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Rabbis, Kohanim, And Moments Of Deepest Despair

While Judaism believes the hereafter is of important status, it takes a back seat to this world.

Redeeming Relevance on the Weekly Parsha: Emor

With ubiquitous texting, social media, & email, society is mislead to think that words are ephemeral

Love Your Neighbor… Really?

It's an interesting idea, that love is illustrated by understanding another's needs.

Shabbos: A Day With Hashem: ‘Making’ Shabbos

"Keeping" Shabbos means to guard it and make sure to keep every aspect and detail of it.

Iyar: Bagels And Bridges

Pesach is a time when we can grow in this perspective. But merely spending a week working on something will not leave any lasting impression on us.

Honor, Awe And Reverence B’Yachad

Morah for a parent is connected to shemiras Shabbos because the Shechina shines on, and through, the Sabbath.

The Malpractice Of A Mitzvah

“You shall not hate your brother in your heart; you shall reprove your fellow and do not bear a sin because of him.” –...

Kisui Hadam

The Bais Halevi answers that we must properly define what is considered to be “in the middle of a mitzvah.”

Aleph Beta: Acharei Mot-Kedoshim: Social Justice…and Sacrifices?‏

Rabbi Fohrman asks what's the connection between animal sacrifices and leaving crops for the poor?

Redeeming Relevance on the Weekly Parsha: Kedoshim

Putting parents before oneself is a step toward putting the more abstract concept of God before self

What It Means To Be Free

In her diary, Anne Frank wrote words that provided hope for a humanity faced with suffering.

Geichazi’s Greed and Penance

The Arizal taught this same approach, making the point that the Torah would never mention wicked people and their sins if there was not great depth involved from which we are to learn from.

Parshas Tazria-Metzora: Universal Humility

Humility is not achieved when all is well and life is peachy but rather when times are trying and challenging.

Humility That Leads To Majesty

He feared the people would have a change of heart and support Rechavam.

Permitting the Outcast

In this case one could reason that by applying halach achar harov we could permit the forbidden bird as well.

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

The answer to this question is based on one of the greatest shortcomings of man – self-limiting beliefs.

The Meaning Of Tumah

Myth that niddah=dirty stopped many women from accepting laws of family purity and must be shattered

Aleph Beta: Tazria-Metzora: Rejoining the Community‏

Rabbi Fohrman connects the metzora purification process with the korban pesach.

Redeeming Relevance on the Weekly Parsha: Tazria

For humans, reducing flesh is generally a good thing whereas its expansion is generally a bad thing

Parshat Shemini

Lincoln was not a perfect man. But he rose above his imperfections to do what he thought was right not matter the obstacles.

An Acappela Version of Adon Olam

Adon Olam: An Erev Shabbat Musical Interlude Courtesy of David Herman

Food For The Soul

When Chazal call not eating treif food a chok, that refers to how it functions.

The Rationale For The Dietary Laws

Kashrut reminds us that in the end, God is the arbiter of right and wrong.

Redeeming Relevance in the Weekly Parsha: Shemini

The successful student listens more than speaks out; wants his ideas critiqued, not just appreciated

Intoxicated Ruling

Why would it not be sufficient to simply state lehoros from which we derive that in such a state one may not issue any psak?

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