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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

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

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

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

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.

What Is So Complex?

Tosafos answers that nevertheless the sprinkling is a part of his taharah process.

Redeeming Relevance in the Weekly Parsha: Chukat

Israel's complaining frustrated Moshe, making it increasingly hard for him to lead effectively

Tehillim, The King And September 11th

Dovid's musical Torah teachings were designed to penetrate the soul and the emotions.

The Lost Tribe

It occurred to me, as my brain rattled in my skull on a two-hundred mile ride through rural Virginia, that our souls work in much the same way.

Dissent For The Sake Of Heaven

Essential principle of arguments for Heaven's sake is recognizing no 1 person has monopoly on truth

The Korach Rebellion

Until Korach's rebellion, no one dared challenge Moshe’s authority.

Remedies And Segulos On Shabbos

Performing ketores outside the Beis Hamikdash, and at the wrong time is an aveirah.

Redeeming Relevance in Parshat Korach

Korach demonstrates how "charisma" can lead to a breakdown in the legitimate forms of leadership

Parshat Shelach

A truly great leader is someone who not only leads and influences his immediate circle, but the broader world as well.

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