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The Power Of Prayer

1 Av 5776 – August 4, 2016
Any judgment becomes a balance – how much rachamim and how much din?

Shevua She’chal Bo

The sefer Harirai Kedem suggests a different understanding of the machlokes.

The Parsha Experiment – Matot-Masei: Israel’s Psychological Journey

The Torah is not just a list of laws and stories, So, how does the travel log in parshat Masei teach us some sort of timeless lesson?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Matot: Menashe — The Odd Man Out

Why did Moshe include part of Menashe together with Gad and Reuven in the Transjordanian settlement?

Shabbos Mevorchim Menachem Av

24 Tammuz 5776 – July 29, 2016
He implored the talmid to come up with a way he could return the money without implicating himself.

Parshat Pinchas

In politics as in business, the ability to deliver matters.

The Voice Inside

23 Tammuz 5776 – July 28, 2016
Being examined by a doctor was causing his patients to be nervous, and that was contributing to the rise in their blood pressure.

Pinchas: Intimacy and Holiness

In last week's parsha, it looks like the people finally began to trust in God. But now, suddenly, idolatry? What happened? How did the people fail so quickly?

Kana’im Pogim Bo

Pinchas fulfilled the halacha of kana’im pogim bo whereby a kana’i (zealot) is granted permission to kill people performing specific aveiros.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Pinchas: Midian, Moab and Yisrael

The fact it was specifically Midianite and Moabite women involved with Jewish men {Moshe and men involved with Ba'al Peor) shows that an existential bond existed between these nations and Israel.

Answering Mark Twain’s Question

17 Tammuz 5776 – July 22, 2016
It is only G-d’s Hand in guarding our continued existence and our dedication to Torah that has allowed us to endure.

Balak – What Is Israel’s National Mission?

16 Tammuz 5776 – July 21, 2016
For the first time in a while, the main characters of the parsha--Bilaam and Balak-- are NOT the people of Israel.

From The Top Up

Our worst enemy convinces us that we can only be led from the top, rather than recognize that a real leader lifts up each individual so that he can stand with him in the heavens

Through The Eyes Of History

How is it possible that anyone could see Pinchas as anything other than a hero?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Balak: The Perspective of Prophecy

Bilaam not only doesn't appear to be great, he seems to be base as well as foolish (outsmarted by his own donkey!). So how can the midrash claim he was really at least as great a prophet as Moshe?

Faith Over Reason

9 Tammuz 5776 – July 15, 2016
Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking. -Kahlil Gibran

The Parsha Experiment – Chukat: A Turning Point In Israel’s Relationship With God

This week, we get even more complaining from Israel - this time, about the lack of water. How can they continue to complain after...

Earning A Living Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult

9 Tammuz 5776 – July 14, 2016
So even if their parnassah was dependent on their listening, how would they be motivated by something so mundane as earning their daily bread?

May A Kohen Visit A Tzaddik’s Grave?

The Zohar says that only someone who dies of natural causes was killed by the malach hamaves. People who are killed by others were not killed by the malach hamaves.

The Weeping Statue

It is well known that each month is aligned with one of the tribes of Israel, with Tammuz being aligned with Reuven. What is Reuven all about?

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