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The Unique Holiday Of Shavuos

In Parshas Pinchas the Torah introduces the Mussaf for Shavuos by describing it as Yom HaBikurim when we bring the new offering.

The Indispensable Wilderness

The desert, with its unearthly silence & emptiness, is the condition in which the Word can be heard

The Great Importance Of Counting

The census focused on the individual, proving each is created as irreplaceable, unique images of God

Aleph Beta: Bamidbar: Why We Count

Why does the Torah use two different words for "to count," and what does each indicate?

Redeeming Relevance on the Weekly Torah Portion: BaMidbar

From Bemidbar on and in Nevi’im, the nation is viewed primarily by its component parts, the tribes

Shabbos Mevorchim Sivan

"You do know that nothing occurs without reason. Can you think of something you might have done to bring on your malaise?"

Aleph Beta: Behar-Bechukotai: Walking With God

What does the omer & agricultural laws pe'ah & leket teach about the Biblical approach to holidays?

Between This World And The Next

A true life of meaning is achieved not by running after material success but by recognizing that everything is dependent on G-d, and that spiritual growth is truly valuable.

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai

Though studying Torah is the most important mitzvah, it is performed in private.

Home Sweet Home

There are no enemies confronting us, there are no terrorists to threaten us, and we can clearly see Hashem’s direction and guardianship of the land.

Everybody’s Doing It

We are affected by our environment. Our perspective on the world is affected by what those around us do.

Shmittah For Women

The mitzvah that parents must give their son a bris milah is a mitzvah that they must perform for someone else – namely their son.

Reflections On Yom Yerushalayim

Torah hints to a divided Jerusalem that will become a city without walls forever united

Redeeming Relevance in Parshat Behar

Faith is responding to demands that we wouldn’t think of taking on were we left to our own devices.

Just Say It!

A proper emor would also mean that we do not say something, even as a joke or a tease, that may cause someone to be weakened in the doing of a mitzvah or minhag.

The Torah’s System Of Self-Perfection

It is the right amount of the right middah in the right time that is the key to perfection. Each middah has its place, time, and correct measure.

The Bach’s Heter To Eat Chaddash

The Bach writes that he mentioned his insights to many of the leading gedolim and no one disproved him.

Holding Our Heads High

Abraham was held in the highest regard by the nations of the world.

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.” –...

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