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Mastering The Pause

Lie is filled with exquisite "pauses," moments built into the fabric of life offering an opportunity for growth

Tazria: What do Tumah and Tahara Mean Today? Part I

The quest begins in understanding just what Tumah and Tahara are, and how these new definitions can truly impact our lives today.

Redeeming Relevance: Tazriah: The Things We Must Do To Belong

The outcast metzorah or zav, is essentially promised a quick rebirth within the Jewish nation.

Are You Really Eating Kosher?

The laws of shechita and tzaar ba’alei chayim were meant for Jewish communities who would eat meat occasionally, not for the huge industry we have today

Shabbos Mevorchim Nissan

The word matzah (mem, tzadik, hei) is an acronym for “mikol tzara hitzilanu (from all my troubles He has saved me)” ...in the merit of achilas matzah, of consuming matzah.

Pure Happiness

What did the absence of wine have to do with the nation’s ultimate understanding that Hashem is the true G-d?

Parshat Shemini

What really defines a person as one type of decision maker or the other?

Killing A Rodef

The halacha is that if a person can prevent the chaser from killing the victim without killing the rodef he must.

A Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots, But A Man Can…

If a person is locked into the idea that he cannot change, then in fact he won’t be able to. To such a person, the Torah has no relevance.

In the Present

We are connected to our past, not by feeble attempts to recreate history, but by the awareness with which we live in the present.

Shemini: Why Keep Kosher?

What if there was a way for us to think about kosher that makes sense and can strengthen our relationship with God?

Sharing the Joy

Esther experienced the Purim story as God making us happy with our efforts; she wanted us to emulate God by helping each other rejoice in our striving.

Monkeys, Amalek, & Gigantic Seesaws

What will happen when finally Amalek is indeed eradicated? Will the 558th commandment become obsolete? Will the eternal Torah then only have 612 mitzvos?

Hashem And Man: Master And Servant

He had so eliminated bad character traits from his heart that he would feel nothing negative.

Lessons From Removing The Ashes

I would suggest that even if one is confident that he can keep his clothing dirty, there is still reason to change one’s attire.

Tzav: How Can I Confront Sacrifices?

How can a modern day reader of Torah, understand and relate to the concept of animal sacrifices, Korbanot?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Tzav: A Misplaced Parsha?

Vayikra, unlike Shemot, is not really about revelation. It's about the daily struggle to raise man above his own physicality.

Proud Witness

"You are my witnesses, says the Lord. I am G-d."

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – Trust Him!

It helps us live with the reality that what we do have comes from His never-ending kindness.

Purim And The Joy Of Life

Magazine estimates that during this time his wealth increased at the rate of a million dollars an hour.

The Mitzvos In Parshas Zachor

This is the parshah we read on Purim morning, before we read the Megillah. Therefore, if a person missed Parshas Zachor, he can make it up for it on Purim with the leining of parshas Vayavo Amalek.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Vayikra: Torat Kohanim and the Torah on One Foot

Vayikra, the Torah’s middle book, gives the critical light to the Torah's other books around it.

Vayikra: How To Read the Book of Vayikra

Aleph Beta helps us learn how to read the perplexing book of Leviticus.

No Late Lions In The Temple

When a lion roars, who is not afraid?

Columbus Discovered America – Hashem Invented It

Frank didn’t create the process; he doesn’t even know which ingredients go into the mixture.

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