Pharaoh had no problem with emunah, but he sure didn’t trust in Hashem – he rebelled. He had emunah, but no bitachon.
The ritual of kashrut may help us become more conscious of our responsibilities to live ethical lives.
While his only motivation may have been to earn a living for himself, he is providing a substantial gain to those he does business with. In this scenario, $850,000 of his efforts are going to vendors, suppliers, and employees. An
Children resist authority and struggle against structure, chores, and rules. But deep down they feel loved when they are granted guidelines and limits.
Why was the mitzvah of Hakhel reserved for this particular time?
According to the Raavad if one who is uncircumcised breaks something he will be exempt from paying for it since he was chayav kares at the same time as he was obligated to repay for the item he broke.
What right do I, sinner, have to approach Hashem and request forgiveness?
Performing ketores outside the Beis Hamikdash, and at the wrong time is an aveirah.
Sanctions and indictment of the Jew, holding him to a higher standard, is as common and misplaced as ever.
This story is compelling because Ford didn’t care about anyone but himself. He didn’t choose to be kind.
Like the he-goat and the Temples, it is a guarantor for the Jewish People, to accept punishment on their behalf.
Of course, Aharon didn’t veer to the left or the right. This was the avodah in the Mishkan he was performing, and the directives came straight from Hashem!
The Jewish world today is a critical part of the timeline in Jewish history.
According to Ibn Ezra, the Torah was stressing through this covenant that hypocrisy was forbidden.
Circumcision and the Sabbath/Festivals are both classified as otot (signs) of our relationship with G-d.
On the 25th day of Kislev the holy light of Chanukah shines upon us to conquer the darkness, and proper adherence to its mitzvah purifies our souls. It is written that Chanukah is an extension of Rosh Hashanah and thus a most effectual time for teshuvah.
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.
If a man owns a successful small business, he might do a million dollars a year in sales. But that is the gross revenue, not the amount he takes home.
Rabbi Fohrman explains how the Torah provides the building blocks of true love.
How apt a reminder that this remorseful time will pass before we know it, and the next full moon will shed its light upon our universe on a joyful fifteenth of Av.
Each year, amid the ebullient joy manifest during the holiday of Sukkot, we read the megillah of Kohelet. With its realistic perspective on the world, Kohelet provides us with the means to not only properly calibrate our joy, but to accurately understand the role of joy and happiness in the world.
Tosafos there takes issue with Rashi’s view that the letters that are formed in the knots of the tefillin are considered part of the name of Hashem.
People have 1 name because it supposedly reflects identity. What if a person has a double identity?
There is also another distinguishing factor to consider. In all the above cases, the item is inherently of value only to one person.
HaShem waited while Abraham attended to his visitors before discussing with him the fate of Sodom.