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Redeeming Relevance: Mishpatim: What’s So Special About Parents?

By first putting parents before "self" we learn to put the more abstract God before self.

With Open Arms

There is no greater joy and gratitude that a father can have than when a lost child is led home.

Studying Torah While Unclean

The Gemara (Berachos 20b) states that Ezra instituted that people who contract a certain type of tumah (baal keri) may not study Torah until...

Feeling The Miracles

“Yeah. break those bones. Crack. Crack. Splatter goes me. Hee, hee, hee. And then. . . and then, they take me to the hospital.

Aleph Beta: Yitro: Does God Care About ME?

Truly knowing God isn't just a matter of national relationship, most importantly it's a personal one

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Yitro: The Good Midianite

Yitro may well be the prototype of the righteous gentile, maintaining a distinct non-Jewish identity

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – What Makes The World Tick?

Tefillah is not voluntary or something we do when we feel like it. It is one of the 613 mitzvos.

Instant Life (Just Add Oil)

The problem is, the Torah doesn’t really take such a kind view of being too involved with the temporal world.

Why We Sing

Rashi interprets the word “Ki” as "even though,” or "despite" (similar to the use of “Ki Karov Hu,” specifying that G-d did not lead the Jewish people through the land of the Philistines even though it was closer).

Must Women Eat Shalosh Seudos?

I believe that not all agree with the opinion of the Ran and Rabbeinu Tam that the rule of af ha’eim hayu b’osah haneis applies to the obligation to eat three seudos with lechem mishneh.

Redeeming Relevance in Parshat Beshalach: Pointing to God

The first 30 years of the State of Israel allowed many to see God in history

The Merit Of Trusting Hashem

Hashgacha pratis, or personal intervention, is very different. This refers to Hashem’s personal involvement in a nation’s or a person’s life.

Aleph Beta: Beshalach: Are We An Ungrateful Nation?

In Parshat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16) we're introduced to a nation of whiners and complainers. After years of slavery, the Israelites are finally a free...

Memory: Our Secret Weapon

The concept of mourning is predicated on the idea that man inevitably forgets over time, diminishing the acute pain associated with the loss, allowing the mourner to move on.

Respect For The Institution

For the proper running of society, and therefore for the good of mankind, there needs to be a system of leadership and a hierarchy of authority – what we know as government.

Checking Tefillin

The worse that will result in relying on the rov in regards to tereifos, however, is an aveirah b’ones – an unwilling aveirah.

Aleph Beta: Bo: The Flight of the Firstborn Nation

What's the deal with all these laws & what can they teach us about the true meaning of the Exodus?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshas Bo: What is a Jewish New Year?

Shifting the year's start from Tishrei to Nissan symbolizes a shift in perceiving the natural world.

Shabbos Mevorchim Shevat

As to which species of fruit caused the downfall of Adam and Eve and their subsequent ouster from the Garden, the verdict is still out.

Parshat Va’eira

Tragedy could still have been avoided had Ismay stuck to his origincal vision and goal.

The Pharaoh And The Moshe Rabbeinu In Us

Moshe Rabbeinu reached a level that surpasses human attainment.

The Measure Of The Man

Before each person is born, he is predestined for certain abilities and talents, a particular level of intelligence, and an exact disposition and temperament.

How Loud Must One Daven?

The Mishnah Berurah explains that one who davens out loud is demonstrating that he is of small emunah, since he is implying that Hashem cannot hear his quiet tefillah.

Aleph Beta: Va’era: The Exodus and Babe Ruth‏

Why was there so much repetitive conversation between God and Moses before actual Exodus from Egypt?

Redeeming Relevance: Egypt’s Great Snake

According to the Baal haTurim the snakes created by the magicians represented Phaorah himself

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