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Collecting Chance Encounters

Once I learned to treat every person I meet as more than chance and as an opportunity, I was able to expand my collection of superheroes.

Purity In An Impure World

The year is coming to a close, and we now find ourselves in the final month before Rosh Hashanah – Elul. As we know,...

Aleph Beta: Ki Teitzei: How To Merit Long Life‏

The promise for long life only comes from 2 commandments; What's the connection between them?

TORAH SHORTS: Ki Tetze: The Danger of Good Food

Why is gluttony in one so young deserving of a death sentence? Rabbi Hirsch answers if the priority is the taste and quality of a meal and not the values and ethics instilled in the next generation, oblivion is the likely outcome:

On Washing Dirty Linen in Public

There is a natural temptation to explain away the nasty and intemperate statements of the side we identify with, while setting upon the other side’s gaffes with ferocity.   But in the end this asymmetry undermines our reputation for justice, and thus our capacity to persuade rather than overpower. 

The Religion Of Evolution

Everything you see – from the flower to the bee, from the oceans to the mountains, rivers and planets, the sun, the moon, and the stars – all just sort of happened. No designer. No creator.

Before Judging

The primary quality of anyone judging another is that the judge first know how to judge himself. If he cannot honestly examine his own behavior, how can he possibly judge someone else's?

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Shoftim: Of Witnesses, Keruvim and Clones

The Torah's standard for convicting a criminal is set much higher than many contemporary systems of law, that accept one witness. In practice, that means the Torah prefers to let criminals off, rather than punish the innocent

A Student of Hashem

What does it mean to be a student of Hashem? It means, at least in part, to study Torah for Him.

Parshat Re’eh

Leaders must be able to identify these existential, or Dunkirk moments, and act accordingly.

Shabbos Mevorchim Elul

If we use this propitious time wisely, Hashem will forgive our iniquities of the whole year and grant us a new, clean slate.

Consumerism And The Overspent Generation

While it is true that life is a battle, and exerting self-control is the primary vehicle of growth, Hashem created us to be happy.

TORAH SHORTS: Weekly Biblical Thoughts: Parshat Re’eh

Our attitude, how we see the world, how we perceive things, how we react, how we internalize the reality around us, that will determine whether we are blessed or cursed. It is completely in our hands.

A Sense of Place

This week's portion, Re'ei, speaks of our need for a sense of place, how difficult it often is to find, and how we must protect others' sense of place. It also addresses the sanctity of the Land of Israel

Day School Tuition and the Pierced Slave

A society that structures its economic institutions to make all genuine partners fulfills the mitzvah of tzedakah. A society that institutionalizes dependence, no matter how reliably it provides for its dependents, has turned them into pierced slaves

Earning A Living: The Great Life Test

We know Hashem metes out many life tests. But where have we seen that not having to struggle is a challenge?

Hearing To See

Re'ei is about the opportunity to restore the 'Hearing To See; rejected by Adam and Eve, and again by Israel at Revelation. If we master the higher hearing of Eikev, we will be granted the clear Vision offered in Re'ei.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Ekev: Making Gratitude Count

Is the source for saying Birkat HaMazon as obvious as we normally assume?

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – We Want Mashiach Now – But Why?

This explains why the geulah is mentioned in almost half of the brachos of Shemoneh Esrei, as these prayers are what Hashem is waiting for.

The Philosophy Behind a Verse

The questions have thus led us to at least two major hashkafic issues: the status of Jewish life outside Israel, and the connection between virtue and success in this world. 

Israel the Non-Imperialist

Sovereignty over any foreign land is insecure. -Seneca the Elder

Can You Loan Me A Letter?

Simply understood, this ballad is an ode to the Jewish woman - who is valorous in her great role of wife and mother.

Man: Preprogrammed For Greatness

Why does the huge, powerful horse submit to the will of the little, weak man?

It’s All In The Approach

The ninth of Av became a harbinger of the numerous tragedies we would suffer throughout the exile.

Aleph Beta: Devarim: What Does It Mean To Have Faith?

Drawing on the Maharal, Rabbi Fohrman gives us a novel approach to faith, and challenges us to rise to this level of intimacy with God and with each other.

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