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Davening For A Miracle

A neis b'nistar causes a reduction in one’s zechuyos; therefore, one should not daven for it.

Our Home Base

What did Jacob mean when he realized the sanctity of the place he slept and declared it to be the House of G-d, Beit Elokim?

The Fathers-in-Law: Lavan and Yitro

Of all the many fathers-in-law in the Bible, only Yitro & Lavan are singled out for this designation

Aleph Beta: Vayeitzei: To Deceive Or Not To Deceive, That Is The Question‏

What is the Bible trying to teach us with this focus on Jacob and the theme of deception?

What Eisav Could Have Been

Eisav was born with great spiritual potential but he made a number of wrong choices.

Hamavdil

It seems to me that the practice of the Arizal is exactly what the Sfas Emes is noting and presents a balanced yet deeply spiritual teaching that is vital to internalize.

The Age Of Disrespect

Children knew their place, and the idea of a child speaking back to an adult was unheard of.

Hold Old Were Yaakov And Eisav?

It seems clear from this explanation that time spent in heaven does not constitute time in regards to aging and other time-related calculations in this world.

Father And Mother Know Best

After Abraham verified that Rebecca was indeed a worthy wife for Isaac, the Torah says, “vayiten Avraham lYitzchak,” Abraham transferred the tradition to Isaac.

Aleph Beta: Toldot: All’s Well That Ends Well‏

In the tales of Isaac one thing becomes apparent: He's rarely the main character in his own stories!

Children Can Often Repair Parents’ Missteps

Yehuda & Yosef are the tikun (repairing) for Yaakov, who deceived his father and suffered for it.

Redeeming Relevance: Serious Laughter

Ever wondered why the least funny Jew in the entire Torah should be named Yitchak, “He Laughed?”

Shabbos: A Day With Hashem – Light and Dark

When a person puts a brand or emblem on an object, it is to show that it belongs to him and no one else, and this is what happens on Shabbos.

Shabbos Mevorchim Kislev

His dilemma weighed heavily on him, even as he was in the process of burying a poor departed soul.

Parshat Chayei Sarah

All too often leaders fail to consider adequately the importance of logistics and their organizations suffer as a consequence.

The Beauty of Hakhel

Heeding the Rebbe’s call, in the spring of 1998, my wife Nechoma and I, with our two young children, Mendel and Mussie, departed from LaGuardia Airport and took off to the buckle of the Bible Belt – Oklahoma City.

Ger Toshav

Avraham identifies himself as a ger toshav meaning "alien resident." How could Avraham be both?

The Greatness Of The Avos

No longer does Frank dream about spending time with his child, no longer does he yearn for that relationship. What happened?

A Guide to the Perplexed Prayer

Preparation for prayer must be commensurate with the type of prayer offered.

Does A Husband Own His Wife?

The fruits and grain that the non-Jews had planted and toiled on belonged to them.

Redeeming Relevance on the Weekly Parsha: Chaye Sarah

At the beginning of this week's parsha, Rashi informs us that Sarah's death was no accident, but rather a result of hearing about Avraham...

Aleph Beta: Chayei Sarah: Find Me A Find, Catch Me A Catch!‏

In our journey to understand the epic legacy of Abraham and Isaac, the stories of their actions and attributes are abruptly cut short by...

The Phantom & The Man

The struggle of living both in the spiritual & physical worlds is our mission & potential greatness

Avraham, Universalism And Nationalism

Both portions deal with God’s promises to Avraham; Lech Lecha is nationalistic, Vayeira is universal

Aleph Beta: Vayeira: the Power of Abraham’s Influence‏

What does the odd bargaining session between Abraham & God mean? What does it teach about Abraham?

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