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Shabbos Mevorchim Adar Rishon

27 Shevat 5776 – February 5, 2016
The month of Adar is characterized by the emotion of unbridled joy.

Parshat Mishpatim

So what did Eisenhower actually say?

Checking For Shatnez

26 Shevat 5776 – February 4, 2016
Many poskim maintain that if a person buys an inexpensive suit he need not check it for shatnez since the vast majority of inexpensive suits are shatnez­-free.

Aleph Beta: Mishpatim: Are Laws Just Oppressive Restrictions?

In this week's parsha, the Israelites experience their highest high & lowest low within a few verses

Dual Revelation At Sinai

The obligation to perform Mitzvot is a fundamental enabler for the Divine Countenance in this world. Shechina was never removed from the nations of the world, for otherwise the world could not exist.

The Effect Of An Action

So too if someone intended to help Shimon and succeeded, we understand that good was coming to Shimon because Hashem decided long ago.

Crossing Boundaries

I prefer to celebrate with you the many times we reach just beyond the boundary into the good & holy

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

24 Shevat 5776 – February 2, 2016
By first putting parents before "self" we learn to put the more abstract God before self.

With Open Arms

20 Shevat 5776 – January 29, 2016
There is no greater joy and gratitude that a father can have than when a lost child is led home.

Studying Torah While Unclean

19 Shevat 5776 – January 28, 2016
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

17 Shevat 5776 – January 26, 2016
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?

12 Shevat 5776 – January 22, 2016
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)

12 Shevat 5776 – January 21, 2016
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...

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