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Putting Ourselves In Their Shoes

29 Tammuz 5775 – July 15, 2015
There are certain restrictions and abstentions that apply to Tisha B’Av that do not apply to regular aveilus.

Gad — The Tribe of the Nouveau Riche

Gad’s tremendous wealth considered with other points led rabbis to deduce Gad was very materialistic

Modifying the Law is Affirming It

28 Tammuz 5775 – July 14, 2015
The story of Zelophehad's daughters demonstrates Torah’s flexibility and ensuring justice.

Shabbos Mevorchim Menachem Av

24 Tammuz 5775 – July 10, 2015
A man from a distant city once came to Reb Hershel to bemoan the sorry state of his business affairs. To the tzaddik’s inquiry about the extent of his knowledge of religious practice, the man readily admitted his ignorance.

Parshat Pinchas

23 Tammuz 5775 – July 9, 2015
While leadership is always needed, complex situations require it at the highest level.

Quiet Sanctity Runs Deep

Not everybody’s greatness is readily apparent. Am mkadhsei shvi’i refers to the masses, the less notable among us, who exhibit the hidden, Rosh Chodesh type of sanctity.

Avenging Hashem’s Wrath

We do not find that Pinchas was chastised for what he did; on the contrary he was greatly rewarded.

Aleph Beta: Pinchas: What Is True Leadership?‏

Why does the Torah group "random" stories together in Parshat Pinchas? Are they really RANDOM?

Redeeming Relevance in the Weekly Parsha: Pinchas

5 sisters, with no brothers, questioned an assumed law concerning land inheritance in Israel-and won

Children And The Sins Of Their Parents

16 Tammuz 5775 – July 3, 2015
With Ruth, The Torah seems to be stating that children shouldn't be punished for the sins of parents

Shabbos: A Day With Hashem – The Musaf Addition

16 Tammuz 5775 – July 2, 2015
Without a foundation, one cannot hope to build a structure.

A Pleasing Transformation

Why do we have a parsha in Sefer Shemos named after Yisro who was not only a former idolater, but actually served as a priest for Avodah Zarah!

Strength Of A Lion

The Shulchan Aruch in the very first siman states that one should rise in the morning like a lion, implying that simply rising form bed requires strength of a lion, in line with the Midrash.

In Memoriam: Why Versus What

Attempts to interpret the message of Hashem in the absence of divine prophecy ultimately may twist that message in unintended ways that can lead to calamitous events.

Aleph Beta: Balak: What Is Israel’s Purpose In The World?‏

What's the nation of Israel's purpose in the world? How we can bring God's blessings into the world?

Redeeming Relevance in the Weekly Parsha: Balak

Bil’am’s character is complex and nuanced; neither purely good nor purely evil.

A Whole Peace

10 Tammuz 5775 – June 26, 2015
Amalek, our ultimate foe, understood that when unified, we are invincible and indestructible.

Good Questions And Bad Questions

Perhaps on a deeper level, the mitzvah of parah adumah at this junction was not just to purify the body, but the spirit as well.

The Limitations Of The Mind

Halacha isn't random; it's a mechanism guiding individuals and society to a higher ethical plateau.

Opportunity Lost

9 Tammuz 5775 – June 25, 2015
The greatest of men, Moshe, had to wait for Hashem to sprinkle purifying waters on Bnei Yisrael to mark the conclusion of the period of death.

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