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Torah Shorts: Weekly Biblical Thoughts: Parshat Vayera

Abraham was not an isolationist concerned solely with his own interests. Regardless of how despicable the Sodomites were, Abraham started a surreal negotiation with G-d to save them.

Was The Mishkan Built On Shabbos?

The Panim Yafos asks: since invariably one of the seven days of miluim must have been Shabbos, how was Moshe able to erect the Mishkan on Shabbos?

Changing the Scene

The Tribes of Israel knew that Moses would die because he told them. Why tell them and force them to confront their fear of life after Moses just BEFORE a major battle?

Did Avraham Own The Land Yet?

In this weeks parshah we read about Avraham’s purchase of Me’aras HaMachpelah. Prior to any negotiations Avraham said to the bnei Cheis, “Ger v’soshav anochi…” – I am a stranger and a resident… (Bereishis 23:4).

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?

Redeeming Relevance: Parsht Shelach: When Silence is not Golden

Yehoshua and Calev's mistake was what they could have done earlier: They must have known their colleagues’ negative inclination. The Torah’s silence on whether they tried to change the mind of the other spies speaks to their own silence as well.

The Divine Plan Of The Ten Plagues

The plagues don't reveal a God of vengeance but of compassion; after each triplet Egypt can repent

Living Like A Rock

Rashi tells us that after the Torah described the life of Eisav in an abbreviated manner, it then told over the events of the life of Yaakov in full detail.

Be Brave, Be Bold

When Hashem formed man, He gave him the keys to Creation. As the Midrash tells us, Hashem said to Adam, “This is your world now. You are in charge of it; take care that you don’t destroy it.”

Shabbos Mevorchim Shevat

The month of Shevat shares its element of air with the months of Sivan and Tishrei. During Sivan, the light of the Torah was revealed to us on Har Sinai.

An Acappela Version of Adon Olam

Adon Olam: An Erev Shabbat Musical Interlude Courtesy of David Herman

Can A Man Be Motzi A Woman?

The halacha is that even if a person has already fulfilled a mitzvah he can still be motzi another who has not yet fulfilled it.

Emunah Matters!

There are many potential spiritual hazards. How can we survive?

Parshat Ki Tisa

The moment Moshe Rabbeinu was deemed by the mixed multitude to be an inept leader, it was Yosef who filled the void in people’s hearts.

Shabbos – A Day With Hashem: A Tale of Two ‘Omers’

Here in Eretz Yisroel, one of the most exciting days of the year is Lag Ba’omer. Massive bonfires blaze in almost every empty lot, and multitudes of people throng to Meron to daven and rejoice. The commentators tell us that the reason we celebrate is because the students of R’ Akiva stopped dying on this day.

Will Pig Eventually Be Kosher?

In this week’s parshah the Torah teaches us which animals are kosher to eat and which are not. The Torah says that the pig, although it has split hooves, is not kosher since it does not chew its cud. The medrash on this pasuk says that the reason that the pig is called “chazir” is because in the future Hashem will return (lehachzir) the pig to Bnei Yisrael and permit it to be eaten.

Rabbi Aba Wagensberg on Parsha Bereishis

Parshas Bereishis is not only the first but arguably the most difficult parsha in the entire Torah. Let's begin...

Bamidbar: A Unique Awareness Of Hashem

The Generation of the Wilderness was unique in the history of Israel, as Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, explains concerning the first verse of Bamidbar. Israel was slated for a special mission in the world, and this mission was begun with a special forty-year inauguration in which Israel gained an intense and unmatched closeness to Hashem.

Parsha Emor: Is There A Shabbat In Other Realms?

Rabbi Fohrman makes a fascinating argument about how Shabbat works and shows that there are shabbatot in different realms.

Yonah – Getting The Message

Rashi makes a critical observation: When Yonah was thrown overboard the pasuk says he was swallowed by a male fish. Yet when he davened to Hashem, the pasuk says a female fish spit him out.

The Limitations Of The Mind

Halacha isn't random; it's a mechanism guiding individuals and society to a higher ethical plateau.

Beha’alotcha: Accepting Our Children

Rabbi Fohrman delves deeper into the Priestly Blessing and its relevant lessons,

Living With The Past, Not In It

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness...” (Dr. Martin Luther King).

Consumerism And The Overspent Generation

While it is true that life is a battle, and exerting self-control is the primary vehicle of growth, Hashem created us to be happy.

Tzav: What Does It Mean To Survive?

In this week's video, we explore a section of Talmud that teaches about the 4 individuals who would bring a Thanksgiving sacrifice - but one of these four doesn't belong. Who is it?

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