in exchange for his birthright. Wasn’t the birthright worth far more than a pot of beans?

Hashem, Thank You For Everything!

Why don't we just sell it? That way not only won't we have the expense of painting it, but we'll have extra cash as well.

Does The Release Of One Guarantor Release The Other? (Siman 77:8)

The underlying loan survives as the obligation of the borrower even after the release of the first guarantor.

Q & A: A Kohen’s Prayer (Part I)

Question: Sefer Chareidim (ch. 67) cites a Midrash that Eliyahu once testified that a certain kohen who begged G-d for righteous sons merited to see all of them serve as high priests, and none of them died during his lifetime. Where exactly is this Midrash? Nathan

Do Or Die (Sanhedrin 74a)

There are, however, times when the concern of Chillul Hashem is so paramount that one must choose to die rather than violate any prohibition in public.

Daf Yomi

Entitlements ‘Not Returned To His Former Prominence’ (Makkos 12a)

Diamond Broker

But I bought the gem from you and gave you the money, reasoned Mr. Silver. You owe me the money; you go deal with the seller!

Love Will Conquer All

A man is approaching. Do I smile and nod, or do I look the other way? He’s looking at me; do I turn my head to respond or do I look out at the trees?

Setting Boundaries On Family Yom Tov Visits

Enduring wisdom from Rebbetzin Jungreis (a"h)

Esau’s Other Face

Rav Kook believed that just as in the Torah, Jacob and Esau and Isaac and Ishmael were eventually reconciled, so will Judaism, Christianity, and Islam be in future. They would not cease to be different, but they would learn to respect one another.

Mirrors

Reflections on "mirror images"

What our Negotiators can Learn from Yitzchak

It is unwise to see contemporary events as exact replays of Biblical history, but it is valuable to recognize that Torah and tradition offer narratives of hop--as well as gloom--about Jewish national relationships

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